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How To Choose A Garden Shed

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 13 Jul 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
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Garden sheds come in all types of materials and styles and they can be used for a multitude of purposes and it is these factors which will have a big bearing on the type of shed you choose.

Why Do You Want A Shed?

If you just want a shed for storage space, it’s likely that you’ll simply opt for a simple rectangular shaped one which may or may not have windows. You’ll need to ensure that it’s sufficiently large enough for you to store all of the tools and equipment you plan on keeping in it and that the door is wide enough to accommodate the largest items.

However, if you intend to have a shed in which you can pursue any hobbies or pastimes or if it’s going to serve as a place to play for your children, the aesthetic qualities of the shed are likely to become just as important. Perhaps, for example, you’ll want it to mirror or complement the style of your house.

But if you or other members of the family are likely to be spending a significant proportion of your time in there, you’ll want a garden shed that is a little more pleasing on the eye and one which you can make more homely.

Use Of Space

Be sure to buy a garden shed that is slightly larger than all of the equipment you intend to keep in it. For example, you may have a certain model of lawnmower now but if you intend to upgrade to a larger one later, you’ll want to be certain that it will still fit in the shed.

You might also need to think about a garden shed that has two separate interior spaces if you’re thinking about using it as both a storage space and a place you can pursue a hobby or let your children play. This could be vital if you’re intending to store tools and materials which need to be kept securely away from children. Also, think about the height of the garden shed if you’re intending to work in it. You may need to buy one with a higher ceiling than if you’re simply using it for storage.

Flooring Considerations

Many sheds come with integrated wooden floors built in. However, you may prefer to buy one without a floor and to have a concrete base filled in instead. Just remember though that a concrete slab will mean that you cannot move the shed once it’s in position so if you’re planning on moving a shed around occasionally, you’ll want one that’s lightweight and with an integrated floor.

Garden Shed Materials

Sheds tend to be manufactured in three materials – wood, metal and vinyl. Timber sheds are usually more expensive but they are often more aesthetically pleasing and in keeping with the style of your house. Metal sheds are often cheaper and are very durable but they can be harsh to look at although they do come in a variety of colours. Vinyl or plastic sheds are probably better if you want a cheaper alternative. They also require less maintenance although they won’t last as long as either a timber or metal shed. Also, they are more prone to damage from the elements such as strong winds.

Garden Shed Extras

You may also want to factor in the types of extras you may be looking for in your garden shed. Additional shelf space, windows, skylights and space for a workbench might all be considerations. And, if you’re going to be spending a fair amount of time in your shed or storing dangerous or highly flammable chemicals in it, you’ll want to think about ventilation properties, especially in the summer months.

Additional Considerations

Other things you may want to consider when choosing a garden shed is security. Although most sheds come with a basic locking facility, if you’re going to be keeping any expensive items in it, you may want higher windows or more secure panelling. Double doors might also be important to move larger items in and out.You may also need to decide if you want a ready built shed or a flat pack model you can construct yourself.

The shape and style might also be important. The main 4 styles are apex, transverse, corner and pent. Some garden sheds are also designed to complement the house and surroundings – such as sheds that look more like a barn or country cottage.

The best thing to do when choosing a garden shed is to visit a garden centre or specialist shed supplier. You will be able to discuss your options and preferences and you really need to see a shed in person to ensure that it ticks all the right boxes for what you need.

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