Having been experts in the home and lifestyle industry for over 25 years, Dunster House know how to make a garden shed. When you are looking for a new shed, there are a number of factors that you need to consider. Some you might not even have thought about, but they are important to keep in mind when researching your shed purchase. Here is our guide on the things to look out for so you know you are buying the best quality shed.

Depending on the size of shed you require and what you intend to use it for, as well as the extent of your budget, there is still a huge range of types of garden shed that you have to choose between. We can make it easier for you.

How do you know if a shed will last?

In order to know whether or not the shed you are looking into buying is of good quality, you should be sure that it is made from a high quality, durable timber. Dunster House sheds are manufactured using slow-grown spruce timber, which is significantly stronger than other timbers such as pine. It is also less likely to develop knots or sap, which is what really shows the quality.

As well as the type of timber used to make the shed, another important factor is the method of treatment. All Dunster House sheds are pressure treated on manufacture. This means that they are less likely to dry out, warp, crack or split. It also means less maintenance. However, we recommend applying a clear treatment/water repellent on a yearly basis, to aid longevity. Being pressure treated, our sheds also all come with a 10-year guarantee against rot and insect infestation.

What is the Best Quality Shed? - Slow Grown Spruce Timber

Are tongue and groove sheds better than shiplap?

Another factor that you might want to consider when choosing your shed is the way it is put together.

It is difficult to say which is better – tongue and groove or shiplap- as they both have many benefits. Tongue and groove sheds tend to be stronger and more secure. Meanwhile, shiplap panel sheds are an easy build, and very weather resistant. Again, which factors are more important to you will help you to decide on your shed. Dunster House offer a range of both types of shed, all of a much higher quality than some of the competition.

Some sheds are ‘tongue and groove’ or ‘log sheds’, meaning the design allows the individual timbers to interlock to build the walls. The timber pieces fit together flawlessly, while still allowing for the natural movement of the logs.

What is the Best Quality Shed? - Interlocking Tongue and Groove Walls

A shiplap shed is also a good option. The parts come in panels, meaning it takes less time to construct. The boards overlap, meaning that the natural timber can expand and contract with the seasons. The curve or channel of shiplap cladding, along with application of a good quality water repellent, enables water to run off easily.

What is the Best Quality Shed? - Shiplap Cladding

Take a look at our range of Garden Sheds.

Do you need windows on your shed?

Depending on what you plan to use your shed for, you may want the feature of windows. If you are not installing any lighting, you might need at least one window to be able to find things inside, even in daylight.

If you are looking at sheds with windows, you will need to be sure that the windows are internally beaded. Internal beading ensures it’s not possible to remove the glass from the outside. Further to this, you might prefer to have the 4mm toughened glass provided on Dunster House sheds. As opposed to the Perspex supplied on the sheds of some of our competitors, which is more likely to bend. Or weaker, thinner horticultural glass that will easily break and shatter.

What is the Best Quality Shed? - We use Real Glass in our Shed Windows  What is the Best Quality Shed? - We Don't use Cheap Styrene Glazing


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