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Don't miss the chance to buy your dad a real Father's Day present this year, something he'll appreciate for many years. A shed is the ideal choice, 6ft x 4ft would probably best fit the bill. Here are a few pointers as regards to the different available styles.
Apex roofs resemble a triangle. Hence there is lots of headroom in the centre running the length of the shed but restricted either side.
Pent roofs just have one sloping surface with the highest point over the entrance and any rain will run off the back. All the headroom is therefore at the front of the shed and diminishes towards the rear.
The cladding, or walls, of a shed comes in four main styles.
Overlap is the most common. Nailed to a frame the boards overlap each other slightly, similar to feather edged fencing but horizontal, and creates a 'rustic' look. This is the most cost effective option. Over a long period of time some distortion might take place.
Tongue and Groove cladding features interlocking boards where the 'tongue' on one side of the board fits securely into the 'groove' of the adjacent board. This is a more rigid construction that looks very neat and there is a much smaller chance that it will distort.
Shiplap is very similar to tongue and groove but is shaped so that rain runs off more effectively, meaning there is little chance of water getting into the joints that might result in expansion, distortion or rot. This cladding is more expensive but offers the best rigidity and longevity.
Loglap has grown in popularity due to its appearance rather than any added strength. This cladding has smoothly planed rounded timbers that interlock using tongue and groove. Rain disperses quickly and the shed has the look of a log cabin rather than a rustic shed.
The timber will be dip or pressure treated.
Dip Treatment takes less time and is a less expensive procedure, hence these sheds are generally cheaper. However you will need to treat it annually with a preservative (this will also help retain the original colour) and also keep it off the ground.
Pressure Treatment is also known as Vacuum Pressure Impregnation. The wood is dried naturally and then placed into a pressure treatment tank where air is removed via a vacuum. Then the tank is flooded with preservative liquid and the wood draws the preservative deep into the grain.
Pressure treated products can usually be identified by their green tinged finish when new, but this will fade to a honey brown colour over time, naturally blending into your garden. As the treatment has penetrated so deeply into the timber, it will last much longer without further attention.
A 6ft x 4ft shed is easily erected, our Garden Designer Nathan James Dodd shows how in his How to build a 6x4 shed blog.
All you need is a regulation set of tools including an electric drill, screwdriver, utility knife and hammer. As Nathan points out, a flask of tea and some biscuits might come in handy as well, although it only took him three hours.
Whatever you choose, you can be assured that your father will be well pleased with his new acquisition on Father's Day, whether it's used as for a hobby, as a workshop or just to 'get away from it all'.
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