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Choosing the right cladding for your shed can make or break the project. We have designed this shed with "weatherboard style" cladding in mind (see Figure 7.1). However, you may also whish to use plywood or corrugated iron.
Each of the three cladding options we have laid out has its own advantages and disadvantages as we discuss below.
"Weatherboard style" cladding
This cladding option is what we had in mind when designing the shed. Your local hardware or timber supply store should be able to advise you on the best boards to use for this purpose.
Typically the timber boards you use will be up to 1'' thick and 4'' to 8'' wide.
- Attractive finish
- Strong and hard-wearing
- Probably the most expensive option
- Can be tedious to install
Cut the boards to size, start at the bottom and attach the first board. Overlap the second board by about 1/2'' and nail onto the frame.
Each board, except the bottom one, will rest at a slight angle. The pieces of timber you have installed in the corners of the frame will cover the gaps left at the edge.
Cut shorter lengths to fit around the window. You may also need to cut lengths into a shape that will fit above and below the window. A jigsaw will be invaluable for this work.
Treated plywood is a good option for cladding. It may not give such an attractive finish as the "weatherboard style" cladding, but this is a matter of taste.
We suggest you use plywood with a thickness of at least 10mm.
- Typically cost-effective
- Easy to install
- Can be painted or stained
- Some people consider plywood cladding a "cheap" look
Cut the sheets to size with a jigsaw and affix to the frame with nails or screws. Try to cut a few large pieces, rather than lots of smaller pieces to avoid untidy joins.
Corrugated iron cladding
Either standard zinc coated or coloursteel iron can be used to clad your shed. This option can give quite an attractive finish, though again this is a matter of personal taste. Figure 7.3 shows how your shed may look if you choose to use corrugated iron cladding.
- Easy to install
- May let in more draughts
- May not be the "look" you are after
Use a grinder to make nice clean cuts in the corrugated iron sheets. You need to buy nails suited to corrugated iron - they have a large flat head. Attach to the frame with the nails, nailing through the convex areas of the iron.