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Brief Timeline of Garden Sheds?
Garden sheds are a British institution and have been for many years. Even before the 2nd world war garden sheds were popular with the nation and many gardeners 'dug for victory' during that time. Since then garden sheds have played a large role in the hearts of the country and there are very few gardens which don't have a garden shed of some sort. Whether it's a small garden shed for our modern day houses or a large garden workshop for the more affluent homes you will find these sheds are very well used.
You will find that houses built from the 1930's to the 1950's have substantial gardens so this is where the larger garden sheds are found. However, as we got into the late 60's and through to the 90's you will find that garden sheds have got a little smaller due to the smaller gardens. After the housing bubble burst in the 90's you will find that new houses tend to have small gardens so only the smallest garden sheds would fit the bill.
What Is A Garden Shed?
In essence garden sheds are normally a single storey building and are used in the garden or, quite often, on allotments. The size of garden shed varies depending on the usage, the needs and , more importantly, the available space for them. In all instance all the garden sheds in use play a useful role in the day to day life of the UK. The sheer versatility of garden sheds is helped by the many different designs which are available. So from very basic garden sheds, in its simplest form, to high end garden workshops suitable for multitasking within the family you will find the garden shed will suit.
Essentially garden sheds consist of an internal frame onto which a cladding is secured which made the sheds waterproof to the elements. The roof would normally be either apex (gable or V'shaped) or pent (single or mono pitched) although some garden sheds, usually in the higher price bracket can sometimes have a hip roof like on a house. These are quite striking on a garden shed but the price can put a lot of people off. The reason for the price is the complexity of manufacture.
What Materials are Garden Sheds Supplied In?
Garden sheds will come in a variety of materials such as wood, timber, metal, steel, plastic or concrete. Often the choice of materials used for garden sheds tends to be personal preferences but different claddings have different pros and cons. Timber or wooden garden sheds tend to be the most popular due to the natural feel they give to the home owner. They feel very strong but one of the downsides of these types of garden sheds is that they need treating to maintain a long life. However, you will find that tanalised, or pressure treated, garden sheds won't require treating, normally for about 15 years so are very popular.
Metal or steel garden sheds are normally made from galvanised steel which would have a long guarantee against rusting so there is no treating of these sheds required. Beware of garden sheds which are only 'electro-plated' rather that 'hot dipped galvanised' as this treatment won't last as long. Plastic garden sheds won't rust so are a viable proposition for the garden shed owner who does not want any maintenance issues. However these garden sheds can look a little bland but do serve their purpose in the garden very well.
Concrete garden sheds are the 'bruisers' of the garden shed world. Being made from solid concrete these garden sheds don't need any maintenance to speak off as they will brush aside easily everything that the weather throws at it. One of the downsides of these concrete garden sheds is the limitation in sizes available and, to some people, they can seem a little utilitarian. Other than these garden buildings are a preferred choice for some garden owners.
How To Decide What to Treat Your Garden Sheds With
After you have decided on your new garden shed, summer house, workshop or log cabin you need to consider how you are going to look after it. These garden sheds and buildings are an investment and will enable you to enjoy your garden more than ever and with a little bit of regular care will last for many years.
There are various types of garden shed treatments and you will find that most sheds will be treated with a water based coat of treatment. This can be seen as being a primer and it is recommended that you re-treat your new shed or garden building within a few days after being delivered. The second coat can be seen as an undercoat to your shed and when you put your next coat on the shed will be the top coat and this will give long lasting protection. Continue reading --