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Timber Cladding

Timber cladding has been used for thousands of years. Timber cladding can be the log home (where the log is the structure, cladding and insulation), wood shingles or timber weatherboards. Wood adds warmth and a beautiful character to your building. The look of especially timber weatherboards is in NZ so popular, that many producers of alternative materials imitate the timber look.

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What is great about Timber Cladding?

Timber is in New Zealand a sustainably grown renewable resource, that requires less CO2 emissions in its production and transportation to the building site as many alternative materials. Some companies have also started to use wood plates, that are made out of recycled wood waste. Timber, if not treated with potential hazardous substances will degrade, not poisoning anything. If not rotten, the timber of your cladding can be reused for something else- furniture projects or garden pots for example. 

Advantages of timber weatherboards/ shingles:

  • The classic look that others want to imitate

  • Wood is very lightweight and easy to work with, potentially to install or paint by the owners themselves is possible

  • High insulation value due to the dense material, keeping you warmer in winter

  • It is made from a renewable resource

  • Very long lasting if cared for

  • If natural oils or paints are used then the timber frame will naturally degrade or can be potentially reused for a DIY furniture project


Disadvantages of timber weatherboards/ shingles:

  • More maintenance work to care for the wood

  • Wood is potentially vulnerable to insects, termites, and rot (if not maintained properly)

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