Most people assume that the most widely used external factory finished or painted cladding in the United Kingdom would be Siberian larch, Accoya, Thermowood, Redwood Pine, Western Red Cedar it is definitely Spruce, Whitewood.
To find out how much-painted cladding is used in the UK you need to travel around the Kent and Suffolk Countryside where you will see painted featheredge in black, white and Grey also a visit to the Docks in Harwich ( like you do 🙂 ) will show how much landed stock is available in prepainted cladding in various profiles.
A lot of buildings are timber clad in the standard 22x175mm Featheredge or the Premium Rebated Featheredge of 44x200mm the thicker and wider cladding board is suitable near coastal areas known as the Dutch Barn Premium for a more robust and premium look.
Exterior Painted cladding is not all about the barn look there a lot more options in cladding profiles for both horizontal and vertical applications to suit all timber cladding systems used for both private e.g residential and public buildings e.g schools. In the factory finished claddings you find these as options to other cladding requirements.
Most of the painted cladding in the UK comes from within Europe mainly the Baltic Region – Estonia, Scandinavia, France and some from North America Canada.
Some of the Popular factory finished or prepainted timber cladding brands or suppliers are SertiWOOD, Protac, Cape Code, WoodMOOD Q-clad.
All these have one main base species these are manufactured from Nordic Spruce which is slow grown. Some of the benefits of using Nordic Spruce over most species are: –
• Slow-grown and tighter growth rings
• Small tight knots
• Small resin pockets
• Easy to machine and profile
• Readily available in various lengths and dimensions
• Supplied from Sustainable Sources mainly FSC Certified
• Can be supplied in various tones RAL or translucent wood tones.
One Main advantage for the buyer is that quality factory painted cladding from a reputable producer is supplied with a coating warranty to give you the client extra cover. This is available from Brands such as SertiWOOD, Protac, Cape Code machined into various cladding profiles.
It is expected that a well-maintained external timber cladding should not last less than 25 years with this in mind a quality painted spruce cladding should achieve this expected service life or exceed this.
SertiWOOD has the added advantage of supplying the cladding in a secret fix/ hidden fix cladding profile, for both vertical and horizontal cladding shiplap- machined tongue and groove 4 sides which most suppliers cannot provide, brushed textured surface and a wide range of colours all available in stock for next day delivery in a wide range of colours such as :
Nordica Eko 3330-12 8908 White Oak
Nordica Eko 3330-12 1826 Special Anthracite Grey
Grey Beige, Signal Blue, Oyster White, Light Grey, Swedish Red, Charcoal White, Brilliant White
Also very unique to the SertiWOOD range is the Charred burnt Effect Dragonwood used for internal and external applications.
Prepainted Timber Cladding for both internal and external use can also now be purchased from DIY Chains and online from retailers such as Amazon and Homebase and most local builder and timber merchants throughout the UK.
If you are working on your next cladding project and want durability and quality – know that you have unlimited options in the factory painted timber cladding products. If you are looking for internal cladding options there are a wide range of options such as Rustic Range in a large selection of colours such as Denim, Lemon, Cherry, Smoke, Mint, Cappuccino and White Wax offering options for internal deco from Shabby Chic to Modern Designs. Other options include supplying timber cladding fire retardant treated to Euro Class B or C.
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