Shiplap cladding is a popular choice for many DIY enthusiasts and construction experts due to the traditional aesthetic and prolonged durability that it can bring to a home. Installing Shiplap can be quite difficult, and requires both skill and the right tools to ensure it is installed correctly. In this guide, we’ll provide you with information about the essential cladding installation tools needed to add Shiplap to your home.
What is Shiplap Cladding?
Shiplap cladding uses individual wooden boards that layer together and have a slight overlap. Originally, it was the preferred method for weatherproofing external buildings such as barns, farmhouses and stables but it has become a popular interior design choice.
In modern homes, Shiplap is typically used in hallways and bathrooms to make a room seem larger than it is. Horizontal Shiplap is used to make a room look wider, whilst vertical Shiplap usually covers the top half of a wall and is used to make rooms look taller.
As well as the visual benefits of Shiplap cladding, there are many construction benefits that make it the favourite for outside structures.
Why is Shiplap Cladding Better Than Other Cladding Types?
When comparing Shiplap to Overlap cladding, there are many positives.
Each piece of Shiplap cladding interlocks with each other, due to the rabbet. Unlike Overlap cladding, Shiplap cladding sits flat against the wall, preventing water from seeping in. As each board fits together, there is a slight overlap, which helps prevent leaking and prevents draughts during windy seasons.
Shiplap cladding is more expensive than Overlap cladding, but the extra security and visual appeal make it more popular.
Tongue & Groove cladding projects are more susceptible to rotting than Shiplap constructions. If left untreated, the wood used in Tongue & Groove projects can shrink over time, meaning boards may have to be replaced regularly.
Good quality Shiplap can last 40-60 years before issues arise when installed correctly.
Tools Needed For Shiplap Cladding
When preparing to start your project, it’s better to have everything you might need rather than the basics. Here’s a list of cladding tools & equipment we recommend that you should have before starting to install Shiplap cladding:
- Tape measure
- The saw you use is up to personal preference. We recommend using a mitre, jig, or table saw as they provide the smoothest and straightest lines when cutting timber.
- Spirit level & string line
- Set square
- Nail gun
- Finishing nails
- Safety equipment
- Sandpaper or sanding block
- Wood filler
For more in-depth information about Shiplap cladding and metal cladding tools check out our blog.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any disadvantages to Shiplap cladding?
Unlike Tongue & Groove cladding, Shiplap cladding tends to collect dust and dirt in the grooves between each connection. As it is not completely flat, it can be difficult to clean completely.
If not installed correctly, Shiplap cladding is at risk of moisture damage.
Can I use the same tools for timber and metal cladding?
Whilst some tools are suitable for both timber and metal cladding, we do not recommend using Jigsaw tools to cut metal. They can be difficult to control and produce lower-quality work.
How do I know how much timber I need?
- Work out your area in square metres by multiplying the width and length of the space.
- Work out the linear metres by dividing the m² by the width of your board. Make sure to take the overlap of each board into account.
- Divide the linear metre figure by the length of the board to determine how many boards you need
- It is then recommended to multiply this number by 1.1 to allow for any waste.
Buy Cladding Tools for Your Next Project
Want to take on your own project? You can buy or hire any of the equipment mentioned in this guide. We stock a full range of power tools and cladding equipment for you to choose from.
If you’re unsure what tools would be best for your cladding project, speak with a cladding expert today to take the next step towards your installation.
Learn more about cladding tools
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