Cladding

Timber cladding has become very popular when finishing the external walls of a house or commercial building.  It has become a leading choice by home owners, architects and tradesmen because of its aesthetic pleasing look and durability. There are many types of timber cladding with variations on timber species and cladding profiles.

The timber species most popular for cladding are European oak, Larch, Douglas fir and Cedar these timber species are favoured due to their natural resistance to decay. The four mentioned will not only provide a long lasting protective layer to any building but also offer great insulating qualities and they are attractive to look at. Within our range of cladding you will find traditional styles such as sawn feather edge and waney edge along with modern styles such as vertical rhombus and half lap.

On the cladding pages you will be able to access lots of useful information on the cladding and timber species. 

  • European oak or Quercus Robur has grown around the British Isles and throughout Continental Europe for thousands of years. It has long been a vital building material with countless uses not least of which as weatherboarding and cladding.

    Orlestone oak have been milling oak for between 50 and 60 years and when sourcing our oak we are very particular on the trees we will take in there raw form, this allows us to ensure consistent quality throughout our product range. We only use timber from sustainable sources and work closely with the forest owners in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe to ensure we know where our trees are sourced.

    Green oak and air dried oak claddings are the leading choice for many due to its extremely robust nature and durable qualities. It is also very appealing to many because of its timeless silver colour it will weather down too, this look can be seen throughout the U.K in some of its finest landmarks and heritage sites.

    Technical information
    Sawn Profiles are available
    Width: 150mm – 300mm
    Thickness: 25-84mm
    Length: 2m to 6m
    Machined profiles are available
    Width: 65mm – 140mm
    Thickness: 25-32mm
    Length: 2m to 6m

    We produce a number of profiles such as traditional feather edge right the way through to contemporary square vertical cladding, please see below some examples of profiles we can produce.

  • Native Larch has been a timber widely used for building a multitude of things.  Native larch is very popular as it has high resin content so is extremely durable outside in all weathers.

    The most common use for larch is as cladding profiles such as larch feather edge, larch square edge and waney edge. Larch can however be used for more contemporary cladding designs as well such as larch shiplap cladding and larch half lap we would use air dried larch for this as it is stable and machines better than fresh cut larch. As cladding British larch offers a great alternative to Oak, Douglas fir and cedar and is normally more cost effective than Oak as well.

    Due to its robust nature and tough form it is very well suited for exposed areas of cladding as it can take some abuse with knocks and scuffs. We would recommend having it untreated and leaving it to weather down to a silver grey colour however it is possible to treat it with an exterior oil if you wish to preserve the fresh sawn colour. 

    Technical information
    Sawn Profiles are available
    Width: 100mm – 300mm
    Thickness: 20 - 38mm
    Length: 2m - 6m
    Machined profiles are available
    Width: 65mm - 140mm
    Thickness: 20mm - 38mm
    Length: 2m - 6m

    Below you will see some examples of cladding we have previously done in home grown larch.

  • Douglas fir is a Native timber species with some fantastic attributes for the building and construction trade. It is the strongest of the home grown softwoods making it the go to timber for many tradesmen when erecting frames and cladding buildings.

    Douglas fir is very well suited for cladding as it is very strong and versatile it will not mark and dent easily compared to other softwood species. It has a high resin content so will be able to withstand many years of harsh weather. When freshly cut it bears a pink colour that changes to a Reddish brown and as is the case with almost all timber it will slowly change to a silver grey colour when exposed to the weather.

    Douglas fir cladding is not easy to treat due to the density and high resin content; however, we believe it looks best left to age to a silver grey colour giving it a traditional timeless look. There are however oils on the market that are suitable to treat the timber to help preserve the beautiful natural colours. 

    Technical information
    Sawn Profiles are available
    Width: 100-300mm
    Thickness: 20-38mm
    Length: 2m – 6m
    Machined profiles are available
    Width: 65mm – 140mm
    Thickness: 220-38mm
    Length: 2m – 6m

    We source only home grown Douglas fir and hold a stock of trees ready to be milled into beams and cladding. Below are some examples of Douglas fir cladding types we have produced in the past.

  • Orlestone oak offers a large range of machined cladding profiles, within that range customers have a choice of vertical or horizontal profiles. We offer profiles to suit period and traditional properties as well as contemporary modern buildings.

    Below is a full list of profiles available

    Half lap, ship lap, Splayed, tongue and groove, vertical square and shadow gap.

    These are available in the below timber species

    European Oak , Native Larch , Native Douglas Fir  and Native western Red Cedar.

    Please see the gallery below for photos of the cladding and visit our show area to get a better idea of how they look on a larger scale.