A garden shed is typically a simple, single-storey roofed structure in
a garden or on an allotment that is used for storage, hobbies, or as a
workshop. A Garden shed can have so
many different uses that it can be difficult to decide what kind you
need. Are you going to keep tools in it...or use it for a private
office getaway? It's amazing how versatile these small buildings - an
extension of your home you could say - really are. They come in so
many sizes, shapes, colors and styles, that choosing the right one
for you is almost as daunting as choosing the home you want to buy.
Your garden shed can be used for just about anything. Only your
imagination can limit what you do with your shed. And considering
that you can build them out of just about any material, their
versatility is beyond compare.
Which type of garden shed should I install at home?
question comes down to personal preference really. You can decide to
build your shed from scratch or even use a pre-fabricated shed kit.
No matter what you decide to use, you should be happy with your shed
no matter what. Here are a few suggestions for building your shed.
Wood is the traditional building material for a garden shed, and if
you construct it from the right wood your shed will last a long time.
Your shed can also be any size and any style when you construct it
with timber. Wood sheds are best if you want to build a
shed/workshop. The wood acts as an insulator that helps regulate
temperature, which the other materials don’t do. More recently wood
shed kits have become popular with DIYer’s. They can save time, and
with a kit you don’t need a lot of tools on hand to put up a wooden
shed. The drawback is that they can take the most time to construct,
especially from plans. But if you do build it yourself, you can save
yourself money and have a strong shed that will last you for many
years.Wood sheds do require some maintenance such as painting and
checking for rot. Although, these can be combated with purchasing the
right wood for the job, and treating it correctly.
types of sheds are usually good for small storage items and they are
more like garden cupboards than a true shed. These are great places
to store bicycles and similar items. They come in a wide variety of
sizes, from a small utility cupboard for storing smaller items
outside, to 15 x 8 ft. sheds, and everything in between. Plastic sheds
are good value sheds that are easy to install and maintain. Plastic
sheds look neat, can be assembled by almost anyone and have little
maintenance issues if installed correctly.
Metal sheds do the job all year round, and if installed correctly can
stand up to some pretty harsh weather conditions. Using metal also
means that the shed will not need painting or sanding or any maintenance
really.This is why metal is also popular with professional shed,
factory and warehouse building firms. With metal, they can easily put
up a strong shed that will last. As far as looks goes, the metal shed
can be the ugly duckling of the shed family. However, nowadays there
are powder coated, or vinyl coated versions that look quite clean and
neat when installed properly.
If you are short on space constructing a shed connected to your house
or an existing outbuilding can save on both time and cost. Lean to
sheds only require three walls rather than four for the non-lean to
shed: If you are pressed for room in your garden but still want a place
to keep all of your tools, you could use a small corner shed. A
corner shed usually is no bigger than 6'x6' or 8'x8' and while they
limit you on how you can renovate the interior, you still have plenty
of room to add some pegboard and hang up your tools neatly.
style shed: For those who are looking for a small touch of the Orient or
something to match a zen garden,
a Japanese style shed looks like a miniature pagoda and can be used
for a place to relax and simply unwind from the pressure of the day.
They can be made with the traditional rice paper windows or with
glass if you prefer.
do I choose the right roof for my garden shed?
The most important
thing you need to keep in mind when choosing the right shed roof
materials is that the material you choose must be able to protect
your shed from any extremes in weather the area you live in is likely
to encounter. At the same time, since you and your neighbors are
going to have to look at your shed and its roof, the material you
choose should be at least somewhat aesthetically appealing.
Bear in mind that it
is important for you to understand that there are a number of shed
roof materials for you to choose from including metal, asphalt
shingles, rolls of roof felt, terracotta tiles, and more. One
interesting thing worth noting, is that over the past few years there
has been a major move from using natural materials such as cedar
shakes towards using engineered roofing materials such as synthetic
felts, sheet metals, and concrete tiles. There are several reasons
behind this movement including cost, environmental concerns, and in
many areas changes to local construction codes.
If you need further
professional help, you can contact one of our many roofers at homify.