Uses Of a Steel Garden Shed

Steel sheds are a brilliant investment for your garden.

The following features listed below offer ways to uses your steel garden shed not just as a general shed but also as a workshop, utility room, and even for making extra room for in your kitchen. Most sheds can be wired and plummed fairly easily, however this should be done by a professional.

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How to insulate your metal shed

Whether you have recently built your metal shed, or it has been in your back yard for years, it is worthwhile to insulate it.

By insulating your steel shed, you are preventing condensation from building up – something that creates mould and rust. Furthermore, insulating the shed will increase the interior temperature in winter and reduce the temperature during summer, so that that you won’t have to use any electrical heating or cooling equipment.

While it is possible to insulate your shed with reflective insulation or fiberglass, this guide will show you how to insulate your space using foam board. The material is flexible, and can seal all cavities and spaces within the structure’s walls.

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How you can waterproof a steel shed

While steel sheds are incredibly durable, they may not be classed as energy efficient.

The roof on a metal shed will absorb the heat from the sun, in turn, causing the shed’s interior to heat up. Waterproofing a metal shed lowers the surface temperature of the roof and reduces the cooling costs.

If you fail to waterproof any metal roof, moisture will be allowed to seep under the roof and cause internal corrosion. Waterproof a metal roof a few months after installing the roof to protect it and reduce energy costs.

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Why is a Steel Shed an Investment?

Steel Shed a Investment

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?

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How Can I Dissolve Rust on My Steel Garden Workshop?

Rust will occur on your steel garden workshop if it overexposed to oxygen, water, and general moisture.

If rust isn’t acted on soon or isn’t treated properly, the rust will continue to eat away at the metal and will eventually cause serious damage that may not be irreversible.

Rust can be removed from pipes, tools, and other metal objects through the use of a variety of cleaning products.

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Top Shed Buying Tips

When looking for a shed for your garden or allotment, you are going to be on the look at for the best value for your money.

With the following techniques, we are showing you how to find the best shed for its use!

Choosing a Metal Shed

Metal sheds are will not rot or burn down in comparison to their counterparts of wooden sheds. They can also be painted in a variety of colours which can be suited to a garden colour scheme or just general preference.

Steel sheds have many benefits; they are incredibly sturdy and robust, offer safety and high security and much more.

Choosing the right size

We recommend if you have enough room, to purchase a shed that is 6ft x 8ft which will allow the installation of a work bench along the one side.

When seeking a shed for a confined area, be sure to take the exact dimensions of this area to your shed supplierso that can assist you with a shed that is suitable.

Choosing the sturdiness of the shed

A poorly-manufactured shed is likely of sag and develop distorted sides and possibly a door that won’t shut properly.

A tip for checking sturdiness is by pushing against the middle panels of each of the walls inside your shed and feel a resistance.

Choosing the weatherproofed shed

If a shed is lacking a weather bar (strip of wood) placed over the top of a door and at the bottom of the door, there are likely to be leaks. Weather bars deflect the water from seeping into your shed.

Windows are prone to rot towards their bottom unless they have sloping sills with a drip groove. A drip groove has a cut beneatht he sill to allow water to drip to the ground.

Avoid choosing a shed that has many gaps – letting light in means they are more likely to let rain in.

Lifelong Steel Sheds have a variety of metal sheds available that can be tailored for your needs.

Choosing the best steel garden sheds

If you are considering buying a metal shed and you are seeking advice, you’ve come to the right place!

A high-quality metal garden shed holds many beneficial qualities compared to traditional wooden garden sheds. Steel sheds are secure storage products and some offer additional security features such as drill-resistant locks and multi-point locking systems.

Steel sheds are commonly used in places of education including schools, colleges, and sports clubs in order to store costly equipment.

In order to withstand the British climate, a well-made shed can have a couple of methods applied in order to protect the steel underneath. Hot dipped galvanised steel is able to withstand even the toughest conditions for years on end. However, steel that has received and electroplated coat is likely to lead to corrosion of the steel that is underneath.

Lifelong Steel Sheds provide you with high quality steel garden sheds for a number of uses!

Is a garden workshop for you?

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.

Garden workshops are something to consider for your business ventures
Garden workshops are something to consider for your business ventures

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!

How to do a spring clean of the garden shed

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?

It's always good to give the garden shed a clean out!
It’s always good to give the garden shed a clean out!

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!

Guide to Choosing a Steel Shed or Metal Workshop

There is a huge choice in garden sheds from the traditional wooden garden shed to plastic, concrete and metal sheds. All have their good points but the metal garden shed can be seen as a good option as it doesn’t require annual treatments.

Most steel garden sheds will have protection against rust by galvanising the steel. There are two methods of doing this and the cheapest option is electro galvanised and the best is hot dipped galvanising. Electro galvanising is where an electrical charge is applied and this enables the zinc to cling to the metal and this gives the metal resistant to rusting, ensuring the long term protection to a steel even in exposed conditions.

You will find that LifeLong Steel Sheds offers a range of garden sheds and workshops which are all made to meet the very high standards and offer the greatest protection against rust, designed for very long lives, as the name suggests!

Our metal sheds are good honest value for money sheds which are destined for a purpose and that is to keep your garden goods protected from the elements such as rain and snow. They have an option for padlocks to be applied and this will help to keep your valuables secure.  These features allow you to use your Lifelong steel garden shed not just as a general garden shed but also as a robust and secure utility room, making extra room in your kitchen. The sheds can be plummed or wired for electricity quiet easily, however this must be done by qualified tradesmen. The sheds can also be used as a secure storage area, workshop, exercise room or for many other purposes.  Think of the value of the items you will have in your shed, a couple of bicycles, a lawnmower and other tools. Then think are they worth securing.

You will also find that metal sheds are quite eco-friendly as the metal in the building can be recycled after the shed has comes to the end of its life.   The floor of the shed is made of 18mm plywood (¾ of an inch) sourced from a legally and sustainable forest (PEFC). The timber is screwed on to the supporting steel runners, described above, to give a clean firm finish. The timber is not touching the base, clay or concrete, so it is not subject to dampness induced rotting.  This is reassuring as the natural resources of our planet are becoming depleted.

To see our sheds, you can visit one of our many retail outlets, email contact LifeLong Steel Sheds directly, or call us on 01455 213 355.