At English Oak Building, our frames are compatible with all types of cladding. The oak frame and SIP’s panels provide a superstructure on to which you can fix any material you wish, and this opens up possibilities for a number of opportunities. This can include rendered finishes such as stone, brick, metal, glass, and of course Timber Cladding.
So what exactly is Timber Cladding? Well, it’s an increasingly popular way of finishing the outside of a property, due to the aesthetic and economical advantages. Also known as weather boarding, it provides an attractive form of insulation. Oak has been used for hundreds of years to protect buildings, and today we harness these advantageous properties and also maximise the aesthetic benefits. This is popular in both new builds and also extensions, where cladding can help marry the new design with the existing property.
One example of this is Warren Coach House. The cladding provides a subtle contrast in materials, which will only get better as time passes and the wood mellows to a silver grey.
Many of our clients ask for a combination of several cladding materials which can work superbly well in the right configuration. Depending on the type of finish you desire, we can provide feather edge cladding for a rustic feel, or more contemporary and clean approach. And, if you’re cladding a relatively inaccessible area that won’t be regularly checked, then you can feel safe in the knowledge that, with oak, it won’t need further maintenance for anything between 25 and 100 years.
So what are some of the main benefits?
* Practise of Dry Insulation means that the external envelope is much quicker to install
* There are a great number of insulation advantages, from heat to sound
* It is environmentally beneficial, since timber is a renewable source
* Growing trees remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Using wood stimulates the expansion of managed forests to absorb more of this global warming gas
* There are many materials and finishes to choose from, and timber naturally looks warm and appealing