1st Choice Garden Buildings Floors

1st Choice Garden Sheds Buildings Floors
1st Choice Garden Sheds Buildings Floors

Author is Robin Antill - expert in garden buildings Written By Robin - Expert in Garden Buildings For 39 Years.
Hi, I'm Robin Antill, founder of 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, and I use my expertise gained over 39 years in the garden buildings industry to understand that each customer is different. With my manufacturing, retailing and customer service experience my articles help people choose their ideal shed, garden workshop, summerhouse, log cabin or garden office needs to suit their requirement and that is key to satisfaction. And what do I do when I'm not writing? You may find me following Grimsby Town Football Club or riding roller coasters - so plenty of 'ups and downs' in my life.

Is the floor ALL timber or chipboard or OSB board?

1/ The floor is absolutely crucial to the lastability of garden sheds and garden building so it is important to ensure that it is not made from chipboard or OSB (sterling or wafer board) board as these are not really suitable for outdoor use where there is a chance they will get wet. Chipboard is by its name made from wood chips, OSB is wood shavings stuck together - which is fine for kitchen and bedroom cabinets covered in melamine - but it is NO USE whatsoever in a shed. On some of the floors on these cheap sheds the floor is only 10mm thick (thin!!) which is only about 3/8 of one inch - smaller than a standard pencil.

Also notice that most companies offering chipboard or OSB boards describe them as solid sheet materials as they are too embarrassed to tell you what you are really getting and they normally exclude the roof from any warranty over the minimum period as they KNOW these boards won't last (Ask them the question)

How thick and how many floor joists?

2/ The other important consideration is the thickness of the floor joists, which can be as small as 28x28mm (1" x 1") on these cheap sheds, and the spacing of the floor joists. On the cheap sheds you will find the gaps in between quite large and with the thin chipboard or OSB board won't stand up to much heavy use. You will find that the boards start sagging and eventually will break, certainly if there is any damp coming up from the ground.

Are the floors pre-assembled?

3/ On many of these cheap garden sheds you have to build the floor from thin timbers and chipboard, OSB board yourself.

All our Garden Sheds Are -

All our floors are supplied ready made, no assembled to do. All our floors are made from solid T&G timber boards with heavy duty floor joists, we do NOT use chipboard or OSB board as they are NOT suitable for outdoors use. On the Diamond we do use timber T&G boards on the floor, except if the floor is 8x8 and over where we use the superb moisture resistant Caber board, grade v313. This is similar to what is used in a brand new house in a kitchen and bathroom where there is a possibility it could get wet so is ideal.

We are confident in this because we owned and ran one of Surrey's largest company supplying garden sheds direct from 1979 (pre Maggie Thatcher) for over 20 years.

We have been involved in garden sheds and buildings for over 35 years. We know if the shed is put onto a dry base and that the building is treated every year with a water repellent preservative and that the roofing felt is kept in good condition then your new garden building will last for a very long time. Most of the sheds we built back in the early 80's are still going strong.

Click on any off the following links for more important things to consider before buying !

Read About Viewing and Display Sites


Read About Quality of Timber Which Should Be Used


Read About What you MUST Know about Garden Sheds Roofs


Read About What you MUST know about Garden Sheds Floors


Read About Range of Styles and Sizes from 1st Choice Garden Sheds and Buildings


Read About Delivery and Assembly Options


Read About Glass and Windows


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Read About What you MUST Know about Guarantees and Where your Building will be Made


Further articles about garden sheds, workshops and the type of timber cladding you should use to follow. Also about the truth behind so called 10 year guarantees


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Woking Garden Buildings Display Site Sutton Green Garden Centre,
Whitmoor Ln, Sutton Green,
Guildford, Surrey. UK. GU4 7QA

Phone 0333 800 8880
Our display site is normally manned and open for viewing 9.00am to 5.00pm every day
The garden centre is visible from A320 main road between Woking and Guildford.

Currently on display at Sutton Green: are Platinum, Sapphire, & Diamond Timber Buildings, Trentan Log Cabins, SafeStore, Trimetals, GrandChoice Metal Sheds; Lidget Concrete Garages & Secure storage concrete sheds. Please see this page for a full list.


Phone (01483) 237550 or (0333) 800 8880 - Fax (0333) 8008810
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Email to 1clb@leisurebuildings.com or Contact Us Here
1st Choice Leisure Buildings Established in 1979 for All Garden Buildings. Sheds, Workshops, Log Cabins
On Display for viewing near to Guildford, Godalming, Cobham, Dorking, Leatherhead and Ripley in Surrey. UK

Office ONLY Address is 260 Woodham Lane, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey. KT15 3NS.
Close To Byfleet, Chertsey, Weybridge, Walton On Thames, Esher, Bagshot, Staines.