Timber cladding is used for thermal insulation and weather resistance as well as an architectural feature on construction projects. It is a popular choice for external finishing. Battening is fixed no more than 300mm away from the head, base and reveals of the windows to act as a fire break. This should prevent fire from entering the building for at least 30 minutes. For increased protection intumescent (fire retardant) stain is also used.
The buildings at our Liphook project use Siberian Larch Cladding that is fixed to 45mm x 45mm vertical battens. Insect mesh is then used at the top and bottom to stop bees and wasps building nests. This cladding not only matches the facias, soffits, gutters and roof slate but also ties in nicely with architectural details on the surrounding buildings in the area.
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