Please note iWood is a wholesale timber merchant and we have a minimum order of £750 ex VAT (£900 inc VAT).
1) We offer Rainshield Cladding in the following profile
European Oak Rainshield Cladding is a highly durable, modern looking cladding. Requires sealing before installation to prevent moisture movement.
2) Click to choose a grade of European Oak
IWC8 Rainshield 142mm (138 face) x 19mm
IWC8 Rainshield 142mm (138 face) x 19mm
The rainshield profile is a slanted rectangle shape (nearly a parallelogram, technically an obtuse trapezoid with chamfers!). It's designed to be installed horizontally with a slight gap between the boards, giving an extremely modern, uniformed look. People often cut to exact lengths too to give a purposefully regimented, grid-like pattern.
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3) How much European Oak Rainshield Cladding do you need?
Prime Quality European Oak
A kiln-dried grade of oak with very few knots for a clean look
Light Character European Oak
Light character oak is also kiln dried and is more knotty than the prime grade
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Species: European Oak
Delivery: Added at checkout
Availability: Availability 17 to 21 working days
Example Pricing for European Oak Rainshield Cladding
Priced from £67.42 ex. VAT (£80.90 inc. VAT) per square metre (Profile: IWC8 Rainshield Cladding - Grade: Light Character - 1m 2)
European Oak Rainshield Cladding
We supply European Oak Rainscreen cladding in our IWC8 profile which can be fitted horizontally.
We provide Rainshield cladding in our kiln dried prime and light character grade Oak. Both grades are highly suitable for cladding with the choice coming down to your personal preference on how you want your cladding to look. Prime grade is a cleaner timber with very few knots whereas the light character will have more knots.
Due to our European Oak Rainscreen cladding being a machined and kiln dried product you will need to treat your timber to make sure that there is minimal movement from moisture entering the timber. Without treatment the timber will be subject to shrinking in the summer and expanding in the winter. We recommend that you treat your cladding before applying it to ensure a complete seal.
Your European Oak Rainscreen Cladding is supplied in random lengths of 2m and longer. You can request longer lengths if necessary however please call us on 01889 279 018 or talk to us on our online chat. If we can supply the lengths you need please outline your requirement in the “Special Instructions” box on the shopping basket page of the site.
Be sure to read through our treatment information by clicking on "Treatment Guidance" above. It talks about sealing, preserving and protecting the timber from the sun's UV rays. Here are quick links to the products we recommend:
Our fitting guidelines are designed to give you a starting point on how to fit your rainshield cladding and we recommend that you consult an expert fitter to advise on your actual scenario.
Please note: One of the edges of our rainscreen profile has a steeper angle than the other. The profile is designed to be fitted with the steepest angle at the top, so the gap between the boards is widest at the front exposed side, and smallest at the back.
Be sure to read our treatment guidance as treatment needs to be applied prior to fixing your cladding.
Rainshield cladding should be fitted on top of a breathable membrane, because it is designed to be fixed with gaps around it. This membrane stops rain getting to the wall, but allows moisture to escape, helping to prevent internal condensation and mould that can come with it.
Treated Softwood Battens
Treated softwood battens (available from our cladding accessories pages) are most commonly used to fix to the wall (or on top of the breathable membrane) to then fix your cladding to. For rainshield cladding, which is fitted horizontally, your battens need to be placed vertically, at around every 600mm (60cm).
When fitting your timber to the battens we recommend pre-drilling the holes to avoid splitting the wood and then hold the board with screws. Rainshield cladding boards are designed to sit on top of each other and we recommend leaving a 12mm gap in between them on the front face.
Unlike other profiles of cladding, many people line up the joins on each row of cladding to create bold lines for a modern look.
As already stated, these are just ideas to get you thinking about installation and you should consult a professional installer before fitting your cladding as every scenario is different.
Because kiln dried timber will try and take in moisture, and in turn cause movement in the wood, it's important to completely seal the timber on all sides to prevent moisture getting in. There are many product options available, with new, improved products being released all the time, so the best company to talk to is Wood Finishes Direct, who have an expert and always up-to-date timber treatment advice team. www.wood-finishes-direct.com
What do our customers say?
Used before. Good value and good service.
- Julian Green
The quality of the kiln dried oak you sent looks really good & some of the best I have seen in my 9 years of being self employed, so thank you very much for that
The website is excellent and I also called your help line a couple of times to ask a few more questions and guidance and the wood experts were very helpful. Thank you.
- Sally Charter
Very detailed website for ordering my exact requirements easily.
- Richard Boundy
Good communication and website. Easy to use and understand. Many thanks.
- Chris Waterhouse
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Prime Quality European Oak External Cladding Rainshield Cladding from iWood Timber
Light Character European Oak External Cladding Rainshield Cladding from iWood Timber
Some commonly asked questions
Our timber is imported straight from sawmills on the continent. Our usual lead times are therefore 17 to 21 working days.
What are your delivery costs?
We calculate our delivery costs based on how far away you are from us, to get more information on this please check out our shipping costs page HERE.
Our delivery lorries visit different parts of the country on different days, so once your order is ready we will work with you to arrange a delivery day for when one of our lorries is in your area. We will always arrange the delivery day in advance with you.
We deliver weekdays Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am to 5pm. Our delivery vehicles will have multiple jobs on them which can affect the delivery time to you, depending on factors such as traffic and how long it takes to offload the previous jobs. The driver will call you in advance with an estimated time of arrival to make sure you'll be there.
Aside from delivery locations that are priced on application, your delivery will be provided with means of offloading from the truck. This may be by HIAB (lorry with a crane arm), or by supplied manpower. The method will be determined by the haulage company we use based on your location and available options at the time. Please note, both offload options will drop your order to the side of the lorry, they won't be able to carry it around the back of a property, for example.
For areas that are priced on application, by default, we will quote for delivery on a flat-bed lorry that you'll need to arrange to offload yourself. We can quote for offloading on request, but to these areas it's usually prohibitively expensive, and cheaper for you to hire a forklift, or arrange to have enough people on-site to offload.
How do I place an order for cladding?
You can place your order online by working out your price above and adding your items to your shopping basket. You can then check out and your order will be processed securely and a confirmation email sent. Once your order arrives in our depot, we'll give you a call to arrange delivery.
Can I Order Samples?
Yes you can, you can order samples of certain timbers at www.iwood.co.uk/sample-request/.
If the species you need isn't there please give us a call or talk to us on our online chat.
The timbers shown are planed all round samples and are not profiled.