Types of Timber Cladding

Updated February 21, 2017

Timber cladding is an exterior covering of a home that protects the walls from moisture and air penetration. Builders have used wood cladding since the late 1800s when they began to implement modern construction techniques. The styles of timber cladding are not many, but each offers its own distinct look and character.

Tapered Lap Timber Cladding

This type of cladding has a slightly tapered thickness at the top of cladding and widens at the bottom. The cladding is installed horizontally with a 30mm overlap of each cladding piece. The cladding is nailed to the walls just above the cladding overlap.

Notched Lap

Notched lap cladding has the same taper to it as lap cladding. The top and bottom are notched to that the pieces will fit together when installed. In this case, the overlap is only the size of the notch, about 15mm. The cladding is nailed to the walls just above the cladding overlap.

Shiplap Timber Cladding

This type of timber cladding has a notched overlap, but also has a slight angle after the notch to give the cladding some added character. This type of siding is nailed directly through the face of the siding with two nails and has about a 25mm overlap.

Chamferbaord Timber Cladding

Chamferboard, also known as Dutchlap, cladding has a notched installation design with the top of the cladding shaped at a long angle of roughly 10 degrees. This type of siding has an overlap of about 12mm and is nailed through the face of the siding to secure it to the walls.

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