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Cladding Options

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

Mid range cladding

Premium cladding


Untreated Scottish Larch – our signature cladding

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 and profiled prior to being fixed vertically with stainless steel nails to our robust timber frames. In summer 2021 we launched our new ‘shadow gap’ profile which further enhances the aesthetic value of this cladding option.

Scottish Larch contains a high level of natural oils, which rise to the surface over time and form a patina or natural protective skin. 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.


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

This cladding offers a more precise look, with its machined profile. 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 27 x 97mm section and square edged.

Select this option if you want to paint the cladding yourself. We recommend  leaving the timber to settle for 3-6 weeks after installation before you apply any paint or stain and we recommend you use a flexible exterior paint such as Sadolin Superdec.

If you plan to leave this cladding unpainted we recommend treatment with Cuprinol Wood Preserver Clear every 2-3 years to prolong the lifespan.


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.


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.

Please note – during 2021 the price of western red cedar has tripled. There have also been bottle necks in the supply chain. We are continuing to offer this as a cladding option but our pricing on this option has been reviewed to reflect this new situation.


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.

Please note – during 2021 the price of western red cedar has tripled. There have also been bottle necks in the supply chain. We are continuing to offer this as a cladding option but our pricing on this option has been reviewed to reflect this new situation.

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.

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