Garden rooms come in a range of styles, shapes and sizes, which is one of the reasons they are increasing in popularity. Their versatility allows them to be purposed for a multitude of uses while seamlessly blending with your garden and personal taste. With many garden room cladding options available, you may be confused. But don’t panic, we take a look at the options below.
At present, Cedar cladding is probably the most popular choice for garden tooms. This is because it has a number of benefits and is attractive. Coming in a rich reddish-brown colour, Cedarwood has a long-life expectancy with its natural ability to fight off fungus. This gives it an average life-span of 25 years or more. It’s not entirely maintenance-free though unless you keep the wood oiled annually with a UV-oil, the colour will fade, losing the rich reddish tones. Pictured above is Cedar Garden Room by All Seasons Living.
Composite Wood Cladding
Composite wood is popular because it’s a low-maintenance option which comes in a range of colours and finishes. Made from a combination of wood fibre and resin, composite wood cladding can have a dye added during the manufacturing process. This means you can choose from a wide range of colour options. These boards don’t fade in the way wood does, which makes them popular as they don’t need painting, oiling or staining and come in a broader choice of colours such as popular greys, blacks or environment blending greens even! Pictured above is The Homestead by Aspen Garden Rooms, utilising coloured composite cladding.
Larch is a cheaper alternative to Cedar, which is helping it surge in popularity. Siberian Larch is one variant often used. It has a more golden colour than Cedar, but it will fade to a greyish tone if left untreated. Of course, you can opt to paint or stain the timber to suit your needs or taste. This timber is popular because it has a nice straight grain with fewer knots. Pictured above is The Onnen by MWD Makers which is made with Welsh Larch.[adsense]
Thermowood has a long life-span of 30-years plus which is one reason for its popularity among garden room creators and owners. It’s a heat-treated pine, which is a softwood. When heated at over 200°c, the woods structure changes, which makes it more durable and stable. Of course, pine has a knottier grain than Siberian Larch which can be left on show, stained or even painted to suit the owner’s taste. Pictured above is a The Studio by RA Garden Rooms which utilises Thermowood cladding.
Combination Garden Room Cladding
Not all garden rooms are entirely constructed with one cladding option. Some creators use a mixture of cladding options to create a striking design. These can include a mix of wood and aluminium, timber and render, bricks, slate, high-pressure laminates and other metals. Pictured above is The California by Into The Garden Room which utilises a mix of construction materials.
There are some lesser-used options such as metal cladding and rendered garden rooms, so always look around and see which style best suits your tastes and requirements.
It’s important to understand the choices available to you when choosing your garden room so that you can find the right solution for you. Most garden rooms are relatively low maintenance, but some woods will require upkeep if you want to keep them looking like new.