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 …

New garden building: Dealing with difficult neighbours

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Dealing with difficult neighbours when you’re thinking about getting a summerhouse for your garden can seem like a nightmare. Well, let me put your mind at ease… check out this wee video where I explain that there’s really not a lot they can do about it!

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.

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 often should you re-roof your Summerhouse?

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If you’re looking at your Summerhouse and wondering if you should have it re-roofed, wait… it might not need it yet. Here’s why… VIDEO CHATTER If you have a Gillies and Mackay Summerhouse, that’s maybe eight or nine years old, you’re probably thinking that you’re going to have to re-roof it soon. And you’d be right… because when you bought the Summerhouse, we told you it had a life expectancy of 10 years and is guaranteed by the manufacturers for 10 years. So you’re right in thinking it’s time to get it re-roofed. What I would suggest first of all, is to check if it actually needs to be done. If the felt that’s on it is not actually letting …

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 …

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.