Popular cladding types
There’s a wide array of cladding available, offering a variety of options in terms of appearance and performance.
The type of cladding needed is often dictated by the style and design of your summer house. If the design is contemporary, then red cedar or composite cladding would work well. If the style is more rustic or countryfied, then log roll or treated timber cladding would provide a softer feel. Wood is typically a much more expensive option than composite cladding. In fact, red cedar is one of the most expensive options due to a current worldwide shortage.
From a maintenance perspective, it’s important to remember that wood cladding requires regular care and upkeep, while composite cladding is relatively hassle-free. So, while composite cladding may be a cheaper option, it is by no means a lesser material.
All wood cladding options are pressure treated and either stained or oiled, meaning they will stand the test of time. If you want to further extend the lifetime of your wood cladding, you can treat it every few years. Red cedar cladding will need a UV oil coating annually to preserve the colour and reduce bleaching by the sun. Composite cladding needs very little maintenance.