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Shed Buying Guide | Size, Shape & Material

1. Size – How Large Do You Need Your Shed to be?

Take a look at what you’re making use of your shed – to store things or use it as a space for your garden with furniture? What can you store inside and how likely is it to change as you grow your family?

Remember that different companies define sizes for sheds in different ways. For instance the 8×6 shed may be referring to dimensions on the outside or inside and could or might not contain the roof overhang. Be sure to verify the dimensions of the building when you have space restrictions or need to store things that is a certain dimension. Specific dimensions can typically be located in the technical area.

If your property has the ridge’s height exceeds 2.5 meters and is within 2 meters of a boundary, planning permission might be required. Always consult the local council if not sure.

2. Base – How do I Prepare My Shed?

All garden sheds should be set on a level, solid base of sufficient dimensions. The majority of retailers do not provide the base and this must be put set up prior to the shed’s being constructed. The bases are generally made of concrete, paver slabs, or timber bearers. A well-constructed base can extend the lifespan of your garden construction.

When you are deciding on the location for your base, remember to take the roof’s overhang into consideration. You do not want to drain water into a garden that is adjacent in the event that your shed is close to a fence. Consider a spot that offers an easy way to access your garden , if you intend on moving large objects into outside your building. You should think about areas where you can benefit from natural light and beautiful views. You may also consider close proximity to water or electricity services if you intend on plumbing or wiring your home.

Make sure you check whether your shed has flooring, as it is not provided by all firms. They usually have pre-attached joists that are on the floor’s underside to raise the structure off the ground. However, it doesn’t mean that they remove the requirement for the base. If you’re planning on making a base of timber and the bearers of the timber must be run to the other side of the floor joists in the shed. Make sure to confirm this with the manufacturer of the shed, and don’t be relying on pictures from online sources because this could be different in accordance with the size of the structure.

It is recommended to construct the base slightly bigger than the dimensions of the shed. But, if your yard is sloped or slope, a base that is too large could cause water to pool around the structure.

3. Access – Do Entry Points Provide easy access?

Take into consideration the dimensions of your garden as well as any walls or fences close to the location where you’d like to put your shed. The proximity of walls or fences are a hindrance to being able to treat or paint your shed.

Some businesses can alter the opening of the shed, if needed Be sure to verify this when you want the door relocated to make it easier to access. It is also important to consider whether you’d like your door to be hinged either to the left or right. Some shed dealers provide a pre-hung door and some offer the door on its own that can be put up on assembly.

Are there any objects touching the shed, like branches that hang over the shed? Make sure that no objects touch the shed because branches could cause damage to the roof felt.

Build: Sheds are made with the materials of metal, wood and plastic.

1. Wooden sheds

Wood is the most common material used to build a garden shed and is the most well-known. A variety of sizes and styles for a timber sheds are available and they are easily painted in the desired color. Wood’s natural beauty and robustness make it an excellent option for building a garden.

Wooden sheds need to be treated annually using a suitable wood preserver to ensure their longevity. The majority of sheds are pre-treated with a temporary preservation to safeguard it during storage and transportation. It is advised to treat the floor prior to putting it up because the bottom is not accessible once the shed is put together. Because timber is an natural substance and is a natural product, it’s not uncommon to see tiny splits, knots or sap areas These are typical of wood and won’t hinder the structural integrity of the structure.

Pressure-treated (often known as tanalised) sheds are not required the same amount of maintenance as conventional wooden sheds because of treatments. They are more costly, but tend to last for longer.

2. Metal sheds

Metal sheds are gaining popularity. They’re low-maintenance and offer the modern industrial appearance. Galvanised steel sheds are extremely robust and are resistant to decay and rust. They don’t require treatment and typically do never require painting except for one or two patch jobs. Metal sheds are extremely safe and are typically offered in a range of colors. Metal sheds that are less expensive tend to have no floor, however it is recommended to verify before buying.

3. Plastic sheds

Plastic sheds are light-weight and almost maintenance-free. They come in various styles that have the appearance of metal or wood. They don’t require any treatment or painting and are typically completely immune to damage and wear. Plastic sheds aren’t as popular as metal or wood, however they are extremely durable and weatherproof. They’re also easy to be put together.

Building: In the event that you’ve selected for a wooden cheapest shed There are several choices to pick from.

1. Shiplap or overlap?

Overlap is a less expensive design of cladding. It has an aged look because of rough cut boards and an overlap-like finish. Overlap boards are often similar to fencing panels.

Shiplap cladding has interlocking groove and tongue boards with a slight incline that allows water to run off. Shiplap is typically much thicker and more durable than overlap.

Loglap cladding is made up of interlocking groove and tongue boards, and the appearance of a curving finish. This gives the look of a log-built cabin, but with the same design to shiplap. The thickest part of the cladding of loglap is typically larger than the normal shiplap.

2. Do you prefer pressure-treated or dip-treated wood?

The way you treat your shed is crucial to preserve the appearance and strength of a shed made of wood.

The treated wood is submerged in the bath of a protective preservative, then left to dry. It is highly recommended to treat the wood again prior to or soon after installation and every year thereafter, to extend its longevity. The floor’s underside should be treated prior to the installation. Preservatives can be tinted, clear or paint-based. This allows you to alter the colour of your home while safeguarding it. Most structures are dip treated.

The timber treated with pressure is submerged in the preservative at high pressure, which causes it to penetrate deep into the wood before it is allowed to dry. The cost of pressure-treated wood is higher however, it tends to last longer.

The timber used in dip-treated sheds is typically covered to last for 10 years from decay, rot or insect infestation. pressure-treated sheds are typically covered up to 15 years. Make sure to verify the guarantee and the conditions it comes with, since it could be invalidated in the event that the shed is not treated correctly.

3. Framework?

The framing aspect is an essential part of a shed that you should consider because a stronger frameworks will create an even more sturdy structure. The framework gives durability, strength and support It is important to examine the frame size when comparing sheds. This is usually shown in the technical section. There are often options for upgrading the thickness of your frame e.g. from a 28mm x 44mm frame and then to a heavier duty frames of 58x44mm.