For a rustic look, nothing beats the stunning natural beauty of wood cladding. Whether used on cabins, homesteads or even commercial projects, the stunning look of waney edge cladding has a charm all of its own.
This 18m2 cabin features a mix of Red Cedar shingles and Oak waney edge on the front wall. A beautiful mix of materials that really makes the building stand out.
What is waney edge cladding?
Whether you’re building your own little rustic cabin in the back garden or a larger structure such as a lodge or summer house, waney edge cladding will help you create a traditional and rustic appearance. This type of cladding is made from overlapping rough sawn timber boards that are left with their natural edge (the wane) visible on the lower side of each board. The bark is often still attached to the wane, but will typically come off as the timber is cut on the saw or it will naturally shed over time.
The waney edge of each cladding board allows it to catch the eye and stand out from other standard types of cladding. The cladding can be affixed to the outside of your building or it can be used as a feature wall inside your cabin or lodge. It’s a great way to add a touch of natural beauty to your build, which can be especially important if you’re aiming for an environmentally friendly design.
There are various options available for those looking to buy waney edge cladding, from rough sawn larch to fresh cut English spruce and Douglas Fir. You can also choose between single or double waney-edge siding – the former gives you that classic western look while the latter provides a more unique and dramatic effect with its chinked joints.
This cladding is often used on buildings such as lodges and garden rooms, but it’s also very popular with those who want to create a rustic barn or shed. It’s also a good choice for those who want to create a more traditional-looking home and is often painted in a black bitumen paint.
Waney edge cladding is made from a variety of wood species but larch is a popular option. Larch is a durable timber that’s rated as moderately durable for outdoor use and can withstand weathering and moisture quite well. It’s easy to install and can be used on almost any type of building.
Over the years, larch will eventually turn to a beautiful silver-grey colour that can complement the colours of your other exterior finishes such as roof tiles or stonework. In addition, larch is naturally rot and insect resistant and has good fire protection properties.
What are the benefits of waney edge cladding?
Waney edge cladding can be a great option for a cabin as it can add a natural and rustic look. It’s also easy to install and can be used on many different types of buildings. In addition, waney edge cladding is often more affordable than other types of cladding.
Waney edges can be a great way to create a unique and rustic style for your log cabin. This type of cladding is made from boards that are cut straight from a tree with one side keeping the outside shape and bark while the other is squared off. This results in a beautiful and unique look that is sure to impress your guests.
The Waney Edge Cabin
This is a stunning example of a Waney edge shed, built by Brookridge Timber. It’s a beautiful building with a lovely mix of materials, from the oak gable ends to the larch waney edge on the back wall and Elm Waney Edge on the right. It’s a great example of how you can use a variety of materials to create the perfect cabin for your home or business.
While the beauty of a timber cladding is evident, it’s important to consider the durability of this material when choosing a building for your new cabin or garden room. Douglas fir waney edge cladding is an excellent choice for a cabin as it is durable and long-lasting. It is also relatively low-maintenance and won’t rot or succumb to insect attack like some other types of cladding.
Another advantage of Douglas fir waney edge cladding for your cabin is that it can be installed in a variety of ways, from traditional lap siding to more modern and creative styles. In addition, it is easy to work with and can be stained to match the color of your cabin.
One of the biggest benefits of Douglas fir waney edge cladding, however, is that it can be cut to fit a range of sizes and shapes. This is especially beneficial if you’re planning on using your cabin for a specific purpose, such as a garden office or guest lodge.
What are the drawbacks of waney edge cladding?
Many people use waney edge cladding on log cabins because it looks great and is very durable. It also requires very little maintenance, as it is resistant to rot and insect damage. However, there are a few things that you should bear in mind when using this type of cladding on your cabin.
The biggest drawback of waney edge cladding is that it can be quite noisy to live in, as the overlapping boards create a lot of movement. This can be an issue if you are living in a rural location, or if you plan to build your cabin near water. Another thing to consider is that if you choose to use waney edge cladding, you will need to have it professionally treated and sealed in order to protect it from the elements.
If you are concerned about the noise levels of waney edge cladding, then you can always opt for a smooth machined finish instead. This will be much quieter than the overlapping boards and will provide a more contemporary look.
There are many different species of cladding available, so you can find the perfect one for your particular project. For example, you can choose larch cladding, which is ideal for rustic and farmhouse style buildings. Or, you can go for oak cladding, which is a popular choice for traditional and classic styles. Oak is one of the most long-lasting timbers and has a unique natural grain.
Another option for cladding is to use logs, which offer the same benefits of waney edge cladding but are much cheaper. This can be a good option if you are building a cabin for the purpose of letting it out as a holiday home, or if you are planning to use it as a garden shed. Just be sure to treat it properly, as it will require regular maintenance to keep it protected from the weather and insects. This will ensure that it lasts for as long as possible.
How to install waney edge cladding
Whether it’s a garden shed, cosy outbuilding or enchanting holiday cabin, waney edge is a beautiful choice of cladding for any timber building. As well as offering a gorgeous rustic look, this type of cladding is also simple to install.
The key is in choosing the right type of wood for your project. There are a few options available and it’s worth considering what look you want to achieve. There’s also the matter of durability and how exposed it will be to the elements. With this in mind, we recommend opting for a naturally durable timber such as UK larch, cedar or sweet chestnut.
These timbers are well suited to this type of cladding and they can be finished with a preservative to keep them looking great. They can also be treated with UV protection oil to slow the natural greying that can occur and help to prolong their lifespan.
One of the most popular uses of waney edge cladding is in garden fencing. This cladding is easy to install and comes in ready-made panels that are ideal for creating a fence to add privacy to your outdoor space. Each panel is framed with rectangular battens and finished with a top capping to create a stylish finish that would complement any garden.
It’s a good idea to use a reputable garden fencing supplier that offers a range of options, including this cladding. This will ensure that you’re able to find the perfect solution for your project and will be able to see how the cladding will look before purchasing it.
As with all types of cladding, the key is in caring for it properly. Regular cleaning and painting will help to keep it looking its best, while a sand down when necessary will make it easier to repair. It’s also a good idea to apply a preservative to your cladding once it has been installed, to keep it protected from the weather.
If you’re interested in installing waney edge cladding on your timber building, then we highly recommend getting in touch with us here at Brookridge Timber. We can provide you with the highest quality cladding, made from sustainably sourced UK larch and micronised pressure treated to protect it from rot and insect attack for up to 30 years.