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Choosing an Outdoor Shed for Your Garden Barry

A garden shed is an asset in any garden bigger than a postage stamp. You can not only store your tool but keep your garden furniture and garden toys out of harm's way during the winter. You can store plant pots and unused greenhouse accessories and keep them in good condition until needed.

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Choosing an Outdoor Shed for Your Garden

Choosing an Outdoor Shed for Your Garden

Choosing An outdoor shed - an important decision for the green gardener

If you are looking for a garden shed, you will want it to be as eco-friendly as possible.

What to look for in an outdoor shed as a green shopper

So what do you need to look for? Which is the most eco-friendly material - wood or metal or even plastic? Which designs are best for a long lasting shed? Are there any other considerations?

This page takes a look at the options when choosing an outdoor shed, with a green eye out for the best choices.

A garden shed is an asset in any garden bigger than a postage stamp. You can not only store your tool but keep your garden furniture and garden toys out of harm's way during the winter. You can store plant pots and unused greenhouse accessories and keep them in good condition until needed. If you are ambitious you can even have a "hobby shed" away from the kids or the spouse, somewhere to brew wine, invent stuff - or just read a good book.

The possibilities are endless and good outdoor shed can be almost like a second home where you can take a well earned break from the chores and the humdrum parts of running a home. Large sheds and cabins usually do not require planning permission and they can even be a good alternative to a building an extension.

An Outdoor Shed Green Guide

(- or some things to think about regarding the environment)

The type of outdoor shed you opt for will be influenced by what you want it for and where it is going in the garden. You doubtless want to look for durability. A long-lasting shed is obviously greener because of the lower manufacturing and transport inputs over time. You will also want something which bio-degrades or can be recycled effectively without leaving a landfill legacy for future generations.

Before you even think of what shed to buy, think carefully about where you will site your shed.

Wooden sheds are always susceptible to rot if they are in contact with damp soil or foliage so it makes sense to site them somewhere with an open aspect. Don't put a shed where a hedge or bank continually presses against it.

Wooden sheds made of will last far longer than ones made from pine or other softwoods, all other things being equal.

Make sure that you will be able to access all sides for maintenance, if possible. Metal sheds can be at risk in a windy spot, as can any shed, so think about how your shed will be sheltered from the worst blasts of storms and gales.

Think about the base that you put your shed on. A waterproof membrane laid below slabs will help stop damp from creeping upwards into woodwork.

A good quality, large outdoor shed can add value to your home as well as providing extra space, so it's worth buying as big as you can afford or have pace for without compromising on quality.

Here are some good book choices for building your own shed - or even constructing kit sheds.

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