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Shed decision - overlap or tongue & groove?

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by Prezza, 15 Apr 2012.

  1. Prezza

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    Evening all. I'm close to buying a 12ft x 8ft shed from one of the many online suppliers, but I'm unsure just how much better a T&G shed is going to be over an overlap.
    There's quite a big price difference (£650 for the T&G, £450 for the equivalent overlap), I'm just concerned that an overlap might warp.
    Any thoughts/advice much appreciated.
    Cheers
    tp
     
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    from within my head :D

    spent about 18 months thinking about it and designing it and a further 18 months slowly building the basic structure fully water tight and fully functional with around a further 5 years insulating fitting a wood burner cladding with further adjustments and alterations to make it more comfortable and practical :D :D :cool:
     
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    As a professional shed builder I would recommend a few pointers to look for when choosing a new garden shed.

    Read the timber size specification, bigger is always better ( dont be duped by words like 'heavy duty & thick' ) a well known national shed firm used to advertise their cheap end sheds as ' clad in thick 9mm t & g ". 9 mm isnt thick and wouldnt make it anywhere in 1 of mine.

    pay attention to heights. An eaves height of 1.65 m is next to useless unless you are a midget.

    Never buy a shed with an OSB / sterling board floor the stuff is totally inadequate in this position and will soon dissintigrate.

    If you are having a felt covered roof, again check the felt thickness.

    Garden centres always have a fairly good range of buildings, but they generally have a mark up of at least 50% . Use them to get ideas of shape, design and layout.

    Online can be cheaper, but what happens when something is not right in a few weeks time?

    Use your search engine and find a local shed manufacturer. pay a few of them a visit and tell them what you need. If they are any good the will be able to show you the different materials then you can make the right decision and hopefully get something that will last more than a few months

    Good luck!

    PS £650 will buy you some very nice material if you wanted to build it yourself
     
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    All good info. I'll go for a nice thick t&g floor and good thick walls. I'll visit a few local folk to get a lay of the land.
    TP
     
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    I'd personally go for the overlap boarding and preferably in cedar.
    A shed that is around my father's is clad in t&g shiplap but over it's thirthy odd year life movement and shrinkage of some of the boards has opened up many gaps in the walls. shiplap doesn't need to shrink much for this to happen whereas overlap boarding resists this much more although as said above watch the thickness.
    An even cheaper alternative if you are building your own is to use wbp ply for the walls.
    Good point about the felt , a lot of places use relatively thin felt.
    Also go in with cash and ask for something knocked off the price, most places will still offer discounts like this.
     
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    This is a great question.
    Overlap against Shiplap T&G
    The best way to look at this is are you buying with cost in your mind or quality and longevity.

    Many overlap timbers in today's age are not left long enough to air dry and often warp and twist. They are also often wafer thin. You are likely to find that overlap shed come with either OSB,Sterling board or butt board roofs and floors. All are problematic in their own rights,despite they are sold as "Solid Sheet" giving the impression of strength.

    Many manufacturers use pine tongue and groove. It is always worth asking what grade. The use of "deal" pine is widespread within the uk. Deal is the lowest grade of pine available and is and offers good value for money.

    As a shed retailer we always use Swedish redwood T&G normal thickness being 12mm. We also use a Swedish redwood "V" board T&G in the floors and roof, this giving a really stable floor and roof.

    I would always suggest going back to the original thought. are you buying to suit cost or Quality......But a T&G shed will give you a longer lasting building with less problems in the long run.

    An example of these can be seen here
    http://www.gardenshedsnorthwest.co.uk
     
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    As a shed retailer, you shouldn't be spamming threads here.
     
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    I'm not sure that 1 post could be deemed as spamming nor showing an example of what I'm on about is either. 😉
    I find your comment a bit uncalled for
     
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