To understand the type of material used we need to know how they are made:-
Chipboard floors:- These are made from wood chips, as its name suggest. These are stuck together and compressed to make a solid material. Absolutely ideal for kitchen cabinets or anything used indoors but outdoors are susceptible to damp. Just a small amount of damp can make the boards fail. As soon as water gets into ant storage shed floor it will be absorbed into the chips making the board swell and then disintegrate. There is nothing you can do to repair this and the floor would need replacing, or at the very least, a floor section.
OSB Floors:- This type of shed floor is made from boards which are made from wood shavings. These are glued and the compressed into solid boards. They have a special waterproof paint applied to the edge of the boards and provided the edges are not cut then this can provide for a cheap storage shed floor. However, in my experience, this is not possible very often as the boards have to be cut to suit the size of the shed. By cutting the edges of the board water can get in which will make the board swell and will make the boards disintegrate.
Plywood floor:- This consists of thin layers of timber being bonded together and this gives the floor its strength. Provided exterior plywood is used which is suitable for outdoors and which uses a waterproof glue, then this can be suitable but is relatively expensive.
T&G boards:- T&G timber boards are made from solid timber. After the tree is chopped down the trunk goes into the sawmill and sliced into boards. These then go into another sawmill where they go through a planing machine. This machines planes both side of the timber and applies a tongue to one edge of the board and a groove on the other edge so these timber boards will slot in together to make a long-lasting garden storage shed. If these boards do get any damp on them then they could expand fractionally but will dry out quite easily. Sheds, garden buildings and summerhouses with floors being made from solid timber do not disintegrate or fall apart.
NO Floor:- If you have a garden building with no floor then you will need, ideally, a concrete base for your new garden store to go onto. This base should be the exact size of what the floor would have been and you would need to check this with the factory as this size can vary.
You may find that a 10×8 shed would be 9ft 11in x 8ft 1in or possibly 10ft x 8ft exactly so it is vital the base is made to the correct size. By doing this your new building will sit on the edge of the concrete and would normally have the bottom plank of wood overlapping the base. This helps to ensure that rain and wind won’t blow in.
If you make the concrete larger then the building can be made flush (the bottom plank of wood on your new store will not have an overhang on it) so your building will sit straight onto the concrete. In this instance, it is highly recommended that you seal around the edge of your new building to stop any rain water getting into the building.
Sheet Materials:- If sheet material is offered as an option on your new outdoor shed ALWAYS, ask whether it is made from chipboard, OSB, wafer board, Sterling board or any man-made boarding. You will find that some shed manufacturers describe these inferior materials, certainly for outdoor use where they may get wet, as sheet material as it does not sound so bad. If they have confidence in the product they would describe the flooring using its proper name. Also, you will often find these floors are not covered under their guarantee, always ask and get it in writing, just to be sure.
My advice is based on 40 years in the garden buildings business
By including children in the planting and growing of vegetables they will be able to appreciate what is involved in the food being put on their plate. This will ensure that as they grow up they, hopefully, will be more sympathetic to the green aspects to our world, which is important for our future. Besides this they will learn new skills such as patience, working with others, and feeling good with themselves as well as improving their self confidence.
At school they will be able to talk about what they have learnt and hopefully encourage other families to follow their lead. I do remember as a child that I was very keen on the garden and hatched a plan to grow potatoes with my friends and sell them in St Peter’s Avenue (this was the high street) in Cleethorpes. Initially stored in my Dad’s storage shed before I then sold the produce which we had grown. The money would be spent on typical children’s activities and we had a great deal of satisfaction that we had EARNT that OURSELVES.
The children’s playhouse, which can be adapted from any surplus storage building which you may have, is another valuable learning tool for your children, but don’t tell them it for their education. Children being children will rebel against this. However again the playtime with their friends will enable them to bond better with other youngsters and again the art of sharing and being able to use their imagination. This is something that no computer game can simulate. You will find there is a great deal of choice available for children playhouses or, as I say, an existing garden store could be re utilised .
This was even noted in the papers recently when Lucy and Dom Redmond, keen gardeners, were praised because of their beliefs that the garden should be used to educate their children as well as entertaining them. Their daughters, Tilly and Flori received encouragement to be involved in the garden from a very early age.
Besides the gardening they should be allowed to play freely so they can learn respect for the garden, which is very important. So not only is their home a playground it also includes the great outdoors. Their parent’s view was that children need to learn what can be harmful and by encouraging them to be able to use all the garden with few boundaries this can be achieved. Sometimes we, as parents, restrict what our children can do because we know they can be harmful and this makes sense. However we learnt by being involved in different situations and this way is always the best way to remember.
However, it’s vital that children are taught about the potential dangers of the garden and what items stored away outdoors that they should not touch . It also goes without saying that all dangerous substances which may be lurking in your outdoor shed should be kept securely locked away.
When I started this hobby in 2009, at the age of 58, (which just goes to show we can all be young at heart) I was only keen on the steel roller coasters with their loops and twists. These are good fun however my loyalty changed in 2010 when I went to America. America has many wooden roller coasters where as in the UK they are quite scarce.
The beauty of wood is the noise and the feeling of not always knowing what to expect. A wooden coaster can give a different feel in the morning, mid day or late in the day. The weather also affects these coasters as the wood swells and shrinks accordingly. The intensity of wooden coasters is also a great reason to ride these wonderful outdoor machines.
However, there are probably three types of wooden roller coasters. You have the very old coasters built back pre war which can often be seen as a scenic railway type, such even carry a brakeman to control the speed in a little outdoor shed type carriage. As times has gone on many coasters have been built but unfortunately the intensity of some is actually uncomfortable at best and painful at worse. In the last decade or so new timber coasters have been built which are intense but ARE comfortable and very re-ridable. This, in my view, is how a wooden coaster should be.
In must be said that the perception of wooden roller coasters, and all coasters, is very much a personal thing. What I like and what someone else likes can be totally different. Which is probably a good thing because the queues for the good wooden rides would be even longer.
The timber coasters which I think are the best are built by GCI (Great Coasters International). Their coasters can be described as very fast and intense with loads of banking around corners and quick changes in direction. Their signature appears to be running the track so that it goes back through the station shed during the ride. The sensation of speed is awesome. However, these are very re-ridable wooden coasters. As soon as you get off you want to go again.
In my view most people could ride these, probably best not to have this as your first ride, but after a few rides I’m sure most people would agree. The key to riding these rides is to lean into the corners so that your body is in line with the track as much as possible. Enjoy the ‘air time’ where you float out of your seat a little – you are perfectly safe. Enjoy the sensation of speed, noise and movement. You find your body totally invigorated by this and the adrenaline rush is awesome. It’s just a shame you can’t bottle it and sell it.
These outside wooden coasters show the sheer versatility of timber and what it can do. The timber which is specially treated to resist rot will last an amazing amount of time. When you consider the sheer forces on the track and timber supports of the coasters the fact that timber can contain this forces day in day out, year in year out is nothing short of miraculous.
The only down side in my view is that so few parks in the UK have wooden coasters which seems to be the total opposite of parks in America and in Europe. In my view, as well as many other roller coaster enthusiasts, this is a shame. Having ridden these wooden coasters abroad and seen how popular they are I’m convinced that any park installing a ‘woodie’ would be well rewarded with masses of people heading their way to ride them.
If wood can do this for wooden coasters with all the great strains and forces on it then you can see how good wood is for making outdoor storage garden sheds. However, as in most things, it’s important that the right wood is used, and this means not using the cheapest less durable timber, and ensuring that the wood is probably treated so that is will last a very long time.
The outdoor storage sheds which 1st Choice supplies are normally only made from redwood timber and not the cheaper, less durable whitewood. So if you need outdoor storage and for it to last a long time and made properly there is only one place to go.
Whether it’s for the lawnmower, garden chairs, patio or garden tools our range can provide the answer for you. Available in wood timber, metal or plastic in all different storage options.
The large range of outdoor storage buildings sizes should ensure we have the right building for you. And best of all is that all the timber buildings will be installed free of charge and many are on display for viewing.
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