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Wooden sheds are made from softwoods – usually
pine . A few are larch or Douglas fir, and in theory these should be
slightly more resistant to rot. Most rot-resistant of all are cedar
sheds, but these are almost twice the price of pine ones.
Pressure Treated wood is used for a wide variety of garden structures,
be it a shed, a playhouse, fencing, decking or picnic tables.Although
the infused preservative prevents rot, it does not inhibit weathering.
This means that a weather preservative is a must, and should be applied
as soon as possible after your project is completed.
The majority of sheds sold in the UK are made from wood, but there are
other options. Metal sheds won’t rot or burn down, but they aren’t
exactly pretty and can be tricky to assemble. Also, condensation tends
to drip from the roof of these, limiting what you can store inside. Some
have sliding doors which won’t blow shut when you’re struggling to bring
in bulky items.
Plastic sheds are relatively
maintenance free, and usually fit together easily. Taking them apart
when moving house should also be straightforward. However their
looks may not appeal to all.
If you have space, we'd recommend you opt for a shed measuring at
least 6ft x 8ft. This size has double the floor area of a 6ft x
4ft shed, and room for a work bench along one side.
If the shed is to go in a very confined space, make sure you know
its precise dimensions. The size quoted by the supplier may not
include the roof overhang.
With time, a flimsy shed is likely to develop a sagging roof,
distorted sides and a door that won’t shut properly. Check for
sturdiness by standing inside it, jumping in the centre of the floor
and pushing against the centre of the side and roof panels. You
should feel firm resistance rather than flexing.
Also, check that the wooden timbers supporting the roof have no
large, dark-edged knots, as these are prone to fall out.
Wooden sheds often leak and rot because of rain running down the
walls. To minimize such problems, the roof should overhang the sides
by at least 5cm, and the front and back by at least 7.5cm.
Measure from the inside edge of the roof, not the outside.Rain is less
likely to run inside the top and bottom of a door if it has a strip of
wood (weather bar) over it to deflect the water. Ideally, there should
be a weather bar at the bottom, too.
Windows are prone to rot at the bottom unless they have sloping
sills with a drip groove - a groove cut beneath the sill to help water
drip to the ground.
standing in a closed shed, the only place you should see daylight is
through the windows.
Avoid sheds with gaps - if they let in light, they'll also let in
You'll need to ensure that those who will be using the shed can get in
without tripping over the doorway threshold or banging their head. Also,
check the doorway is wide enough. Single doors range from about 3ft wide
to just 2ft 2in. The wider the opening, the wider the items you’ll be
able to bring inside.If a shed you like has poor access, check whether
higher eaves (allowing extra headroom) and/or a wider or double door are
available as optional extras.