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Feather-edge cladding

British larch feather edge | VFE2Weathered green oak feather edge | VFE1
British larch feather edge | VFE2Weathered green oak feather edge | VFE1

Feather-edge cladding is an ideal solution for those wanting a relatively traditional appearance without it being too rustic. The boards are supplied with a sawn finish but unlike the waney-edge cladding, the edges are straight. Feather-edge boards are formed by sawing a rectangular section at an angle, resulting in two sections tapered across the width. All cladding species are available for this profile.

Feather-edge cladding is designed to be laid horizontally with a vertical overlap of approximately 40mm for boards up to 150mm, and 50mm for boards wider than 150mm. It is important to follow fixing advice, particularly when using green (wet) timber.

Technical Specification

Profile name Feather-edge
Profile code VFE1, VFE2
Appearance Traditional
Surface finish Sawn
Orientation Horizontal or vertical
Location External only
Length Random lengths from 2.0 – 6.0 metres, depending on specie
Depth Overall width Approximate coverage
4 – 18mm 150mm 110mm
6 – 23mm 150mm 110mm
6 – 23mm 175mm 125mm
6 – 23mm 200mm 150mm

Availability dependent on specie

Profiles VFE1VFE2
Available in
Larch Accept-icon
Western red cedar Accept-icon
Siberian larch Accept-icon
Canadian western red cedar Accept-icon
Jointed oak Accept-icon
Jointed sweet chestnut Accept-icon
Green oak Accept-icon
Elm Accept-icon
When to fix September to March
How to fix Face fix only. One per board / batten
Begin at the bottom, ensuring that the first board is level. Use a 10mm strip behind the lower edge of the bottom board for support. Overlap subsequent boards by 40 – 50mm. It is important not to reduce the recommended overlap.Feather-edge profiles are generally cut from green (wet) timber and will, as a result, shrink by up to 15mm as the board dries.We recommend that each board is fixed once with a nail located 10mm above the upper edge of the previous board. Some suppliers advise using two nails per board, but this does not allow for shrinkage of the board and can result in splitting.

End joining of the boards should coincide with a batten and should be staggered to ensure that consecutive boards do not joint in the same place.

Feather Edge 2_Face fix

Batten thickness 35mm – 50mm
Batten spacing 400 – 500mm
Nail length 4 – 18mm boards – 50mm / 65mm
6 – 23mm boards – 65mm / 75mm
Further information Click here for further fixing advice
*It is important to consider the potential dimensional shrinkage and movement of green timber. Depending on the species, boards may shrink by 10% over the first two to three years as the wood dries. If exposed to hot, dry weather before or soon after fitting, boards are likely to cup, warp and split. The best time to fit cladding is in the autumn or winter.
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