Timber Cladding

With timber being increasingly specified as the material of choice for exterior and interior cladding, we would like to show you some of the great range that Ridgeons can offer. Ridgeons offers a range of timber cladding providing an attractive, versatile and durable external finish. With its... Read More

With timber being increasingly specified as the material of choice for exterior and interior cladding, we would like to show you some of the great range that Ridgeons can offer.

Ridgeons offers a range of timber cladding providing an attractive, versatile and durable external finish. With its excellent environmental credentials timber is increasingly becoming first choice for cladding.

Why use Timber for Cladding?
Appearance
Not only does it look good, enhancing the external appearance of any building, it makes it more interesting and pleasing to the eye. The versatility of timber means it can be produced to almost any requirement. With ageing and weathering, timber gradually changes colour to an attractive silver-grey. Alternatively it can be treated or stained to individual taste.

Durability
Some hardwoods and softwoods such as Western Red Cedar, Larch and Douglas Fir are naturally resistant to decay. Less durable species such as European Redwood can be preservative treated to prolong life in service.

Performance
Along with durability and a long service life, timber cladding’s natural properties offer improved acoustic and thermal conductivity performance.

Timber cladding is attractive, versatile, environmentally friendly, allows for great creativity, flexible in design and can be used for any scale of project.

Every branch of Ridgeons, along with its timber division, Ridgeons Forest Products, was awarded Chain of Custody certification through BM TRADA-TRAK in November 2004. This enables us to offer you fully certified FSC® and PEFC on an ever increasing range of products, and covers softwoods, hardwoods, sheet materials and engineered wood products.
Our Chain of Custody certification underlines Ridgeon’s commitment to the environment. The company continues to work with all suppliers with the aim of expanding this portfolio, and is fully committed to the Responsible Purchasing Policy.

At Ridgeons our stocked claddings are from European Redwood (Pine) or European Whitewood (Spruce), but from time to time the Architect may specify a more specialised species of timber cladding like Western Red Cedar, Siberian Larch or Thermowood. Taking this into consideration we would like to give you an insight into all these alternatives, explaining the features of each.

Scandanavian Softwood Cladding
European Redwood and Whitewood are perfectly suitable for interior cladding and external cladding when protected with timer preservative, paint of stain.

Western Red Cedar
WR Cedar is usually imported from Canada, and is available either Kiln Dried or Green (sometimes referred to as Air Dried) and is mainly used for Shiplaps, Channel Cladding, Tongue, Grooved and ‘V’-jointed Matching or PAR. You can also get a British Grown alternative version that will be predominately Fresh Sawn, which is faster grown and is mainly used for Featheredge or Waney Edge Boards. One of the prominent features of WR Cedar is its colour variability ranging from cream through salmon pink to dark chocolate brown and all shades in-between, it may also alternate from light to dark zones across the board. This colour will fade over time to a silver-grey colour when exposed to moisture and ultraviolet light; this is often referred to as weathering ±.

* Because these products are Durable no further treatment will be required, the exception would be for Fire Retardant treatments such as Non-Com or Dri-Con (or alternatives like Fire-X and FirePro). ± To reduce the silver-grey colouring effect of moisture and ultraviolet light an application of a surface finish that includes a pigment, which may be translucent or opaque, will help maintain the natural colour longer. An opaque finish will provide the best protection. This will need to be part of on-going planned maintenance performed on the cladding.

Siberian Larch
Larch is usually imported from Siberia to Mongolia and Northern China, and is available Kiln Dried and is mainly used for Shiplaps, Channel Cladding, Tongue, Grooved and ‘V’- jointed Matching or PAR. You can also get a British Grown alternative version that will be predominately Fresh Sawn which is faster grown and is mainly used for Featheredge or Waney Edge Boards. Due to the high resin content it needs to be dried slowly, the loss of resin can still happen even after installation. Because it is prone to splitting it is advisable to pre-drill pilot holes for any fixings (especially near to the edges and ends of the boards), which are recommended to be stainless steel to help avoid rust stains.The heartwood of the Larch is pale red-brown to brick red in colour, with clearly marked annual rings. This contrasts sharply from the sapwood that is narrow and lighter-coloured. This colour will fade over time to a silver-grey colour when exposed to moisture and ultraviolet light; this is often referred to as weathering ±.

Thermowood
Thermowood D Redwood and Thermowood D Whitewood are mainly used for Shiplaps, Channel Cladding, Tongue, Grooved and ‘V’-jointed Matching or PAR. Thermowood has a dark appearance and the aroma of burnt wood, this is a consequence of the high temperature the timber is subjected to (up to 212°C). The process causes the timber to become brittle and it may also have some end splits, face checks (especially down the pith), and some cracked/broken knots. This colour will fade over time to a silver-grey colour when exposed to moisture and ultraviolet light, this is often referred to as weathering ±.

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