It is recommended to keep the packs intact and wrapped
in plastic as they were delivered, out of the elements until
the cladding is ready to be installed. This can help
prevent any movement of the boards after being machined.
This may help accuracy and straightness, making the
installation process considerably easier.
Although the timber cladding has been dried to a moisture content
suitable for external applications, it will still take on moisture
from rain, air conditions and the ground, causing natural
expansion and contraction to occur across the width of
the board. As this expected process can affect the ease of
installation it is best to keep the product dry, stored at least
50mm above the ground and installed as soon as possible.
If you require your chosen cladding to be used internally, this
needs to be specified at the time of order as a different
moisture content is required. Internal applications require a
lower moisture content than external applications, however
in hot and dry areas, cladding may need to be dried specifically
to suit. It is always recommended you talk to your supplier
to make sure you are getting the right product for your job.
Movement is a natural process that causes the timber to
expand and contract as moisture is gained and lost within the
cells of the timber. This movement cannot be stopped and is
expected in all situations. Most claddings have been developed
to allow for this movement and needs to be installed correctly
to prevent issues caused by movement. Please note there
should be a gap around the tongue and groove.
Fully coating your cladding on all sides before installation
can prevent movement and it also helps to protect the cladding
while on site. It is recommended to be factory coated in Cutek,
or any oil based product.
If not factory coated, your cladding needs to be fully
coated before installation. Any ripped edges or end trims
must be sealed by the same product. All coatings will
require recoating and maintenance as per manufacturers
Using dark colours can cause the timber to absorb heat
more than lighter paints and stains. If you are considering
using a black or dark stain it is advised that you face fix your
cladding as there is more chance your cladding will move over time.