One thing many of us could do with is more storage space not only for garden equipment and furniture but bicycles, sports gear, kids toys – the stuff that clutters up any home. But with so many options on the market, how do you know which is the right one for you? And how can you avoid the pitfalls of buying online?
We can help. To help here’s are our guide on things to look for when buying a garden shed.
1. Look at the details
Lots of sites offer bargain sheds, but you need to make sure you buy the right one for you, choose one that’s built to last and you’ll save in the long run. Here are some key things to keep an eye out for:
Timber – Pressure treated rather than dipped lasts longest. Make sure that it is high grade. And if you’re environmentally minded that it’s sustainably sourced too.
Framework and Cladding – The thicker the framework and cladding, the stronger and more durable your shed will be. If it doesn’t list the details take a look at the photos, the thickness of timber on the back of the door is a good place to start.
Roof and floor – Solid Tongue and Groove boards are strongest, with floors supported by pressure treated joists.
Doors – Should have diagonal framing and be constructed to match the rest of the building. Security at a minimum should be via a sliding bolt and on higher specification sheds include hardware, rim lock, and proper doorknob. Again look at photos, does the door look like it’ll close securely, does it look strong.
Glazing – A window allows natural light into your shed making it easier to find what you need. Glass windows keep their colour whereas polycarbonate tends to will discolour. Opening windows, generally found on higher specification sheds allow ventilation. N.B If you’re concerned about people looking inside you can always add a window cover.
2. Get the right size for your space, and your stuff
The size of your shed may be limited by the space in your garden, measure your space before you start to make sure you’re making the most of your space. If you buy from a manufacturer directly, like us, you can have your shed made any size you like. When you’re buying a shed make sure you have room to grow. You may want to have space for those extra garden tools or that bigger bike further down the road.
3. Look for guarantees
Does the site you’re looking at offer any guarantees? Do they have easily reachable customer service? Do you trust them to help if there is a problem a few years down the line? You’re investing in a robust building, make sure that it will stand the test of time. All our sheds come with a ten-year guarantee against manufacturing defects and fungal decay.
4. Buy direct
If you go to the manufacturer you’re cutting out the middle man so getting the best quality shed for your money. It also means that you can have changes made to the standard design, want it bigger or smaller? Not a problem if you’re buying from the people that are making it they can make it perfect for you.
5. Get advice
You’re investing in a building that should be in your garden for years ahead. You want to make sure it’s right. We have experts on hand so if you have any questions get in touch. And if you don’t want to fit it yourself we can put you in touch with an installer.