We would advise the use of stainless fixings wherever possible. These are more expensive than some other options but offer the best durability in an external situation. Screws are best, but nails are also commonly used. Fixings can be driven through the face and left visible, and screws can be countersunk to be flush.
Lapped boards can be ‘secret nailed’ to hide the fixings. There is a range of ‘systems’ available which allow you to ‘clip’ boards in and give a very tidy appearance. These are expensive but offer significant reductions on the fitting time and mean that boards can be easily removed and replaced if necessary. This feature makes adaptations and extensions to the building more accessible and can also offer easy access to the zone behind the boarding for running services
Weatherboarding is the final finish, not the only barrier against weather. There is usually a full build up underneath the boards which can easily provide the normal domestic standards of insulation, airtightness and protection from water ingress expected by Building Regulations.
Weatherboarding is usually something which is best carried out by your builder as it happens at a much later stage than the raising of the frame.
We are happy to pass on details of sawmills and suppliers. Contact us for more information.
We can offer to include weatherboarding into our package; this is most suitable when the project is local to one of our yards. This option can be considered on smaller projects and is appropriate for uninsulated outbuildings and garages where we fit the weatherboarding at the same time as the frame raising.
Contact us for more details.