The Complete Guide to
Garden Shed Installation
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The common garden shed is a great way to take full advantage of unused garden space, whilst creating extra space for storing outdoor equipment such as lawnmowers, or garden tools. A popular misconception is that sheds are expensive- However, there are ways to find cheap sheds for sale without compromising on quality.

There are many sizes, shapes and styles of shed available in the market so it's worth deciding on a few factors before buying. The following factors are worth considering in your hunt for the best price outdoor shed.

Choose a large garden shed


The size of your storage shed will drastically affect the price you pay, with larger sheds obviously costing more than smaller models. However small isn't always bad, as small cheap sheds can still suit a need providing they are of a decent quality. A general rule of thumb is to buy the biggest size you can fit or afford, avoiding the potential downfall of wishing that you'd have bought bigger in the first place.

Try to purchase a shed that you can stand up in, as it will make for more comfortable usage when accessing items inside. The door will also need to be of a decent size, to allow room for storing larger items such as lawnmowers and bicycles. One way of maximising shed space is by having a shed complete with wall mounted shelves. If you opt out of buying one with shelves in order to fit your own in the long run, you'll need to ensure that the shed is of a good height from floor to roof.

Finding good sized cheap sheds for sale will all depend on your budget and how soon you want to have it fitted. If you're in no rush, you can always look online to find a retailer that offers a made to order service. A longer lead time, but better prices as the retailers don't have to worry about storing "unsold" sheds. Local building merchants sometimes offer deals on ex-display or end of line stock - It's a worth a visit as you may find a one off bargain.

Cheap Apex Sheds



Whilst looking for cheap sheds for sale, you may find yourself inundated with many different styles and designs. The two main styles of shed that you'll see in most gardens are Apex and Pent. Both have their own benefits and downstairs, so choose the one that fits your needs best.

Apex sheds are often fitted with a triangular style apex roof, finished with roofing felt to allow for efficient drainage. Luxury models are sometimes even fitted with their own dedicated guttering system to allow rain water to drain along the sides. Often the most popular shed design, apex roofs are easier on the eye when installed.

The second most common shed style is known as Pent, fitted with a singled sided sloped roof which allows rain to drain from the front of the shed to the back. Pent shed designs are often cheaper than Apex sheds, offering good head clearance whilst still looking fairly pleasing to the eye. You'll find that Pent sheds work well when fitted against a wall or the side of a house.



When searching through a large variation of cheap sheds for sale you'll find that material choice is quite important. Whether your working within a budget or your buying for long term investment, the main material of your chosen shed will distinguish what it looks like and whether it can stand strong against the elements.

Wood (or any type of timber) is the most common material used on cheap sheds, with a higher quality, finer grain wood still offering a long lasting option. Sheds made from wood tend to go unnoticed in a garden, blending well into the colour scheme typically associated with a back yard. The main downside for many can be maintenance, with some sheds requiring treatment annuals. Cheap sheds for sale often have very poor pre-treatment against the outdoor elements, resulting in deterioration of the timber quicker than expected. Ensure that the timber used with your chosen shed is treated professional with a quality kerosene coating or similar.

Plastic sheds are quickly becoming common, as a result of their "out of box" construction and reasonable pricing. With the versatility you'd expect from plastic, plastic storage sheds are a great alternative to wood, keeping all necessary gardening equipment safe and dry. The lightweight freestanding assembly also makes it possible to move the shed as you please. However, for some, the distinct lack of design options make the plastic sheds unappealing at present, standing out like a "sore thumb" in some garden set ups.

Metal sheds are great for commercial use, but rarely seen in domestic environments due to the cost of construction. Guaranteed to last for years if treated properly, you'll rarely see cheap metal sheds for sale unless they're second hand or previously owned / installed. If you have a large budget to work with, it may be worth researching metal sheds for the long term benefits.



Once you've decided on a shed design and choice of material, the next thing to consider is the long term maintenance involved. Different constructions require different upkeep, so if you don't have much time on your hands, it may be best to stay away from primary timber constructions.

Timber sheds are predominately constructed from natural materials, and because of this require annual maintenance to preserve the looks and build of the shed. In order to guarantee a long life, make note of the following tips:

  • Timber requires annual preservation with either a kerosene product or specialist wood protection.
  • Cheap sheds normally have unprotected metal fixings such as handles and door hinges. Be sure to oil them regularly.
  • Regularly remove autumn fallen leaves from the roofs to prevention the build up of damp.

Metal sheds require less attention than cheap wooden sheds as manufacturers will apply rust proof coatings to preserve the panels. Perform a little maintenance to ensure that you shed lasts as long as possible.

  • Install the shed on a good flat surface with good drainage, to prevent rust "creepage".
  • Plenty of ventilation within the shed will ensure that internal condensation is kept to a minimum.
  • Fit the shed with an internal lining such as polystyrene to help prevent condensation.
  • If you notice metal corrosion anywhere, be sure to treat it before it spreads.

If you'd prefer little or no maintenance, it may be worth looking for cheap sheds for sale made from plastic. Plastic storage sheds are easy to care for, as they're waterproof without being too effected by the elements.

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