Oak Timber Cladding – Everything You Need to Know About Oak Timber
For the vast majority of timber cladding projects, softwood species such as European Redwood, British Larch and Canadian Western Red Cedar are the materials most frequently utilised. They’re reasonably resistant to bacteria, termites and moisture, and are generally easy to work with, so it’s easy to see why they’re favoured by so many.
However, there are also a selection of hardwood species that can too be used effectively to clad houses, schools and a variety of other buildings. Oak, for example, is one of our favourite hardwoods here at NORclad. We often work with the material due to its stunning appearance and range of other desirable characteristics.
To help provide more information about oak timber, particularly in regard to how it can be used for timber cladding, we’ve put together this mini guide explaining everything you need to know.
Types of Oak Timber
At NORclad, we’re able to offer three different types of high-quality oak timber; UK, European and American. All of these species are sourced from well-managed, sustainable forests, and come with FSC or PEFC certification on request.
Oak Timber Density, Appearance & Other Properties
Density – The average density of oak timber is 670+ kg/m3. This makes it a particularly heavy material, especially when you compare it to softwoods such as Canadian Cedar and European Redwood which have average densities of 390+ kg/m3 and 510 kg/m3 respectively.
Durability and Resistance – Oak timber is well known for its toughness, steadfastness and strength. It’s a durable specie with a particularly good longevity and is able to withstand fungal attack well (due to its dense structure), which is why architects, landscapers and plenty of other exterior designers choose to utilise it so often in their projects.
Appearance – Another reason oak timber is so popular is because of its beautiful appearance. It usually possesses a golden/yellowish-brown colour with a prominent grain, but like any other specie, its shade will vary depending on its origin, grade, weather conditions, soil properties and so on. It’s also worth noting that the wood will gradually weather down to a silvery colour over time.
Typical Uses of Oak Timber
Oak is a material that can be effectively used for a wide range of purposes. Its durability, strength, aesthetic qualities and sustainability makes it suitable for all types of interior and exterior carpentry projects, so it’s not an exaggeration when we say that its possibilities are endless.
Here are some of its more common uses –
- Timber frame
- Exterior and interior timber cladding
- Windows and doors
Exterior Oak Cladding
Timber cladding is currently one of the world’s most emerging trends when it comes to building design. From single domestic homes to large commercial facilities, schools and residential properties, it’s a fantastic way of enhancing the appearance of buildings of all sizes.
Oak timber is a superb material for exterior cladding, not only due to its beautiful appearance, but also because of its ability to withstand the elements and stand the test of time.
Talk to us today to find out more about how oak cladding can revitalise the look and feel of your property.
Interior Oak Wall Cladding
Oak timber cladding isn’t restricted to exterior use only however, it can also be used to transform the inside of a building too. It’s great at adding character to spaces that previously lacked personality and is perfect for those looking to create an impact inside their building.
If you’re thinking about utilising timber cladding in the interior of your property, make sure to have a read of our handy guide beforehand to discover our top tips.
Oak Timber Prices
The quantity, type of oak and nature of your individual project will largely affect its final price, so for the best and most accurate costs we recommend getting in touch with one of our timber experts today. We’ll take into consideration all aspects of your project and provide you with a free, no obligation quote, as well as explain our recommendations for helping you to ensure you get the biggest impact from your cladding. We’ve been in the industry for over 40 years and are passionate about giving our clients the best advice and assistance.
Oak Timber for Sale
If you’re looking to buy some of the highest quality timber, then please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We offer a selection of different oak materials, all of which are procured from sustainable forests and are available for competitive prices.
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