Which Cladding Should I Use?

Which Cladding Should I Use?
Cladding is the application of one material over another to provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance, thermal insulation and protection from weathering. We use numerous materials for cladding our garden rooms. Which cladding should you use depends on your requirement, budget, and appearance preference.
The first thing to consider is areas where you need cladding and identifying the purpose- whether you prioritise aesthetics over durability or vice versa. Below we offer an overview of the cladding materials we supply and install.

Western Red Cedar

Grown in the Western Pacific, Western Red Cedar is an aesthetically pleasing softwood, each piece is unique. Cedar grows slowly, creating a fine grain and durable material that is resistant to rot. Areas having an optimal moisture content in the air shall benefit from cedar cladding. It protects against fungal attacks. The reddish-brown colour adds an elegant finish to any garden room. Cedar is ultra-durable, providing a life span of over 50 years.  We recommend treating Cedar Cladding with Osmo UV Protection Oil 410, application is recommended to prolong its life every 2-5 years depending on it’s UV exposure. Untreated, the reddish-brown colour will transform into silver-grey. 

Siberian Larch Cladding

Grown in Siberia, Mongolia and China and grown at high altitudes (in comparison to British Larch) which makes it a very durable material. It matches the cedar in durability but outshines it when it comes to affordability. Siberian Larch is a more cost-effective cladding alternative to cedar. It also has a natural golden finish.

Redwood Thermowood

Redwood Thermowood is thermally modified to enhance its physical and chemical properties. When treated above 200 centigrade, Redwood turns into the most durable timber after chemical and structural changes, making it a reliable option for cladding. It has a lifespan of 30 years. It can be used without the need to be treated with a protection oil. 

Shou Sugi Ban

Shou Sugi Ban is an ancient Japanese technique from the 18th Century, of charring timber to preserve the material, minimising the need for maintenance and increasing its resistance to rot and weather. Larch, Cedar, Accoya, Kebony, and Yukari are all timbers that can be charred with a flame-torch to create a functional yet beautiful cladding design. Depending on the timber that has been torched, the lifespan can be anywhere from 70-100 years due to the natural layer of protection applied as carbon is released during the charring process.

Composite Cladding

Composite cladding is a man-made material engineered to withstand the damaging effects of weathering. A composite material usually consists of wood fibres and recycled materials bonded in a polymer resin, with long fibre reinforcement. Most composite materials come with a 25-year guarantee, and are very easy to maintain and clean. 

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