Our standard range of bike sheds are clad in either Scottish Larch, Pressure Treated Pine or Western Red Cedar.

As of November 2019 we are offering free samples of our cladding to help you narrow down your decision. We send these out in a letterbox-friendly box, along with a explanatory brochure. You can select two types of cladding per box. The beauty and quality of our cladding timber isn’t quite discernible through photos, so we decided to send it direct to you! Click here for the contact form.

These timbers have been selected for their characteristics and sustainability, and we believe offer the best combination of performance and value.

We can match any look with our extensive cladding options, as follows:

Standard cladding

  • Untreated Scottish Larch 20 x 90mm, vertically fixed
  • European Pressure Treated Pine 16 x112mm tongue and groove, vertically fixed
  • European Pressure Treated Pine 20 x 40mm batten, vertically fixed with 6mm gap

Premium cladding

  • Painted European Pressure Treated Pine 16 x 112mm tongue and groove, vertically fixed, painted in exterior eggshell (2-3 coats)
  • Western Red Cedar batten 19 x 38mm, vertically fixed, 6mm gap
  • Western Red Cedar 19 x 137mm tongue and groove, vertically fixed
  • Shou Sugi Ban (charred and oiled larch) 20 x 90mm vertically fixed

 

Untreated Scottish Larch

We have offered Scottish larch as standard for many years and it continues to be our most popular choice as it meets all the criteria for a Brighton Bike Shed: natural durability, aesthetics, affordability and sustainability.

We use 20mm thick by 90mm wide boards which are planed prior to being fixed vertically with galvanised steel nails to our robust timber frames. We offer Scottish Larch in its untreated and unpainted form as it is a highly durable timber and is often specified by architects in its untreated state.

Scottish Larch contains a high level of natural oils, which rise to the surface over time and form a patina or natural protective skin. The boards shrink back a little as they dry, creating 2-3mm gaps. These gaps allow for good air-flow through the bike shed, which helps prevent condensation on the bikes inside.


 

European Pressure Treated Pine T&G (Tongue and Groove)

This cladding offers a more precise look, with its machined profile, and may be selected in natural or painted options. With the Natural option, the timber preservative treatment colour will fade to a silvery-grey colour over time.

The boards are 122 x 16mm in section and are fixed with galvanised steel nails. All trims/facias are of a thicker section and square edged.

To prolong the lifespan of this cladding we recommend treatment with Cuprinol Wood Preserver Clear every 2-3 years.

If you want to paint the cladding yourself then select this option.


Pressure Treated European Pine Slats

This planed and treated 20 x 40mm batten option is fixed vertically using galvanised nails with 6mm gaps. The effect is architecturally striking, creating a strong light and shade contrast.

Slatted battens fixed with gaps are a popular feature of modern garden designs and we have provided this cladding option to fit in seamlessly with any contemporary garden design.

The battens are fixed vertically to direct the course of driven rain more effectively – an important consideration in keeping the shed dry inside. The gaps between the slats allow for very good airflow, so the odd drop of rain that blows in won’t be an issue. The treatment colour will fade and the wood will soften to silvery-grey colour over time.

To prolong the lifespan of this cladding we recommend treatment with Cuprinol Wood Preserver Clear every 2-3 years.


 

 

Painted Pressure Treated European Pine T&G (Tongue and Groove)

Pressure Treated European Pine cladding also provides the perfect base for painting. We use a selection of Sadolin Superdec paints on our sheds. If you prefer another colour please specify which colour from their colour range at the point of order. Sadolin Superdec sample pots are available from Brewers paint shops (155 outlets across the UK).

The timber is first planed, and then before painting we apply a knot blocking solution in the workshop to prevent knot bleed into the paint. Two coats of the self-priming Sadolin Superdec are applied and a third touch up coat on site (if installation is included) or a small pot of paint will be included in your Self-Assembly kit. The paint is waterborne and gives a highly durable opaque finish to cladding and exterior joinery. The coating remains flexible and resists cracking, peeling and flaking.

 


 

Western Red Cedar Slats

We use 19 x 38mm section battens, which are fixed vertically with 6mm gaps. The visual effect is similar to the treated pine slats. However, Western Red Cedar is premium timber cladding and the quality of the wood is extremely high due to the tightness of the grain, its natural durability and refined appearance. Of course, it comes with a price to match.

We attach our Western Red Cedar Tongue Slats vertically to shed rainwater more effectively, and use stainless steel fixings both for longevity and to eliminate the risk of unsightly rust spots staining the timber.

Over time the cedar will weather to a silvery-grey colour unless it is treated periodically to maintain the original colour.

Western Red Cedar does not require treatment as it contains high natural levels of oil and tannins which are present in the wood even after UV weathering. If you want to maintain the colour of your Western Red Cedar shed, we recommend you use products from the Osmo and Owatrol ranges.


 

Western Red Cedar Tongue and Groove

Western Red Cedar Tongue and Groove Cladding in 19 x 137mm planed planks is a joy to work with. It is durable and highly stable. It has a contemporary premium look that will enhance any front garden. We affix our Western Red Cedar Tongue and Groove Cladding vertically to shed rainwater more effectively, and use stainless steel fixings both for longevity and to eliminate the risk of unsightly rust spots staining the timber.

Over time the cedar will weather to a silvery-grey colour unless it is treated periodically to maintain the original colour.

Western Red Cedar does not require treatment as it contains high natural levels of oil and tannins which are present in the wood even after UV weathering. If you want to maintain the colour of your Western Red Cedar shed, we recommend you use products from the Osmo and Owatrol ranges.

 

Shou Sugi Ban (charred larch)

Shou Sugi Ban (also known as Yaki Sugi) is an ancient Japanese timber preservation technique whereby the timber (in this case, larch) is charred and then oiled to protect it from decay and insects. It also has the benefit of having a beautiful and very contemporary look. The charring accentuates the wood grain and texture, with some parts very black and others less so. We char the timber with a gas torch before sealing it with a high quality Danish oil. Then the boards are fixed vertically as with our larch cladding.

Over time the charring can wear off especially on more exposed parts of the shed unless it is treated periodically to maintain the original colour. We recommend some ‘topping up’ of the charring every 2-3 years. Just use a small gas torch where required and then give the cladding a refresh with Danish oil.

Why vertical cladding?

The cladding on all of our sheds is fixed vertically for a reason. Any wind driven rain will run quickly down and off the cladding on our sheds and then dry out quickly.

Look at any building clad in horizontal boards and you’ll notice damp lines where the water has not evaporated. This will cause discolouration, premature rot and failure of the cladding.

Properly fitted and detailed cladding will survive for many years even if left untreated. On the other hand, badly detailed cladding will fail early whether treated or untreated – it’s all in the detail.