When you are looking to buy a shed, there are many material options you will come across. Most likely to be wood, metal or steel. Each will have their attributes but why is a steel shed a good option for the long term?
What can you do to ensure your steel shed is kept pristine in the Winter months?
So, the Summer months have come and gone. All of the items that are currently sitting in your steel shed consist of bikes, barbecues, garden furniture, tools and that old lawn mower that you just can’t seem to get rid of. A garden steel shed is perfect for winter, in more ways than one. Follow this blog to find out just how you can care and maintain your steel shed this Winter.
Protecting your steel shed in the cold weather
As snowfall increases, the ever rising issue of snow affecting steel sheds becomes a more difficult task to manage. It’s possible to buy a snow brace kit in preparation for winter, something that’s fixed on the inside of your steel shed, adding strength to the structure. When experiencing intense snowfall, your shed should be more adapted to deal with the larger amounts of weather conditions. The biggest threat that snow holds is actually when it turns into ice; adding weight to your shed and increasing the pressure on the structure.
Having a steel base in your shed…
If you decide to construct a steel shed in your garden, it’s a good idea to build a proper base to your shed as they don’t usually come with a floor. A number of people would recommend building concrete bases for your steel shed, as this allows the shed to be placed on the material without the threat of water damage. Yet, in the winter months, it may not be the best idea to use a concrete base as this can crack due to the weathering effects, causing erosion of the concrete through small cracks.
A good way to work around this is by placing a plastic sheet underneath the layer of concrete when you construct your base, as this will increase both the durability and reliability offered by the base. Having the plastic sheet will prevent any water from cracking the concrete, therefore increasing the life expectancy of your sheds’ base.
Secure your steel shed via an anchor kit
An anchor kit is a common accessory that’s sold alongside a steel shed, mostly because they’re a simple way of securing your steel shed to your concrete base. If you add an anchor kit to your structure, you can increase the durability and stability of your steel shed, offering the longevity of a healthy, steel shed.
So… what are the benefits of having a steel shed?
As we see the popularity of garden steel sheds rise in the UK, the question of ‘why should I choose a steel shed?’ will often pose itself from our customers enquiring about the rising popularity of the product. Why will using a steel shed give you value for money? What are the benefits? In this blog, we’ll give you 5 great reasons to buy a lifelong steel shed with us, showing you why you’ll never want to go without again!
They’re useful in all scenarios…
A significant feature of having a steel shed is that they usually do not require foundations in order to be installed in your garden. So, you may ask why this is such a plus? Foundations are commonly expensive and can be costly to both purchase and install. They can also take a lot of time to setup, which simply wastes both time and money. The benefit of using steel sheds is that they can be laid down onto any form of flat surface, which is a great positive for you. All you need is a simple spirit level to find a patch of flat land, then simply assemble the steel shed on top.
They offer increased security…
When it comes to your shed, security should be one of the top important features on your list. A vast majority of people will store valuable garden items in their sheds, as well as bikes, tools, lawnmowers etc. and if you don’t have a secure shed, you’re practically advertising your valuables to potential thieves. Steel sheds often come with reinforced hinges, which prevent forced entry to your shed compared to their wooden and plastic counterparts.
They’re easily customisable…
Now, steel sheds have the ability to be customised. Don’t believe us? The sheds can be easily painted into whatever colour suits your fancy! You can purchase paints from a number of online stores and even mortar and brick establishments. Paint coatings are way more resilient on steel than they seem to be on wood, simply because steel has higher levels of self-protection and damage resistance than wooden sheds. Using a timber shed, you’ll need to treat and repaint it every year, whereas their steel relatives only need a touch up every five years or so!
They’re actually ‘lifelong’…
Increase levels of durability in steel allows us to provide you with incredibly long warranties which can last a lifetime! The reason behind this is due to the quality and durability that a steel shed offers, offering higher value for money in the long run.
They come with extras…
Did you know that steel sheds can actually come with an active/passive built-in ventilation system? This is to ensure that the temperature in your shed is kept to a perfect level at all times. Without this system in place, condensation would take place and this could potentially damage the valuables stored in the shed.
So, what do you think? Are you entirely convinced that buying a steel shed is the best option for you?
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What can you do to prevent condensation in a steel shed?
Naturally, having stored all of your valuable items in your brand new steel shed, you’ll want to avoid damage to your items at all costs. Though you may not know it, your items are at danger to condensation. The frequent problems offered up by condensation in your steel shed can be avoided, so taking these various steps and putting in precautions allows avoiding problems in the future, removing the problem forever.
You won’t be a stranger to the concept of condensation, as it probably exists in your car every morning. Condensation happens in various weather conditions, as the windscreen shows the evidence on the inside and outside. Using the cold air blower, it allows for you to remove all hot air, removing the condensation. Fortunately, condensation doesn’t cause any lasting problems in your car, yet it may have lasting effects on your steel shed in your garden.
How exactly does condensation work?
Firstly, it’s good to know that there’s water in the air at all times, though the amount of water in the air varies from time of the day/month. When the level of water in the air is high and it finds a cold surface, it forms an amount of water droplets on the surface – this is the condensation that you see on the surface of your steel shed.
If you were to walk into your steel shed in the afternoon or early evening, you’d discover that the inside of your shed would be similar to that of the temperature outside. As the evening grows closer into the night, the air temperature is set to get colder because the sun is disappeared. However, the temperature inside your shed won’t change much as the warm air is still trapped inside the structure.
As the air outside gets colder, the outer walls of your steel shed get colder. As the coolness of the metal meets the warm air, the condensation will then form on the inside of your shed. It’s normal for condensation to be on the roof of your shed, as warm air rises.
How can I prevent condensation from forming?
Most people take to installing their steel shed on a solid concrete foundation, which eliminates the risk of moisture meeting the inside of your shed. Given there isn’t a moisture barrier in place, water moves from the ground upwards towards the inside of your shed. If you’re able to put a water barrier underneath the concrete foundation on which your shed sits, it’s helpful to know that this will help you considerably in the future.
The second action to take in this process is to give ventilation access for your steel shed. Putting this system at the highest part of your roof will allow for air to enter and access the shed. Installing this in your shed will allow warm air existing in your shed to escape into the evening air. The reduction of moisture levels in your shed leads to the safe keeping of your items.
The prevention of condensation in your steel shed isn’t specifically a difficult task to undertake, yet you’ll need to ensure that air holes are protected against rust.
Thinking of buying a garden workshop?
What are the things to consider when purchasing a garden workshop?
Whether you participate in crafts for fun and the enjoyment that it brings or if you’re doing it for profit, there will always become a time when you think “I need more space!” Whether it be you need the extra space for a skill or hobby that is about to turn into a home-based business, then a steel garden workshop maybe something you might consider.
Steel garden workshops can be exactly what you’ve been looking for, but it’s worth considering all of the options before making a final decision on whether or not you should purchase a garden workshop.
Where might this go in future?
You could be starting a business that’s currently in its infancy, so you should consider just how much space you’ll need currently and you should always allow for expansion space in a garden workshop. Compared to types of accommodation that exist at the moment, garden log cabins are actually easier to extend, given that the space is available, but it’s worth thinking ahead in case you may need to expand in the future.
If it all goes skyward and you need an even bigger level of accommodation than a garden workshop in a few years to come, a garden room is a considerable investment in both your business and for the value of your home. Also, if you decide to call it a day for your business, then a quality log cabin can be converted for the use of something else.
I could be end up being in here for hours on end…
The bad side of this is really hard to pinpoint. You’ll be doing a job that you love whilst you don’t have to make the daily commute to and from work! The 30 seconds it may take you to get from your home to your garden is a whole lot better than the 40 minutes you may travel every single morning to get into work. A garden workshop is a place for tranquillity and freedom, so it’s worth investing in something that’ll make your workspace warm, efficient and pleasant to work in.
Possibly the most vital component of your health and safety programme is to ensure that you’re working in a comfortable workstation that offers plenty of light. Roof lights are a fantastic idea in order to flood your workspace with natural light, so be prepared to design the layout of your studio accordingly.
Having extras like double-glazing in order to keep you warm in winter months is also a good investment.
Is it the right move for me?
Though you may think it’s going to be an expensive process, many steel garden workshops can be build from as little as £3,000, depending on your requirements. This is a small investment in today’s market, especially one that’s necessary and one that’ll help you reap back your investment in a small amount of time with the business headquarters it gives you.
Though it’s not an everyday purchase, it’s still incredibly important to visit a show site that will allow you to gain a rough idea of what you want, allowing you to see for yourself whether you can imagine yourself working this way.
For more on garden workshops and structures, please visit our website!
The spring clean is always important, but do you do it for your garden shed?
Spring cleaning is a term that can confuse many. It fills your mind with images of rooms cluttered with “rubbish” that needs to go. Windows get thrown open, rugs and linens are washing and hung out to dry as the sun shines down for your cleaning activities. Right? Well, sort of. The phrase “spring cleaning” is originally thought to have come from Europe, where homes and castles alike would open their windows in the early spring to welcome the warm air to pass through their homes whilst a deep clean from the previous months would take place. As most of these homes were heated via fires, soot and dust was bound to accumulate during the cold winters that batter their homes as the heat would be turned up. It’s actually a tradition in Scotland to “spring clean” on December 31st in order to prepare their homes for the coming year and all that it has to offer.
The airing out process is a healthy way to de-clutter all of the things we collect over the year. Most notably all of the old things that are filling up your garden shed! The first thing to do is to simply empty the shed of all that it holds; your garden tools, the kids bikes, everything! If the weather’s good enough, maybe you should consider cleaning up the tools too?
Having bags for your rubbish at the ready is vital in order to quickly get rid of what you don’t need. The more time you spend clearing out your shed, the more time you’ll have pondering on whether or not that 12 year old pair of shears might come in handy soon, rust and all. Remember that things like fertilisers, paint and chemicals should all be disposed of the proper way, so don’t just chuck all of these into black bags and hope for the best.
Once the shed is emptied of its contents, give it a thorough clean out. A good old thorough sweeping should get ride of most of the debris that will no doubt be collected over the cold winter months. The windows can be cleaned, simply, with a mixture of vinegar and water. Any cleaning product you use should be fine, just be sure to give the shed time to air out as trying to store everything back in quickly may do more bad than good for your shed. Check the quality of the roof and floor, particularly checking the walls for any gaps that may have found their way into the shed. Finding it early on and dealing with the problem as soon as is much better for the overall health of the shed.
After your cleaning work on the tools and equipment that the shed houses is completed and your tools are ready for the work that they will vigorously carry out in the coming weeks, start placing them back into the shed. If you use shelving units in your shed, be sure to clean these down, regardless of what they hold. Get into a mind frame of cleanliness for your shed and the reorganisation will be easy! The little bits and bobs should be restored into your shed first, as this will allow for the larger items to be stored quickly.
By doing this in the early spring, it ensures that your gardening equipment is going to be kept in tip top condition for the hard work they’re going to face in the coming weeks. It’s always good to have a clean out and start a fresh!