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3 FAQs About Timber Tongue & Groove Cladding

No matter what you use your garden room for, how big it is or where you put it, there is one universal truth that applies to all these structures… you need to make sure they’re properly insulated!

If you don’t, you’ll find that you simply don’t enjoy the space once the summer sun has gone, so take the time to think about how to insulate the building so it can be used season by season, no matter what happens with the weather.

One of the best options for insulation and cladding is timber tongue and groove, but it can be difficult to decide what’s most appropriate if you’ve never dealt with it before. To help you choose the appropriate products for your space, here are some frequently asked questions about this kind of insulation material.

#1 What is tongue and groove?

Tongue and groove simply describes two panels of wood that slot together perfectly. One side of the panel has a tongue that fits into the groove of another panel, so installation is quick and efficient, with minimal fuss involved. The end result is something seamless in a contemporary style.

#2 Do you need to leave a gap between the cladding during installation?

The short answer is yes, you should aim to leave a slight gap between the boards when fitting the cladding so that the timber can move around. If the boards are fitted too tightly together, it’s possible that they could warp and split over time.

#3 Which way up do you install the cladding?

One of the best features of tongue and groove is that it’s versatile enough to be installed either vertically or horizontally, so you can create your own stunning visuals with no trouble at all. You can also use it on the ceiling if you’re keen to design a wraparound aesthetic.

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