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Guide to Choosing a Metal Garden Shed or Steel Workshop

Guide to Choosing a Metal Garden Shed or Steel Workshop
Guide to Choosing a Metal Garden Shed or Steel Workshop

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.

There is a large choice in garden sheds from the traditional wooden garden shed through to plastic, which can be double skinned, concrete and metal sheds. All have their good points but the metal garden shed can be seen as a good option if you don't want to have to treat the shed every few year.

Most metal sheds will be protected against rust and this is done by galvanising the steel. There are two methods of doing this and the cheapest option is electro galvanised and the best is hot dipped galvanising. Electro galvanising is where an electrical charge is applied and this enables the zinc to cling to the metal and this gives the metal resistant to rusting. Electro galvanising is suitable in areas where the steel is not in exposed conditions. With the hot dipped galvanising the steel in immersed in a bath of zinc and this bonds the metal and zinc together ensuring long term protection to the steel even in exposed conditions.

Clearly the hot dipped galvanised steel is far superior than electo-galvanising so it you are thinking about a metal shed avoid the cheaply made electro plated garden sheds. Only go for hot dipped galvanised garden sheds if you want your shed to last. Don't save a few pounds only to regret if after just a few years.

You will find that 1st Choice offers a range of garden sheds and workshops which are all made in hot dipped galvanised steel. The StoreChoice, GrandChoice, SafeStore, Trimetal and Capital Steel buildings all meet the very high standards and offer the greatest protection against rust. The warranties range from 10 year up to 25 years so all these metal sheds are designed for very long lives.

The StoreChoice and GrandChoice metal sheds are good honest value for money sheds which are destined for a purpose and that is to keep your garden goods protected from the elements such as rain and snow. They usually have an option for two padlocks to be applied and this will help to keep your valuable reasonably secure, however, these are not high security sheds. They will deter the more normal casual thief but will not withstand a sustained attack by a determined offender. So provided you use these in a domestic setting they will do the job admirably.

The Trimetal garden sheds are made from PVC Coated Hot Dipped Galvanised steel which is 50% thicker than the more normal metal sheds. This makes these garden shed very long lasting and this is backed up with a 25 year guarantee. These sheds are also Fully Fire Rated (certificate provided) so are ideal for caravan parks where this is an essential requirement. With stronger doors and a double locking system you can be sure your garden valuables will be safe. The walls of these garden sheds are designed to look like shiplap boards so you can get the best of both worlds - the appearance of a timber shed with the strength of a metal shed.

If your needs are for something highly secure that the SafeStore secure steel sheds should be considered. These are quite expensive but when you take a look at the specification you will understand why. The steel is 1.2mm thick which is about 4 times thicker than the basis metal garden sheds. The door locking system is reinforced with steel so that it will resist any determined attack by a thief. The building comes complete with a steel base so the whole shed is, in effect, a complete steel box making it even harden to gain access. These steel garden sheds are so good that many of the building are fully insurance rated.

When you need something a little larger than the Capital Steel Buildings will fill this gap. These buildings are made to industrial standards so you can be sure it will meet any demands you can out on it. These buildings can be made, literally, to any size you require although the smallest buildings tend to be about 3m x 4m. With the addition of an anti condensation barrier to the roof you can ensure the very best conditions for your valuables.

Ventilation is an important consideration in metal sheds so you should ensure this is built into the building. This helps a flow of air to move about reducing any condensation problems. As far as maintenance is concerned all that is normally needed is a wipe down with soap and water and this will keep the building looking great. The outer protection on the steel helps to ensure this.

You will also find that metal sheds are quite eco-friendly as the metal in the building can be recycled after the shed has comes to the end of its life. This is reassuring as the natural resources of our planet dwindle down over the 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
Phone 0333 800 8880
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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.




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