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Due to the forest fires this season being worse than usual there have some been problems in logging resulting in cedar shortages. Luckily we have enough clear timber stocks to cover these shortages.
When fitting Siberian Larch cladding it is important to allow for board movement. In the winter the boards will expand by up to 4mm due to moisture content.
It is very important to allow for this movement, the cladding should be fitted with a 4mm expansion gap. We mill Larch with a 14mm long tongue to ensure there is always sufficient engagement. We also recommend fitting with stainless steel screws.
The picture shows our secret fix Siberian larch Cladding with a 14mm tongue engagement and a further 10mm overlap to cover the fixings.
Here is a picture of our cedar cladding treated in sikkens WF771 light oak colour while drying.
This is a particularly good colour as it gives a rich colour while allowing the cedar to show through.
This timber treatment is very easy to apply and maintain.
Please contact us for costs to factory treat cedar cladding.
This week we have had our annual PEFC audit.
Documentation is checked to confirm all timber sold as sustainable has been purchased from PEFC audited suppliers.
We are pleased to confirm that all of our timber can be traced through the supply chain to the certified forest.
Our PEFC certificate can be seen at http://pefc.org/company-detail?id=543396
Please ask for a price for Sioo aged grey treatment on our timber cladding. We treat with two coats of wood protector and one coat of surface protector. The system reacts with moisture over time to turn the timber an even grey colour.
Here is the treated cedar cladding after two weeks.
The picture above -far left and middle treated with sikkens WF771 and far right untreated.
The picture above shows the cedar cladding and untreated. The picture was taken in full sun so do not show the true rich colour of the cedar. The timber is actually as good as the previous weeks pictures.
Little weathering has occurred.
The picture above shows the Sioo treated cedar cladding after two weeks. This is very impressive.
Rain beads of the timber showing how the treatment is protecting the timber.
We have treated a board with three samples shown in the picture below which will allow to weather over a year to test the weathering properties.
Pictures below after one week in full sun.
The top piece is treated cedar cladding with sikkens WF771 Vanilla. The board was a dark piece before treating and treatment only changed the colour slightly.
The middle piece is untreated cedar cladding.
The bottom piece has been treated with Sioo which has weathered to s silver grey as expected.
It will be interesting to see how the timber treatment performs over the months and years.
We have some outstanding offers on cedar cladding at the moment.
We have 14 x 144 face fix cladding from £26.00 per square m and secret fix from £28... per square m + vat.
This is our usual prime clear coastal grown western red cedar which we mill to order.
The price is discounted based on short lengths. We also have offers for longer lengths.
If specified lengths are required we are of course able to offer this as usual at our usual competitive prices.
Here are some pictures of our cedar cladding drying after being treated with Sikkens WF771.
The colour looks great on cedar giving a very natural look.
Here are some pictures a customer has kindly sent us showing our planed rebated feather edge cedar cladding.
We also offer this in 10 to 4mm thick x 144mm wide with a 135mm cover which offers outstanding value at about £21.00 per square m plus vat.
The first picture shows the range of deep colours the coastal grown Canadian cedar offers which internally grown or British cedar cannot match.
We also supplied bespoke trim for this project.
The corners look particularly good being mitred. This is quite tricky to achieve - often customers prefer to use our 38mm square corner posts which are easier to but up to with the cladding.
UK Cedar can at first look a good low cost option.
It is important to know that UK cedar does not offer all of the properties of Canadian cedar. It should therefore be considered on its own merit.
UK cedar is much faster growing than Canadian cedar, the timber is far less dense and very soft.
UK Cedar tends to be in shorter lengths and quite knotty.
UK Cedar is does not offer the same durability properties as the natural protective oils (found in Canadian) are less concentrated -UK must be treated to prevent decay, Canadian is naturally durable. UK Cedar tends to have more sapwood which not durable
Cedar is known and admired for the range of deep browns and red colours, this is Canadian Coastal grown cedar. Timber from old slow grown trees tend to be a darker colour while Canadian internally grown cedar is lighter in colour while UK grown cedar is a very light colour.
UK grown cedar may be a good choice if compared with other softwoods in its own right but does not compare well with premium Coastal grown Western Red Cedar.
A customer asked today for information on how to fix battens when installing vertical cladding.
The important consideration is to ensure there is an adequate flow of air behind the cladding and there is not a water trap between the battens and the building structure. These pictures show how to do this. This is also available along with other useful information at our site: https://issuu.com/benchmark-timber
Water traps should also be considered when choosing the cladding profile - if choosing a channel design then select our channel 1A which has a slight angle for water drain off.
Please also remember to use stainless steel fixings with Western red cedar as ferrous materials react with the tannins in cedar causing black staining.
Please do not hesitate in phoning us for further installation advice.
Canada’s timber market may be impacted by Donald Trump’s election, the president elect may negotiate terms to help to the United States
Duties could be imposed on Canadian timber exports to the United States.
How will this impact the UK Cedar market is unsure - maybe it will make it more attractive for Canadian mills to sell to the UK? Maybe logging in Canada may be further reduced, affecting supply?
Benchmark Timber have been importing Western red Cedar for 12 years and in this time there have been many ups and downs in the Canadian lumber market. We have very good relationships with our mills and are optimistic a deal will be struck between Canada and the USA to help the Canadian Lumber industry.
We hope this years steep price increases have now levelled out.
We have updated or offer prices and pack offers.
The prices have been reduced slightly which is unusual against recent lumber price increases in the industry.
These offers are for a limited time only to clear some stock for the new year.
The stock is all coastal grown Canadian western red cedar from primary sawmills, although the prices are low the quality is high as usual.
We are still taking orders for cedar cladding this week for delivery before Christmas. I'm afraid treated cladding will now have to wait until the new year. We also still have some clearance offers available.
Please visit our cedar cladding page for further details.
Would like to thank you for the wonderful timber supplied to the above property, both the cedar and thermowood decking look great, attached are a few pictures of the project.
I want to retain the natural colour of the cedar and would like some advise with the best product for this, my Chippy has recommended Osmo UV oil but when reviewing this Osmo say to leave the timber exposed for minimum 12 weeks, I am concerned that in this period we may loose the natural Colour which we want to retain, is there anything else which you would recommended to retain the natural cedar colour.
Here is a recent project a customer has sent us using our Thermowood decking
Here are some pictures of a recent project where we supplied the cedar cladding
Clear Western red cedar cladding
Grade 2 Clear grade with a % of grade 4 clear
Milled to a feather edge profile with a rebate to keep the boards flat on the battens.
Finishing at 11 to 4mm thick x 144mm wide with a 135mm cover.
This as a planed finish on one side and sawn on the other.