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Buying a Garden Shed? Check List Before Considering.

Buying a Garden Shed? Check List Before Considering.
Buying a Garden Shed? Check List Before Considering.

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.

The choice of garden shed is crucial if you want it to fulfil your requirements and also, importantly, last a long time. By selecting the best place in your garden you can utilise the shed to the full and you can also incorporate your new shed into the general design of your garden. So the most important thing is to decide what you are going to use your shed before buying.

Is it going to be for storage, or used as a garden workshop or for growing plants and flowers? Alternatively if you wish to use it as a recreation room then again you need to consider which shed will meet your needs.

A storage shed doesn't not have to be extra tall, unless you have some large cupboards to put into it. Where as a garden workshop needs to be tall enough inside so you don't have to crouch inside. This will rule out the many cheap shed ranges which are available as these tend to be made for midgets. The option of double doors is a good one to consider as would extra and, or, opening windows.

If you are going to use your garden shed for growing plants, flowers or fruit then you need to consider a dedicated potting shed or garden shed and greenhouse combination. This will provide extra windows which will aid growth. Most of these type of sheds will include a slatted bench which will allow you to plant out seedlings and the also a stable door to aid air flow.

A garden shed or building which you intend to use for a recreation room should, again, have good height inside so that you don't have to bang your head. Opening windows would be an essential so fresh air can flow in. Also the option to line and insulate the building should be strongly considered as the building can get hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The insulation will help to alleviate this.

You need to ensure that the building is made from good quality timber, ideally redwood deal and not white wood as white wood can be prone to splitting and also for knotholes dropping out. Always aim for T&G (tongue and grooved) timber as this will always be stronger than overlapping boards such as featheredge or square edge boards. Ensure the thickness of the framing (effectively the skeleton of the shed) is at least 2 x 2. You will find that (surprisingly) the cheap shed makers think that 1 x 1 if sufficient. It is NOT.

Most importantly ensure that the garden sheds you are considering do not use chipboard or OSB boards for the roofs or floors. These are NOT suitable materials for outdoor use because as soon as they get wet they will swell and disintegrate. You will find besides these cheap materials used by the cheap shed makers the felt on the roof is likely to be thin inferior grade as well. Be very careful and ensure you understand what you might end up with.

As there are many cheap sheds on the market ALWAYS try to view your intended purchase so you can how well it is put together as this will give you a good idea of the ethos of the company involved. If you don't get this opportunity be very careful as it is very hard to return a shed after it has been delivered. Reputable garden shed companies offer the option to view their range of products before buying. Take a look at these displays to give you an idea of what you can buy.

By following these simple guidelines you can ensure that the shed you buy will meet your expectations. If the shed is a cheap mass produced shed made down to a price be careful. It may last for a few years but by considering a well made garden shed from a shed maker using quality and suitable materials you will nearly always have a better value shed in your garden. This will save the hassle of looking for a new shed in the next few years.


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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.



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Badshot Lea Road, Badshot Lea,
Farnham, Surrey. UK. GU9 9JX
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10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays.
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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.




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