External Profiled Cladding
A natural choice for covering any building, profiled oak cladding lends a stylish and contemporary look. Whether you are looking to cover the exterior of a house, outbuilding or shopping village, the flush, neat interlocking of Oak boards gives uniformity to an organic material.
There are many possibilities to create a contemporary yet natural Oak façade. From Tongue and Groove, HalfLap, ShipLap, Tongue and Groove with a Shadow Gap or V Groove. Whichever profile you choose, the project will only run smoothly if you work with an Oak expert. We are oak through and through, so we understand precisely how oak will behave in any and every application. And that means we can advise on everything from grades and profiles to expansion gaps and fixings.
Profiled oak cladding is produced using air dried oak. This means the oak has spent many months in stick, this is important; the length of time in stick will allow the naturally occurring tensions to slowly release resulting in oak that is stable and at an appropriate moisture content for an external application.
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Profiles and fixings
Oak cladding will last as long as its fixings if it is done properly.
We recommend non-ferrous (or stainless) fixings with external oak as standard steel screws or nails will give a dark stain to the surface of the boards. This is not a structural problem but most people would prefer not to have the fixing highlighted in this way.
It is usual to fix timber cladding through the face of the boards, with pairs of screws on opposing edges of the board. This helps to keep boards flat and secure for years of trouble free service.
Secret screwing can be used with shiplap and some of the tongue and groove profiles, as many people would prefer not to see the fixings.