Timber cladding is always a popular choice when it comes to cladding – but will your budget be able to stretch to it?
There’s no simple answer to whether timber cladding is expensive or not. For a better understanding, let’s take a look at some of the things that will determine the cost of your timber cladding.
The scale of the project
Ultimately the cost is going to come down to how much timber you’re actually going to need, so it’s first best to determine the scale of the cladding required. A large property will require much more wood, naturally, than a smaller one, so it is going to be more expensive. The good thing about wood as a material, however, is that there is little wastage when cladding and offcuts can be used elsewhere.
The quality of the wood
Not all woods are created equally, and depending on the species you choose, the cost will vary. Similarly, there are different finishing and quality options to consider. For example, unvarnished wood that has imperfections in it, such as knots, will be considerably cheaper than finished wood with minimal imperfections. This is a key consideration in how much you’re going to spend on timber cladding.
Factor the installation
Timber cladding is much easier to work with than other materials such as concrete and steel, which makes it a more affordable choice. It’s important, however, to make sure the work is still performed by an experienced tradesman if you’re going to have the best possible results. Remember, also, that if you want your timber cladding to last, you’re going to have to keep it treated and properly maintained – consider these costs.
There’s no simple answer to the question of “is timber cladding expensive?” – but, depending on your needs and budget, it can certainly be more affordable than other cladding options.