How to Choose the Right Material for your Exterior Cladding

Things to Consider for your Cladding Project

When planning to build your dream property there are many things to consider. From the right material, to your budget and schedule. To get your project under-way in an organised and efficient manner, we have devised some important things to consider when purchasing your cladding for your project.


If you are looking to add a traditional, rustic aura to your project, knottier woods can reinforce this style. For a clean, crisp look, species that are naturally knot free (clear grade) will do the trick.

We also offer a variety of colours to suit your style ranging from charred cladding to more vibrant AtelierClad® compositions.

Lead Times

Your exterior cladding can be fitted once your windows, doors, roof soffits and guttering are in place and while you still have the scaffolding erected if your cladding is above ground floor level. Internal operations such as plumbing, and electrics can be completed whilst the external cladding is being installed. Allowing you to speed up your project schedule.

Due to the variety of products that QTD Ltd. offer and the treatments that they under-go, lead times for different cladding options can vary from 5 days to 8 weeks. Therefore, it is always advisable to plan well ahead as build projects will encounter unforeseen delays and can speed up or slow down from one week to the next.

However, to ease this pressure we are able to wrap and store your material under cover until you require it onsite as we know that space will be limited and the risk of damage can be high. We offer this service at present FREE of charge.


Our variety of cladding options offer durability and resistance to harsh weather conditions. Therefore, your location and its susceptibility to a range of weather conditions should not matter when applying any product from our cladding range to your property.


With any project, no matter how big or small, it generally comes down to budget and dependant on your project we would be able to offer you a variety of products to satisfy your price point.

Our high-end range of AtelierClad®, ThermoChar® and ThermoWood cladding come in at a slightly higher price point. This is reflected in their added durability, stability, eco-credentials, and overall product quality.

At the lower end of the budget spectrum is our chemically Pressure-Treated Softwood cladding in a natural finish or a variety factory coated colours, these timbers have a slightly reduced lifespan of 15-20 years in comparison to our ThermoWood’s which have a lifespan of 25/30+ years.

Product Type

All types of cladding commonly known as rain screen cladding will protect your home from the elements. Some have qualities to improve thermal insulation and as well as offering high fire ratings. Different species vary in terms of grading quality, knot content, colour and graining, service life and upkeep. In fact, timber is one of the few natural materials where in most cases price will reflect quality.

If you are looking for a natural timber product with minimal maintenance, a durable and rot resistant material that is also dimensionally stable, meaning that the product is not prone to cupping, swelling, or shrinking, ThermoWood softwood or hardwoods will provide that performance over others.

Commonly, UV exposure will fade the natural colour of all timber species without exception. However, it’s the natural softwoods with a high knot content that most people see as fading to an unattractive grey colour with black knots most often associated with garden fences. This is because the softwood is of fast-growing low quality and not considered good enough for use as cladding. The more attractive silvery grey colour is more commonly associated with clear grade hardwoods and softwoods of a high-grade quality.

If the penultimate colour of UV fading is not your thing then we also offer four add