1.1 How can I calculate how much cladding I will need?
1.2 At what stage of the project should it be fitted?
1.3 Which other items would you recommend to complete the Russwood cladding system?
- Fixings – stainless steel nails and screws will ensure that no rust/ink staining of the timber occurs. We have partnered with Austrian timber fixings experts, Sihga, to offer a range of innovative fixing systems designed to make your cladding look better and last longer. Advice on quantities required can be given at the time of purchase.
- Insect mesh – fixed behind the cladding, this prevents vermin gaining access through the essential cavities that are required for best practice installation.
- Cavity fire barrier and retardant – in modern buildings, these options can be insisted on by Building Regulations. Cavity fire barriers are installed with the cladding to prevent the spread of fire behind the timber, and fire retardant treatments can also be applied. Consult your local Building Control department to discuss your particular requirements.
1.4 How can I ensure that the correct product is used on my project?
2.1 Once the cladding has been delivered, how should it be stored?
2.2 How long can my cladding be stored after delivery?
3.1 How far apart should battens be positioned?
3.2 Is pre-drilling required?
3.2.1 Can I use a screw fixing?
Yes. A screw generally gives better results in that more care is taken in positioning and finishing the screw head flush with the timber surface. As screws do not bend when they hit a knot in the fixing batton, from our experience, it takes the same amount of time to fix a facade with screws as it does with nails.
3.3 Can I use a nail gun?
3.4 What should be used to affix the cladding to the battens?
3.4.1 What is likely to happen if stainless steel nails are not used?
Unsightly iron rust stains will occur when non-stainless steel nails used to fix naturally durable timbers.
3.4.2 How can I remove iron stains?
A solution of oxalic acid is ideal for removing stains after they occur, but prevention is infinitely preferable.
3.4.3 Can adhesives be used?
We would always recommend using a mechanical fixing method, as seen on our fixings page.
3.5 What are the differences between face and secret fixing, and when should each be used?
3.6 Is there a right and wrong way up for the cladding boards?
3.7 What detailing is required in the corners and at the ends?
3.8 Is a cavity required?
4.1 Does the finished cladding require a protective coating?
4.2 If I wish to apply a coloured coating, how should I do this?
Coatings can be applied onsite manually, weather permitting, however Russwood strongly recommend factory-coating. Russwood apply coatings under factory conditions to timber which is dried to the optimum moisture content of 16-18% (+/- 2%), meaning weather conditions are irrelevant, while on-site application means dry conditions are needed for a number of days in order to avoid the effects of excess moisture. In addition, with factory coating, a basecoat is applied all round to seal the timber, with the front presentation face and two sides fully coated to a consistent, flawless finish.
4.3 Left uncoated, how long will the cladding take to weather?
To see some examples of how cladding samples at Russwood have weathered over time, please have a look at our cladding gallery.
4.4 Is there a solution which speeds up the weathered appearance?
Read more about SiOO:X, here.