Best Cladding Type for Your New Wood Shed

First of all, what is cladding? It is the term used for the exterior of wood building processes. It is also the most common term used for sheds made from wood. In addition, it may be one of the most important aspects of a shed so it definitely has to be considered! Wood sheds feature a full range of cladding, so mentioning all of them isn’t even possible! Luckily, there are two, the most common types that can be seen literally on 90% of sheds. Don’t lose hope, believing that they are full of cons or drawbacks! In a matter of fact, these two claddings are the best.

Overlap style

This cladding style features timber that overlaps with each other. As the end result, you get a shed that looks like a cabin in the woods (this cladding is the most common for buildings within the woods or meant to appear to be within the woods). There are a few things you should know about it. It looks very classic and it is a common cladding style. But, as everything else, there are pros and cons.


  •         The most affordable cladding option. This is perfect style for all people who want to save money and still get a great shed.
  •         This alternative is ideal for areas where rain is common, due to the fact overlapping is well-known for being able to repel most of the rain and water in general.
  •         It looks great. It is one of the most desirable cladding styles ever.


  •         It won’t be possible to place shelves inside a shed (attached to the cladding or siding, due to the construction.
  •         Usually, it is made from whitewood, which doesn’t have the best durability.

Tongue and groove cladding

Tongue and groove cladding is actually a completely opposite style than the first one we mentioned here for wood sheds. In simple words, it is more elegant solution, with more advantages. The main aspect is interlocking, meaning that each panel will be linked with other two, creating a strong connection. This doesn’t mean that you should neglect the first type of cladding! Here we have a list of advantages and drawbacks as well.


  •         Interlocking mechanism is known for strength. Shelves and anything else, in fact, can be placed inside a shed, and attached to the siding.
  •         Water won’t be capable of penetrating the shed, meaning it is very durable.
  •         The design is linear and elegant.


  •         This cladding costs more than the overlap type.
  •         It is difficult to repair or replace a damaged board.

Which one is perfect for your shed?

Both wood shed claddings have pros and cons, as you can see. In simple terms, your budget can determine the type of cladding. Overlapping is suitable for those on a budget or for those who have cabins with the same cladding style. It is also the best alternative for smaller, practical sheds. Tongue and groove cladding is ideal for larger and more complicated sheds, where shelving is mandatory. However, both of these methods are suitable for areas where rain is common. In addition, both types are suitable for smaller, garden type wood sheds.  

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