Timber cladding such as Western Red Cedar, Siberian Larch or Thermowood is by far the most popular finish for the exterior of a garden room. These claddings offer a long lifespan and have the aesthetic appeal of a natural product. Each of these claddings can be fitted today and left to weather to a silvery grey as the building ages; they require little maintenance along the way.
If you want to maintain the ‘new’ look of your garden room and the original rich colour of the wood, though, you are going to have to apply a UV protector as the cladding is installed and reapply this every two or three years. For some owners, this is too much of a commitment, even if their garden room supplier offers an ongoing maintenance service to do the work for them.
The last few years have seen a number of manmade cladding products being adopted by the garden room industry. Most of those we have seen have been coloured finishes which create that New England painted weatherboard effect. These finishes have either been a UPVC, colour coated steel sheeting or a fibre cement based board. All these systems are highly durable and a great option for a garden room, but what if you want a garden room that has the look of wood, but holds its colour and doesn’t need maintenance?
The look of wood, that holds its colour and needs no maintenance
Many of the UPVC, coated steel and fibre cement claddings we have seen offer ‘wood effect’ finishes as well as their painted finishes. To be honest, we haven’t thought they were very realistic. Yes, they manage to get the grain effect, but the colours don’t, to our eye look like the Cedar cladding they are meant to replicate!
This lead us to look at composite wood claddings. Having sent for samples, we have been very taken with the system offered by Dura Composites. They sent us their Cedar cladding, and we have to say we think the colour is pretty realistic. We also like the brushed surface of the boards which creates a nice matt finish. They offer the cladding in a darker Teak and dark grey too.
The cladding has a substantial feel, and we can see it would be very dimensionally stable. The samples Dura Composites sent us have a shiplap profile joint system, but once the boards are joined together, the surface just has a neat, modern ‘V’ joint. The substantial interlocking joint has a large surface area and rubber gasket for maximum seal. The Dura Composites team tell us that they offer colour matched fascia boards for the complete garden room finish.
We are really impressed with the finish of Dura Cladding, particularly the Cedar finish, so much so we plan to use it on a project here at Garden Room HQ early next year. We will report back on how we found it!
So, if you are looking to create a low maintenance garden room that has the look of Cedar cladding and will maintain its colour without any effort, ask your supplier about Dura Cladding.
If you are a garden room supplier interested in learning more, give the Dura Composites team a call on 01255 423 601 or visit their extensive website.