European Redwood Timber Cladding

European redwood is also referred to as Scandinavian, Scots pine, and Pinus Sylvesris. It is among the highly used softwood species that is reckoned for its high quality in timber cladding and other construction projects. It is primarily imported from Russia, Finland, and Sweden and varies in grades. In this article, we will be highlighting all the relevant information you need to know about European redwood.

Distribution of European Redwood

The European redwood is popularly found in Europe as well as Northern Asia. It stands on the mountains in the UK and Spain. They are especially found in Scotland in north-west Norway. It spread east through northern Europe and then enters Asia.
The extreme southern point for this tree is in the Sierra Nevada, located in Andalusia. The European redwood stands at the Alps in Maritime Alps, France, and the Caucasus and Transylvanian Alps, in the Pyrenees.
Native to Scotland, it is the only pine indigenous to the Isles of Britain.

What are the Properties of European Redwood Cladding

Following are the more characteristics of European redwood that differentiates it from others –


European redwood is typically light in colour. While the sapwood showcases creamy-white to a yellow hue, the heartwood generally shows a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown colour.

Moreover, when the wood is treated with NORclad Brunnea treatment, its pigment continues to grow over time. And this treatment also allows the tree to retain its colour for longer than other species of timber, thereby enhancing its aesthetic appeal.


European redwood weighs approximately 510kgm3, making it medium to lightweight timber. The weight provided adequate strength while ensuring that it is easy to handle.


The Timber Research and Development Association has rated The Timber Research and Development Association as class three moderately durable.


Trees tend to grow slower in the colder region as opposed to warmer areas. And this slow growth process makes the tree stronger. The European redwood has slow growth as opposed to other types of a Scandinavian pin, which increases its density. Moreover, this type of wood is easier and efficient to dry.

Applications of European Redwood

European redwood is a premium quality wood that is used for the construction of many structures. Its chemical properties make it insect, rot, and weather resistance. It also offers high strength and durability. Below we are discussing some of the common application of European redwood –

Timber Cladding

European Redwood makes excellent timber cladding for all its performance properties as well as its aesthetic properties, and is becoming more and more popular within the construction industry today.


Redwood makes elegant and durable patio furniture. Its straight and tight grains make it ideal for chairs, tables, and other functional furniture.

The aesthetic appeal of this wood also makes it a popular choice for couches. The wood is also seen in many contemporary beds. Redwood is often seen in lodges or cabins, adding an elegant natural allure to the décor.


European redwood is one of the popular choices for decking. The elongated straight form helps in the building process without any deviation and much defect. The natural stability of the wood makes it a favourite material to build a deck. Moreover, the subtle and creamy hue of the European redwood further makes it a popular material for decking.


This is an underused application of European redwood. Using it as trims for the exterior of your home offers many advantages. It is easy to use, looks elegant, and require little to no maintenance. You can easily cut and install it around the doors, windows, or use it as fascia material on dormers and gable ends.


European redwood is non-toxic for wood, which makes it an ideal for planters and garden boxes to hold herbs, plants, etc.

Structural Beams

Whether to create open-beam ceilings, porch enclosure, or entryway enclosure, European redwood would work like a charm. The wood offers excellent stability, thereby allows the beams to stay balanced. Moreover, the wood is also resistant to warping and twisting, which will further add to the quality.


The impressive properties of European redwood make it an ideal material for the construction of many products. Above, we have shared all the information you might need to decide whether or not European redwood is the right wooden material for your timber cladding project.

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