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Exterior Finishes, Cladding and Roofing

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Exterior Finishes, Cladding & Roofing for Garden Rooms & Buildings

It’s essential that the exterior of your new garden room looks beautiful and, at the same time, protects the building from the elements.

As part of our complete package, at Bakers Timber Buildings we have an extensive variety of finishes for you to choose from.

Whatever your taste and budget – and the surrounding environment – suggest, we are confident that we will have an exterior finish that will put the perfect finishing touch to your new garden room.

Our options range from the modern to traditional. As the name of our company suggests, we have always offered wooden buildings and finishes and you can still create a building with an exterior made of redwood timber.

While this is a cost-effective option, the issue with soft wood is the upkeep. This will require yearly retreating and, if you prefer a paint finish, this can quite often look rustic, with knots bleeding through and cracks appearing.

Many customers like the toughness and versatility of Medite Tricoya Extreme (MTX) for their exterior cladding. This amazing man-made board uses Accoya fibres with extremely durable reins to produce a board that can be machined and cut, yet comes with a 50-year above-ground guarantee.

We can also provide hard wood and composite claddings, depending on the job and the durability required.

All the panels and frames of our buildings are treated with a base coat preservative as standard. We believe we are unique in having a vertical dip tank in our factory solely for this process.

This tank is cut into the ground at our factory, holds 2,000 litres of treatment fluid and can accommodate walls up to 13 feet (3.8metres) long.

Once a panel has been thoroughly submerged in the tank, it is left on a big draining board to dry before we apply the next layer of the shell.

We can offer you a wide choice of top coat preservatives, which are applied at our factory before delivery. From natural wood colours through to pastel shades, we’ll give you the exterior finish you desire.

Exterior Wall Finishes and Cladding Options for Your Garden Building

It’s our proud boast at Bakers Timber Buildings that we have never created the same garden room twice. We have built thousands over more than three decades in business, but each one is built to our customers’ exact specifications.

This flexibility definitely applies to our exterior wall finishes and cladding options.

As noted above, many customers like the durability and look of painted MTX, while our cement wall is the perfect option for back and side walls sited out of view close to hedges and boundaries.

If you are looking for a timber finish but would still like the guarantees offered by MTX, upgrading to a cedar or hard wood external cladding with a vent and vapour barrier, keeping the redwood substructure protected, could be the answer.

We offer a huge range of options including cedar, the very popular Iroko, larch, oak, Accoya or any other timber you may require. Just let us know and our system can accept anything you need.

Redwood requires plenty of maintenance and needs an annual treatment; however, by using the redwood as a structural cladding and adding a durable timber, less maintenance is required and we can offer the same warranties as our MTX cladding.

We also offer cedral cladding, which offers the toughness of cement while having the look of traditional timber. Cedral cladding is low maintenance and comes with almost limitless options and applications. We are really excited by the possibilities this offers.

Of course, you can mix and match our claddings with a variety of door options. The permutations are virtually endless.

Exterior Insulation for Garden Buildings

All panels of our garden buildings are insulated to the very highest standards. Essentially, you are inside a cube of insulation.

Indeed, it’s fair to say that if your house is more than 12 years old, your garden room will be better insulated than your home!

Of course, the advantage of insulated garden rooms is that heat stays in and the cold stays out.

We use different forms of insulation on different panels in your garden building. For instance, foil-backed insulation is incredibly powerful, so much so that it has the disadvantage of blocking your phone and Wi-Fi signal – it really is that efficient.

Because of this we can fit the foil-backed insulation in your ceiling – where most heat would otherwise escape – and use a different form on your walls and floor to ensure you stay connected.

All our buildings are fitted with insulation at our factory so that they can be delivered and installed without delay.

Roof Options for your Garden Building

Because of planning rules, most garden buildings need to be less than 2.5metres in height.

If you want as much headroom as possible inside your new garden room, EPDM is a perfect solution because it is a rubber membrane that is in one piece. Because of this, we do not need to run a steep slope that roofing felt required due to the joints and capillary attraction.

This means you need less of a slope and can gain much more headroom inside your building. It also benefits from a 20-year guarantee and a 50-year life expectancy, removing the worry and upkeep that come with traditional felt.

We can also create apex roofs, which will give your garden building a more traditional look.

Bakers Timber Buildings is also proud to offer veluxes, rooflights and “skypod” roof lanterns to let more light into your garden room.

If you visit our show centre, we’ll be delighted to demonstrate the options from which you can choose to create the perfect roof finish for your building.

Firestone EPDM Roof – why we use and recommend it

Since the planning rules changed in 2007, buildings can be no more than 2.5metres high (if within 2m of a boundary). We look for inventive ways to find the perfect compromise for internal heights.

Our standard roof option is an SBS roofing felt, with a rubber washer screw to fit. This is widely recognised as the best felt and fix, but its joints mean we have to put in a substantial fall to ensure water flows away. That can take 250mm off the height of a summer house or garden office.

With the Firestone EPDM roof, this can be avoided. We order this specifically for each building and comes as a single, highly durable sheet for the whole roof.

The Firestone roof is glued in place and, with no joints or fixing, can be almost perfectly flat – although we do slope gently to the rear to manage the water and avoid dripping by the doors.

What does EPDM stand for?

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer is a synthetic rubber. Firestone offers a 20-year guarantee and a 50-year life expectancy on this product, which is seen as the leader in its field.

SBS Rubber Felt

This is the best single-layer roofing felt on the market and we use it as standard. You need to install a layer of felt to ensure water flows off the roof and doesn’t linger and damage your materials.

SBS rubber felt sticks naturally to the timber on your roof and is perfect for your garden building if the roof is not a feature.

However, if the roof is a feature of your building, we can install felt shingle tiles in a range of styles and colours.

External maintenance

It’s important that you maintain your garden building to ensure it retains its good looks and efficiency through the years.

Treating your building regularly with one of our range of preservatives should mean it lasts for 35 years or more.

The good news is that if you opt for MTX, cement wall or any of our hard wood or composite claddings, these do not require yearly applications and need to be redecorated only every five to eight years.

Our rooms, your way – contact us today

At Bakers Timber Buildings, we like to say we’re big enough to cope and small enough to care. Our customers recognise the quality of our work and the passion with which we deliver it.

If you want to find out more about our range of garden rooms, come and visit our showground or give us a call today.

The answer is yes… we just don’t know what the question is yet.



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