Timber cladding and lining continue to increase in popularity – both for new home builders and renovators. What was once primarily used as protection for the home (of course it still serves that purpose) is now a highly sought after design feature.
To clarify the difference between cladding and lining:
- Cladding refers to the timber that covers the home to protect it from the elements. Cladding can also be used as a feature inside the home.
- Lining means the ceiling lining (under the patio or eaves) that does not need protection from elements, such as the rain.
There are several products that can be used for screening and lining, including metals and composites, however, timber remains the preferred choice. As a natural product, timber instantly adds warmth to any home – both visually and physically.
But what about long-term results? Is timber cladding and lining a lasting choice? Keep reading to find out which timber is preferred for cladding and why. Plus, discover why timber cladding and lining is much more than just a spectacular design feature.
Why should you install Timber Cladding and Lining?
The primary purpose of timber cladding and lining is to provide a protective layer over the internal or external features of the home. As timber has natural insulating properties, your cladding and lining also does a great job of keeping out the heat in summer and the cold in winter. Other materials, such as metal or plastic composite cladding don’t produce the same insulating effect.
Before we talk about the extensive design options available, it’s important to highlight the other benefits of timber cladding and lining:
- Some timbers have natural fire resistance and can be used as a protective layer in bushfire prone areas. (up to BAL 29)
- Timber has natural flexibility and will adjust to any movements in the home’s foundations.
- Some timber cladding options are naturally termite resistant, whilst other timbers require treatment to provide necessary resistance.
Design options with Timber Cladding and Lining
Architects love incorporating timber cladding and lining into their designs. Whether you have a big home or not, you’re likely to have a lot of brick or single colour render on the outside of your home. Adding timber cladding breaks up the block of colour and adds a feeling of warmth.
Timber is a product that is always in fashion and it is so versatile and easy to work with. Whether you choose to install the cladding in horizontal, vertical or diagonal lines, it will look amazing. If you really want to get creative, you can incorporate geometric shapes. The options are unlimited.
Which Timber is Best for Cladding and Lining?
As cladding is designed to be a protective layer and feel the full force of nature’s elements, it’s essential to use the right timber. Some of the more popular choices are:
Often used in partnership with GOODWOOD Victorian Ash, IronAsh is a sustainably produced timber that is regarded as a medium density hardwood. Its rich colouring and treatment provides resistance to termites and the weather, making it a popular choice.
Spotted Gum (new or recycled)
As one of the most durable Australian hardwoods, Spotted Gum is a desirable choice for architects and homeowners. Builders also love it as its natural greasiness makes it easy to work with. It is naturally termite resistant and also classified as a bushfire resisting timber.
Vulcan is a thermally modified timber. A heat based process alters the property of the plantation grown timber making it more stable, durable and attractive. A non-toxic preservative is added to the timber to make it H3 compliant and guarantees its resistance against termites.
Incorporating timber cladding and lining into your property design is a great choice. It adds colour and class to any zone and becomes the focal point of the building. If you’re buying your timber from a trusted supplier, like Austim, you’ll also know that the timber is sourced from sustainably managed forests. Should you choose to use recycled timber, you’ll get great looking timber with a strong heritage. Much of the recycled timber is sourced from old power poles, warehouses, homesteads and wharves.
If you’d like to learn more about Timber Cladding and Lining, contact the team at Austim. We have a full range of Australian timbers, recycled timbers and we also carry a range of unique hard to find timbers.