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Garden Shed

Garden shelters offer many possibilities: wood, metal or plastic, traditional or contemporary. From simple shed to shelter or attic space, they go up in record time, and fit perfectly into the landscape.

1) Use of the shelter:

A garden shed meets a specific need. The choice of model and size depends on the purpose for which it is intended. To facilitate the purchase, it is better to ask the right questions.

A shed for garden equipment?

A place that allows tinkering, prepare seedlings?

A summer kitchen, a playroom for children?

An annex for visiting friends?

A living space, all season?

Criteria to be considered:

Function, height, materials … are all criteria to be considered for choosing a garden shed.

Function: storage, conversion, Living

Ridge height: to travel at ease: 2.20 m mini

Material structure: durability over time, finishing, maintenance

Ground anchor and method of assembly

Type of roof and roofing

Presence or absence of a floor

Openings: doors, windows, glazing

Equipment options: shelves, tool racks …

Good to know: the guarantees vary from 2 to 10 years depending on the material and design quality.

2) Choosing a shelter – size, material, joinery:


Garden shelters fall into several categories.

To organize supplies and garden equipment, bikes … an area smaller than 6 m2 is ideal.

To equip sheltered workshop, established or install a large storage space, 6-14 m2 are recommended.

A convertible shelter, from 14 m2, allows a very comfortable seasonal schedule.

From 20 m2, shelter living spaces are full.

They have a thick structure (up to 44 mm) and Home separations

The windows are double glazed for maximum comfort

Material of the structure:

You have the choice of three materials: wood, metal and PVC.

Raw or autoclaved wood: spruce, fir …

Painted wood: soft or warm colors (Mediterranean) .

Metal: galvanized steel / lacquered insensitive to rust (but does not like the salt air)

Or PVC resin: aesthetics (maisonette stage), resistant to all climates, virtually maintenance free. A water wash is sufficient.


A shelter is often composed of a door and a window.

Swinging or sliding door, single or double (essential for passing tractor, workshop machinery, bulky furniture …)

Fixed or windows (hinged, tilting), acrylic glazing or glass (systematic for double glazing)

Skylights (skylight)

3) Installation and maintenance of a garden shed:

Mounting a shelter:

Metal roofing, PVC or resin are simple and quick to install (pre-assembled panels)

Wooden shelters offer two types of construction: pre-assembled panels (easy to assemble) and boards or planks to follow suit (guaranteed resistance)

With or without floor:


Again, three types of roofs are proposed.

1 pan: adossable shelter.

2 or 3 sections: traditional.

Flat roof: contemporary.

Support and coverage

The shelter roof can be composed of:

panels chipboard or OSB waterproof, covered with roofing felt (roofing)

battens and cover shingle close look of slate or flat tile

different panel thicknesses and battens

Interposing a sealing film between the foundation and the base of the shelter to prevent rising damp.

Metal shelter

Shelters made of metal or plastic may suffice with an anchoring kit for stability.

For lighter, there are storm kits that prevent the lifting of the roof when the wind blows hard.

Drainage of rainwater

An evacuation of rainwater is recommended to protect wood runoff.

Maintenance of shelter

Maintenance of raw wood

Insecticide treatment / fungicide before assembly

1 or 2 coats of stain after assembly

2 coats of stain every 3 years

Maintenance of autoclaved wood

Glaze every 10 years

Maintenance of painted wood

Regular washing, sprucing up with paint microporous “special wood”

Maintenance of metal, PVC resin

Jetting water

Implementation and administrative procedures

A few rules to follow before installing your garden shed:

For areas less than 20 m²: simple statement of work

An area equal to or greater than 20 m²: demand for building permits required (information in town hall).