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Types of Glass on Garden Sheds and Their Use

Types of Glass Used on Sheds
Types of Glass Used on Sheds

Types of Glass Used in Windows

Horticultural Glass for Sheds

The normal glass used in garden sheds is horticultural glass. This is glass which is very slightly seconds with maybe a little distortion in it. As its use is in the garden for an outdoor building this is perfectly adequate for this job. You will find that this glass will retain good visibility and will not discolour. The only downside to this is that the glass, if it breaks, will shatter into jagged sections. This is not normally a problem unless children are about and could be at a slight risk. This horticultural glass is not used on the Diamond or Platinum ranges of garden sheds but is used on the Sapphire buildings.


Toughened Glass for Sheds

Toughened glass is particularly good for garden sheds and can be found on the slightly better range of wooden buildings such as the Diamond and Platinum ranges. This glass is not seconds in any way and the glass, because of its manufacturing process, is VERY resistant to breaking. Even if it's hit very hard it's unlikely to break and, if it does, the glass will break into small harmless granules, like car windscreens from many years ago. With its strength and clarity it allows natural light to flood into your garden shed. Besides that its strength makes it very hard for intruders to break and this increases the security of your shed. There are no negatives to mention with this glass. Perfect if you have young children or grand children about. Available on both Diamond and Platinum garden sheds as standard.


Garden Sheds Laminated Glass

Laminated glass takes the stage of strength even further as it consists of two layers of glass and a plastic layer. It's constructed by sandwiching the plastic in between the two outer layers of glass and this makes it nearly impossible to break. If the glass does get broke, which is very unlikely, then the glass stays together in one piece. The better 'con' is its cost over toughened glass. The toughened glass option is the best one all round as it combines strength, security and peace of mind at a reasonable price. The toughened glass is included at no charge on Diamond and Platinum buildings. However, if you would like laminated glass we can always get a quote for you.


Wired Glass for Sheds

Wired glass is used where a high level of security is required in a garden shed and where the ability to see outside is important. The glass is made with a wire mesh inside the glass so means that even if the glass was broken, which would be hard to do anyway, the internal wire still creates a formidable defence against intruders. Manufacturing the glass is very expensive and cutting glass to size is very time consuming so this option is probably the last one to use on a garden shed. I would suggest that the toughened glass used on our Diamond and Platinum garden buildings are more than adequate and you could always fit metal bars to the windows if security is an issue. Wired glass is not a normal option but we would always be happy to request a quote for you.


Plastic, Acrylic & Perspex Windows

On cheap garden sheds you will find that they use either plastic, perspex or acrylic in their windows and the reason for this is that these materials are cheap. The problem with these items is that they are also very thin and you will find that on windy days they will 'flex' and be quite noisy. Also over the years they will discolour which reduces the light into the shed. And being made from oil they are not as environmentally friendly as glass products which are made from silica (one of the most abundant material on our planet). These shed companies will claim plastic, perspex and acrylic are safer than glass. Well maybe a little safer than horticultural glass but definitely not better than toughened glass used on our Diamond and Platinum garden sheds and workshops.


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How To Choose the Roof Style on your New Garden Shed


The roof on garden sheds and summerhouses is a crucial part of your new garden shed so it is important that the right materials are used in its construction. The main purpose of the roof is to protect your valuables from rain and snow thus keeping them dry. Besides this is helps to ventilate the shed and aids the long life of your building.

There are several designs for a shed roof such as an apex roof, sometimes referred to as a gable roof which looks like an upside down 'V'. This design is very popular in Britain as it is quite attractive when situated in your garden. The basic design consists of two roof sections meeting in the middle of the shed or summerhouse. This roof can slope in either direction, certainly the better garden shed manufacturers would be able to offer this. The pitch, or angle on the apex shed roof tends to be in the region of at least 15 degrees up to about 25 or 30 degrees. This allows water to flow easily off the roof and away - Continue reading --


Feefo Independent Feedback & Reviews

  • DIAMOND12-7 - They were very helpful and offered a good service. Very happy with the price and quality of the product. It is well constructed. Would recommend.
  • DIAMOND18-8 - Very good
  • DIAMOND5-4 - Excellent service. No fuss and everything done on time. Perfect.
  • DIAMOND6-4 - I was very pleased with the service provided by the company and was impressed that your fitters took less than half an hour to assemble my shed. There was no resulting mess or untidiness and the fitters were friendly and courteous. Having had the shed for four months so far I am still very satisfied with it.
  • DIAMOND6-4 - I've bought 4 sheds and every one is excellent. I had the best service I've had in ages. Always polite and always courteous. Everything was exactly what I ordered, delivered as promised and assembled in a very professional manner by experienced, friendly people.
  • DIAMOND10-6 - Excellent service and got exactly what I ordered good price for a quality item. Sturdy and well made item. I would particularly compliment the 2 guys who put it up, great job many thanks!
  • DIAMOND10-6 - Prompt delivery and good communication. Good quality shed and the fitter went out of his way to put it up and called to let me know about an uneven base and usually meant it would not be put up. I REALLY appreciated that.
  • DIAMOND10-6 - Very good service. Very good shed.
  • DIAMOND6-4 - Very polite when doing business with them. Very sturdy and neat shed. Perfect for my needs
  • DIAMOND6-4 - The wait was shorter than I had been warned it might be. (My order was at peak time.) The contractor 1st Choice recommended for the base, and the workmen who put up the actual shed, arrived when they said they would, were polite and friendly and did a good job. So far, standing up well to the weather. Only been a few months. So don't know about longer term resilience yet.
  • DIAMOND6-4 - good communication no issues. Good quality construction - didnt disappoint.
  • DIAMOND6-4 - Great service from start to finish - they gave helpful advice over the phone which allowed me to find the right shed for what I needed and also helped arrange for a base to be fitted. Good quality shed delivered and erected very quickly and efficiently
  • DIAMOND6-4 - Very Good quality shed, delivered on time and erected in pouring rain by very cheerful fitters, very happy! Well made, erected by professionals, attractive to look at and very secure, what more could you ask?
  • DIAMOND6-6 - Efficient, friendly, excellent service. Well built, well erected, no problems!
  • DIAMOND8-5 - So Helpful, Brill
  • DIAMOND8-5 - Excellent, Good
  • DIAMOND8-6 - The delivery was on time and the persoel polite and efficient.
  • DIAMOND8-6 - Excellent service from start to finish. I was kept informed of the order status. It was delivered as planned and put up efficiently. The lads were polite and helpful. Very good quality. I was a bit dubious about purchasing online but a client recommended them - I'm glad she did!
  • DIAMOND8-6 - Very good communications, all worked well. Minor niggle, construction nails misaligned, count of 15 otherwise a very good product.
  • DIAMOND8-6 - Absolutely nothing bad to say about them. All worked just how you'd like bit too. Does exactly what it needs to, well constructed and looks good.
  • DIAMOND9-4 - A very good service, on time and assembled competently on site.
  • DIAMOND11-7 - Quick delivery good communication, best price. Everything is good/great except the door which i do not feel is very secure at all. the lock just touches the frame of the door so anyone could give it a good shove and gain access to the shed.

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Woking Garden Buildings Display Site Sutton Green Garden Centre,
Whitmoor Lane, Sutton Green,
Woking near Guildford, Surrey. UK. GU4 7QA

Phone (01483) 237550
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 Log Cabins, SafeStore, Trimetals, GrandChoice Metal Sheds; Lidget Concrete Garages & Secure storage concrete sheds. Please see this page for a full list.


Phone (01932) 880864 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 Guildford, Surrey.