Timber cladding is by far the most popular finish for the exterior of a garden room. Timber claddings such as Western Red Cedar and Siberian Larch are popular finishes as they can be fitted and then left to weather, with little maintenance during their long lifespan.
The thing is that as these timber claddings age, they will loose their original colour and weather to a silver grey. This aged look is very attractive, but what if you want to preserve the original 'new' look of the cladding.
Preserving the 'new' look of timber cladding
If you want to preserve the new look and colouring of your timber cladding in the long term, you'll need to think about this at the design stage.
If you discuss this preference at the design stage with your garden room supplier, they will be able to apply a UV oil to the planks before they are exposed to the elements.
A handful of garden room suppliers offer this as a standard option, whilst others offer it as an optional upgrade. It's quite a labour intensive process so there is a cost implication.
Differences in colour
Millworks who supply cladding to many of the leading garden room suppliers, kindly sent us some images of Cedar and Larch cladding at different stages: newly milled, with UV oil applied and with just over a months natural weathering.
You can see from these photos the differences in colour. It's interesting to see that with just over a months exposure the cladding is already fading.