Timber cladding is a versatile material that can be used indoors and outdoors to achieve a premium yet natural appearance. Oak tongue and groove cladding is designed for interior use, with the construction of the cladding boards making them easy to install in the desired location. There are many applications for tongue and groove cladding inside the home, and sometimes inside commercial buildings too; as a popular wood with a beautiful finish, oak is always a good choice.
Oak timber cladding, and tongue and groove cladding in particular, is ideal for home interiors, or perhaps for creating a classy and modern interior for an establishment such as a bar or a restaurant. Find out all the basics of oak tongue and groove cladding, how it can be used, how it is fitted, and why it is such a strong choice from a design perspective.
Oak tongue and groove cladding for interior use
Oak is classified as a type of hardwood because of density – above 670kg per cubic meter. This is compared to softwood, which generally has a density of around 390kg per cubic meter. This means that oak is a very durable material. So why is this type of cladding used indoors? Oak can be a very good type of external cladding as well, but the construction of the cladding will be different if it is to be used out of doors. In general feather edge cladding is the best choice for external use. Tongue and groove oak cladding is best used indoors because it is very easy to fit and will create a neat, seamless finish – even if someone inexperienced is installing it.
How is oak tongue and groove cladding structured?
The cladding boards are designed with a trench along the length, which is the groove. They will then have a ridge on the opposite side, which is the tongue. This construction allows the boards to be neatly clipped together when they are being fitted, and there is no need for nails or glue either, making the installation process simple and effective. It can be installed by people with all levels of experience, though the boards will need to be the exact right size for the space that is being clad. It is tricky to cut down boards because of the tongue and groove structure so this should always be considered in full before installation.
Where is oak tongue and groove cladding used?
Oak is a favourite hardwood and has been used in properties for many, many years. It is highly durable, but its natural appearance is also very appealing – the tone and he wood grain make it a versatile and beautiful choice. Oak generally has a golden colour but growing conditions will affect this so it is good to see cladding in person before choosing it. Cladding of this kind might be used on internal walls, ceilings and beams to create the desired appearance. It can be used in all rooms of the home, although V tongue and groove cladding is preferable for environments like bathrooms and kitchens where there could be moisture.