Advances In Manufacturing Allow Your Shed To Last Decades Longer

It seems that almost everybody has the typical garden shed and more importantly everybody seems to need one. The typical size was always 8 foot by 6 foot with a single door and a small window, and these used to require regular and sometimes expensive maintenance. This was almost entirely due to most sheds coming without pressure treatment, meaning that over time, and sometimes quite quickly, the wood of the shed could start to rot and fall apart.

The modern day shed has hardly changed in basic outlook, although there are a lot more options than there used to be, but the quality of materials and the life expectancy has changed out of all proportion. Modern day sheds in comparison nearly always come with pressure treatment as standard, meaning that rain water will simply run off and away from the wood, as opposed to sitting on top and soaking into the surface. This means a shed can have a life expectancy of perhaps a decade longer than previously, so things have definitely come a long way.

The good shed is made either with a shiplap construction or the better option of tongued and grooved side walls to preserve a water tight construction, and a good shed should have a strong frame to support it. It should have good diagonal supports to stop the shed twisting in a wind.

The roof and floors can come in two options firstly using OSB board which is a water proofed board with the full name of oriented strand board made from flakes of wood layered in a set orientation, and secondly from tongued and grooved boards (T and G).

The T and G boards provide a stronger option and can come pressure treated as an extra protection but OSB is a good option and quite capable of supporting the load if it has adequate bracing below. The old system of the shed rotting away has now changed for the better, with most manufacturers supplying the aforementioned pressure treated wood as standard. With pressure treatment, the wood used is usually put into a vat, which is evacuated, and then the preservative added under pressure to fill every void with preservative.

The whole shed should be sprayed with a pesticide and fungal repellent as a final protection against dry rot and woodworm. The roof is still usually finished as it was many years ago with a heavy green mineral felt.

Erection is either by self erection or a good supplier will provide a team to erect it for you. It invariably comes as a flat pack to save travel costs and erection is very simple. It just uses stainless nails or screws and needs at least 2 people to hold and lift the various parts.

One of the main things manufacturers never stress enough is the need to have a good base and that ideally it should be screwed down well with adequate under floor ventilation. The construction being of wood means that it is not very heavy but presents a large surface area to the wind and many a shed has disappeared in a gale. Make sure to not cut corners with the installation of your shed, especially with the base, or yours could become one of them!

However while these days a shed might be more expensive than previously, but you’re now getting more for your money. While previously your shed might have lasted three or four years before having to be replaced; with advanced in technology and manufacturing methods, you can reasonably expect a shed to last for a decade or two, saving you money and frustration in the long run.

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