Your guide to buying a garden shed

There are a number of reasons why so many people have built sheds. People use them to store all sorts of garden equipment, such as tools, furniture and compost. Some even use their shed to hold an extra fridge freezer or other household items that they cannot find room for in the house. Whatever the reason for buying a garden shed, you'll want to choose carefully if it is to last through the years and meet your needs. In this guide we look at some of the key factors in choosing a garden shed.

Garden shed materials

They can be built from many different materials including different types of wood, plastic and metal. They are durable and will last for a very long period. This is because of the material they are made of. They can be expensive and the bigger then shed the higher the cost will be. The size of a shed will depend on the purpose you want it to serve. They should be able to accommodate whatever you are planning on storing. You should particularly remember to bear in mind how secure you need your garden shed to be. For those that are storing expensive garden equipment, you'll perhaps want to consider something more secure than wood (such as metal or plastic).

Pre-built or home build?

If you want a DIY project and are planning on building your own shed you can buy kits or materials from any DIY store, some specialists also provide packs that contain all you need. Make sure you have calculated the space in your garden so you don't build a shed that is too small or too big for the space you have. You will also need to make sure the area is clear of any plants and trees and you will want to consider that you won't block any light from yourself or neighbours. You could always try to seek out a carpenter or a builder to build you a wooden or brick shed, if you don't fancy doing it yourself. If you choose to buy a readymade shed, it will come in a kit and will have full instructions on how to put together. Many sellers like offer free delivery, anti-rot guarantees that can last up to 15 years and also have long-life pressure treated walls. These sorts of deals can be better than building your own simply due to the guarantees and treatments applied to the wood. This makes it more hassle free than planning and building your own.

Security advice for your garden shed

Don't forget once your shed is up you will want to make sure thieves cannot gain access, a good security lock will be the best option to keep your belongings safe inside. Have a look on the website you choose to buy from as they will offer different levels of security for your shed, from a simple padlock to a full alarm system. Some even go as far as CCTV which is good if you live in an area that is high in crime or you have something very valuable to store.

Additional factors to consider when buying a garden shed

Is it guaranteed?
Before purchasing your shed you should check whether it comes with a guarantee. Many well made, quality sheds will come with either a 5 or 10 year guarantee, which gives you piece of mind on what can be a relatively expensive purchase.

Bare wood or pre painted?
If you've chosen to go with a wooden shed then you should think about whether you want it to come pre-painted, or in its original, bare wood form. If you opt for the latter, then you'll have more options in relation to making your shed fit into its surroundings. You should also remember however that leaving your shed bare will be a sure-fire way to reducing its lifespan, so you should at least cover it with creosote.

Where should you purchase your shed from?
When choosing between online and in store, you can be safe in the knowledge that buying online doesn't automatically mean you'll end up with something you didn't expect. If you've done your measurements correctly, ensured that you've chosen the correct finish and purchased from a reputable firm then you can rest assured that you'll end up with a quality product.

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