A guide to exterior cladding for your AMC garden room
The choice of cladding on the outside of your garden room is a key one. Of course you’ll want your garden room to make a great first impression, but it’s also important to consider how the room blends with the natural environment of your garden as well as aesthetic of your house.
As well as considering the wood’s finish and natural durability, you’ll also need to think about what after care is needed. Would you prefer a maintenance-free option, or are you happy to give the exterior of your garden room a little TLC every now and then?
At AMC Garden Rooms, we’re always happy to offer our customers advice on cladding options. We offer a number of different choices to suit every style and budget. And as you would expect, we only use ethically sourced and sustainably produced timber, which is FSC- or PEFC-certified.
Western Red Cedar – Thuja plicata Western Red Cedar is a really popular choice for garden rooms due to its natural beauty, warmth and its uniform fine grain. It is naturally durable and has a long maintenance-free life. It comes in a variety of colours, ranging from cream, to dark-chocolate brown and salmon pink.
If left untreated the colour of cedar cladding will fade over time to a beautiful silvery-grey. If you prefer to keep the original colour, then the timber will need protecting as soon as possible after installation with a good quality semi- or fully-translucent UV-radiation protective coating.
We offer Western Red Cedar cladding in two variations – Canadian and English.
The Canadian variety has a deep, varied colour, while the more affordable English cedar is paler and knottier, giving a more rustic feel.
Siberian Larch – Larix decidua
Larch cladding gives an attractive, contemporary look, with colour tones ranging from pale reddish-brown to golden brown. It is straight grained, with knot and grain definition adding character. Larch cladding can either be left to weather naturally to a subtle grey, or be stained to add a flash of colour to your garden.
Larch has a maintenance-free life, due to natural resin and extracts in the wood. Its high density makes it one of the toughest and most durable softwoods available.
Pine - Pinus sylvestris
Pine is a popular softwood and one of the most affordable cladding options we offer. It is pale in colour, with tones ranging from creamy-whites to yellow-browns. Pine isn’t as durable as Western Red Cedar or Siberian Larch and will require treating as soon as possible after installation to prolong its appearance and durability.
Composite cladding panels are engineered from a composition of 60% FSC-certified reclaimed wood and 40% recycled high density polyethylene. Saving these materials from landfill and recycling them into a long life product supports sustainable living.
Composite cladding offers a smart, contemporary aesthetic and is a very low maintenance option - it never needs to be treated or stained. There is a good range of colours including oak, walnut, stone and granite.
Cedral – or fibre cement – is an ideal budget alternative to traditional cladding material. It is a composite material made of cement, cellulose, sand, synthetic fibres and water. This allows for a strong and high-performance cladding that is both low maintenance and very affordable. It has the visual appeal of timber and is available in a huge range of colours, giving you the opportunity to really create a garden room with character.
For more information about our garden rooms in general, or if you have specific questions about external cladding in particular, then please call our team on 01223 871360 or email hello@AMCgardenrooms.co.uk