Here at Wittswood we can make feather edge cladding to meet all your building requirements. Feather-edged cladding is a popular choice for both residential and commercial buildings. It’s traditional in its style and is often the go-to cladding profile of choice amongst those looking to create a natural-looking and timeless exterior.

This type of cladding is characterized by its overlapping horizontal planks that create a feather-like appearance, hence the name.

How is it made?

Each plank of feather edge cladding board has a sawn finish. It’s cut on an angle, creating a tapered, wedge-shaped board across its width. The cladded look is created by overlapping sawn and tapered timber planks. This creates a stunning, uniform finish with plenty of character and aesthetic appeal.

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Here at Wittswood we produce all our wooden cladding in our workshop in Lincolnshire, using only 100% solid hardwood, primarily oak.

Why choose feather edge cladding?

One of the primary advantages of feather-edged cladding is its natural and rustic look.The overlapping boards create a visually appealing pattern that adds depth and texture to the building's exterior. This type of cladding can be used on various types of buildings, whether you're looking to give your countryside cottage a traditional charm or create a rustic feel for a restaurant in the heart of the city, feather-edged cladding can be customized to suit your design preferences and architectural style.

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In addition to its aesthetic appeal, feather-edged cladding offers several practical benefits. One of the key advantages is its durability. Our feather-edged boards are made from high-quality oak, which is known for its strength and resilience. The overlapping design of the boards creates a tight seal, which helps to prevent water infiltration. This ensures that the cladding can withstand the elements, including rain, wind, and sunlight, without warping or deteriorating quickly.

Furthermore, feather-edged cladding provides excellent insulation properties. The overlapping boards create an additional layer of protection against heat loss, helping to regulate the temperature inside the building and reduce energy consumption. This can lead to cost savings on heating and cooling bills, making feather-edged cladding an environmentally friendly choice.

When considering feather-edged cladding for your building project, there are a few factors to keep in mind. Firstly, it is important to choose high-quality timber that is sustainably sourced to ensure the longevity of the cladding and minimize environmental impact. Additionally, proper installation is crucial to ensure the boards are securely attached and correctly overlapped to maintain their structural integrity and weather resistance.

Periodic maintenance preserves the appearance and longevity of feather-edged cladding. This may include periodic cleaning, treating the timber with protective coatings, and inspecting for any signs of damage or wear.

How do you install Feather edge cladding?

To install feather edge cladding, start by fixing vertical battens onto the building's framework. Then, attach the feather edge boards horizontally, starting from the bottom and working your way up. Ensure each board overlaps the one beneath it and maintain consistent spacing between the boards for expansion.

How much do I need for my project?

At Wittswood we supply our feather edged cladding in 200mm wide boards with a 25/30mm overlap.

1.Measure the area that you are cladding, multiply the full width by the height in metres to work out the total area in square metres.

For example: a building 8.3m wide by 4.7m high = 39.01 sqm

Total up the area for all sides of the building

2. Measure the area of any windows and doors and calculate the square metres using the method above. Total up the square metres for all openings.

For example: there are 2 windows each measuring 1.3m x 1.2m and 1 door measuring 1.6 x 1.2m.  This gives a total square metreage of 1.56 + 1.56 + 1.92 = 5.04 sqm

3. Subtract the sqm of the openings from the total required to give the required square metres.

For example: 39.10 – 5.04 = 34.06 sqm

4. We recommend ordering at least 10% more cladding than you've measured for to account for the required cutting and shaping.

For example: 34.06 sqm x 1.1 = 37.47sq, round this up:


Should I treat my feather edge cladding?

This is down to personal choice. Most oak timbers, if left untreated will develop a silvery, grey patina over time. If you do decide to treat your timber, ensure you do this before you start the installation process. You’ll need to wait for the boards to dry, but this will save lots of time in the long run, and it’s a far safer option than trying to paint or stain at height.

In conclusion, feather-edged cladding offers a beautiful and practical solution for enhancing the exterior of buildings. With its rustic charm, durability, versatility, and insulation properties, it has become a popular choice among architects, builders, and homeowners alike. By selecting high-quality materials, ensuring proper installation, and performing periodic maintenance, feather-edged cladding can provide long-lasting beauty and protection for your building for years to come.


To learn more, you can directly call us at 01205 722 700 or 07377 138 832 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a member of our team would be happy to help you out with any of your queries.

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