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Tips On What To Look For When Buying a Garden Shed

Tips On What To Look For When Buying a Garden Shed
Tips On What To Look For When Buying a Garden Shed

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 garden shed is a relatively simple structure consisting of four walls, a roof and a shed floor on the decent sheds. The height of the shed can vary depending on the usage with storage sheds maybe having lower walls and a garden building to be used as a workshop would be taller. This ensures there is plenty of space to walk around in.

You then have a choice of shed doors. This is normally a single door hung on hinges but it's possible to have a wider 3ft door, double doors or stable doors. These can be either the standard shed type door which consists of three horizontal and two diagonals braces onto which the shed door planks are nailed to. Be very aware of any sheds with no diagonal braces as these doors will drop within a very quick time. You might save a few pounds but is it really worth it for the hassle?

The shed can come with or without windows and you will find that most glass is horticultural glass. This is glass which might have small imperfections in it. This is still more than suitable for garden sheds as 100% clear visibility is not such a problem. You can often choose from toughened glass, laminated glass or wired glass. All these three are stronger but are more expensive. However you will find that some shed companies such as Diamond Garden Sheds and Platinum Garden Workshops both INCLUDE toughened glass FREE of charge. How refreshing!

The choice of material for the roof and floor is another consideration. Many cheap shed makers (or companies selling cheap sheds) use chipboard or OSB (oriental strand board) as these cut the costs down. These materials are not suitable for outdoor use because as soon as it gets wet the board will swell and disintegrate. Often described as sheet materials by these cheap shed makers so you are not made aware of the cheap materials used. Be very careful.

Also with many of the cheap sheds you have to build the floor yourself by nailing the floor boards onto the thin floor joists.

The overhang on the roof is also important with an overhang being better. This enables the shed roofing felt to protrude out from the edge of the roof. On cheap sheds you are not likely to have this. The quality of the roofing felt is also a consideration. Cheap sheds again means cheap materials in general.

Besides the above basic, but very important, considerations the general style remains the same. Essentially the garden shed is a functional building and does not need to be designed by an architect just a company with good sense. By combining good sense with the above criteria then buying one of their sheds will fulfil all your needs for years to come. 1st Choice garden sheds is worth considering because of their long time in the industry and their great customer feedback.

In Germany an architect, Nils Holger Moormann, has come up with an innovative design for a garden shed. His project actively encourages outdoor living and he got his inspiration from a story written by Henry David Thoreu who wrote about his connection with nature. His structure, Walden, has three main uses - as a garden shed, a mobile home and as a cabin.

Lovers of the garden are able to store various garden items such as rakes, wheelbarrows and shovels which you would normally found in the common garden shed. Besides that there is a reading room situated at the top so the owner can see all of the surrounding garden.


The Walden creation offers various uses associated the garden and the great outdoors. It can utilise the shed as a birdhouse and the layout can lend itself to picnics and barbecues. Mr Moorman feels that his garden building design will make its owners not want to go back indoors but to enjoy the outdoor life.

It's good that some people can look at different ways for the garden shed to be and also to give it even more multi usage. Having said that the beauty of all garden sheds is that the limit to the uses it can be used for is only limited by the human mind.


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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
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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.
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