The best sheds to help keep gardens and outdoor spaces organised

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?

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    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…

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    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 Rimlock 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.

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