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Timber cladding is an increasingly popular choice for finishing the outside of commercial and domestic properties. Highly attractive and durable, timber cladding, otherwise known as timber weatherboarding or timber siding, provides an economical way to finish the exterior of both old and new buildings as it is renewable, reusable and contains minimal embodied energy.

Many different species of wood are suitable for exterior timber cladding because of their natural resistance to decay. Traditional British timbers such as oak, elm, sweet chestnut, western red cedar and larch have been used as timber cladding and other aspects of construction for hundreds of years. Being naturally durable these species all provide a hard wearing, protective layer against the elements and are excellent insulators.

As well as British grown timbers, Vastern Timber also offers imported wood species such as Canadian red cedar and Siberian larch, both of which are increasingly popular in this country for contemporary cladding installations.

The various timber species offered by Vastern Timber are available in a range of profiles from the more rustic waney-edge and feather-edge to the clean lines of machined shiplap and halflap.

One of Vastern Timber’s newest additions is the Brimstone range of the thermally modified, locally grown natural timber. Sourced exclusively from English and Welsh woodlands Brimstone products are ideal for cladding, decking, external joinery and outdoor furniture. Heated to 210° the thermally modification process does not use any chemicals and penetrates the core of the timber, dramatically improving the performance of the timber.

Advantages of using a thermally modified wood includes its stability and durability, reducing its ability to shrink or rot in adverse weather conditions, and allowing it to be left untreated for many decades. Sourced from local woodlands, Brimstone is an attractive deep brown colour, similar to walnut, and has the added benefit of weathering evenly when left untreated due to its even colour consistency.

The Brimstone thermally modified range includes ash, sycamore and poplar.

If you would like any further information about the Vastern Timber range of timber cladding, or you require samples, please call or email and we will do our best to help.

Vastern Timber is one of the UK’s largest British hardwood sawmills and timber merchants, specialising in cutting and manufacturing native grown timber, including British oak, sweet chestnut, ash, sycamore and larch for the construction and joinery markets.

A family business established in High Wycombe in 1904 by Leonard Barnes, the company began life under the name of Barnes Branch & Co and primarily focused on the manufacture of furniture. Specialising in the production of traditional beech furniture, the company gradually evolved into a producer of components servicing other local manufacturers. Barnes Branch & Co was particularly well known for its beech and ash ‘Windsor back bends’ which gave the Windsor chair its distinctive shape and the company was commandeered to produce wings for the legendary de Havilland Mosquito aircraft in the Second World War.

In 1974, increasing demand for timber products led to the acquisition of the Vastern Timber Sawmill in Wootton Bassett, followed by a second sawmill at Studley near Chippenham in 1982.

Today, Vastern Timber continues to trade from two sites in Wiltshire and is owned and run by three members of the Barnes family – Peter, Jon and Tom, who represent the third and fourth generations of family in the company. The sites have four log-converting bandmills, computer-controlled drying kilns, and well-equipped machining facilities enabling Vastern Timber to process both hardwoods and softwoods for a wide range of uses. These uses span the specialist production of British oak in internal joinery, creating solid hardwood flooring, skirting and architraves. Structural beams and joists in oak and Douglas fir are produced for traditional building projects, with the addition of an extensive range of external timber cladding, including larch, cedar and various hardwoods. Vastern Timber also caters for the garden with large stocks of decking and fencing.

Vastern Timber cuts and processes British logs to offer a wide range of species, grades and specifications that are not widely available from other merchants. The company has large stocks available to ensure it can offer short lead times with the security of knowing that it will not run out of stock.

Vastern Timber provides a professional yet personal service tailored to the unique needs and wishes of its clients, which include architects, builders, joiners, furniture makers and timber framers.

Vastern Timber offers FSC certified timber from well managed British Forests and offers strength grading of structural timber to BS5756 and BS4976.

Vastern Timber has also recently launched Brimstone, the first commercially available British thermally modified timber. Sourced exclusively from English and Welsh woodlands, the Brimstone range is ideal for cladding, decking, external joinery and furniture, and includes thermally modified ash, sycamore and poplar.