The Garashed Difference

When purchasing a shed many people ask for the size and compare prices on that basis. However many of the large DIY chains to compete on price have to compromise so much on quality that the building is barely fit for purpose. When you buy a building from Garasheds you are purchasing it directly from the manufacturer, and for over 30 years we have built a reputation based on quality and durability. Our experience tells us that in the UK climate it is false economy to purchase a poor quality building.

Factors to consider ……………….. what’s the difference.

THE TYPE OF TIMBER

GARASHEDS

The timber that we use is only harvested from sustainable and managed forests. It is slow grown (80 years )so the wood is tighter grained making it more durable. Many of our buildings are also pressure treated (tanalised) so the wood is treated against rot and infestation, so it will last longer in your garden.

Others

The timber is often fast grown (10 years), so the wood is lighter and less durable. Most of the buildings are not pressure treated,  so if left in our damp climate a quickly subject to rot and infestation. Many also harvest their timber from unmanaged forests, and not certified sources.

THE SIZE OF TIMBER

GARASHEDS

Our framing timber is generally 75mm x 50mm nominal timber, and our smallest cladding is 25mm thick. Floors are 22mm nominal. The size of timbers we use mean that the building is sturdy and robust, making it durable and long lasting. Ideal for workshops and storage buildings.

Others

A shed from a garden centre would typically have 1” x 1” timbers with a 12mm shiplap cladding, and the walls will wobble and move.

BUILDING HEIGHT

GARASHEDS

Our standard eaves height is over 6ft. This maximizes the space for storage , and due to the thickness of our framing timbers shelves are easily fitted and are robust enough to carry heavy loads

OTHERS

To save money on timber many of the DIY chains sell sheds with an eaves height of less than 5ft and so you can only stand up in the middle of shed. Also this leaves less space for shelving, and due to the thin frame timbers it is difficult to hang or fix large items to it

FRAME FIXINGS

GARASHEDS

At Garasheds we only use twist nails which act like a screw when fixing the framing timber. This provides a stronger fix and therefore a stronger shed.

OTHERS

Many cheaper sheds are fixed using staples on the frame timber. This allows for movement so the walls often move.

FLOOR AND ROOF TIMBERS

GARASHEDS

We only use wood in our floors and roof. The floors are strong enough to put heavy loads onto and most motorbikes. Additional bearers can be added for extra strength if required.

Also we make our sheds so that you can walk on the roof . This allows the building to be easily repaired. Many of our sheds have been refelted and still standing in peoples gardens after 30 years of use.

OTHERS

To reduce material costs many sheds use OSB on the floor and roof. This is a material that consists of waste  timber that has been glued together to form sheets. Manufacturers then use it for roof and floor covering.  However once it gets wet it expands and deteriorates very quickly, and the shed will need to be replaced.

Also by using it on a roof makes it difficult to repair, so once the felt fails or is damaged , it can be difficult to repair as the roof cannot support any weight.

GLASS

GARASHEDS

As a general rule our glass is toughened, and double glazing is available on request.

OTHERS

Many sheds use plastic or styrene or 3mm horticultural glass. This breaks very easily often leaving sharp and jagged edges. Also Perspex becomes brittle when it has been exposed to sunlight , and most plastics discolour in the sunlight.

DOORS –LOCKS

GARASHEDS

All our doors are made with mortice and tennon joints to make the door strong and durable, and the have diagonal braces. Doors have 5 lever mortice locks and rebated hinges, making them secure compared to most other garden buildings. It also means the doors cannot be unscrewed from the outside.

OTHERS

A standard shed doors often is not cross braced so can drop easily making them difficult to close. Almost certainly it will not have a lock and will be fitted with T hinges which can easily be unscrewed from the outside, making the shed easy to break into

ROOF COVERINGS

GARASHEDS

Our standard roof covering is 45KG green mineral felt, which is a heavy and most durable felt. Other roof coverings can be added both for improving the appearance and also the longevity of the roof.

OTHERS

Most sheds come with standard shed felt which is light weight and low quality.

TRUSSES

GARASHEDS

Most of our buildings will have a truss every 4-5 feet, making the building stronger and more rigid

OTHERS

Many will not have trusses

WINDOWS

GARASHEDS

We manufacture all our doors and windows offering total flexibility in the design and layout

OTHERS

Most shed manufacturers will have a set range of models to choose from……….. their answer will be take it or leave it.

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