There are a number of garden sheds available wooden garden sheds, metal sheds, plastic sheds, apex, pent, tongue & groove, overlap, solid OSB floor, T&G floor. Where do you start? Garden sheds are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and make an ideal extra storage space for your garden. Easy to install and at affordable prices, we will help you select the right shed for your needs. Please follow our suggested steps below:
- Apex or Pent?
Wooden and Metal sheds come in two main styles Apex or Pent.
- Apex Sheds (V-Shaped style reversed) are where the roof slopes downwards from the Ridge (highest point of the shed) to the Eaves (height of the wall sides) with a single ridge running along the depth of the shed is supported by shorter bearers. The Apex shed is the most popular selling shed and as a traditional shed provides a robust solution for all your storage solutions.
- Pent Sheds have a single sloping roof. The front height is normally higher than the back (some bike sheds have a higher back than front) with the roof sloping backwards. Please check each product page for back and front eaves height. These sheds are ideal for putting against walls or down the side of houses. The shape of the roof allows the rain to run off easily.
When choosing you shed, first measure out the space you have and allow for the door opening on your shed and any overhang from the shed (i.e. allow some space away from walls/fencing). The Eaves height of the shed is the height of the side walls and the Ridge Height is the highest point of the apex of the roof of your shed (or highest point on a pent shed). Both measurements are detailed on each product page. The shed roof ridge height should be high enough to allow you to stand up comfortably. Please check the width of the door to make sure it is wide enough to accommodate any bulky items you may have.
We recommend that your wooden shed is raised enough to allow air flow and prevent you shed from sitting on damp ground. We recommend building your shed on a firm base, preferably concrete or on paving slabs. Wooden decking can also be used. We also sell wooden portabases / building bases which are pressure treated and ideal for uneven surfaces.
Metal sheds do not come with a floor and should be erected on a firm, level base, preferably concrete and we recommend using an anchor kit to secure your metal shed to the base. Ideally the foundation should be 10cm larger than the base of your building all the way around and if possible level of the edges of the foundation downwards so that the rainwater drains away from the building walls.
During the summer months your shed can become warm so we recommend positioning your shed where it will get some shade during the day. We also recommend that you avoid overhanging trees and tall hedges to avoid damp and any falling branches during high winds. When building your base try to allow air flow underneath and position away from any patches where rain may collect during heavy rains.
When building you shed allow enough room around the shed for you to treat the shed and enough room for the door to open.
Types of Wood
All our sheds are pre-treated with factory finish which should last your shed for 5-6 weeks before you need to treat it. We do advise you treat your shed though as soon as you have built it.
- Waney Edge – This is our value range shed and is constructed from feather edge overlap boards (similar to that used in fencing) giving an overall rustic feel.
- Overlap – The feather edge boards are constructed from substantial 27mm x 32mm frame which allows the water to simply run off the building avoiding water entering the building.
- Shiplap – The Tongue & Groove interlocking boards provide a sturdier and stronger shed. The Tongue & Groove construction is a traditional type of cladding designed to give a smoother enhanced finish whilst making the shed more resistant to the weather.
- Log Lap – Log lap sheds are constructed from tongue and groove logs which have interlocking timbers at each end. Most log lap buildings require you to build you building log by log (where as for overlap and shiplap the walls are supplied as side panels already constructed). Most log lap buildings are manufactured with a thicker wall thickness, 19mm up to 45mm providing a stronger and secure building structure.
Our sheds are supplied standard with either an OSB Floor, Orientated Strand Board which is a timber that has been stripped and compacted with resin – this is a reliable and durable material which qualities are well recognised in the construction industry. Or Tongue & Groove floor, providing a stronger and sturdier floor solution. We would recommend when storing heavier items that you look for a Tongue & Groove floor. Metal sheds are not supplied with a floor and should be built on a level base preferably concrete. We do sell a range of wooden sheds without floor and recommend you read our pdf info sheet on each product page regarding building your ideal base for sheds supplied without a floor.
- Doors and fixings
Our shed doors are constructed from tongue and groove to provide a sturdy door which can withstand wear and tear. Door fixings vary for each product and we ask you check each product page to whether the shed has a button lock, hasp and padlock or key and lock. All door fixings are galvanised to withstand the weather.
Our sheds are supplied standard with either an OSB Floor, Orientated Strand Board which is a timber that has been stripped and compacted with resin – this is a reliable and durable material which qualities are well recognised in the construction industry. Or Tongue & Groove roof, providing a stronger and sturdier roof solution, with a smoother aesthetic finish.
Where a shed comes with windows it will be supplied with safety styrene glazing, which provides natural light to your shed.
- Metal Sheds
Metal sheds are constructed from 0.6mm galvanised steel which is fire resistant and when anchored to the manufacturer’s recommendations, the sheds are engineered to withstand tested wind speeds of 147klm - more than enough to withstand British weather. Metal sheds come with a five year guarantee against rust. The opening and sliding doors are lockable for extra security.
- Plastic storage
Plastic sheds are waterproof and hard wearing and come with a floor. The lightweight plastic sheds are easy to move around and easy to construct. All parts are supplied and are lockable.
Sheds do no usually require planning permission unless you live in a listed building or a conservation area. If in doubt we recommend you check with your local authority’s planning office.