Making Your Garden Room Last: How To Care For Your Garden Room
8th July 2021
If you opt for a high-quality garden room you will be able to enjoy this extension of your home for decades to come with very little care. If built to the right specifications, using top quality materials, your garden room should only require the same checks and maintenance that your house would also need. This build shouldn’t bring with it years of hard work, instead, by keeping up with a few monthly or annual checks, it will stay in tip-top condition from day one.
Here is how to care for your garden room:
The majority of garden rooms are finished with a timber clad and will require a certain amount of maintenance to maintain their original look.
Cedar garden rooms are a very popular choice as they look modern and don’t require too much attention. Cedar is a durable softwood that has a natural resistance to rot and, if left unmaintained, it has a lifespan of around 25 years. Most people are taken by the red-brown shade you see at first but this will change with time and the weather to a silver-grey giving your garden room quite a different look. If you want to maintain the red-brown shade you will need to regularly apply a seal to protect it.
A painted garden room is usually done over the top of cladding so even though you may initially think you will be touching it up after each winter, this isn’t the case. It will simply need a quick tidy up, brush off of cobwebs and a soapy wash-down to bring it back up to its best. Over time you may want to freshen this look up or perhaps even change the colour altogether, if so, seek advice from your local hardware store so you can choose the correct paint for the job.
A rendered room here at Modern Garden Rooms is externally coated with a 2 coat system of silicon render on an external fibreboard. This is a cement-free system with outstanding durability, crack resistance and weather protection making the look long-lasting and low-maintenance meaning you can care for your garden room without having to actively re-paint or re-varnish it.
Other durable claddings may be available from companies, such as Siberian Larch and Oak which will also weather from their initial colour to a silvery grey just like the cedar unless you attempt to maintain the colour.
Our roofing panels & profiles are produced to form an insulated roof system that meets the modern need to create energy-efficient and aesthetically pleasing buildings. The only care they will require is a regular check of the tiles to ensure there is no wear and tear or any loose ones. You may want to have this cleaned annually if it starts to green or is covered in leaves after the winter.
All garden rooms should come with guttering as standard just as your home will do. The rainwater needs to run off somewhere to prevent damp issues within the walls of the building and, just like with your home, you will need to have these cleaned out every now and then to prevent blockages. If you have a window cleaner for your home they usually offer this service too.
Doors and Windows
The doors on garden rooms are usually made from a UPVC or aluminium which makes them extremely easily to take care of. A simple soapy wash down for the frames and a normal clean for the windows will do the job. Doing this every 8-12 weeks will keep your garden room looking lovely.
Decking is a popular addition to garden room designs these days as it provides a little more space and looks aesthetically pleasing. As we all know, decking can become green, dirty and slippery after bad weather but a quick clean up using a power hose or a broom with soapy water or a cleaning solution should help to bring it back up to new. If the colour starts to fade, you can simply reapply a seal or varnish to achieve that original look.
It’s good practice to keep the area around the foot of your garden room clear of leaves and long grass in order to prevent damp, mould or dirt build-up. Again, just as with the decking, a quick blast with a power hose will wash any of this away and bring it back to its former glory.
Lights, Electrics & Heating
All of our garden rooms come with brushed-aluminium fixtures and fittings. These include a track light with 4 adjustable spotlights, canopy lights, 4 double sockets, 1 light switch, 1.5kw heater and consumer unit. The electrical power is down to the responsibility of the owner so you will need to ensure that you seek the appropriate expert in this area who will be able to ensure that this job is done to a high standard. As with your home, you will need to get your electrics checked, updated, fixed as and when they require it.
Other care jobs will include maintaining the paintwork inside the building, flooring maintenance/repairs as they need it and general odd jobs that may crop up. Having a garden room should be a joy, not a chore so the care of it should be easy going.