A shed will probably be a long term investment as needs change over the years. With there being such a huge variety available, not just in terms of price but also size, shape and colours, it’s important you take personal factors into account when making a decision to purchase one.
One crucial thing to think about is what do you actually need the shed for? Will you be using it merely to store garden equipment in or do you consider it to be a place to relax and unwind? With this in mind, you also need to allocate an appropriate part of land in your garden to accommodate it. Gardening equipment such as lawnmowers, ladders and wheelbarrows can take up quite a lot of space. You will need at least a 6ft x 8ft shed if such tools are to be stored within it. You should also allow for roof overhang of around 5cm at the sides and 7.5cm both at the front and back. Sizes quoted by suppliers may not allow for this and therefore it is vital to be sure of the dimensions needed.
A further consideration would be your choice of materials. Again, there is a wide selection on the market including wood, metal or plastic options. Most sheds sold within the UK are constructed from wood, either from pine or a softwood such a spruce. Heavy durable woods such as cedar could be an alternative choice of material, although likely to be double the price of softwood varieties. You could customise a wooden timber shed to your personal preference. How about a replica Swiss chalet design or maybe a traditional log cabin appearance?
When considering your budget, cheaper sheds may not be economical for long term use. Being prone to all types of weather conditions think about harder wearing tongue and groove or interlapping shiplap cladded sheds which are not as susceptible to warping and draughts as the cheaper featheredge board varieties. The weather naturally will play a part in wear and tear, meaning any timber based shed will require regular maintenance to protect it from decay.
Metal sheds will not require rigorous maintenance regimes, but do attract condensation and perhaps may not look as attractive. Plastic sheds are easy to assemble, taken apart and re-built should you move home and do not require maintenance, although again may not look particularly appealing.
Having decided upon materials, its location will be the next important factor. Ideally the shed should be located away from sunlight and if possible not sited near overhanging trees as leaves may block gutters, causing dampness. It also needs to be tall enough to allow you easy access and have a wide enough doorway to enable larger equipment to be stored safely. Do you wish to store parasols or large sporting equipment? If so, a shed with a triangular or apex sloping may be more appropriate.
Costs obviously are as wide ranging as the type of shed available. Whilst choosing a shed is very much a personal decision, it is a worthy long term investment. To enjoy the benefits of a functional garden shed it is advisable to spend as much as your budget will stretch to and take time to research, shop around and compare prices and styles from different suppliers.