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Timber Bike Shelter

A timber clad cycle shelter

When it comes to designing bike shelters, selecting the right cladding material is essential for ensuring durability, aesthetics, and long-term maintenance. Wood cladding is a popular choice due to its natural beauty, versatility, and environmental benefits.

We have several options available, like Thermopine, Western Red Cedar, larch, and Sapele wood, which are some of the most favoured materials. Each wood type offers unique properties and advantages, making them suitable for different environments, aesthetic preferences, and functional requirements. In this guide, we'll explore these wood cladding options in more detail, helping you make an informed decision for your bike shelter project.

TIMBER CYCLE SHELTERS

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Timber is one of the most environmentally friendly building materials, offering both versatility and aesthetic appeal. Our wooden bike shelter range is ideal for those seeking eco-friendly bike sheds and shelters that combine safety with style. This selection includes a variety of recycled wood sheds available in several sizes and styles to meet diverse needs

Our range features products like The Bike Perch, The Bike Shelf, Alpine Bike Shed, and various Recycle Shelters that accommodate from 10 to 30 bikes. Each shelter is crafted from sustainable wood, providing an attractive and practical solution for bicycle storage. These shelters are perfect for those committed to environmentally sustainable choices.

Additionally, our wooden cycle shelters are constructed with durable timber slats and strong steel frames, with some models offering the option of a polycarbonate roof. Designed with safety in mind, these sheds protect against theft and provide an attractive, eco-friendly facility to store bicycles, shielding them from adverse weather.

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TYPES OF WOOD

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Our wooden range bike shelters are an elegant and appealing solution to your bike storage needs. They are built with strong steel frames and clad in beautiful natural timber.

We use treated boards as a standard in our builds. Preserved treated timber, or pressure-treated timber, is a type of timber that has been processed to make it more durable overall and resistant to rot, insects, and fungus.

There are several classes (UC) of wood treatment that give wood different levels of protection: UC2, UC3, and UC4. We use high-pressure treated wood to Use Class 3 in an attractive green finish for improved durability and resistance to the elements and common infestation risks.

UC3 gives wood a moderate level of protection against decay and insect damage. Our wood is typically treated with Tanalith® E or a similar product. This process makes the timber well protected, even for outdoor use, making it ideal for projects that involve decking or cladding.

Types of Wood

Timber Cladding Options For Our Wooden Range

To meet all our clients' needs, we offer bespoke solutions that go beyond our standard offer for a lot of our products. Our wooden shelters are no exception. We understand that some projects call for specific materials, and we are happy to help our clients achieve their vision. This is why we have a selection of timber cladding options from which you can choose. Contact us to discuss bespoke cladding options as part of a quote.

Treated Softwood

Treated softwood is a great option for cladding as it is both budget-friendly and long-lasting. Treated wood has had appropriate chemical preservatives applied to protect it from structural degradation, fungus, insects, and often fire.

Treated softwood is another environmentally friendly option. The treatment makes the wood last much longer than untreated wood, which means that you won't be replacing your shelter's cladding any time soon. This means better quality products and fewer trees being cut down unnecessarily.

This wood usually has a lighter honey colour and weathers into a darker silver-grey tone as time goes on. It is a great and typically more affordable option that provides endurance against the elements, even outdoors.

Thermopine

Thermopine is where research meets nature to create an even superior product. Thermopine is a thermally treated and fortified pine wood which has undergone a modification process to improve its durability, stability and resistance to decay.

This wood is usually warmer and deeper in colour initially, but this can vary depending on the treatment. Thermopine wood is also very resistant to rot and insects, and it has top-class stability with reduced shrinkage and swelling.

It is one of the most environmentally friendly alternatives as it is chemical-free compared to other treated woods. Due to its first-rate stability and low moisture absorption, it is ideal for outdoor use. The thermal treatment leads to lower resin content, which makes this wood easy to apply paint and finish to.

Sapele

Sapele timber is a versatile and attractive hardwood that is highly prised in various woodworking applications. Its durability, workability, and aesthetic appeal make it a popular choice.

Sapele typically has a beautiful reddish-brown hue that darkens nicely with age. It can range from golden to dark brown. The wood has that distinct interlocked grain pattern, a fine texture, and a natural lustre, making it very desirable for decorative veneers and a popular alternative to mahogany.

Its moderate density and hardness make it durable and suitable even for high-traffic areas. It is generally easy to work with and very stable, which means minimal shrinkage and expansion, ensuring high quality and long life.

Larch

Larch wood is a softwood known for its durability, strength, and attractive appearance. It is commonly used in construction and outdoor applications due to its natural resistance to decay and insect attacks, which is due to its natural resins.

Larch wood is usually a light to medium reddish golden-brown colour that darkens beautifully as it ages. The timber has a straight grain, a medium to fine texture, and an attractive natural lustre, which makes it a preferred choice for many. One of the best characteristics of larch wood is its knots, which are often what clients are after when they want wooden cladding.

It is quite dense and hard for a softwood, which makes it perfect for when toughness is needed. It is also stable with little shrinkage and expansion and holds well even when exposed to moisture.

Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar is a highly valued softwood species native to the Pacific Northwest of North America. It is renowned for its aesthetic beauty and resistance to decay and insects. Part of its allure is its rich, reddish-brown colour, which can vary from light to dark brown with pinkish tones. If the cedar is left untreated, it ages into an elegant silvery-grey.

Cedar wood has a straight, fine-grained texture and a pretty uniform appearance. Its distinct and unforgettable smell comes from the natural oils, which make it resistant to decay and moderately resistant to insects.

The wood is soft and easy to work with, it has natural compounds that protect it well, even when used outdoors.

Composite Cladding

Composite cladding is an innovative building material that bridges natural wood and plastic use. It combines wood and plastic fibres with binding agents to create a durable, aesthetically pleasing, and low-maintenance alternative to traditional wood cladding. Typically, the source of fibres is recycled wood and plastic, making composite cladding a very eco-friendly alternative to proper timber.

Composite cladding has some advantages over natural wood. Unlike natural wood, it provides uniformity in colour and texture, eliminating imperfections like knots and grain variations. Composite cladding is highly resistant to weather conditions, including UV rays, rain, and temperature fluctuations. It does not warp, crack, or rot like natural wood. The plastic component provides excellent resistance to insects, including termites, which can damage natural wood. It requires minimal maintenance compared to wood, as it does not need painting, staining, or sealing. Occasional cleaning is usually sufficient to keep it looking new.

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Image of a Timber Cycle Shelter

What About Fire Resistance?

One of the big worries about wooden shelter cladding is that in case of fire, there is a higher risk that your construction will catch and sustain flames. Of course, this is a legitimate worry and one we have taken good care to address, as our clients and our shelter's end users' safety is a priority.

To keep worries at bay, we also offer Euro Class B/C timber. The Euro Class B and C ratings refer to the fire performance classifications of building materials according to European standards, based on their contribution to fire growth. The classifications range from A1 (non-combustible) to F (no performance determined). The classifications take into account several factors, including combustibility, smoke production, and the propensity to produce flaming droplets/particles.

Euroclass B

Materials classified under Euroclass B exhibit very limited combustibility and are among the best performers in a fire, contributing minimally to fire spread. This high level of fire resistance makes them suitable for applications where fire safety is paramount. Additionally, materials in this class produce low levels of smoke, which is crucial for visibility and reducing toxic inhalation during a fire. Furthermore, they generally do not produce flaming droplets or particles, which helps prevent the spread of fire to adjacent areas. This classification is often used for cladding, insulation, and interior finishes where stringent fire safety standards are required.

Euroclass C

Euroclass C materials have limited combustibility, though more than those in Euroclass B. They still provide a controlled contribution to fire spread, making them acceptable for many building applications where some level of combustibility is manageable. These materials produce moderate levels of smoke within safe limits for many applications. Additionally, they may produce some flaming droplets or particles, although in limited quantities and duration. This classification is suitable for areas where fire safety is important but less critical than those requiring Euroclass B materials, such as certain types of flooring, interior wall finishes, and roofing materials.

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Image of a wooden bike shelter with fire treated timber

Find Out More

To meet all our clients' needs, we offer bespoke solutions beyond our standard offerings. Our selection includes a variety of premium timber options, each chosen for its unique properties and benefits. Choose our premium wooden cladding options to ensure your bike shelter is not only functional and durable but also stylish and safe. If you feel like you need further help to find the perfect material that meets your aesthetic preferences and functional requirements, after reading our guide, please get in touch with us for more advice.

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