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Buying Guide

You want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your shed for the money you are investing. We are here to help you select the best shed for you by using our guide below. Always remember to check the specifications to ensure new purchase is right for you!

Size

What do you need to store?

Are you a keen garden aficionado with an arsenal of gardening tools: hedge trimmers, strimmers, mowers, chainsaw, rakes, forks and spades?

Or do you use it as a mulit-purpose storage area for garden furniture, children’s outdoor toys, pet supplies as well as the usual gardening equipment?

Do you need room for ladders, paint, tool boxes and various other DIY paraphenalia?

Is this the right size for the outdoor living furniture you have, and if hosting guests will it be big enough?

This will all effect the size of shed you need.

Where is it being positioned?

Be realistic on the size of the area that is available for your garden shed.

Think about existing trees, plants and borders.

Don’t guess – get out the measuring tape and mark the space with string and bamboo canes.

Don’t forget to take into account room for the door to open! You need to have space to maneouvre equipment in and out.

What are the PRECISE measurements?

Not all 6×4 sheds are exactly 6×4. The same goes for all other sizes. We are clear on our sizing, and when we are talking timber sizes, these are FINISH sizes (the size you actually receive) NOT nominal (pre-machining, a size that is bigger than what you are recieving once plained down). For example, take our shed framing 28x44mm, this is the actual size you receive – NOT 32x50mm which is the nominal size, that is the pre-machined size which sounds thicker but not what you physically get. When talking building size, we always quote the largest dimension of the building which is the roof, as the frame of the roof overhangs the walls/floor. For example, a 6×4 shed size is the external roof measurements, with the walls/base of the shed measuring approximately 4 inches smaller. This applies to all garden sheds and summerhouses (excluding those that have a roof overhand such as the Mersey Georgian Summerhouse)

Why choose a wooden shed?

Construction

Overlap Cladding

overlap cladding

  • the most economic of the two wooden cladding options
  • sawn timber boards are nailed to the shed framing and overlapped
  • allows the timber to shrink and expand easily, a naturally occurrence through the year
  • also allows the rain to run off the shed.
  • does not form a closed seal so more prone to moisture and draughts.

This is not a problem if the shed is to be used for basic garden storage. However, if you intend to spend a lot of time in your wooden shed, for example for a hobby or leisure activity, you should consider a tongue & groove or shiplap shed. Due to the building not being as solid and secure as one built from shiplap tongue and groove, we only offer this on sizes up to 8×6.

Shiplap Tongue and Groove Cladding

shiplap cladding

  • a variety of tongue and groove construction
  • scalloped profile provides the traditional appearance of an overlap shed
  • scalloped profile enhances rain run off, moving water away from joins
  • boasts all the same benefits of smooth tongue and groove too
  • provides a more solid and durable garden shed

 

Treatment

What is Dip Treatment?

Dip-treated sheds are the most common and they can be recognised by their orange/amber colour finish. Dip-treating is the quickest and cheapest method of applying preservative to the shed’s timber. The wood is dipped in the preservative providing it with a surface covering. However, it is not as long lasting as pressure treatment and so requires annual applications of preservatives to maintain protection. The majority of dip treated sheds will offer a 10 year guarantee if supported by annual re-treatment.

Pressure-treated sheds have the preservative forced deep into the heart of the grain of the wood under great pressure and can be recognised by the tonal green colour. In effect, the preservative becomes an integral part of the timber giving it a long life and effective protection against rot. Anti-rot guarantees with pressure treated sheds can be as much as 15 years, saving you both time and money as there’s no need to apply treatment every couple of years.

What is Pressure Treatment?

Pressure-treated sheds have the preservative forced deep into the heart of the grain of the wood under great pressure and can be recognised by their lighter colour. This may appear slightly green or have greeny-blue patches. This is simply the preservative residue and will fade with time.

In effect, the preservative becomes an integral part of the timber giving it a long life and effective protection against rot. Anti-rot guarantees with pressure treated sheds, saving you time and money as there’s no need to buy and apply treatment every couple of years.

It must be noted that neither dip treatment or pressure treatment protect the building from water ingress that may occur during periods of rainfall or if your building is in a particularly damp area of your garden. We strongly recommend treating any garden building with a high quality timber preserve that is either oil, silicone or PVC based.

Which treatment should I choose?

This is mainly a budget issue. A dip-treated shed will cost less initially however, you will end up spending more money on tubs of treatment and spend time reapplying each year. If you forget to re-treat, you are risking the integrity of your shed. A pressure-treated shed will cost a little more at first but will require far less aftercare treatment in the long run.

Plus, some people prefer the slighly more natural look to pressure treated timber. So it can be an aesthetic choice too.

Roof

Do I want an apex roof or a pent roof?

An apex roof is a traditional design with the two gable ends on the shorted sides of the shed. An apex shed provides the most headroom in the middle. This is the most common design of sheds.
A pent roof features a flat roof sloping from front to back. If it slopes from side to side, it is referred to as a lean-to shed. Pent roof sheds offer most head room at one end. They are useful for placing up against walls or under low branches. Many consider the sleek sloping lines to be a more contemporary design.

Windows & Doors

Do I need windows in my shed?

Choosing whether you require windows or not is personal preference. Having windows in your shed can be a great option to add further character to your garden shed, and if you plan on using your shed as a workshop, having natural light coming in is a great. All of our buildings (except our Value and Bike sheds) come with the option to have windows or not, at no extra cost! We also give you the choice of having opening windows, this upgrades your window panel into a professional joiner made window whereby one window in the frame will open.

All of our windows are glazed using 3mm toughened glass as standard, this type of safety glass processed by controlled thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength compared with normal glass. The aim of the toughening process is to improve the structural durability and thermal strength of the glass, in turn increasing its resilience and ability to withstand heat.

Do I want single or double doors?

Bear in mind where your shed is situated. Will you have space for opening one or two doors?

If you are going to be manouvring larger items, such as ride-on mowers and furniture, in and out, double doors may be best for you. Bear in mind, however, that single doors maximise internal storage space as they take up less wall space..

Can I choose my door and/or window positions?

If you are having either a Pent or Hi-Pex, Extra High Apex you have the option to position the door anywhere on the building. Each product page displays a diagram to reference where your door can go and in turn, allows us to know where your windows are to be positioned. If you require your windows to be placed in a different position, you can simply let us know on your customer order in the ‘customer note’ section before you check out, and once we receive your order we will confirm all details prior to manufacture.

Buying a standard Apex garden shed, your door will always be in the gable (the narrowest section) i.e. a 6×4 apex would have the door in the 4ft wide panel meaning when you walk in, from the door to the back gable would be approximately 6ft deep. When you buy an apex and select to have windows (either fixed or opening) only one side panel will come with windows and you can let our installation team know where they are to be positioned when your building is delivery.