Is there any diagonal bracing on the door?
1/ What part of the garden building moves the most (besides the walls on the thin cheap sheds)? The answer is the door. It is VITAL that the door is made correctly which means that the door should have 2 diagonal braces on the inside of the door between the horizontal ledges. Without this bracing, the doors will sag after a relatively small amount of time and it stands to reason that without the recommended diagonal bracing the door will drop meaning that it will be harder to close.
You may not notice unless you were aware that these are essential, that many of the mass market cheap sheds do not have any at all. These companies are relying on the nails in the wood, which can be quite thin, to hold the weight of the door and to cope with the constant opening and closing. You can see the absence of diagonals by looking at the inside of the door.
How tall are the doors?
2/ You need to check the height of the doors as some are only 1.5m (5 ft tall) so you need to MIND YOUR HEAD
How many hinges and what locks are provided?
3/ It is important that a door should have 3 hinges to ensure a long life. Ideally, you should have at least a padbolt so you fit a padlock for security. Most of the cheap sheds only come 2 hinged and a turnbuckle to keep the door shut as this is the cheapest option.
All our Garden Sheds Are –
On ALL our garden sheds and garden buildings direct from 1st Choice we utilise strong diagonal bracing top AND bottom in between the ledges on the doors. Our buildings feature, at a minimum, a sturdy padbolt for your own padlock, or on the Diamond a rimlock and proper handle.
Our doors are normally at least 1.8m (5′ 10″) tall. On all garden buildings direct from us you can be sure of 3 hinges on each door and combined with the diagonals combine to ensure your door will not drop.
How tall will your garden shed be?
1/ Some garden sheds must have been designed for Lilliput as the low height, of about 1.5m (5ft) means that the average man in this country will bang their heads.
Are height measurements internal or external?
2/ Many of our competitors give these dimensions as external which means the available height is about 3″ less.
Can you have extra height to suit YOUR needs?
3/ Is there an option to make the building higher, or lower if need be.
All our Garden Sheds Are –
All our garden sheds and buildings direct from 1st Choice have at least a minimum INTERNAL height of 1.8m (5′ 10″) rising to at least 1.95m (6′ 6″). We also offer the option to increase the height so that you have much height as you require. Do the cheap mass market shed makers do this ??
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