Maintaining a Timber Exterior

The proper maintenance for your exterior timber cladding is vital for the lifespan.

The advice that is given is to, if needed, treat the wood prior to fitting. When treating your timber cladding it is best to get a hold of protective coating that enables the wood to breathe and makes sure it’s water and UV resistant – opaque coatings tend to need more maintenance. Continue reading “Maintaining a Timber Exterior”

Softwood and hardwood timber

When discussing timber, there are two types of wood that people will refer to: softwood and hardwood.

Though the names may suggest, density does not come into the equation. Some softwoods may be harder than some hardwoods, the name is solely from the tree the wood comes from.


Extracted from coniferous trees that keep their foliage throughout the year, common softwoods are fir and pine which are found in cooler parts of the world.

80% of all timber is sourced from softwood trees.

Softwood, overall, is easier to manipulate and has a variety of uses. It is the prime wood that is utilised for a lot of structural work and can be integrated into furniture along with door frames


Hardwood timber is sourced from broadleaved trees. Broadleaves are typically native British trees such as beech, oak and ash. There are more species of hardwood than softwood.

The wood of hardwood trees tends to be incredibly resistant to decay which makes it suitable for exterior work.

Please view our supply of softwood timber panels and hardwood timber panels.

Properties of timber cladding

Here at Chandlers Ford Timber, we supply quality timber that is suitable for all of your needs.

Timber is an extremely popular material for cladding and for good reason, the properties it possesses make it appealing; it’s environmentally friendly, natural, is fairly lightweight, and is incredibly durable.

Environmentally friendly

As timber is a natural, environmentally friendly material thus it is a renewable source and is biodegradable. More energy is actually used up when producing and manufacturing other cladding materials like concrete or metal and because of this, timber cladding is the more sought out material.

Natural insulation

The structure of timber is cellular which is brilliant for providing natural insulation. Heat will also be retained during the winter months when it’s colder.

Lightweight material

Another attractive factor of timber cladding is the fact it isn’t a heavy material allowing transportation of the wood to be done with ease. Hiring a professional for the installation of the cladding will also be notably cheaper than any other material because it is lightweight.


Cedar is specifically a durable timber material. Depending on the correct installation and if the wood is regularly treated, it can last an extremely long time. Added to this is timber’s resistance to corrosion, frost, heat and pollution with the exception of moisture which can easily be controlled.

Please visit our website to view our stock of softwoods, hardwoods and more!