When you want a smooth planed finish…
When you want an interlocking, rainscreen or moulded profile. When you want stable, seasoned timber. When you want longer lengths and a systematic, low maintenance installation, or when you just prefer the aesthetics.
That’s when you opt for air dried timber cladding over fresh sawn.
The most suitable choice of species are Oak or Sweet Chestnut (including finger jointed) in hardwood, Larch, Douglas Fir or Western Red Cedar in softwood.
Each of these species has a level of durability suited to external use as cladding without the need for treatment* or finishes, although some will take a finish well if it’s desired.
Read more air dried timber cladding
A ‘must have’ for cladding buyers and specifiers – External Timber Cladding from TRADA Pubications
Here’s Ian talking about Sweet Chestnut used for air dried cladding
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*good detailing is important for durability and longevity – see External Timber Cladding for more info and advice