When buying garden workshops, heavy duty sheds or insulated workshops it seems to be very straight forward to - just click on the 'web' by maybe typing 'garden workshops near me' find the building in the size you want and then search for the best price. 'Easy Peasy - YES? Well, as there is so many different heavy duty workshops, large & small, available from the 'cheap and possibly nasty' right up to ones which would feel at home in a posh country home the answer is 'not really'. To ensure you make the right decision you need to do your home work to ensure you make the right choice and buy the right one for YOUR needs.
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When buying a garden workshop it seems to be very straight forward to - just click on the 'web' find the building in the size you want and then search for the best price. 'Piece of Cake YES? Well not really as there is so many different heavy duty workshops available from the 'cheap and possibly nasty' right up to ones which would feel at home in a posh country home. To ensure you make the right decision you need to do your home work to ensure you make the right choice and buy the right one for YOUR needs.
By deciding to buy from an established business you will find this is the best option as you can be sure that their expertise in the garden buildings industry is key to their success. Also, normally this will only happen when they have been selling the right buildings to their customers at the right price and this normally follows after listening to them. By choosing a business with a fixed 'brick and mortar' address' is always good as you can actually be sure there is somewhere to contact if you need to.
If the business is only available on the internet then how can you be sure who they are and whether they will be here today, tomorrow and in the future. Having a fixed address is always a good thing to have and is reassuring if you need to contact them in the future. Sure - emails are great but you are dependent on these being responded to, and quickly.
The 'internet' is an amazing thing (thanks Sir Tim Berners-Lee) but the flashiest of web pages and glossy brochure can never show a REAL feel for what you are buying. This is not a problem with many standard items but when selecting YOUR new 'man cave' or large shed it's important to know that your expectations will be met with the same as what you ordered. By being able to view your proposed building you can be reassured of the quality and see how well constructed it is, you can check the height to ensure you won't bang your head and can see if the doors and windows are made from stern stuff.
This will help you to distinguish the 'wheat from the chaff' - i.e. the made down to a price cheap and nasty workshops, which are readily available on the internet, and the well constructed, properly made buildings which are designed to last a long time. The claims by the retailers, who only sell online, that it's good to buy online and that you can save money may be true to a certain degree BUT there is only one way to be sure you won't end up with that 'cheap and nasty' building in your garden. By viewing beforehand you can save yourself from the stress and potential heartache. And it VITAL to remember that the cheapest price is not always the best value.
Standard sizes and designs have certain advantages as these can help keep the costs down a little however why not consider a building to suit YOU and YOUR garden. This will enable you to utilise your new sectional building and allow it to have the best use and to fit in the space that you have available. By deciding on a company which can make a garden building in the size and design for you then this is what can happen. This might be a little more expensive but this small extra cost can be the difference between being 100% satisfied or 'making do'. Well worth considering surely?
It can be cheaper to use inferior grades of wood or whitewood and can be OK, to a certain degree, if you only want a shed to last a year or two. But by insisting on the better redwood timber you can ensure a long life for you new 'pride and joy' for your home. Redwood by its very nature grows slower than white wood so the grain is more tightly compacted and will last longer. It also tends to retain more of the resin within the wood which gives it a waxy feeling which further enhances the virtues. White wood because it grows so quickly is prone to having little knots dropping out. So redwood, even though it can be a little more expensive, is the best option for a long term building.
You will find that most of the 'cheap' sheds will use Sterling board, chipboard or OSB board or Sterling board on the roofs and floors to save money. This would be fine in an ideal scenario but as soon as any damp gets into these boards (and being outside is nearly unavoidable) they will start to swell and then disintegrate. This will be the end of your shiny new man cave without any expensive repairs. These sectional workshop companies know this so by saying their floors and roofs are made from 'Sheet Materials' they hope to hide the fact from you. They avoid using the words 'sterling board, chipboard, osb board etc' as they know it's quite possible that there will be problems in the near future. Be VERY cautious if any OSB board etc is used on a roof as this will fail as soon as it gets wet.
It amazes me that many of the cheap workshops, besides being made of chipboard etc and other nasty materials, are delivered in pieces which you have to build some of the panels yourself. Absolutely Bonkers! If you are buying a cheap building always double check what you are getting.
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Feedback: very competent team erecting shed. I am delighted with the quality of the shed.
Response: Thanks for your feedback in connection with your new timber building. I'm pleased everything went to plan. Regards, Robin
Feedback: They kept in touch well to make sure they understood my order correctly, I got the shed I wanted with no problems. It's very good (although at that price it should be). Had to take one of the doors off after a week and plane about 2mm off it as they'd jammed. otherwise I am happy with the purchase.
Response: Thanks for your feedback on your new timber workshop. I'm sorry you had a problem with the doors which is quite unusual. We would always be happy to come back on any snagging issues. Thank you for letting me know. Regards, Robin
Feedback: Clean, efficient, tidy. They arrived at the exact time I was told they would and just got on with the job. Very good quality should stand the test of time
Response: Thanks for your notes about your new garden workshop we supplied recently. I'm pleased to hear all is well and that you feel you have made a great purchase. Thanks for letting me know. Regards, Robin
Feedback: - Very impressed with company - delivered on time and all as per quote. No issues. Very good building, well designed and fit for purpose. Only minor grumble is that some of the finishing was poor. eg beading around the window was loose (too few pins). There were a couple of splits where screws had been positioned too close to the ends of timber pieces. But overall very good indeed.
Response: Thanks for your note. It's good that you are happy overall with your new garden workshop. It's not so good that our very high standards slipped a little and let you down. Sorry about that but thanks for letting me know so I can let the factory know. Regards, Robin
Feedback: My only disappointment was the 3 week delay in delivery.
Response: Thanks for your feedback. I'm sorry about the delay but it's normally longer than that as all our garden workshops are made to order and this creates a delivery back log sometimes. Hopefully everything else was OK for you. Regards, Robin
Feedback: Building arrived on time and erected in good time. Excellent job.
Response: Thanks for your note about your new timber building. I'm pleased everything went to plan. Regards, Robin
Feedback:1st class service. Highly recommend. Excellent quality product
Response: Thanks for your note about your new Platinum workshop. I'm pleased we were able to deliver you a first rate product. Regards, Robin
Feedback: Excellent range of sheds/workshops etc to view at the Sutton Green Garden Centre and staff were very helpful when answering our questions and giving us advice as to which building best suited our needs. Actually placing the order was very straightforward and hassle free. The Platinum workshop was delivered and erected very efficiently today and is of the same excellent quality as the building we had seen on display. We would recommend these without hesitation.
Response: Thanks for your great feedback I'm pleased we were able to satisfy your requirements, meet your expectations and supplying a well built building. Regards, Robin
Feedback: Very professional and polite. Very happy with my new garden house. Excellent quality
Response: Thanks for your note. I'm pleased your new sectional workshop met your expectations. Regards, Robin
Feedback: - easy to order, friendly and helpful staff. Although I was aware delivery would take up to 8 weeks I did'nt actually think it would end up being 8 weeks, it did seem abit long considering the shed is basically in sectional stock pieces, Not exactly a custom one off, reasonably well designed constructed For the money paid, delivery was good and on arranged time, erection was OK although typically rushed, so some carelessness did irritate,the main issue was the concrete base had sunk slightly in one corner so instead of informing me, they decided a small stone to prop up a very heavy 10x12 shed would suffice?, otherwise on the whole would recommend, good quality shed.
Response: Thanks for your constructive feedback. We always try to quote the correct lead times rather than saying it will be 5 days and turn our to be 6 weeks. Guaranteed to cause friction with the customer. The installers are very good and surprisingly quick (in most customer's eyes) but they do rely on having a good base. To put a stone underneath seems a little under what was required and they should have talked to you to see what you would like to do. However, I'm pleased you are happy with your new garden workshop and I hope you have many years enjoyment out of using it. Thanks for letting us know. Regards, Robin