Which type of cladding should I choose for my Garden Room?
As each garden room that we build is individually designed, we offer a selection of exterior cladding options. The type of cladding you choose can vary in cost and will therefore influence our quotation for your garden building. We’ve put together this guide on three of the most common cladding options, which should help you decide which will suit your taste and fit within your budget.
Budget Friendly Feather Edge Timber
Feather edge timber is the most cost-effective type of cladding we offer. However, don’t let this budget-friendly material make you believe it is of a lower quality! In fact, it is just as sturdy and durable as other cladding options.
At Miniature Manors, we use pressure-treated feather edge timber which means that our supplier has applied a treatment to the wood which will stop it from being effected by natural rot for at least fifteen years. When we fix the cladding, each piece of wood overlaps, giving the outside of your garden room a textured look. We think that feather-edge timber can create both a traditional or contemporary style, as ultimately the type of roof and windows you choose will determine the finish on the building.
Feather-edge cladding is a softwood that will grey down over time. However, you may wish to paint or stain the cladding. This is something our team can do you for you as part of your build, or a task you may wish to carry out post-build.
Contemporary Western Red Cedar Cladding
Western red cedar cladding is an extremely popular choice amongst garden room owners. It is one of the more expensive cladding options we offer. However, if your budget will allow and you love the rich colour of this wood, then it’s a worthwhile long term investment. After all, you’ll be using your garden building for decades to come!
Cedar is a softwood but has all the qualities of a hardwood. When looked after, it has a natural resistance to moisture and rot. It is also less prone to movement or shrinkages which is caused in other woods by changes in temperature. Cedar usually comes from North American or Canadian forests.
Western Red Cedar cladding looks stunning on garden rooms and garden offices of all shapes and sizes. It is a particularly good option if you would like to achieve a contemporary look. The cladding is fixed onto the structure in a TGV style or ‘tongue and groove with a v-joint’. In simple terms, this means that each board is locked together making the surface of the exterior walls flat.
Initially, cedar will have a warm colour which is full of red and brown tones. Our team will apply two coats of treatment on the cladding during the build process. If you want to maintain the colour of the wood, we suggest treating the structure every two years. The Miniature Manors team uses a product called Osmo Oil which contains a UV protection that prevents the wood from weathering quickly. If left untreated, western red cedar will turn in to a beautiful silver/grey colour.
Sleek Siberian Larch Cladding
Like western red cedar, larch is a softwood which has some of the characteristics of a hardwood. It also produces natural oils which make the wood rot and moisture resistant when looked after. As the name suggests, this wood comes from Siberia although it is now being grown in UK forests.
When cladded onto a garden room, our carpenters choose TGV boards which lock together to create a flat surface. You are more likely to find knots in larch compared to cedar, but knots often make for a more rustic look. Like cedar, larch will eventually weather and begin to show tones of silver and grey. This is another cladding which our team will coat with Osmo Oil at the end of the build, and we would suggest maintaining this treatment if you wish for the cladding to keep tones that are similar to it’s original colours.
At the time of writing this (November 2017) we have found that larch is coming in at a higher cost than cedar. As with most industries, the cost of materials can rise and fall depending upon the supply and demand available on the market. Typically, larch is a cheaper alternative to cedar cladding but is more expensive than feather-edge cladding.
How to decide?
Our team can advise which cladding option is best for your garden building after a discussion about your requirements. In our site visits, our team will often bring cladding samples for you to view.
There are many more cladding options available, and as all of our designs are bespoke, we are happy to work with most materials! You may like to use thermowood, green or dry oak and even cedar shingle tiles on your building.
Your garden room can be cladded either vertically or horizontally - it totally depends upon the look you wish to achieve. Please also be assured that all of our cladding comes from merchants who supply us with FSC or PEFC certified timber from well-maintained forests.