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Painting your Gillies & Mackay building: the second coat explained

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Sheddie, let’s talk paint! 🖌️ We get it! You’ve taken delivery of your G&M building, and doing work on it is the last thing on your mind. You just want to get straight down to enjoying it.  Ah, if only your brand new #sheddie life was that simple.  In order to ensure your G&M shed lasts a lifetime you need to give it a little tender loving care -and painting care is essential. Just a few hours of work up front will add years of life to your building.  If you don’t paint your G&M building, the almighty shed demons will come and cast their shed hexes on you: wood rot, water penetration marks, leaking and mould – making a …

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How to repair and replace timber in an old Gillies & Mackay building

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Gillies & Mackay have been around the block, busy manufacturing sheds for you lovely lot for over 30 years.  And over those years we’ve experienced and learned that the harsh Scottish climate, coupled with the volatile nature of timber, is not alway a match made in heaven.  You might find it difficult to understand why a specific area of your Shed has become problematic with blackening, mould or decay and that is something we wholeheartedly sympathise with.  It has taken us years to master our technique and craftsmanship to ensure the longevity of your Timber Building. But even with all that experience, there are still many external factors out with our control that will contribute to the timber rotting over …

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Garden Room Maintenance: 3 Top Tips

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Maintaining your Garden Room is paramount to the longevity of the building. The better you look after your Garden Room, the more likely it is to be passed down through the generations. Over the years, I’ve seen all forms of neglect and lost love for these beautiful creatures. So I thought I’d best help you keep the magic alive, when it comes to your Shedlife, by sharing some top tips. There are 3 crucial ways to keep your Garden Room in tip-top condition and stop it from becoming foosty, run down and haggard. And they are: TREAT VENTILATE REPAIR   1. TREAT First things first: whatever the external cladding, it’s always best to use some form of treatment on it. …

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Shed Security: Is my Shed Insured?

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Is my Shed insured? Guest Blog by Jane Barker The humble garden shed has a special place in our hearts and homes. Whether it’s the dusty sanctuary of dad’s ‘man cave’ (home to the remains of a short-lived drumming career), mum’s ‘she shed’ (where hobbies take up most of the room), or just an escape space for other members of the family. Sheds, garages and other outbuildings are an invaluable asset to a home, be it for storage, a place for hobbies, or even rented out. But when it comes to insurance, are you sure you have the right level of cover for your bikes, BBQ, gardening tools and sporting equipment, etc.? Things to consider when securing your shed The …

3 reasons your Summerhouse might be leaking

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No one likes a leaky Summerhouse! And our Scottish weather is so unpredictable, with a fair bit of rain to contend with. But that wouldn’t be the cause of your Summerhouse leaking. There are other factors to consider, as I mention in this wee video below: VIDEO CHATTER Now, depending on age, there may be a time where your Summerhouse will spring a leak and where this leaking comes from is what you need to know. 1. Slab Base The first one, and the most common one, is when a Summerhouse sits on its slab base and then the customer has put a decorative slab around the outside of it. And put it right up to the Summerhouse. What we …

Summerhouse Maintenance: How to look after your Summerhouse

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That’s right… our Summerhouses are built to last! But, only if you remember to keep up with the aftercare. If you really want your Summerhouse to stand the test of time and still look as amazing in a few years as it does now, then there are some things you need to do. Treat it Air it Paint it That’s it… just three simple things to maintain your lovely timber building, ensuring it’s longevity and giving you years of enjoyment. Want to know more? Check out this short video I made explaining all about it…     VIDEO CHATTER If you have just bought a Gillies and Mackay Summerhouse, you should be considering the aftercare for that Summerhouse and how …

How to stop your Shed from getting mouldy?

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If you’re finding mould in your Shed, then it’s time to do something about it! No need to worry though as there’s plenty you can do – as I explain this short clip… VIDEO CHATTER The easiest way to stop your shed from getting or growing mould in it fairly straightforward – don’t put anything damp in it. It’s quite probable that you’re going to have gardening equipment, golf clubs or bikes in it, that sort of stuff. These things may have been outside and got wet in the process, or been cleaned and not dried properly and then put back into the shed. Then the shed’s been locked up and left. All the dampness from those things will then …

3 reasons why your Shed might be leaking

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Your shed’s leaking and it’s causing no end of problems… but what can the cause be and is it fixable?  There are three main reasons as to why your shed might be leaking and here’s a short video explaining what they are and how to combat them: VIDEO CHATTER Here are the three reasons why your shed might be leaking. 1. Needs a coat of paint The first one is you haven’t painted it. If you haven’t treated your shed when you’re supposed to, then it’s more than probable that there’s moisture coming straight through the weatherboard. 2. Nowhere for the water to go The second reason may have something to do with the surroundings of the building.  The water …

Do I need to paint my decking?

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If you have ordered a playhouse or a summerhouse from Gillies and Mackay and it has a veranda and canopy on it, the veranda is made out of decking. That decking is a pressure treated timber, which means that you don’t actually need to treat it with anything. However, some people want to know if they can paint it, and that’s absolutely fine. You can, but please remember that the Sadolin that you’re putting on the building isn’t really compatible for a walkable surface. You should be looking at some sort of decking stain alternative. The one that we would recommend is Jotun, and it’s called Demidekk.

How to get rid of condensation in a Summerhouse

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Timber buildings, such as your Summerhouse, will eventually succumb to condensation on its windows and doors. But don’t worry… it’s totally normal for this to happen. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to get rid of this condensation build up. Here’s a wee video clip I put together telling you what they are… VIDEO CHATTER If you’ve got a Gillies and Mackay summerhouse, you’re probably going to experience some level of condensation build up on the windows and the doors. This can be a bit of a problem, especially if the temperatures are fluctuating day after day after day, the build up can get excessive. So the best way to combat that is to open up the building and let …