Buying a garden shed sounds like a very straight forward task. However there are several points which ought to be borne in mind, or else you may end up with a garden building which cannot be used to its full potential. For example if the door position is on the wrong side you may not be able to take larger things like bicycles into the shed.
Plastic Metal or Wooden Shed?
Wood being a natural material can be treated using special paints from the DIY store, but its always best to opt for pre-treated wood, which has been soaked in protective coatings. Plastic sheds may alter in colour due to the weather. Metal sheds can be low in price but not so sturdy and time-consuming to construct.
Construction – some companies will build the shed for you for a charge. If you prefer to build your own garden sheds consider the tools required, the time it may take and who if anyone will help you. Wooden sheds are quite straightforward to build when compared with metal sheds for example, which may consist of hundreds of small pieces. Also make sure you have the tools available. Electric screwdrivers can really speed up the build process.
Positioning – this is an important point when considering what the garden shed will be used for. Consider the natural light and the direction that the entrance could face. For garden offices and workshops natural light flooding into the shed will make it warmer and brighter to work in.
Doors – Will you need a single door or double doors and how much space will be required to take things into and out of the shed? Think about the best position of the door and see our images which give you the choice of door positioning.
The frame of the building is an important consideration and gives an insight into the the sturdiness of the constructed shed. The thickness of the timber in one aspect and tongue and groove cladding gives a solid structure. If you visit suppliers first you will see exactly what I mean regarding the thickness of wood as some are so thin and flimsy.
Pretreated wood – try and opt for pre-treated wood, as it will protect the wood from bad weather conditions and make it last for years which will ensure that your pound was wisely spent. Its wise to treat the shed with protective paint on a regular basis too.
Size – If you have plenty of garden space then consider what the building will be used for; storage of bikes, tools etc, potting, office working, relaxation as so forth. If space is limited or you have a dedicated place where the building will go then make sure you measure the space, giving thought to angles of walls, and the roof overhang.
Apex or Pent – Apex is the traditional two sided roof whilst the pent is one leaning roof running down from the back of the shed usually towards the top of the door. A pent building is usually built against the wall of the house.
Colours – the beauty of natural materials! Wooden sheds can be stained or painted to create the perfect garden ambience. A wooden garden building will blend naturally with your garden surroundings.
Quality – Check that your suppliers products carry your own countries safety markings. For example CE markings certifies that the manufacturing process has met with all European Community legislation. Sheds to not always come with safety marks. Always check.
Location – sheds can become very stuffy inside when the weather is hot, which is important if you are choosing a garden office building or a workshop. Avoid positioning underneath trees as falling branches may damage the roof. Falling leaves can block any guttering and build up around the walls.
Delivery – See if you can get free delivery. If the shed is cheap and the delivery costs a fortune then it may be a case of false economy. Also check the lead times as they can run from next day to a couple of months.
The garden building can give extra room to work or relax in, storage space, and allows the family to enjoy the garden come rain or shine.