Five Considerations Before Buying your Larch and Red Cedar Cladding

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Using softwood timber for exterior wall cladding is growing in popularity in the UK and is a cost effective way to make the outside of your home/business look beautiful and natural, whilst increasing its valuation.


This blog will go over the top 5 factors that you will need to consider before purchasing your larch exterior cladding or western red cedar exterior cladding.

1. How much cladding do I need to cover my house?

When you select your softwood cladding from the Celtic Timber website, we provide options for the timber width, length, and thickness. Before ordering, you will need to measure the squared meterage that needs covered by the cladding and work out how many boards you will need based on the length and width selected. It is also worth bearing in mind that both timbers will move and shrink as they dry and acclimatize.

2. What is the difference between Larch Cladding and Western Red Cedar Cladding?

Both larch and cedar are softwoods and have very similar coloring. However, cedar is the slightly harder of the two timbers and so will last longer and will generally more durable. As an added bonus, freshly cut cedar has a beautiful, sweet scent that is often used in air fresheners and candles. As a harder timber, cedar is also likely to move and shrink less than larch.

3. What style cladding would look best on my home or business?

We are able to supply both our cedar cladding and our larch cladding with either its natural, waney edge or with square, straight edges. There is no difference in the cost, so it just comes down to your taste and how you want the cladding to look.

Our exterior cladding can be fitted vertically or horizontally and can be fitted either side by side or with overlap.

4. Do I need to treat exterior cladding?

Neither larch and cedar cladding boards will need to be treated. However, they may lose their natural colour and turn a greyer colour as they weather and age. The following pictures are approximately 18 months apart:

5. Is exterior cladding sawn or planed?

We offer both planed or rough sawn boards for exterior cladding depending on your preference.

Do you have a question that we haven’t answered? Please get in touch, we’d be happy to hear from you

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