When you are browsing a collection of sheds, trying to decide which one to buy, you will come across a variety of names and descriptions. While size is very important, especially if you have lots of items to store inside your shed, the way it has been treated prior to purchase is important as well.
You have two types of shed to choose from – those that have been dip-treated and those that have been pressure-treated. Here we will discover what these are and how they affect the finish of the shed – not to mention the amount of maintenance involved for you in the future.
Dip-treating wood is exactly what it sounds like. The wood is basically dipped into a ‘bath’ of wood treatment for a specified length of time. This means the exterior will be covered, but the treatment will not have a chance to penetrate deep into the wood.
There are pros and cons to using this method. Firstly, if you are looking for a cheaper shed, you will likely have to buy a dip-treated one. A great example would be the Hartwood 4’ x 6’ overlap Apex shed, which is very affordable indeed. Ideally, you would complete the shed after installation by treating it with your chosen colour of wood preservative.
It’s worth mentioning the cheaper price of a dip-treated shed is essentially provided in exchange for a couple of essential requirements. Firstly, the wood will not last as long unless you regularly stain it to make sure it is fully protected from the elements. This should be done annually if at all possible. The initial protection offered by dip-treating does not last long, so the onus is on you to make sure your shed gets the treatment it needs each year.
Furthermore, the shed must also be kept up off the floor. There should be a proper base laid prior to the shed being installed, to make sure no moisture is allowed to get up into the base of the shed itself. This can severely weaken it and shorten its lifespan.
As you might now have guessed, the pressure-treated shed is the preferred alternative. The process of pressure-treating takes longer, and therefore you can expect to spend more on a shed made from pressure-treated wood. However, you do get what you pay for, and the quality of the wood will be superior as a result.
The timber is cut to size and then put into a tank so all the air can be drawn out and the moisture is taken out of the timber. The wood is then pressure-treated with a wood preservative. The process of taking all the moisture out of the wood means that more preservative can be driven right into the timber, instead of just being applied to the outside.
Clearly, you would expect to pay more for a shed that has been pressure-treated rather than being dip-treated. However, even then, the price may not be significantly higher. By shopping around, you can find bargains like the Hartwood 3’ by 6’ windowless overlap pressure-treated pent wall shed. This one is ideal if you have space up against a property wall, for example.
There are significant bonuses to opting for this type of shed – not least the fact you won’t need to worry about adding preservative to it, since it has already been driven deep into the timber. Of course, it always pays to keep an eye on it, and if you want to provide the ultimate level of protection, there is no harm in adding a coat every two or three years. You can also treat it with a coloured wood stain if you want it to blend in with other structures in your garden.
Which one is right for you?
Obviously, price will be an important factor to take into consideration. However, if you want your shed to look good and last for as long as possible, the best bet is to invest in a pressure-treated shed. This is far more robust and the wood will withstand the worst weather you can imagine. The ends of the wood are also far better protected than the ends of the wood used to make dip-treated sheds. Since water can literally get in anywhere, it is easy to see how a pressure-treated shed does last longer.
While you may be happy to treat your shed each year to make it last longer, finding the time to do jobs like this can be a challenge. That’s why we would recommend you make the most of your shed from today onwards, by purchasing one that is built to last, and built to do so without much input from you. After all, that leaves you more time to enjoy your garden, doesn’t it?