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Always Visit a Garden Shed Display Area Where Ever Possible

Always Visit a Garden Shed Display Area Where Ever Possible
Always Visit a Garden Shed Display Area Where Ever Possible

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.

When buying a garden shed you need to be a little careful, no very careful, about your intended purchase. With the large range of prices available which reflect the different garden shed retailer's choice of buildings you can be bamboozled into thinking that the cheapest shed is the best value. As in most other things in life this is not always true, cheapest prices does not mean the best value.

The most important thing is to determine how long you want your garden shed to last. If you only want a garden shed for a couple of years then one of the cheap sheds may do the job for you. With their chipboard or OSB (oriental strand board) board floors and roofs they SHOULD last a couple of years even if they get wet. However, when you come to move on the fact that you have a garden shed with a disintegrating floor or roof will put prospective buyers off, so still might not be a good option.

Something to look out for is when these cheap shed makers describe their shed floors and roofs as SHEET materials. They do this so that you are not aware they are using chipboard or OSB materials which, I think is a little misleading. Strictly speaking chipboard and OSB are sheet materials but considering the weakness of these types of materials outside surely you should have the right to know beforehand what you are getting.

This is where visiting a garden shed display site is priceless. You are able to see the sheds in situ and are able to walk in and out as well as examine how well, or bad, they are put together. You can often see different ranges of garden sheds at these display sites, certainly at sites such as 1st Choice's display areas.

By taking a look you can make your own mind up as to the quality, you can see the type of wood used, as well as the height of the sheds. Many cheap garden sheds sold on the web are very low. They might look OK on the colourful all dancing, all singing web sites but when they arrive in your garden you will find out the truth.

Another thing to look out for is whether the doors have diagonal braces on them. This is essential if you want to ensure the doors won't drop. If the door drops then it stick and you won't be able slide your padlock on. Do the sheds have glass or cheap scratchable plastic, perspex or acrylic. These cheap materials will discolour in time and rattle about in the wind. Very irritating!

Even if you are unable to visit a garden shed show site the fact that a company has one is reassuring. You know they have nothing to hide and are quite happy for their products to be scrutinised closely. You could also see whether they have any INDEPENDENT feedback from their customers. This again is a good source of unbiased information and can give reassurance about the shed company.

Another area where you may see garden sheds 'in the flesh' are at the 'County Shows' around the country or at garden shows, such as the Chelsea Flower Show or Hampton Court Flower Show. However be aware that at the large national shows you are only likely to see the very expensive garden sheds or buildings. These sheds are at the other end of the spectrum and again don't always offer the best value. They will be exquisitely made with wood as smooth as a baby's bottom but you are paying top dollar for this level of finish.

You sometimes find garden sheds in other exhibits as well which was the case at The Museum of the San Ramon Valley. A garden shed had became the focal point of this exhibit praising the virtues of family gardening and the effect on family life.

The exhibit also displayed some 1940's kitchens as well and combined with the garden shed reflected the increasing trend of families utilising their gardens and growing their own produce. The 1940 theme reflecting earlier times during the Second World War where 'digging for freedom' was second nature. The museum stresses that growing one's own food during the war was crucial.

Besides the garden shed, garden and kitchen on display was various equipment from that time period. This highlighted the differences in growing produce then and now.

However, as important as these shows and exhibits are a garden shed display site is definitely worth visiting before you spend your hard earned money. By examining these garden sheds you can ensure that the shed you buy will last more then just a couple of years. It may be more expensive but you will often find that the better shed makers will assemble the shed for you as well. This will save you time, which you can spend doing other things, and you will know that your garden shed has been erected correctly and this will help to ensure a long life in your garden.


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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 Cabins, SafeStore, Trimetals, GrandChoice Metal Sheds; Lidget Garages & Secure storage concrete sheds. Please see this page for a full list.



Farnham Garden Buildings Display Site Squires Garden Centre,
Badshot Lea Road, Badshot Lea,
Farnham, Surrey. UK. GU9 9JX
Phone 0333 800 8880
Our display site is open for viewing 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday
10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays.
Only Manned on Fridays
The garden centre is visible from B3208 road between Farnham and Aldershot.

Currently on display at Badshot Lea: are Platinum & Diamond Timber Buildings, Trentan Garden Cabins and Lidget Garages. Please see this page for a full list.




Phone (01483) 237550 or (0333) 800 8880 - Fax (0333) 8008810
(0333) numbers are charged as LOCAL Rate on both mobiles and landlines - saving you money.
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.