Weatherboarding is the cladding or ‘siding’ of a house consisting of long thin timber boards that overlap one another, either vertically or horizontally on the outside of the wall. They are usually of rectangular section with parallel sides. Some horizontal sections have a tongued and grooved joint arranged to link the boards together, they can also be similar to North American riven clapboards of triangular or "feather-edged" section where the upper edge is the thinner one. Generally vertical boarding uses rectangular sections placed heart side in; heart side out. This is done in order to encourage the boards to cup against one-another in a similar fashion to traditional terracotta roof tiles. This detail can also be used in an angled roof condition.

Traditionally timber weatherboarding was used without a finish, relying upon good air circulation and the use of 'semi-hardwoods' which would keep the boards from rotting. These boards eventually go grey as the tanins are washed out from the timber. More recently weatherboarding has been tarred or painted; traditionally black or white due to locally occurring minerals or pigments. In modern weatherboarding these colours remain popular, but with a hugely wider variety due to chemical pigments and stains. In some conditions weatherboards may consist of uPVC boards (Known as Vinyl siding in the U,S,), or other man-made materials. Recently there has been a much greater use of untreated timber cladding, using woods like Sweet Chestnut or Douglas-fir, with a well ventilated cavity. With robust detailing this weatherboarding can last for decades.

It is good practice to leave the lower part of a wall free of cladding to avoid dampness caused by air not circulating which could subsequently rot the weatherboarding. Watermills were traditionally made of brick up to the first floor, and in windmills upper storeys were often timber-framed and only the caps were weatherboarded.

Weatherboard houses may be found in most parts of the British Isles, and the style may be part of all types of traditional building, from cottages to windmills, shops to workshops, as well as many others.

In New Zealand, weatherboard housing dominates buildings before 1960. Weatherboard, with a corrugated iron roof was found to be a cost effective building style. After the big earthquakes of 1855 and 1931 wooden buildings were perceived as being less vulnerable to damage.

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* ['weatherboarding' UK weatherboarding]
* [ Weatherboarding in Scotland]

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  • Weatherboarding — Weath er*board ing, n. (Arch.) (a) The covering or siding of a building, formed of boards lapping over one another, to exclude rain, snow, etc. (b) Boards adapted or intended for such use. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • weatherboarding — [weth′ərbôr΄diŋ] n. weatherboards collectively …   English World dictionary

  • weatherboarding — weatherboard chiefly Brit. ► NOUN 1) a sloping board attached to the bottom of an outside door to keep out the rain. 2) each of a series of horizontal boards nailed to outside walls with edges overlapping to keep out the rain. DERIVATIVES… …   English terms dictionary

  • weatherboarding — noun Date: 1632 clapboards, siding …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • weatherboarding — /wedh euhr bawr ding, bohr /, n. 1. a covering or facing of weatherboards. 2. weatherboards collectively. [1625 35; WEATHERBOARD + ING1] * * * …   Universalium

  • weatherboarding — noun A type of wooden siding in which a house is sided with long, thin, overlapping boards …   Wiktionary

  • weatherboarding — n. siding for buildings, weatherboards collectivelyn. long boards that are thicker at one edge and are fitted together in a horizontally overlapping manner as siding for a building, clapboard; side of a watercraft that faces towards the wind… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • weatherboarding — weatherboard·ing …   English syllables

  • weatherboarding — /ˈwɛðəbɔdɪŋ/ (say wedhuhbawding) noun 1. a covering or facing of weatherboards or the like. 2. weatherboards collectively. {weatherboard + ing1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • weatherboarding — noun a long thin board with one edge thicker than the other; used as siding by lapping one board over the board below • Syn: ↑clapboard, ↑weatherboard • Derivationally related forms: ↑clapboard (for: ↑clapboard) • …   Useful english dictionary

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