What to look for when buying a shed

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Buying a shed is no small investment so you’ll want to make sure it’s right for you and, more importantly, that it lasts. Buying a shed is not as simple as budget and size when it comes to longevity. There are quite a few things to consider to make sure you invest in your space wisely, you get your money’s worth and it looks goddamn beautiful in your garden. Here we’ll only be guiding you through the best type of sheds: Timber sheds. If you want to learn more about different types of sheds we’ve got you covered: Plastic vs metal vs timber sheds Right now you should have a good idea of what you are using the shed for …

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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 …

Shed vs Summerhouse: What’s the difference?

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The way I look at it is a shed is for a practical use. It’s something that is either going to be there for storing your garden equipment or there for practical working space. By practical I mean messy pretty much. Vehicle maintenance, tinkering about with tools. That type of thing. Pottery would work. All those sorts of things that are a bit messy. That’s what a shed is ideally for. It’s nice and practical. The timber is structural and its main priority is to be structural sound. The timbers are pressure treated (green) and rough sawn. They’re not decorative, clean or finished. Being a sturdy strong building is primarily what the sheds are about.

What to look for when buying Sheds

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Okay, so there’s a few major concerns that I have about the things that you need to look for when you are buying sheds. One being this. A lady that came to me the other day. She’s checking out her sheds because she needs a new one, because she bought one two years ago and paid a fair bit of money for it. What happened was that all the timber had shrunk, so there was massive gaps between the boarding in her shed. That wasn’t the first time I’d heard of that about that particular company, and so I explained to her that it’s very important to look at what type of timber that the companies are using.

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 …

How long does a cheap Shed last?

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Ach I know, it’s not easy to save up your hard earned dosh for a nice new shed. It’s probably not top of your list of priorities hey? Especially when all you want it for is somewhere to store your bikes, garden stuff, etc. But, the burning question… if you do go for a ‘cheap’ shed option, how long will it last? Will you find yourself having to replace it in a couple of years? Good question — and one I answer in this short clip — there’s more to it than you might think!

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 …

How often do you have to re felt your Shed?

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So you’ve got a Gillies Mackay shed and you’ve had it for maybe eight or nine years now. It still looks brand new of course. That’s what everybody always says. But you’re just a little bit concerned about the roof, because when you ordered the building, you were told that it comes with a 10 year guarantee for the felt. So it’s getting close to the 10 years. So you’re thinking, “Should I be thinking about re-roofing it?” The best thing to do is just inspect the roof. See what the condition is like. First thing’s first. If it’s not letting the water in, then it’s probably doing okay. Secondly, if you’ve not got any trees or bushes overgrowing it, …

Best type of roofing for a Pent Shed

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Some time ago, when the rain wouldn’t stop and Scotland was completely drenched, Gillies and Mackay were faced with leaking pent roofs. We’d been putting the conversation off because our decision would involve a significant price increase. Ultimately, it came down to either a leaking Shed, which is no use to anyone, or a Shed that’s more expensive but doesn’t leak! Although the normal felt works well on Apex pitches, the gradient of Pent isn’t enough to allow the water to run off as readily. What we found was the water would seep back up under the felt and then through the sarking.

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Where can I buy paint for my Shed?

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Painting your shed is not just about making it look pretty… it’s about protecting the wood from the elements and ensuring your shed stands up to the test of time. We prefer to use Sadolin Superdec or Sadolin Quick Dry, here at Gillies and Mackay, when we give your timber building a base coat. You see… it’s not JUST any old paint. Oh no, it’s special paint for your Shed, see! A wood preservative in fact… and your G&M building needs it. Here’s all ye need to know… VIDEO CHATTER Sadolin Superdec or Sadolin Quick Dry – we’ve been using it for years! It’s the good stuff, none of your watered down nonsense. The thing is, we need you to …