If you’ve just spent the summer redesigning your garden and creating the most effective aesthetic for the space you have, you’ve probably already considered purchasing a shed to either act as a workshop or maybe even just for storage. Either way, I’m sure you’ll have noticed that the sheer array of different designs and materials can become a little overwhelming. 20 years ago your choices would have been “a big shed”, or “a small shed”, but nowadays you can find products that are different shapes, different colours, and that are made from increasingly varied materials like plastic or metals.
Don’t worry yourself too much if you’re having trouble making a decision on which shed is best suited to your garden usage, as this article will fill you in on everything you need to know about choosing the right product to suit your needs.
Things To Consider
Although most types of sheds won’t need planning permission, if you’re lucky enough to have a few acres of land behind your home, and you’re looking to build something substantial, it’s always advisable to check with your local regulatory authority before purchasing your build. Also, whatever type of shed you opt for, it’s vitally important that you build it on a completely flat and stable foundation, as any instabilities are sure to cause problems further down the line.
As well as this, remember to consult your neighbours if you’re thinking about building your shed close to the boundary, as you may need to access their garden, and this will ensure there are no arguments when the time comes. That said, if your shed complies with regulations, they can’t do anything about it anyway.
Choosing The Right Walls
With most sheds, you’ll find two primary options for walls; overlap, or tongue and groove. If you’re shed is rather small and you’d like to achieve a more rustic effect, I’d advise you go with overlapping panels, as this can also keep costs down. However, if you’re splashing out on a 12 foot long, 8 foot wide build, it’s probably better to look into tongue and groove as this will provide for a much more rigid structure, far superior to its overlapping counterpart.
Choosing The Right Roof
You must remember that your roof is the part most exposed to weather erosion, so opting for the most suitable solution is essential. Generally, sheds come with one of three basic designs; Pent, Apex, and Flat. If you’re looking for the most space possible, it’s wise to go for Apex, but if you’re worried more about durability and effective drainage, I’d probably go for Pent.
Try to avoid flat roofs at all costs if you’re planning on using your shed as an office, as they will collect rainwater and debris, which severely reduces durability.
So there you have it my shed-loving friends. A quick and simple guide to some of the things you need to consider when shopping for a new garden shed. I hope you find something suitable soon!