Modern facade materials in architecture and design - timber cladding

Timber cladding is an increasingly popular choice for finishing the outside of commercial and domestic properties. Otherwise known as timber weatherboarding or timber siding, it is an attractive and economical way to finish the exterior of both old and new buildings. Naturally durable woods such as larch and cedar provide a hard wearing, protective layer against the elements and they are excellent insulators.Many different species of wood are suitable for exterior timber cladding because of their natural resistance to decay.Imported timbers such as Canadian western red cedar and Siberian larch are increasingly being specified for cladding where a more modern, contemporary appearance is desired.

Timber cladding can be used in many forms to achieve a wide variety of pattern, texture and colour ranging from the use of shingles or shakes through to prefinished panels. However, the most common form of timber cladding consists of boards laid vertically, diagonally or horizontally with either overlapping or flush faces. If one adds to this the possible variations in board width, surface finish, profile shape, joint design, a wide range of colours, as well as the texture and character of unfinished wood, then the versatility of timber cladding becomes very apparent.

Timber's low thermal conductivity is much lower than steel and concrete.


Ease of Installation -The relatively lightweight nature of timber enables quick and effective installation of cladding.

Durable – Timber cladding can last for several years when it is properly maintained. It has a high impact resistance that helps to reduce damage to your home.

Energy Efficient – Timber has high insulation properties. It’s low thermal conductivity is much lower than steel and concrete.

Acoustics – Your choice of siding can help insulate your home. There are some materials that allow noise from to filter right through the walls into the house.


Painting – Timber cladding requires regular painting or staining to preserve its natural beauty and protect it from the elements.

Exposure to Elements – Timber is a natural material, and as such is subject to a loss of quality or damage after being exposed to the elements for a long time.

Fire Risk  – Even if timber cladding is painted or sealed, it still carries a risk of spreading fire, as it is a flammable material