When it comes to buying a shed there are a number of factors to consider first, and we have them all below
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So what should you be looking out for when it comes to buying a shed that suits your needs?
Firstly plan the primary purpose of your shed will be. Is it for storing tools, garden equipment or bikes? Or do you need something bigger, with windows to act as a workshop? Whichever you need, consider the following factors first and foremost…
We’ve asked shed specialists, Forest, for a handy guide to help you make the right choice.
Think about materials and fittings
Think about how your shed will be constructed. The way the timber boards clad the outside of your shed are important. They all behave in different ways as weather conditions and seasons change, but there are advantages to each.
Overlap – rough sawn boards that overlap each other allow flexibility and movement and rain water to run off.
Shiplap – interlocking tongue and groove boards with a unique profile. The tight fitting nature of this method of construction reduces penetration from bad weather.
Choose robust flooring
Shed floors receive their fair share of wear and tear, so make sure yours can withstand frequent use. Alternatively, consider the appearance if you’re creating a garden room.
Hard wearing sheet material (also referred to as OSB) is ideal if you’re on a budget and using the shed for general storage. If you’ll be spending more time inside – maybe a potting shed or a workshop or if you’re storing heavier items it’s always better to look for a pressure treated boarded floor to provide extra strength.
Consider security measures
Plate hasp and staple latch are a fairly standard yet essential feature of all sheds, add a sturdy padlock of to ensure items inside are kept secure.
Another option is a Rim lock door latch which offers security and ease of use.
Some sheds also come with additional features like hidden hinges (so they can’t be unscrewed from the outside) and windows fixed with security screws. If you don’t want your possessions on show consider windowless options.
Choose from pressure or dip treated
Dip treatment is a surface treatment which provides around 10 years anti-rot guarantee, Dip treated sheds offer good value but it’s worth knowing that these sheds will need annual re-treatment.
Pressure treated sheds have anti-rot preservative treatment forced into the timber at pressure – they come with a 15-year anti-rot guarantee and don’t require any retreatment so can work out more cost effective in the long run.
Choose a suitable roof
A pent roof is a single or sloping roof allowing water to run off to the rear and creating high head room at the front of the shed. These sheds are ideal for placing against a wall of a fence.
A traditional apex roof is a popular choice. With two sloping sides, it’s highest point will be in the middle of the shed. It’s always worth checking the height of the shed eaves and also the door height when you’re shopping around – especially if buying online, some sheds are shorter than others.
There are also other styles including Reverse Apex and Corner sheds so think about where you want to position your shed, where you want any windows to face and shop around to get one that best suits your space.
Felt is the traditional material or choice when it comes to sheds, green mineral felt is especially long lasting. As an alternative Onduline is a unique corrugated material that is attractive and lightweight.
Add the right windows
Polycarbonate glazing is unbreakable and won’t become yellow or brittle over time. Acrylic glazing is slightly thicker, more durable and offers the closest resemblance to glass.
For those that don’t want to blow the budget, you can pick up a quality shed for not-a-lot-of-money. This Rowlinson design is a fine example. It might be at the bottom end of the market in terms of cost but it’s up there with the best in terms of features. Made with a solid board roof and floor, mineral felt roofing this quality wooden shed delivers big on a small budget.
Plastic fantastic. You wouldn’t necessarily know this design was plastic, thanks to it’s weathered wood-look texture. The structure is a weather-resistant double wall build with steel reinforcement, a heavy-duty floor and a robust ceiling.
To add a further touch of charm the design features Victorian-style windows, a skylight and practical double doors.
Metal designs are the perfect opportunity to embrace colour. Rather than the galvanised steel stand out like a sore thumb, we’re in favour of a sophisticated shade of green to help it blend in seamlessly.
The metal design is windowless and features lockable handles – ideal if the contents are valuable, therefore security is a priority. The doors are on a sliding mechanism, to save space.
For small gardens a slim shed is the perfect storage solution. This statuesque wooden shed is less than a metre in width, making it ideal for even the smallest of outdoor spaces.
Due to its size, this design will not take up much space, but still offers plenty of room to store all your garden essentials. This shed is constructed using straight cut boards that overlap to give flexibility, allowing natural movement of the timber during the changing seasons.
The roof and floor are made from solid sheet material and the roof is finished with black sand felt.
This heavy duty, sizeable shed gives you plenty of space to store away garden equipment, bicycles or other large items. As well as offering room for storage, there’s plenty of space for shelving and a workbench, making it an ideal workshop space.
The double doors make it easily accessible. Featuring a solid timber boarded floor – pressure treated for longevity – it’s strong enough to cope with heavy loads. The windows have an unbreakable polycarbonate glazing.
Manufactured in the UK using FSC certified timber from sustainable sources. All fixtures, fittings and felt are included, along with easy to follow instructions.
When just any old shed won’t do, there’s the John Lewis of sheds. This luxury design by National Trust feels more like a shepherd hut than a garden shed. The traditional design, constructed from FSC certified Scandinavian redwood, features vertical sawn boards, corrugated roofing, log store and a quaint square window.
Although the design features a timber floor, it does require a base constructed of either paving slabs laid on mortar or a concrete base no less than 10cm thick.
Inspired by National Trust properties the stylish model’s available in a variety of attractive colours. From Painter’s Grey to Terrace Green, this shed is made to be seen.
This smart potting shed feels part greenhouse and part shed. The simple wooden structure features a window frontage – allowing light to flood the interior. This design aspect that makes it ideal for growing plants.READ MORE