When it comes to buying a wooden shed there is so much choice. Sheds come in different sizes and are designed for a variety of purposes. The smallest wooden sheds function as storage sheds, a place to keep the garden tools, the kids’ bikes and anything else that you need easy access to but that you do not want cluttering up the garden or house. At the other end of the scale is the vast wooden shed which is almost big enough to be a summer house and an excellent size for a workspace. There are all types of wooden shed for all sizes of budget. Overlap clad wooden sheds are more economical than most other models, depending on size, and probably the most superior models are those produced with tongue and groove. Sizes start at around 5′ x 3′ right up to a massive 30′ x 12′ workshop. Most wooden sheds are delivered by the suppliers as flat pack self assembly, saving you a lot of money on the cost. However, if you do not wish to put your new wooden shed together, many suppliers offer an installation service at an additional cost.
The larger wooden sheds come with single or double doors, a feature which is useful if you plan to store large items. Double doors provide good ventilation on wooden shed workshops, particularly on hot summer days. Many models include windows and glazing is often produced from safety glass or perspex as standard. Of the most popular wooden shed styles, the apex roof shed is one of the more commonly purchased, with its slanting inverted ‘V’ shape roofing which is covered with a protective mineral felting roof cover as water proofing or an eco-friendlier sedum roof. Another popular style is the pent roof wooden shed. This model has a sloping roof, leaning either away from or towards the front of the building and also comes with protective roof cover felting.
Types of Construction
There are several different types of methods of construction used in the manufacture of wooden sheds. Shiplap is a method used to form a tight seal between wooden boards, using a rabbet which allows the boards to overlap. Because of its sealing properties, it does not let damp or cold air into the building as much as some other methods of construction and thus a wooden shed produced using this method does not need as much maintenance. The overlap shed is perhaps the most popular type of wooden shed, with its distinctive overlaid wooden panels. This construction method is sturdy but over time may allow damp through to the interior of the building to cause damp and damage. The tongue and groove technique is the most water and air tight joinery technique and consequently the most expensive.
Styles & Designs
Styles and designs range from purely functional buildings to cute and cosy playhouse styles, with workshops and storage buildings too. The positioning of doors and windows varies from one model to another. Before buying your wooden shed, decide what you plan to use it for and then select a suitable type of shed accordingly.