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Guide to Sheds

Garden Sheds

Find out more about Garden Sheds

A garden shed is one of those remarkable pieces of equipment that will make you wonder how you ever managed without one once you do have one. For home owners all over the world the good old garden shed has allowed the garage to be given back to the car and created a place to store all those things that you need but don’t quite no where to keep them.

These days sheds can be bought in many sizes and styles and the advancements in the shed industry over the last decade or so have been breathtaking. Gone are the days when garden sheds were a wooden box with a door that leaked from between every beam of wood and went rotten within 5 years! Some of today’s garden sheds are nothing less than a fantasy retreat that is sometimes aimed at pleasing the kids but in reality pleases the grown ups much more. Some garden sheds have even been mistaken for small cottages such is the intricacy in their design.

A few years ago the only materials that were used to construct sheds were wood and metal, with wood sheds being by far the most popular. These days new materials are beginning to filter into the market: vinyl, for instance is becoming increasingly popular as it is a good construction material and does not succumb to weathering effects such as rusting or rotting like metal and wood do. Furthermore no maintenance is required to keep vinyl sheds in good condition and a simple wipe down every now and then can keep it looking new for years.

However the biggest disadvantage of these new age materials is that they look much more artificial than wood and even metal. Somehow there is nothing quite like the sight of a rotting shed at the bottom of a garden and a state of the art vinyl shed will never have the same effect. This is one reason why a lot of wooden sheds today have turned into fantasy buildings with pretty windows, flowerboxes and cottage like paint jobs. However as nice as these sheds look today they will most likely end up rotting eventually even if they are treated with extreme care.

Garden sheds tend to be shipped in kit form, which means that you have to assemble the shed yourself. Before assembly takes place you must make a stable base to support the shed. This prevents the ground from sinking and shifting underneath the shed and also prevents damp from creeping in. You will need the help of at least one other person to construct the shed and its base and ideally you should set aside two days, one for the base which is traditionally made from concrete and needs to dry, and one for the shed itself.

Some manufacturers of metal sheds are now producing snap together sheds which are designed to fit together even easier than the traditional method of screwing the sides together and if you have limited confidence in your DIY ability this could be an avenue for you to explore.