So, you’ve just received your brand new Surrey shed, that flat-packed bundle of excitement is sitting there, just waiting for you to get building. This article should give you some advice and instructions on preparing, building and looking after your shed.
The prepared D.I.Y’er is the smart D.I.Y’er, and as your Surrey shed is going to be with you for the next quarter of a century, it’s important you give it the best possible start in life. As with all buildings, it is essential that you provide a firm and level base on which to build your shed. The very best base (and the one we always recommend) is a concrete base.
Top tip: if your base is made of concrete, we recommend it does not extend beyond the dimensions of the shed. This avoids rain water collecting on the base, and in the words of Mary Berry “nobody likes a soggy bottom”. For example, if you’re building our apex 6×4 shed, we recommend a base size of 1800 x 1200mm.
All the fittings and everything you need to build your shed are included, so you’ll just need to have a basic tool kit to put it together (a hammer, tape measure, a Stanley knife, clear mastic sealant for the window pane & a screwdriver). We recommend an extra pair of hands for the larger sheds and a good supply of tea and biscuits.
Voila! You have just built your new Surrey shed. Before you start moving in your assortment of tools, pots, buckets and general gubbins, we’ve got a few extra tips for keeping your shed in tip-top shape.
“It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home…” – Tom Jones, 1966
As Tom Jones stated in his 1966 hit, it’s good to touch the green, green grass of home. However, it’s better that not too much of it touches your shed. Keep the area surrounding your shed clear of any grass or vegetation (including pruning any trees overhead)
“Pressure, pushing down on me, pressing down on you…” – Freddie Mercury, 1982
Freddie mercury was right to worry about pressure but can rest assured your shed has been pressure preservative treated. This means it’s designed to prevent rot and insect attack for up to 25 years, as well as to give the timber an extended and low maintenance service life. However, this treatment is not intended to perform as a waterproofing agent.
“I see a red door and I want it painted black…” – Mick Jagger, 1966
What colour should one paint one’s shed? Whilst black might prove a controversial choice (sorry, Mick) we recommend painting your shed with Barrenttine Shed and Fence treatment. Available in 5-litre tins in four natural colours (Dark Brown, Evergreen, Harvest Gold & Red Cedar). These can be bought at checkout from our website, or in any of our branches in Cobham, Woking, Farnham and Maidstone. When you add a Surrey shed to your basket on our website, you’ll see a range of shed accessories to browse, including shed treatments.
“I’ll sing my song to the wide-open spaces…” – Roger Daltrey, 1971
We recommend a minimum of 400mm (15″) clearance around all sides, although having 600mm (24″) allows more comfortable room for painting and any maintenance.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to post them on Facebook or Twitter or contact your nearest Challenge Fencing branch to chat with a member of our team.
To all dilapidated shed owners,
Your garden deserves so much better, don’t let your beloved old shed, with it’s creaking door, warped & weakened structure and dilapidated, weather-beaten walls, that have seen much better days, spoil the view any longer!
Good news, Challenge is coming to the rescue!
To celebrate our 30th Birthday, we are giving you the opportunity to win a brand new garden shed!
Not just any old shed mind you, we know that parting with your beloved old shed can tug at the old heart strings, so we have brought back our most popular ‘Challenger’ garden shed, with a host of improved features, to ensure that you will never have to say goodbye to your garden shed again.
The ‘Challenger’ garden shed has been designed to last you a life time and will look as good as new for years to come.
There are 3 ways you can enter our competition to win the ‘Challenger’ Shed.
1. Enter on Facebook
2. Enter on Twitter
3. Enter on Instagram
All the photographs we receive will be scrutinised by an Independent Judge from the Builders Merchants Federation and the most deserving owner of the most dilapidated garden shed will win a brand new ‘Challenger’ 6×4 Shed with a market value of £495.00 (If you wish to upgrade to an even larger shed in the Challenger Range, this can be arranged for you, at an additional cost).
Full competition terms and conditions can be found here.
Our Challenger shed is constructed using rounded 45mm x 35mm framework for extra strength, clad with high quality 15mm Redwood shiplap and has a roof AND floor machined from 25mm tongue & groove timber.
✔ 100% pressure treated Scandinavian Redwood timber for up to 25 years protection
✔ 25mm tongue & groove floor and roof for extra strength
✔ Heavy duty mineral roof felt with 7 years life expectancy
✔ Galvanised fittings to prevent rusting
The Challenger shed is under 2.5m high, so no need for planning approval & is supplied with full assembly instructions and fittings pack. It has a fixed toughened glass window & a 29” (74cm) left handed door with galvanised hinges, pad bolt, & 2 turn buttons.
We recommend siting the shed on treated timber bearers with a thin strip of roof felt to act as a Damp Proof Course and ideally a well-draining concrete base to avoid standing water.
Your shed will come flat packed with full self-assembly instructions and a comprehensive fitting kit.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to post them on Facebook or twitter or contact your nearest Challenge Fencing branch to chat to a member of our team, quoting #SaveOurShed competition.