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This is far safer for your family, especially where children are involved, as it is specially treated to ensure that IF it breaks it will break into small granules of glass rather that jagged shards which horticultural will do. Other options include laminated or wired glass. Rather more expensive and would not normally be required except in high risk areas. As a breath of fresh air both the Diamond and Platinum range of 5ft x 3ft sheds and buildings come complete with toughened glass as standard.
There are many choices of cladding such as feather edge or boarding. On these the boards overlap each other to make them weatherproof however it’s important to ensure there is at least ¾ in to 1 in (20 – 28 mm) overlap. You will often find much less that this and when the boards shrink in the warmer weather gaps will appear. The better option is shiplap or loglap. Ideally this needs to be T&G (tongue and grooved) as this will give the building added strength. Minimum thickness should be no less than ½ in (12mm) so don’t risk your building with any thinner.
Ensuring the right material used for the roof is essential as this will take the brunt of the British weather so ensure full consideration is given. On most of the ‘cheap 5×3 sheds’ and workshops or the businesses selling cheap buildings you will find they use chipboard or OSB (oriental strand board) for their roofs as this is a cheap and inferior material to use.
However, my experience has proved that, these types of material are not suitable due to the fact as soon as they get wet they will swell and start to disintegrate allowing rain and the weather into your structure.
Sneakily these cheap sheds are described as having ‘sheet material’ roofs to hide the fact they are using unsuitable chipboard and OSB, etc. Be very wary and ask what the roof is being made from. It should only be made from ‘proper’ timber boards. Don’t regret not checking.
The floor on any 5 x 3 garden shed is very important as this is what you will be walking on so always ensure it’s at least 12mm (½ in) thick. Ideally thicker. Also needs to have solid floor joists to take the weight and these should be no more that 40 cm (16 in) apart. Be wary of the cheap shed companies where you may have to build the floor yourself by nailing the floor boards (often sheet materials – see above) onto a few thin floor joists.
The above basic considerations are very important even though the basic style remains the same. In essence the humble garden building is a structure designed to function and to serve its purpose. You don’t need an architect to design them – just a company with good sense and a good logical approach to building them.
The combination of sensibility and the above general guidelines will ensure any building you purchase will last you for many, many years. At 1st Choice Leisure Buildings their experience over 40 years in the business and their great customer feedback ensures that they are worth considering for your new 10×8 shed.