A garage or outhouse is a luxury, and a much sought after addition to a home. Whilst the storage space is a great bonus, the appearance of the building itself is also of the utmost importance. Without the building looking its best and complementing the rest of the property, it can be detrimental to build it. By using a premium material such as timber cladding, any kind of additional building can be made into a part of the home, so that it blends in or makes a statement as desired. What’s most important is that the building will take on a look of its own and acquire its own character, so that it isn’t just a functional addition – it’s one that will serve the overall aesthetic of your home.
There are various types of timber cladding that can be purchased for homes, outhouses and annexes. The choice will largely depend on personal preference, but also on the most suitable and resilient types of cladding around. Here’s a summary of the most popular types of cladding you can choose:
- Featheredge cladding. If you want a rustic appearance for your outhouse (maybe you’re creating the country home aesthetic), then featheredge cladding is a good option. It’s created from two boards that overlap each other when fitted – one piece of wood is sawn so the two boards will fit together. The roughly sawn edges will be on show, adding to the rustic charm. If you want more weatherproofing or stability, rebated featheredge cladding is also an option.
- Profiled cladding. Profiled cladding is often used on a variety of buildings – it might be used over the whole of a timber clad building, or just on part of it. It can also be applied internally if the right kind of material is used. Kiln dried cladding is often used outside of buildings, further reducing the possibility of shrinkage. Air dried and fresh sawn cladding is better used externally. Various types of wood can be used, including English larch, oak, and Siberian larch.
- Waney edge cladding. This is another traditional type of cladding board, created with overlapping boards cut through and through. There is one waney edge per board, which is left on show, as the boards overlap around 40mm to 50mm.
Cladding can also be finished with trim cladding boards, which are also often used as soffits or facia boards. They can be used to form the cladding edging, so choose the same type of wood as your cladding boards.
When selecting cladding, think carefully about how much you are able to spend – get the best quality you can within your budget, as you don’t want cladding boards to shrink or warp once in place. You should think about delivery costs as well, and the timber merchant that you’re sourcing your cladding from – make sure they can meet your needs in full before deciding where to shop, as there are many timber merchants around and you should only give your business to the best ones.