Garden Buildings and Structures

Wooden Garden Sheds

Overlap Shed 8 x 6The most popular material for sheds as they blend sympathetically into the garden more so than any other material, especially as the wood weathers with age.

Softwood is most commonly used for sheds as it is cheaper. It will always be treated with preservative, pressure-treated wood is best as the preservative has been forced into the wood rather than painted on the outside, but is not easy to find in sheds. An advantage of the wooden shed is that the wood can be easily stained in any one of a whole host of shades to blend in or become a feature of the garden. Stained wood is subtle in a way that any other painted surface never can be.

Wooden sheds need treating with preservative on a regular basis - every few years - to keep them going.

Cladding - the material used for the walls of the shed

    "Weatherboard" is the cheapest and least weather proof, it is like the overlapping slats in a fence on edge so that the rain runs down the outside. As the boards are simply overlapped they can warp and knots in the wood often fall out. Sometimes known as rustic-cladding or similar.

    Tongue and Groove planking is better as the planks are held in place at their top and bottom edges making a more weather-proof finish and usually a finer planed finish too.

    Shiplap is better again, it is a version of tongue and groove planking where there is a rebate at the top of each plank so that each plank fits under the overlapping edge of the plank above it, a design that keeps water out better.

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