Western Red Cedar Tongue and Groove Cladding
We have a variety of tongue and groove profiles available in Imported, Canadian Western Red Cedar for you to choose from and they include:
- IWC1 - 19mm x 145mm overall, with a 135mm face - For horizontal or vertical fitting
- IWC2 - 19mm x 95mm overall, with an 88mm face - For horizontal or vertical fitting
- IWC3 - 19mm x 142mm overall, with a 125mm face - For horizontal or vertical fitting
- IWC4 - 19mm x 145mm overall, with a 125mm face - For horizontal or vertical fitting
- IWC5 - 19mm x 145mm overall, with a 125mm face - For vertical fitting only
All these profiles can be fitted vertically or horizontally apart from IWC5 which is only suitable for vertical fitting. Where necessary we can machine to custom profiles for bulk orders, however we wold require the drawings before we can quote and proceed.
Our Imported, Canadian Western Red Cedar tongue and groove cladding is supplied in "Clear and Better No.2" grade which is one of the highest grades of imported cedar available. The timber is almost knot free giving you a nice clean finish to your cladding and the colour of the cedar is a quite remarkable range of dark reddish-brown to pale pinks and oranges. You can see the range of colours in some of the pictures below.
Our WRC tongue and groove cladding is supplied in random lengths between 2 and 4 metres to match the area you want to cover. We can supply exact lengths where required but please check with us before ordering to make sure we can supply those lengths. You can call us on 01889 279 018 or you can talk to us on our online chat. If we confirm that we can provide the lengths please type the lengths you need into the “Special Instructions” box on the shopping basket page after checking with us we can provide them.
If you want to use secret nailing on your cladding then you will need to choose our IWC3 profile.
Most people leave their timber to go the traditional silver-grey in the sun. We recommend talking to www.wood-finishes-direct.com if you would like to treat your timber. If you do decide to treat your timber, it needs to be treated all the way round including the ends to prevent moisture getting in at all.
Imported Canadian Western Red Cedar vs Home-grown British Western Red Cedar
This imported Canadian Cedar has a lot fewer knots than the British Cedar, and also a wide range of warm colours, from reds, oranges and browns to creams. Click here for British Cedar T&G Cladding.
Canadian and British Western Red Cedar
Please see below some pictures of planed all round Western Red Cedar slats. Although they aren't pictures of cladding you will be able to see the colour difference between the Canadian and British Western Red Cedar which will help you to make a choice between the two.
These fitting guidelines are only a rough idea on how to fix your tongue and groove cladding. We do recommend you employ a professional who has experience fitting tongue and groove cladding.
Be sure to read our treatment guidance as treatment needs to be applied prior to fixing your cladding
Consult a fitter to determine if your scenario would require the fitting of a breathable membrane between your wall and the cladding. 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. If you are fixing your cladding horizontally, your battens need to be placed vertically, at around every 600mm (60cm), and vice versa.
** Whether you use nails or screws, it's important that they are stainless steel, or silicone bronze ARS, so that the natural tanins in the timber will not corrode them. Never use iron nails for fixing timber.
To help stop the wood from splitting we recommend pre-drilling the timber and then holding it with the screw or nail head when you fit the board to the batten. Look to leave a 3mm gap between the boards, rather than butting them up tight like flooring, to account for any moisture movement and make sure that the tongue is facing upwards otherwise moisture will start gathering in the groove of the profile.
You can also use nails, preferably ring-shanked for extra grip, and again stainless steel so they don't corrode. For lower-density species like cedar, consider using nails with larger heads so the cladding doesn't pull through.
You can fit IWC 1,2,3 and 4 vertically or horizontally depending on the look you want from your timber. Whilst technically you can fit IWC5 horizontally, water can sit in the square channel, which is not recommended.
With each new row of cladding you add, it's preferred that you stagger the joins between each board so you don't create a visible seam.
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.