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?
Sheds were first heard in the UK towards the end of the fifteenth century, from a printer named William Caxton.
It is believed that sheds have Anglo-Saxon roots and that they were used throughout villages in the country for many years. William Caxton left behind documents that explained what they were used to store: tools, even live animals.
From then on, the shed grew to be an essential feature for households around Europe but was most popular during the Victorian era. Ladies would set up their own greenhouses, workshops and potting sheds in the garden to where they were about to sit out of the house.
Between the first and second World War, a variety of companies’ interest sparked in sheds thus they started selling pre-assembled packs to the masses. To begin with, the structures were basic, sturdy, and notably inexpensive compared to their Victorian ancestors. Sheds quickly became the storage house that were the quick and easy way to obtain that additional extra space to their gardens, as well as adding more value to their properties; at the same time, the uses for sheds expanded.
Sheds, to this day, remain easy to maintain and build and convenient for storage.
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With spring around the corner, thoughts of snow melting, warm weather and cleaning are beginning to arise.
Spring offers the perfect opportunity to give your home that fresh feel for the summer ahead.
While the main focus will be on the house during a spring clean, people will often neglect their garages and storage sheds.
Cleaning these spaces is equally as important as cleaning your home as it will be a great way of organisation and you’ll easily have more room for storage and will be able to find things more easily.
Take everything out
If your shed looks cluttered, it should have been cleared out a while ago, however, in order to get everything cleaned, take out all of items and then you will also be able to assess whether you need any of the items and will be able to throw some away.
Once everything is out of your shed, you are in a position to deep clean your storage building.
Begin by sweeping away any dirt and debris that is on the floor and then move on to the windows by removing the dust on the shelving in the shed.
From here, a power washer would be handy and should be used on the floors and the exterior of the building, only if it can take the force of the power washer.
After the washing has been done, allow the building to air dry completely that will deter the growth of any dangerous mold. It is advised to have a fan on inside the building, alternatively, a moisture collection bag that will speed up the drying process.
Now that the shed is clean, you can organise all of your items into a manageable and orderly fashion.
Something to do would be purchasing shelving and labels so it makes it more easier to store, find and utilise all of the space of your shed. You can also hang tool on the wall; things like rakes, shovels and hoses that will make it easily accessible.
Bear in mind to organise your smaller items first, sectioning them off into a certain area and then larger items somewhere else, such as lawn mowers or wheelbarrows.
These tips should help you get your storage building into an orderly fashion for spring and summer! Please visit our website for further information about our sheds.
Metal sheds are fast becoming the sought out alternative to the standard wooden shed.
They are chosen over timber sheds because you could overcome a variety of maintenance problems, although, metal structures may suffer from condensation problems.
It’s an issue all metal sheds will have to endure where damp is present in the foundation. This problem will arise if a damp proof course hasn’t been built into the base of the shed.
Naturally, the air inside the shed will be warmer than the air outside, thus leading the condensing of the moisture hitting the cool air.
Condensation isn’t easy to stop which is why it is important to prevent damp from occurring in the first place by constructing the base of your shed correctly:
– Make the concrete base a few inches larger that than the base rail of the shed
– Prevention of damp is most effective when a damp proof membrane is inserted into the foundations – this should be put into the base roughly two inches higher than the surrounding ground level
– The shed’s foundations should be left to cure up to a week once the concrete has been laid; ensure to allow longer curing time if the weather condition is damp
– After you shed has bolted to the concrete base, apply a silicone sealant to the inside of the shed base rails (this should be done on the inside rather than the outside)
If your shed is already suffering from condensation, below are some ways to fix your problem.
One option is to detach your shed from the base and build a timber floor some inches larger than the original base measurements, then this ca be put on raised bearers.
Proceed to fix the shed to the timber floor using wood screws and mastic seal on the inside of the shed base rails. This will enable the air to flow under floor and dry the area out, essentially eliminating the problem.
Note to check that water won’t be able to pool underneath the floor as this method will not work.
Another method of ridding condensation is by cleaning the underside of the roof panels with a methylated spirit, then allowing them to dry.
Purchase polystyrene tiles and attach them to the underside of the roof using a bonding glue. The procedure is best executed on a warm day.
A layer of coating should be added to the tiles and shed roof; keep in mind that this method will not rid the moisture in the atmosphere but it should prevent future condensation now that the shed has been insulated.
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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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!