Timber has been used in the construction of buildings throughout history. It fell out of favor in recent centuries when brick became the material of choice but is now gaining popularity again, especially on high-end bespoke builds.
Wood is often combined with glass, steel, and other high-quality materials to create contemporary designs. Wood has aesthetic appeal and when sustainably sourced, it also offers an environmentally friendly building material. You can also browse to heydenframeandtruss.com.au/cladding-central-coast-newcastle/ to get more information about cladding on Central Coast.
Whether used on domestic or commercial buildings, the natural properties of the wood enable timber cladding to add character and style to the design. Every wood has its color and texture, as well as changes to those properties as the timber cladding weather.
Ideal timbers for cladding include Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Western Red Cedar, Larch, and Elm, as these are dense woods, with natural resistance to causes of decay.
As well as the natural grain and texture of the wood, there are options on how the timber is sawn or machined that creates variety in the look of the finished project.
Sawn wood can be 'square edge' which creates a minimal, flat surface, 'feather edge' for diagonal layering or 'waney edge', for a more natural, rustic finish. Machined wood can be 'shiplap', 'half lap', 'tongue and groove' or splayed, each creating a distinct final appearance to the timber cladding.
Timber does expand and shrink due to the volume of moisture it retains. As cladding, it will be exposed to the weather and therefore great variations in temperature and moisture levels. Timber cladding should be applied when the wood is neither too wet nor dry, so the storage before use on construction is critical.
A professional builder will know how to correctly fit the timber to allow for the movement caused by changes in the moisture level. If fitted without this allowance, the timber will create gaps, causing cupping or bowing as the wood dries or gets damp.