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Cladding a timber frame home

Keen to achieve a highquality finish? Chris Bates takes a look at the facade options for timber frame projects

If you’re wondering which claddings will work best for your timber frame build, here’s the short answer: they can all be a good fit. But that’s not the whole story. The fact is, some finishes complement the qualities of a timber construction better than others.

A big attraction of this structural system is that, once work starts on site, you can expect the weathertight shell of your home to be up and ready in as little as five to 10 days. At this point, first fix work can proceed inside and out – so whilst the plumber is busily working away on getting the pipework network in place, the external roof and wall finishes can be applied, too.

Using a factory-manufactured structural system also means you can achieve good energy performance within a relatively thin wall profile. According to Kingspan Timber Solutions, to get to a U-value of 0.17 W/m2K (a fairly typical level to aim at on a self build project), you’d need a wall profile of 435mm with standard masonry. Using a high-performance timber frame, you can achieve that with a wall thickness of just 312mm. That could translate to more floor space inside the finished property.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Build It's Self Build Education House - Cladding a timber frame home - Renovating a bungalow - Myth buster: Renewable Tech