Timber cladding for building refurbishment

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Refurbishment of buildings that are structurally sound is increasingly popular. Timber over-cladding is often chosen to refresh elevations, in order to improve their appearance or weather resistance or protect additional insulation applied to the exterior of a building.

This Wood Information Sheet (WIS) describes cladding over existing masonry-clad buildings where the masonry will be retained. In the case of existing lightweight cladding (such as timber boards, shingles, render etc) it is preferable to remove the existing cladding and install a new insulated timber cladding system using these principles.

The choice of cladding material is just part of the solution. Designers must also consider various issues that arise when a new cladding system is installed, particularly insulation and weather protection standards that are certain to have increased since the building's original design.

 

Contents:

  • Advantages of timber cladding
  • Design principles
  • Cladding to improve weather resistance or appearance
  • Cladding to enclose external insulation
  • Timber cladding details

 

This Wood Information Sheet was revised in June 2019. Minor amendments have been made to reflect changes to UK fire regulations.

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