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What are the differences between hard and softwood timber cladding

Building a home can be challenging and the range of different materials that can be used in construction means deciding on what you use is a tough decision.

Timber cladding can be a very economical choice as projects that use the material tend to come in cheaper than other forms of cladding. Softwood timber cladding usually comes from coniferous and evergreen trees whilst broadleaf comes from deciduous trees. 

 Here are some of the subtle differences between softwood and hardwood timber cladding. 

  1. Softwood is usually more sustainable than hardwood

If you are a house builder sustainability will be high on your list of priorities however if this is a more personal build using a sustainable timber cladding will also help you reduce your personal carbon footprint. 

Softwood timber cladding tends to be more sustainable than hardwood as the growth rate of the trees is significantly higher. This makes it easier for those cutting the timber to replant new trees in place and create a sustainable supply chain. 


2. Softwood will take treatment easier than hardwood timber cladding 

One of the key steps in installing long-lasting cladding is to ensure it is properly treated. This will not only keep the timber cladding strong it will also help the material maintain its natural colour over time. 

Hardwood timber cladding will weather quicker than softwood as treatment is not as effective. However many prefer the silvery appearance of more weathered timber cladding. 

3. Hardwood normally has richer colour than softwood but will weather 

Hardwood timber cladding is naturally darker in colour than softwood and this is one of the reasons why it is chosen. The darker colour comes from the closer grain and the wood also tends to be heavier than its softwood counterpart.

The variety in quality hardwood timber also means you can find a timber cladding that works well with the rest of the exterior of your home. 

Do your research to work out which type of timber cladding is best for you The different types of cladding available is one of the reasons we advise getting expert advice to ensure you find the right option for your new build. Getting durable timber cladding that is FSC certified is essential to building a quality exterior in your home.

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