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Garden shed: 6 tips to help prevent bad purchases


If you do not deal with it in detail before buying a garden house, you risk a bad purchase and may not enjoy it very much.

At first glance, garden houses all look the same, but they are far from being. Even if models appear similar in their equipment, if you take a closer look, you will notice clear differences. It is not without reason that this is also reflected in the price! If you want quality, better pay attention to more than just a romantic wooden house.

So that you do not have to talk about a wrong purchase afterwards, we give you tips and hints in this article that will make your selection easier and, above all, what you should pay attention to when buying a garden house.

❶ size and functionality

There are two aspects to be considered in any case. On the one hand, size is of primary importance, which in turn depends on how you ultimately want to use your garden shed. It is best to make a small checklist and write down everything that is important to you. Should the garden house be a gem, with a cozy seating area and mini kitchen? Or rather shelter for garden furniture and seat covers? There is also a multifunctional solution, particularly suitable when the garden is not particularly large. This means, for example, a garden shed with a covered terrace. So you can sit outside and at the same time have storage space for all garden utensils.

❷ wall thickness

The wall thickness is another very important aspect, which of course also influences the price. The most common wall thicknesses are 28 mm, 40 mm, 44 mm, 50 mm and 70 mm. The wall thickness of your garden shed depends on the purpose of use. Simple garden sheds for storing garden tools don't actually need thick walls, but you should always keep in mind that the thicker the wall, the more stable and weatherproof the garden shed.

Most sold and also recommended, according to the professionals at hansagarten24.de, are garden houses with a wall thickness of 40 to 44 mm. This plank size is at least sufficient if the wooden house is used as a resting point for relaxation even on cooler days.

If you want to spend the night in your garden shed in winter, you have to go a step further. Thicker walls are also required for more insulation. Up to 70 mm wall thickness are feasible in a garden house.

By the way: If you want to use your garden shed to overwinter plants, I strongly recommend a wall thickness of at least 40 mm.

❸ Window in the garden house

Little attention is often paid to the windows when buying a garden house, which will be bitterly avenged in winter at the latest. If you use your garden house all year round, double-glazed windows are a must. Single glazing emits just as much light, but is extremely permeable to cold.

❹ Which roof do you prefer?

The right roof is just as important as the windows. The easiest way to get your garden house tight is roofing felt. But if we're honest, that's not a particularly nice sight. If you, or neighbors, can look at the garden shed from above, I would use roof shingles directly when buying. Roof panels are visually similar, but available in one piece. They look like shingles, but are already grouped together in a plate.

Don't forget to attach a rain gutter to the finished garden shed. This drains the rainwater into a ton, protects your new home from too much moisture and also has a free irrigation system.

❺ assembly

Most garden house dealers offer a professional assembly service. Even if it costs a few euros more, feel free to accept this service. At first glance, assembling a garden shed may look simple. But if you don't feel comfortable with hammer and nail and have no previous experience with assembling furniture, etc., the build-up campaign can quickly go wrong. Do you trust the assembly yourself, then get help from an experienced craftsman.

❻ Wood preservative yes or no?

Your new garden house is ready and you are happy. But it doesn't stay that way in the long run, because even a garden shed needs maintenance. When buying, be sure to ask whether the wooden house is already pre-impregnated. If not, natural wood needs a coat of paint immediately so that it can withstand environmental influences. UV radiation, moisture and in the worst case also wood pests are poison for your garden house.

I personally have had very good experiences with wood preservation glaze. It is suitable for both soft and hard wood and, above all, maintains the natural grain of the wood. If you prefer to give your garden house a strong color, use wood varnish. The UV protection is granted here exactly as with a glaze, but the wood loses its typical character by painting over it.