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Timber Cladding Case Study

Timber Cladding Case Study

A Timber Cladding Project Case Study

Here are details of a project supplied to Andrew Edmondson who has kindly given permission to use as a case study.

We will update this page over the following weeks.

Andrew selected Canadian Western Red cedar cladding.

Cedar is naturally durable, dimensionally stable and resistant to splitting.

The rich warm colours can only be achieved with Canadian cedar, the colour varies from board to board and over a boards length. Benchmark Timber only mill coastal grown old growth Canadian stock which tends to be darker in colour than interior faster growing trees.

Another option would have been to use UK grown cedar but this is not durable without treatment due to the sapwood content. UK grown cedar is also lighter in colour, quite knotty and long lengths are not readily available.

All of Benchmark Timbers Cedar is certified as coming from sustainable forests.

Step 1: The Cladding

Three different size cladding profiles were used on his project.

The 100mm cover profile is not one of our standards.

Where non standard profiles are requested we would produce a CAD drawing from which we would ask for customer approval. Cutters would then be ground to these drawings.

On large projects we offer this service free of charge, on smaller projects there would be a small charge for the cutters.

The picture shows the milled cladding onsite ready to be installed.

Step 2: Corner Battens

This picture shows the battens at the corner.

Andrew has decided to but the cedar cladding together ate the corners. This can look great but careful planning is needed.

If horizontal cladding is fitted then the boards can be mitred at the corners but this is very tricky to achieve a good finish.

Alternative to Step 2 

Another method of finishing the corner would have been to fit a 38mm square post and then but the cladding up to the post.

Two piece corners is another option, this fits over the cladding and has the advantage of ease of fitting. The cladding does not have to be trimmed accurately as it is covered by the corner trim.

Step 3: The Windows

Here Andrew has chosen hardwood windows.

The colour fits well with the western red cedar.

One half of the picture shows the battens before the cladding has been fitted.

Benchmark timber can mill planed square cedar up to 195mm wide for trim around windows and for soffits and other trim.

Step 4: More To Come

Some of the remaining cladding ready to be installed.

We will update this case study once the build has finished.

Detailed Information

Three different size cladding profiles were used on his project.

The 100mm cover profile is not one of our standards.

Where non standard profiles are requested we would produce a CAD drawing as shown above from which we would ask for customer approval. Cutters would then be ground to these drawings.

On large projects we offer this service free of charge, on smaller projects there would be a small charge for the cutters.

The picture below shows the milled cladding onsite ready to be installed.

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