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Timber cladding

Our award winning Timber cladding is the most popular choice of real wood finishes for the outsides of buildings, both domestic and commercial.

Often called a rain screens, external timber cladding boards or weatherboarding, it is a highly attractive, low cost, low maintenance and environmentally friendly way to clad a building.

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Why choose timber cladding

One of the great benefits that timber cladding offers is that as long as you make sure that your timber has been fully and properly treated prior to installation it will require very little maintenance. If you do get a build up of any dirt, moss or discolouration then you can sort it by just giving it a quick blast with a pressure washer. We have the one of the widest ranges of wooden cladding available in the entire UK. Due to our direct relationships with all the major cladding manufacturers in the UK, EU and across the globe.

To sum up the main benefits of using timber cladding include:

Looks beautiful / Environmentally friendly / 100% recyclable / Thermal insulation improvement / Improves sound insulation / Low maintenance / Long lasting / Easy to install / Very versatile / Huge variety of styles, colouring’s and finishes

Fire retardant treated timber

Experience the perfect blend of safety and style with our fire retardant timber cladding product. Specially treated with advanced fire retardant chemicals, this offers cladding enhanced fire resistance while preserving the natural beauty of timber. Achieving high fire classification ratings, it provides reliable protection against fire hazards.

Choose from a variety of timber species, colours, and textures to create visually appealing facades. In addition to fire resistance, this offers cladding durability, weather resistance, and low maintenance. Trust in the quality and performance for a secure and aesthetically pleasing exterior.

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Key benefits of timber cladding

Timber cladding, also known as wood cladding, provides a natural and timeless aesthetic to buildings while offering several unique benefits. Here are three key advantages of timber cladding:

Sustainability and Environmental Friendliness: Timber cladding is a sustainable choice for building exteriors. Wood is a renewable resource, and responsible forestry practices ensure the replenishment of timber stocks. When sourced from sustainably managed forests, timber cladding has a low carbon footprint and contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, wood acts as a carbon sink, storing carbon dioxide during the growth of the trees. By using timber cladding, buildings can promote environmental sustainability and support the concept of a circular economy.

Thermal Insulation and Energy Efficiency: Timber cladding provides excellent thermal insulation properties, helping to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. Wood has natural insulating properties, reducing heat transfer and minimizing thermal bridging. This means that timber cladding can contribute to maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature while reducing the need for excessive heating or cooling. By enhancing the energy efficiency of a building, timber cladding can help lower energy consumption and decrease heating and cooling costs.

Aesthetics and Design Flexibility: Timber cladding offers a warm and natural appearance, creating a visually appealing facade. Wood has a unique grain pattern and texture that adds character to the building’s exterior. Timber cladding can be customized in terms of colour, finish, and profile, allowing architects and designers to achieve a wide range of design styles, from traditional to contemporary. Wood also ages gracefully, developing a natural patina over time, further enhancing its aesthetic appeal. With timber cladding, buildings can blend harmoniously with the surrounding environment and create a welcoming and inviting atmosphere.

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Specialising in Timber Cladding and Facades we are agents and distributors for some of the most innovative and contemporary Cladding and Building Solutions in the world. We have built a reputation for good service, highly competitive prices and quick delivery times. Offering both natural & composite materials we have the right product for your project.

Why Dalply?
Is it durable?

One question you should always ask before purchasing is how long does this cladding last? The good news is that a well treated, professionally installed hardwood cladding should last anywhere between 40 and 60 years before needing replaced.


Is it safe?

Building regulations all across the UK are in approval of using wood on buildings and the fire safety properties of timber are very well understood. Also, all our products conform to the new European standards regarding the quality of timber. In addition this cladding can also be pre-treated with fire retardants.


Does it look good?

Above all wood may be the best looking finish you can add to a building. The beauty of the natural wood is very hard to better, on this page you can see some beautiful examples of buildings that we at Dalply have provided cladding for previously.

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Timber Cladding FAQ's

All the most common questions asked about Timber Cladding and cladding in general answered here...

European larch, Siberian Larch, Western red cedar, and European Redwood are amongst the most popular timber species used in cladding because they do not require any preservative treatment, and are naturally resistant to rot, moisture, and insects. So, these timber types are more stable, durable, and long-lasting. They are also easy to maintain.

Cladding refers to the covering for a structure. Wood cladding is the external protective covering of wooden material over a building’s exterior. It severs the purpose of adding beauty to the walls as well as protecting it from the weather conditions. Wood cladding is preferred because of natural aesthetics, ease of handling, wide range, and design freedom.

In the case of softwood, round head nails and ring shank nails are appropriate. The length of the nail should be 2.5 times the board’s thickness and needs to be punched a bit below the surface of the wood. Stainless steels are the right choice for all softwoods because they do not stain the cladding as metal fixings do.

In the case of hardwoods, screw fixings are the correct method. Stainless steel screws must be used for this purpose. The screw fixings need to be 40mm from the board’s end to prevent splitting of the timer. A little bit of over-drilling of screw holes will give room for movement and make sure timber does not split near the drill hole.

The best timber for outside is European Redwood, Western red cedar, European larch, and Siberian Larch. This is because they do not require the application of preservative treatments. These woods are also naturally resistant to insects, moisture, and rot. This makes these timber types more durable and stable. Moreover, they look highly appealing and have numerous profiles and colours to choose from.

European Redwood, British Larch, Western red cedar, and European larch are the most popular timber species used in external cladding. This is because these species are naturally resistant to bacteria, moisture, rot, and termites. So, they do not need any preservatives.

Yes, softwood cladding is great for external cladding. Softwoods are resistant to termites, moisture, fungi, and bacteria, which makes them ideal external cladding. Although it has a softer surface, it is a significantly strong timber. Additionally, they absorb adhesives, preservatives, and finishes more easily as compared to hardwoods.

Cladding tends to be cheaper than bricks. Maintaining cladding is also more cost-effective than bricks because damaged bricks require complete replacement but cladding can be fixed and protected from damage by applying a protective coating.

Yes, you can clad your house without seeking permission provided that materials that you would be using are of similar appearance to the ones used in your house’s construction. If your house falls in specially protected kinds of land like in a National park, in the area of national beauty, a listed building, or a conservation area, you will have to get permission.

Timber cladding lasts from 40-60 years depending on the treatment, maintenance, timber species, and weather conditions. Although the degradation process of the wood begins as soon as it is cut from a tree, it is very gradual, can be slowed, and creates remarkable natural changes in the wood.

Installing house cladding can be expensive but it offers additional protection to your house and enhances its appearance. Various types of cladding materials offer different benefits but all of them protect from heat, moisture, and impact damage if they are fit rightly.

There are various types of cladding options available due to the numerous materials used for cladding. Common materials include stone, brick, timber, metal, tiles, fibre cement, synthetic materials, and PVCu. Cladding is done to beautify the house, provide protection, and insulation.

If you use good quality cladding and employ decent ventilation, then you do not have to apply a membrane under the cladding. In the case of framed wall constructions and tilted roofs, breather membranes are a must. If you want to extend the life of the cladding, putting breather membranes are recommended.

Both of these options are great ways to enhance your home’s appearance and insulation. Rendering can be cheaper than the cladding. However, cladding provides a breathable waterproof barrier that lets water drain away.

Timber cladding should be 16-25mm thick. In some cases, thicker boards up to 50mm are also acceptable. The thickness varies depending on the profile of cladding. Tongue and groove profile requires a minimum of 20mm thickness while shiplap needs at least 18 mm thick timber. On the other hand, rectangular, parallelogram, and feather edge profiles require timber with 16-25mm thickness.

If your house does not fall in the specially protected areas like a listed building, a National Park, a national beauty, or a conservation area, you will require planning permission. In other cases, such permission is not needed.

Cladding is a quick process and requires only a few days (2-5 days) to cover a whole house. However, the time period can vary based on several factors like sloping blocks, height, and the scope of work.

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