How is Larch and Cedar cladding used?

The difference between Larch, Cedar and Scandinavian Redwood cladding.


In all honesty, there is not a lot of difference between the Cedar and Larch in aesthetic terms. Cedar and Larch cladding to this extent are very similar!  In other ways Cedar differs as it’s a softer wood and is perhaps less prone to movement and twisting.  Cedar when fresh-cut also has a really lovely sweet smell.  Scandinavian Redwood tends to differ from Cedar and Larch in colour and appearance. For example,  whereas Cedar and Larch are a rich red colour, Redwood, despite its name is the more typical light brown timber colour and has more knots.  

Cedar and Larch cladding are both very durable and can last up to 30 years if looked after properly!  Some of the things that you might take into consideration when purchasing this type of cladding are as follows:

  • Our Cedar and Larch is homegrown which means it is more environmentally friendly as it’s not imported from different countries.  It is also only sourced with FSC or PEFC Certification so you can be assured of traceability throughout the supply chain.
  • Cedar can give a building a very modern look. Making it a  popular choice for the use of outbuildings that you want to tie in with your property’s modern aesthetics or for just ensuring a lovely contrast between new and old.
  • Cedar and Larch is untreated as it is a naturally long lasting timber and weather resistant. 
  • It is supplied to last a very long time without needing treatment. Although with the help of our Osmo stains this can ensure that the original colour of the boards last even longer.

We recommend that you use Cedar and Larch cladding for External use only. As this is a very natural product, the chemicals that are given off do not have a very nice smell. 

Scandinavian Redwood is a cheaper alternative than Cedar and Larch cladding and has a much more rustic appearance. Scandinavian redwood tends to have more knots. Although not as long lasting or as durable, our Scandinavian Redwood does still have a Treat Right warranty of 15 years and so  is an excellent value for money choice!

Different ways with Cedar, Larch and Scandinavian cladding.

  • Garden Office - Separate work-time and down-time: By building your very own Garden Office you can separate work life and home life whilst still working at home!  Working from the comfort of your own home has many benefits including helping to  reduce carbon footprint by reducing commuting to and from the workplace. Only having to commute a few steps down the garden to your office also means that you get to spend more time with your family.  However, you don’t have to compromise on productivity as you have your own space away from the hustle and bustle of your main house with reduced noise and a delegated space for work.
  • Adds value and character to the property - Are you looking to sell your property? - By using our Larch, Cedar or Redwood Cladding to build your garden home office or other outbuilding, you could find that you increase the interest in your property and add value to your home.  It is known that adding an outbuilding or garden office to your property can increase the value by up to 5% and with more people having to work from home due to current  restrictions, a home office can be an attractive selling point.
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  • Entertainment - Why not create your very own Entertainment Room? This could be a Home Cinema, Home Gym, a Games Goom, Art Studio or even your very own Bar! This will not only add an additional room to your property but also give you  somewhere to go to relax or let off some steam!
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    Do you need planning permission?

    This is a frequently asked question and one to take into serious consideration when building your dream Office, Gym or Bar.  

    As Garden Rooms, Summer houses, Garden Offices etc  are classed as outbuildings then Planning Permission is not necessary needed if built under your Permitted Development Rights. However, a Planning Application may still be needed in certain circumstances, so do be careful! 

    When planning your design you need to think about some important factors, like if your outbuilding is going to be a permanent asset to your home and the location of the outbuilding within your grounds etc. These factors all determine whether or not you may need Planning Permission. If you do need planning permission then it is a fairly straightforward and an easy process to complete,  but it is always better to check first and build later! 

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