All of our wooden sheds have some form of preservative
treatment to prevent the timber from rotting due to adverse weather and fungal
decay. Two types of shed treatment are available: dip-treated and pressure
Dip Treatment: Dip-treated sheds are the most common and they can be
recognised by their cedar-red finish. Dip-treating is the quickest and cheapest
method of applying preservative to the sheds' timber but it is not as long
lasting as pressure treatment and so requires regular applications of brush
preservatives to maintain protection.
Pressure Treatment: Pressure-treated sheds have the preservative forced deep into
the heart of the wood and the grain structure under vacuum pressure. In effect,
the preservative becomes an integral part of the timber giving it a long life
and effective protection against rot. Anti-rot guarantees with pressure treated
sheds can be as much as 15 years.
Garden sheds not only come in all shapes and sizes but they also
have different types of construction. The three that are the most common are Overlap, Shiplap and Tongue & Groove .
Apex: With an apex shed, the roof is in two wooden sections which meet
at the highest point to create an upturned ‘V’ shape. Unlike a pent roof, the
maximum height of an apex roof runs centrally from the front to the back. The
height of the eaves is designed to allow for generous storage at the sides
while allowing for optimum standing height in the centre so that you can work
Reverse Apex: With a reverse apex shed it is same design as an apex shed but it is turned around. The 'V' Shape slopes down to the front and back of the shed whereas a standard apex shed will slope either side. The maximum height runs from side to side rather from the front to the back, perfect for allowing more headroom along the width of the shed.
Pent: With a pent shed the roof is formed using a single sheet of wood
that slopes from the front of the building to the back at an angle of about 15
degrees. The slope is optimal to provide sufficient height for the door at the
front and to ensure rain runs off the back of the shed.A pent roof is ideal for garden sheds that are is to be situated against a
fence or wall, or is going to be tucked under overhanging branches. Obviously,
as the roof slopes from the front to back, the maximum height is at the front of
the shed – this is useful to bear in mind when planning the layout of your
shelving and your internal work space.
Roof Bracing: Roof bracing (or roof framing) is a vital part of a solid
shed-construction but it is all-to-often not a purchasing consideration. The
importance of roof bracing becomes more apparent as the shed gets larger in
size – if you’ve ever seen a sagging shed roof, you’ll know what we mean - put
simply, quality roof bracing can mean the difference between a sturdy,
long-lasting shed and one that is unlikely to stand the test of time. If you are looking to buy a larger shed or workshop it’s advisable to check the
thickness of the framing and whether it is supplied with a truss. A truss is an
extra support in the centre of the roof that adds more strength and stability.
On larger, premium sheds, planed framing (also known as PAR or Planed All
Round) is often used for the bracing. This type of bracing is of higher quality
and is generally thicker - often up to 45 x 45mm - than the rough-sawn bracing
used on cheaper sheds. The main advantages of PAR bracing are that it has a
much smoother finish (saving you from splinters and making it easier to build),
it’s water resistant and it provides a much sturdier garden building. All our
heavy duty workshops come with PAR bracing and the larger workshops have 45 x
45mm framing with a middle roof truss for added strength and stability.
Arbour - A light, open
structure either formed from trees, shrubs, or vines closely planted and twined
together to be self-supporting or formed from a latticework frame covered with
plants. Arbours are generally less extensive and less substantial than "pergolas".
Cabana - A small cabin, simple
enclosure, or tent-like structure erected at beaches or swimming pools as
Floor Joists – Wooden beams that sit
parallel beneath the flooring, to provide added protection against surface
damp. Floor joists must be supported by a firm and level base
Gardenhouse - An ornamental, usually
open, garden structure used for dining, viewing, or relaxing.
Gazebo - A small structure,
usually roofed and open-sided, located in gardens or parks from which one may
gaze out over the surrounding grounds.
Greenhouse - A structure enclosed
by glass (or other transparent or translucent material), and devoted to the
cultivation and protection of plants out of season or climate.
Garage - A building or part of
a building where motor vehicles are parked or housed, usually temporarily.
MFP (Multi Function Panel) - A high quality chipboard with consistent long strands,
perfect for heavy duty load bearing. The board is bonded with a high quality
melamine urea resin giving it long lasting resistance against humidity. In
appearance it has a smooth surface and it is slightly stronger than OSB.
OSB (Orientated Strand Board) – Also known as Sterling Board, formed by layering chips of
wood in specific orientations and bonding them under high temperature and
pressure in a press to form a structural board with similar properties to
plywood. In appearance it has a rough and variegated surface with the
individual strips (around 2.5 by 15 cm (approx. 1 in by 6 in) each) lying
unevenly across each other.
Pavilion - a part of a building
that projects outward from the rest, or the detached or semidetached units into
which a building is sometimes divided.
Pergola - A structure with open wood-framed
roofs, often latticed and supported by regularly spaced posts or columns, and
covered by climbing plants such as vines or roses, shading a walk or passageway
Pergolas are distinguished from "arbours" which are less extensive in
extent and structure.
Playhouse - A small house-like structure
designed for children to play in.
Roof Pitch – The
angled degree of slope of a roof (from ridge to eaves)
Shed - A small structure,
either freestanding or attached to a larger structure, serving for storage or
Shed Base – Made from Pressure
Treated Wood or plastic, allowing a shed or garden building to be laid directly
upon unprepared ground (however the area must be level) Ideal for a Non-DIY
enthusiast as it requires no skills to prepare.
Smooth Planed Timber – Timber that has been planed to remove the rough surface
Sunhouse or Solarium - A building or room designed to receive maximum sunlight.
Summerhouse - A structure of varying
forms in gardens or parks designed to provide cool shady places of relaxation
or retreats from summer heat.
Workshops - Generally a larger
space than a standard shed for optimal space for both storage and work space
for hobbies or crafts.