Which Garden Shed Cladding is Better – Ship Lap or Log Lap?


A garden shed can be a great addition to your garden. It can be a multi-functional space that can be used to store your gardening implements and tools and if you want, you also can use the shed as your private haven or a place to host family barbecues. Garden sheds come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. So, you should be able to find one to suit your lifestyle and your garden.

Importance of Cladding

All wooden garden sheds will have cladding. Don’t ignore it as something cosmetic. Rather the cladding outside protect the shed. It prevents water from penetrating and protects it from the rigours of the elements.

Two of the most popular types of cladding are ship lap and log lap. If you understand the difference between the two, you’ll be able to make an informed decision when it comes to choosing the cladding.

Ship Lap vs. Log Lap

Ship lap cladding is often used in the construction of garden sheds. As the name suggests, ship lap cladding gets its name from the way ships were built in the past. In this type of cladding, the profile of the wooden board overlaps the board next to it. As a result, it creates a channel that offers superior protection from the weather and allows the boards to contract and expand without warping. The channels also create a shadow line effect that makes the shed look polished and neat.

Ship lap cladding is strong and offers a tight seal, preventing water penetration. It is low-maintenance and has the ability to withstand extreme weather conditions very easily. The design of the cladding ensures the exterior of your garden shed dries quickly after a shower.

A log lap cladding is similar to a ship lap cladding, but with a slight difference. If you are looking to give your garden shed a log cabin look and feel, this is the perfect cladding. The profile of the wood board is like that of a log, while the anterior portion of the board is flat, so that it can be securely fixed to the wall of the garden shed.

Log lap cladding comes in a range of interlocking styles, including tongue and grove and can give your garden shed an innovative, yet rustic appearance. Just like ship lap cladding, log lap cladding also prevents water from getting through the wooden boards and ensures the boards dry quickly.

Which is Better?

Both, ship and log lap cladding are extremely popular in the UK and commonly used for outhouses and garden sheds. Both use similar style of interlocking the wooden boards and the difference lies in the thickness of the boards. Furthermore, both are durable and ideal for UK weather conditions

You can now make an informed decision on opting for ship lap or log lap garden shed. Both are good choices, but it all depends on the appearance you want your shed to have.

If you are looking to install a garden shed and are worried about the quality of the wood, look no further than York Timber Products. The company offers both ship and log lap garden sheds in a range of sizes. One of the benefits of choosing York Timber Products is the company offers more protection for garden sheds by applying red cedar treatment to the sheds. This is a value-added service and comes free. Or else, you have the option of upgrading totanalised pressure treatment for a small add on charge.