It appears to be easy to buy a summer house - just take a look on the 'web' see a building which takes your fancy and then try to find the best price - easy -peasy! Well - NO. This is because there is such a large range of summer buildings available with the quality (or absence of it with many of the cheap 'make down to a price' summerhouses) varying tremendously. So you do need to be very careful to ensure you are not disappointed.
1st Choice Summer Houses are All Made to Very High Standards and Quality
By buying from a business which have been established a long time you can be reasonably sure that they have gained a great deal of expertise in the market. Also and more importantly, they listen to their customers. You will find that most established businesses actually do have 'bricks and mortar' premises and they use the 'web' as a tool to inform the public of their range of products. These type of businesses tend to employ staff who you can actually talk to (just like in days gone by - how quaint, but nice). Where as many web sites expect you to communicate through the wonders of email, which is good but will never beat 'actually' talking.
1st Choice were established in 1979 and have been manufacturing and selling garden buildings since then. There is a physical office where you can talk to us - face to face - or visit as well as a display site where you can actually see examples of summerhouse and garden cabins for your self.
With the 'web', with its flashy web pages, and possibly a glossy brochure you will never really know what your proposed summer house will be like in 'real life'. This is why it's crucial to try to view any potential summer building before delivery. This way will ensure that you can see how well it's been made, that there is enough height inside, you can see than the doors and windows are solidly made (and not flimsy, cheap and nasty) and what quality of timber which has been used. Whilst many summer house firms on the 'web' claim it's best to buy online and that you can save money it's never possible to be sure what you will actually get. If they are not prepared to let you see their buildings beforehand then you need to be very wary. It's a fact that the cheapest price is not always the best value.
1st Choice Leisure Buildings has a summer house display area near Guildford in Surrey. Only about 5 miles from the M25
It's possible that you can save money by selecting one of these cheaper summer houses or buildings but you need to ensure that only the best and correct materials are used in your new building. This means using timber which comes from the colder parts of Europe such as Sweden, Norway, Finland where it grows very slowly. This cold weather means it has the greatest density ensuring it remains very stable even in the UK variable weather. The cheaper summerhouses are made using faster growing cheaper whitewood trees meaning there is likely to have more movement in your garden. Which is not good in the long run.
1st Choice Summer House are only made using slow growing Redwood Deal.
You will find the better summerhouse will have toughened glass as standard but on the cheap buildings will have horticultural glass. This is actually 'second grade' glass and you will normally be able to see defects in it. Away from busy activity it can be just about OK but on buildings which are being used regularly it best not to take any chances. If it breaks it breaks into jagged pieces and you would not want your children or grand children getting hurt. Horticultural glass does reduce the cost of the building but is it worth the risk?
1st Choice Summer Houses have toughened windows.
The advantages for standard sizes and layouts are that this can help to keep the cost down, but quite often if you would like a size to suit YOUR garden or you would like doors and windows in a different place you would be out of luck. This is why it's good to talk to a garden building company who can make your summerhouse to suit YOU. It may be a little more expensive but the extra cost can make the difference between 'putting up with the available options' or getting the best use for YOUR garden.
1st Choice Summer Rooms can be made in 'more or less' any size to suit you. Also the layout and design of these buildings is also flexible and can bespoke to suit you.
Ensure that all the gable and shaped ends are supplied cut to shape and size. Unbelievably some cheap summerhouse manufacturers supply shaped ends needing to be cut by you. This saves money but mean more work for you and the possibility of mistakes.
All Summer Buildings from 1st Choice have pre-cut panels in shape as well as size.
The advantage of the 'web' and social media means that any 'bad apples' or companies selling bad buildings can quickly be isolated. So this is one way to find out a little more about the company form whom you be thinking of buying a summerhouse from. Can be very enlightening and can help to put your mind at rest.
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The advantage of long standing businesses is that they share good advice about buying summer buildings This helps you to make the correct decision for you.
Take a look these Buying Advice Pages to give you further insights as to what you should look out for.
How To Guide (Choose):- Types of Glass and Windows
Garden sheds and Summer Houses have a range of windows. You will find that on garden sheds they are normally functional where as on summer houses the windows are a little more fancy. The type of material used in these windows varies from the decent and top end garden buildings down to the cheap mass produced sheds and summerhouses. On the better buildings you will find that proper glass has been used and the reason for this is that it is very stable. This means that it does not discolour, so you can see clearly through it all the time, nor does it move, meaning that you won't hear it moving in the wind.
On the cheap garden sheds and summerhouses you will find quite often that they will use plastic, perspex or acrylic. This often is thinner than glass which enables the these type of windows to flex and can be noisy when the wind blows. You will also find that over the years they will discolour and lose some of the transparency. These shed and summerhouse windows are also susceptible to unsightly scratches.- Continue reading --
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