Monthly Archives: February 2015

Wood materials for sheds and summerhouses

There are a range of different materials to choose from when selecting wood for sheds or purchasing a garden shed or summerhouse.

Which is why it is important to understand the materials available at hand so to determine which is the most appropriate material for the purpose you would like it for.

Shiplap Cladding for sheds

Wooden and timber cladding seem to be a popular choice for garden buildings.
Timber looks very natural and is environmentally friendly, so it looks in place in a garden’s environment. It is aesthetically pleasing and boasts style.

Timber cladding for sheds – available in a variety of finishes:

Feather edge – the plank it thicker at the bottom and thinner towards the top, perfect for the overlapped look
Shiplap boards – these boards have a much smoother, appealing finish
Loglap cladding – similar to shiplap boards, however, the profile of loglap cladding has a curved outer face, mildly similar to that of a log cabin
Cedar cladding – very straight with a fine grain, commonly mistaken as hardwood
Plywood – a smooth and consistent finish but for exterior use ensure your plywood is pressure treated

The Benefits of Using Timber Cladding

Alternatives to wood for sheds:


The benefit of using metal and steel sheets for your sheds is the little maintenance they need.
Once assembled, the sheets provide a tough, robust structure, perfect for keeping belongings secure on the inside, however, there is the issue of condensation and the fact a treatment (electroplating) would only coat the exterior of the metal and could become damaged, which would expose the metal to the elements.


Although plastic, these sheds are commonly made with an internal metal frame with the plastic cladding secured to it.
Like metal, it’s a great material for maintenance as it only requires a wash over every now and then.


The main selling point of a concrete shed is in the name; the great strength it will no doubt possess.
Many concrete sheds come with a ten-year guarantee.

The choice of cladding is entirely based on personal preference and will it serve the purpose it is being bought for?
For flexibility, timber cladding will offer the most versatility as they come in an array of sizes, compared to it’s lesser materials which usually come in a set size.

To learn more about using timber wood for your garden shed, take a look at our blog on how to paint timber cladding.

For the perfect finish to your wooden shed or summerhouse, browse our range of timber doors and windows.

Please visit our website for further information about timber cladding and the products that we can offer you!