Buying a Garden Shed
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Garden sheds provide extra space for storage or as extra working space. A garden shed is a big investment so choosing the right one is extremely important. Mercia stocks a range of wooden, metal and plastic shed in various sizes and styles. This guide has been created to help you choose the right shed that meets your needs and suits your garden.
When choosing your garden shed there are a number of things you need to consider, such as, size, placing your shed, shed style and shed construction.
First you need to consider what you’ll be using it for. Will it be just for storage, or do you also need work space? If both are required then a larger shed is what you need. It’s also a good idea to check that your garden will accommodate the size of shed you have in mind. It is equally important to check the ridge and eaves height of the sheds to ensure you can stand up straight in your new shed.
If you require a general storage shed then you need to consider what you’re going to store in it, how big the items are, keeping in mind that you may need to access all of these items at different times and you need space to move in and out of your shed. You should also consider the width of the door to ensure you can get your items in and out with ease. Some of our sheds come with double doors.
Mercia stock sheds with and without windows. Sheds without windows are great when you want to store your items out if sight to make them more secure. If you need extra ventilation you might want to consider buying a shed with opening windows.
If you are replacing an existing shed, then the size and shape of your new shed may already be predetermined by the base which you intend to build it on.
When positioning your shed you need to consider the following factors. If you intend to access it frequently you may want to place it closer to your house.
If you want your shed to be in the shade protecting it from overheating in the summer. You need to keep in mind the risk of falling branches and the effect rotting leaf mulch might have on your shed over a long period of time.
Never place your shed in an area that could potentially flood with heavy rainfall. This will affect the structural stability of your shed.
You may be faced with a choice between an apex and a pent shed. This refers to the style and shape of the roof.
An apex shed means there is a ridge running along the length of the shed with the roof sections sloping upwards from either side meeting at the ridge. This type of shed is a popular choice mainly because of its traditional and attractive appearance.
A pent shed has a single sloping roof section usually sloping towards the back allowing rainwater to run off the building at the back. This creates generous head room within the shed. This style of shed is usually put up against a wall or fence.
There are three shed types to choose from:
Wooden sheds are the most popular type of shed in the UK due to its traditional features. However, if you are looking for an easy to care for shed then we recommend that you take a look at our metal or plastic range.
There's a choice of four types of cladding:
With residual bark allow for each segment of the tree to show through the wood. It Is constructed with each slat overlapping the other
Is rough sawn to the touch and constructed with each slat overlapping the other, giving a more rustic appearance.
Is formed with each piece connecting to the next with an interlocking tongue and groove joint. The finished panels are nailed into place giving it a superior finish making them more weather resistant.
This unique profile was created based on the traditional tongue and groove cladding designed to deflect water away from the panels.
Made from galvanised steel, our range is rot and proof and require no maintenance. Our metal sheds come with a manufacturer's 10 year guarantee, are lockable for extra security and is fire retardant.
Our plastic sheds come with a floor included and are weather resistant and maintenance-free. Fitted with a polycarbonate Skylight roof designed to let light in, rust free aluminium framing and are all lockable for extra security.
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