Larch cladding and stainless steel

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Cladding work at our Bogindhu site is progressing well during this spell of good weather. The stainless steel contractor has finished the fill flashings under the cladding and I think that the two materials: terne-coated stainless steel and larch cladding sit very well together.

Of course both materials will change with time, the larch will eventually grey down to an even tone and the metal will become duller as the coating reacts with the air.

I can’t wait to see it in ten years time.

Room Architects


  1. stainless steel cladding
    December 15, 2010

    Thanks for the share,I am not familiar about larch cladding and so i cannot imagine if it’s work but since you are doing such work here I will just follow your post for updates.

    • roomarchitects
      December 15, 2010

      HI, Thanks for the comment. Over the last decade larch cladding has been increasingly common in Scotland, I think it is really an aesthetic choice as there are cheaper ways to build which probably outlast larch. The reason I used the stainless steel for the bottom band was to avoid any potential staining of the flashing due to the run-off from the cladding which can react badly with zinc and aluminium.

  2. julian cant
    December 19, 2010

    Hi, i’m thinking of using larch cladding on a tiny weekend house in the woods in the Czech republic. I like the finish you have got here, is there a particular practical reason for the cladding being vertical (i notice this style is used in czech quite commonly) or do you think a horizontal tongue and groove method would be ok too?

    • roomarchitects
      December 23, 2010

      Hi Julian, sorry for the delay in replying.

      I don’t think that there is any particular advantage with vertical cladding over horizontal assuming both are ventilated and installed correctly, although with a vertical installation any water running off the facade will follow the grain.

      Perhaps the other reason is that vertical cladding does not require that the boards are profiled in any way whereas horizontal cladding usually means either tongue and groove or an angled edge – this might be a historical thing where the easiest option was accepted as the vernacular.

      The scottish government has a PDF showing the history of timber cladding (in Scotland) it might be worth a look, failing that TRADA has some good publications

      good luck with the weekend house, let me know if there is anything I can help with