Cedar Cladding

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Buying Cedar Cladding

Cedar has long been a favourite for exterior cladding. Being very stable, naturally durable and lightweight, cedar wood is designed by nature to do the job.  We offer both Canadian and British grown western red cedar cladding boards. Both types are available in a range of widths, profiles and finishes. But should you choose shiplap or feather edge? We can help you confidently select the right type of cedar and profile for your project.

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Cedar Cladding Features

Red cedar wood is characteristically silky in texture and has a strong aromatic odour, which is most pungent when freshly cut. One of the lightest timbers, cedar wood has, for many years, been the most popular choice for exterior cladding in the UK.

The popularity of cedar cladding is due to its beauty, stability and extreme resistance to decay. Together these qualities mean that, left untreated, the cladding boards will stay straight and last for many decades. However, if a surface treatment is required, the stability and lack of resin within the wood make red cedar the ideal choice for painting and staining.

We import Canadian western red cedar, but these days we are better known for sawmilling and producing British grown red cedar. British cedar cladding is more knotty than Canadian cedar, but it is also considerably cheaper.

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Cedar wood is the most popular choice for exterior cladding because of its excellent durability, stability and volume to weight ratio. It is the most stable of all softwoods, with a very low tendency to shrink, warp, twist or check.

The low density of red cedar has many benefits. The wood is very light, which makes it easy to move and install while the open cell structure gives the wood excellent thermal and acoustic properties. However, western red cedar is a relatively soft and brittle wood, which can easily be damaged if knocked or scraped.

When installing cedar boards you should be aware that the natural oils in western red cedar will react with any ferrous (iron based) compounds. Consequently, cedar panels in areas with high pollution levels may weather to a black rather than a silver colour. As with all reactive timber species, care should be taken to use stainless steel fixings to avoid corrosion and associated blue staining.

Grading of Cedar Cladding

British red cedar is knotty. To love it you must embrace the knots. We do our best to grade out any large, loose or rotten knots during production and as a result, it is unusual for them to fall out after the cladding has been fitted.

We import Canadian cedar under the grade No 2 Clear and better, allowing 15% 4ths. It’s a bit of a mouthful and can be misleading. Essentially it means that most cedar boards will be free of knots, with 15% of boards including the odd knot. If specifying use BS1186-3 Class 2 or EN942 J20.

Colour variation is not included within grading restrictions.

Cedar Cladding Profiles

We offer our cedar cladding and cedar weatherboard in a range of dimensions and profiles to suit a wide array of projects. Sawn cedar boards or weatherboard profiles such as feather-edge create a rustic appearance suited to barn conversions and rural properties. Feather edge cedar boards are available in widths up to 200mm

Machined cedar profiles such as halflap, shiplap and tongue and groove create a more precise aesthetic suited to contemporary designs. For machined cedar cladding profiles the most popular finished dimension is 20 x 145mm, although narrower widths are available.

Canadian Cedar Halflap Cladding

Canadian Cedar Halflap Cladding

British Cedar Shiplap Cladding

British Cedar Shiplap Cladding

How to install your Cedar Cladding Boards

Cedar is one of the most stable and lightweight timbers making it relatively easy to install. However as with all cladding it is important that you follow some basic rules. Take some time to browse through the Resource Centre. If in doubt give us a ring and we will do our best to answer your questions.

Most importantly, to fix cedar cladding you must only use stainless steel nails or screws to avoid staining and corrosion. We can supply the correct fixings with your cladding.

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