30 Year Biological Life
Fixing and Finishing Methods
You have the option of using our hidden cladding clip fixing with the Palma cladding profile. The hidden clip system allows you to display your cladding boards with no visual sight of screws in the boards. The additional advantage is that if you wish to modify the cladding elevation at a latter date you can remove the boards and re-use them.
Finishing Brad nails:
Because the Thermowood Cladding is stable and does not cup or twist you can use Stainless Steel Finishing brad nail/pins and depending on the profile you choose, these can be fixed into the profile at an angle of 45 degrees. If you are unsure of the holding strength of a 50mm pin, a bead of flexible silicone can be applied to the batten prior to fixing each cladding board. This will give you a clean appearance to the surface of your timber cladding as they virtually disappear from view.
Standard practise has always been to screw or nail through the face of the cladding which is unsightly and can split the timber. If you wish to do so simply pre-drill stainless screws through the face of the board into the sub-frame to avoid damaging the boards.
This will be created regardless of the profile you choose to go with. Do not ram the boards together tightly when fixing so that you allow for any minor movements that can occur with the changes in UK climate. Allowing approximately 1mm will be sufficient for most circumstances.
Cladding Batten Spacing:
We recommend 400mm centre to centre spacing for a standard area, projects may vary.
End Grain Sealer:
When the timber starts to dry out it loses the moisture quicker through the ends of the timber hence the characteristics of grain checking and opening up. Clear wax sealer seals the timber ends and slows down the moisture loss to a more controlled process, thus preventing this cracking. This is especially useful because cutting off the damaged ends not only becomes an expensive waste of timber, but may mean the difference between having the right length of timber for your project or it being several centimetres too short.
We recommend using our Messmers End Grain Wax Sealer to prevent the boards from grain checking.
Oiling the boards will help you to retain the rich colours within the boards. This product contains UV filters to delay the silvering process that strong sunlight causes in all timbers. We can now provide you with two options when it comes to oiling your boards, you can purchase our Messmers UV Plus Oil or you can order your boards factory Pre-Oiled saving you the time and initial labour cost of applying it yourself. If after a year you wish to maintain your investment we can supply the Clean & Oil starter Pack for you to use when convenient.
It costs £7.00 per m2 to have the boards Pre-Oiled, please let us know if you would like this option.
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