Mobility Scooter Storage

When thinking of purchasing a mobility scooter, there are many considerations to take in account. In this article we will discuss the various options for storing and securing your new mobility scooter.

The increased sales and use of mobility scooter has grown massively over recent years and as such so has the accessoires market. There are now a multitude of storage options available:

  • Mobility Scooter Shed made from wood or metal
  • Basic Plastic/Vinyl cover
  • Fold Away covers

All of the above are available at varying prices, according to the materials used and the quality of the item.

Mobility Scooter Shed

The most secure of the storage solutions is of course a wooden or metal shed.  Both types of mobility scooter sheds have their pro’s and con’s:

Metal sheds will be mobility scooter shedmore robust, last longer and maybe most importantly will be the most secure storage option. However, they will also be more expensive by quite an amount. They will rust, which whilst it may not affect the overall storage capalbilites of the mobility scooter shed, it will look a mess and need a lot of maintenance. Unfortunately the metal sheds do have an industrial feel and look about them, which may or may not suit you.

The timber storage sheds are a lot more affordable, however they may need to be replaced a little sooner than a metal shed. That is not to say, however that with a little yearly maintenance, a good quality one will not last for years. Timber by it’s nature will never be as secure as metal, but with a quality lock, a timber shed is not far behind. Looks wise, wooden sheds are far more attractive, and they can be stained or painted to almost any colour to suit your needs.

Plastic/Vinyl Mobility Scooter Cover

In security terms, you may as well leave the keys in the ignition! Whilst cheap, these covers offer no real security, apart from hiding what is underneath. We would only recommend using these plastic covers when storing the mobility scooter in a secure location i.e rear garden or loacked yard.scooter vinyl cover

It is a good idea to carry one of these covers with the scooter, just in case you have to leave it out in the rain for a period of time. Perhaps when visiting family or friends and there is no under cover space to park the scooter.

Fold Away Scooters Covers

This type storage solution is a compromise between the mobility scooter sheds and the vinyl covers. Although they are fixed to a wall or floor and are lockable, they are still for all intents and purposes a plastic cover. Which any theft with a stanley knife can break into.

The fold foldaway coveraway covers are a quick and tidy solution. When not in use the cover is tied back against the wall and therefore does not take up much space.  The cost of these type of products is about midway between the cheap vinyl covers and the mobility scooter sheds.

Other Things To Consider

There are a few other factors to think about…

  • The space or area that the mobility scooter will be stored.
  • Is the need for a mobility scooter permanent or temporary?
  • The size of the scooter.
Conclusion

All of the above options have their merits. If your budget allows, it may be best to house your mobility scooter in one of the metal or timber sheds and then carry a cheap vinyl cover with the scooter in case of emergencies.

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Choosing The Size And Site For Your Garden Shed.

Choosing The Size And Site For Your Garden Shed

When purchasing a shed the first and most significant choice you have to make is where you’re going to place it. Obviously, if you choose an area that is level and flat, you will save energy and time having to prepare the site prior to laying the base. It is now possible to purchase a variety of wooden and plastic bases in order to minimise the need of DIY skills. These bases will eliminate a small slope as well as uneven ground.

If you are left with no choice but to position the shed on a sloping site, then you must negate as much of the slope as possible. There are many ways of doing this, but the most popular is to build up lower point of the site with timber or brick. If a garden shed is assembled on a slope or uneven ground it puts the joints and framework under an increased amount or pressure, leading to excessive warping and twisting of the panels and could adversely affect the lifespan of the product.

Sizes of Shed

Choosing the perfect shed size? There are a number of factors to consider…

  • Dimensions of site
  • Size of items and equipment being stored
  • Budget
  • Access to assemble and maintain the shed

It is typical of most people to buy the best quality and largest shed that their budget will allow.  However you do need to be realistic about the dimensions of the place in which the garden shed is to be sited. You will need to allow enough space on all sides of shed to enable you to assemble the shed as well as maintain it in the future. It is also a good idea to leave this space to allow air to flow freely around the exterior of the shed, as this will prevent the build up of damp and help to prevent the garden shed suffering from rot.

Most manufacturers design and build their sheds is popular sizes. These sizes tend to be stated in feet i.e 8×6, 6×4 etc… Due to differing designs and manufacturing processes it is very rare to find a shed that is exactly the dimensions stated, so an 8×6 maybe 7ft 10” x 6ft 1in for example. If your site is quite tight it is worth contacting the manufacturer to get the exact dimensions of the item.

Over time most sheds become crammed full of items and it becomes very difficult to neatly organise and store your stuff. You can guarantee that the thing you want will be right at the back, so everything else has to be moved to get to it.  If and when this does become the case, you could think about adding some shelves to the side panels of your shed and maybe even use the roof space if the shed is tall enough.

Another crucial thought, is where to position the door? Obvioulsy, you won’t want the door opening on to a fence panel or house wall, so that you cannot get into the shed once it is assembled. You will need to have the door or double doors on a side of the shed that allow them to open fully.

Shed Design

Once you have established the size of garden building required, you can then opt for a pent or apex style of roof. This choice usually comes down to personally preference, but there are a few things to consider…

  • Overall head room
  • Rain water run off

Apex shed tend to have a higher maximum height due to the shape of the roof, however the sides of the roof do come down quite low. A pent roof will usually be below the maximum height of an apex roof, although the pent will maintain the majority of it’s height across the entire span.

When it rains, which way do you want the water to run? Apex roofs cause storm water to run off both sides, while pent roofs will only allow water to fall from one side. This is worth considering when the shed is next to a neighbour’s house wall or fence. No one is going to be pleased with water running off your shed into their garden!

If you are unsure about this matter, you can ask help from experts or manufacturers. You can research online and read various reviews about the different kinds of shed bases and placements available.

Best Options For Shed Treatment…

Garden Shed Treatments

When you have built your garden shed, it is essential to maintain it in a right way. When maintained and treated correctly, you can enjoy your garden shed for so many years.

It is highly recommended that you treat your garden shed within two weeks of assembly. It is possible to treat the shed panels prior to installation if you wish, this may be the best option if access to the exterior of the shed will be difficult once built.  If treating your garden shed, keep in mind that the colour of the preservative might appear slightly different because of the qualities of the wood. When selecting your treatment make sure that it is ideal for use on exterior timber.

When using treatments to garden sheds, it is essential that you must stipple it into the edges and gaps as this will assist in preventing water from seeping in.

Wood is an organic product and thus will alter with differences of humidity and temperature. If the weather becomes very dry, small cracks might appear in the wood grain. The cracks will usually disappear when the weather normalizes. The small cracks which are developed after a drought is unavoidable, but they don’t affect the load bearing capability of the garden shed.

Garden sheds are typically supplied as either untreated, dip treated or pressure treated, and a few manufacturers will paint the shed before delivery.

Untreated

If you choose to purchase an untreated shed, then you will obviously be responsible for applying some kind of preservative.  No treatment at all can be the cheapest method of purchasing a shed, but bear in mind the cost of purchasing the preservative yourself and of course the cost of employing someone to apply.

You can opt to leave the shed untreated, but it will almost certainly suffer from rot and start decaying within a few months.

Dip Treatment

dip treated shed

The majority of garden sheds on the market today have undergone a dipped treatment. This efficient kind of treatment, usually has an orange/red finish. It is also considered the cheapest and quickest way for manufacturers to treat their products.  Once completed each panel is submerged into a large vat of the chemical preservative for a few seconds. It is then removed from the vat and allowed to dry.

It is recommended that a dipped treated shed should receive a further coat of treatment once installed.

Pressure Treatment

Pressure treatment uses a chemical preservative that is forced deeper into the grain of the timber under the pressure of the vacuum.  Each length of timber undergoes the procedure before being made into shed panels. This method is widely recognised as the most reliable way of preserving timber. Anti-rot guarantees with pressure treated garden sheds could be more than 15 years.
Aside from, longevity, the most significant advantage of this kind of treatment is that you never have to use another preservative all through its lifetime. However, it is advised that a waterproof coating be applied to the shed, as the timber is not impervious to water.

pent garden shed with 3 windows
Tanalised timber is the same as pressure treated timber. Once treated the wood is usually coloured green. This colour does fade over time and with a little sunlight. If you would prefer a different coloured preservative or to paint it, make sure that the shed panels are dry and clear of dirt before doing so.

Pressure treated sheds are the most expensive sheds due to the cost of the tantalising process. However, with no further treatment required and a guarantee of up to 15 years, it may well be worth the money.

What Is The Best Shed Base To Use?

Garden Shed Foundations

To make your garden shed look appealing and durable, you should not only consider the shed style, the flooring and materials, but also the kind of foundation you want to use. Below are some of the popular choices of garden shed foundation you can use.

Bare Earth

Even if it is the cheapest and fastest option available, placing your garden shed directly on the ground has its disadvantages.

First and foremost, moisture will seep from the ground, through into the floor and into the shed. This will result in corrosion and rot that will wear away over time.

The ground may also be soft and cause the shed to sink in places. This will put a lot of pressure on the joints of the shed, causing it to warp and split.

Pros

  • Fast
  • Cheap

Cons

  • The shed will rot and corrode

Gravel

This is a simple solution for garden shed foundation, and works with small to large size garden sheds. Once you have the necessary materials, the base will only take a couple of hours, it all depends on the dimension of your shed.

All you have to do is dig out a section of ground that is slightly larger than the footprint of your shed and about three to four inches deep. After this, start adding the gravel, ensuring that you compact the gravel as much as possible. Once the base is filled, the gravel must be levelled.

You can then build your shed directly onto the gravel base.  Any voids in the gravel can be adjusted as you build the shed floor, to ensure that the structure is in full contact at all points.

Pros

  • Easy to do
  • Reasonable cost
  • Offers stable flat surface

Cons

  • Gravel can move causing the shed to move

 

Wooden base

Timber shed bases offer a semi-permanent solution. Typically made from 3×2 pressure treated timber, they can be easily and quickly constructed.

If your site is sloping or is uneven, a wooden base could be the best option. They consist of a frame work, which is supported by wooden or steel posts in each corner. Once built the base is placed in position and then each corner post is hammered into the ground whilst checking the levels with a spirit level.

The wooden shed base is also a good solution if the shed site is prone to flooding. The longer that the corner posts are, the higher off the ground the shed can be lifted.

If for any reason you wish to relocate the shed in the future, the base posts can be simply pulled from the ground and reused in the new location.

 

Pros

  • Easy to build
  • Very stable
  • Reason costs
  • Reusable

Cons

  • Can rot over time

 

Concrete

This is probably the most expensive and time consuming base construction, however it is also the most durable and reliable.

A concrete pad is usually the best option for larger sheds due to the weight of the shed. The concrete base can be either recessed into the ground or if the site is not level, it can be raised above ground to negate the slope.

If you are not familiar with laying concrete, it may be advisable to hire professionals to complete the base for you.

Pros

  • Strong
  • Durable
  • Permanent

Cons

  • Cannot be relocated
  • Expensive
  • Difficult to construct

 

All of the above options for shed bases are perfectly viable. The method that you choose will usually come down to time and budget.

Which Shed Floor Should I choose?

What Type Of Floor?

There are lots of factors to the contemporary summer house or up to date garden shed and many people will focus on the looks of the structure. This is understandable because every home owner wants his or her new shed  to look beautiful and stunning in their garden. However, the summer house and garden shed floor may be the most vulnerable part and could bring an early end to the garden shed. So, aside from making your garden shed look stunning, you also need to consider the flooring you want to use to make it more durable and a better place to spend your time.

Different garden shed companies take diverse views on the kinds of floors they use in the construction of their products. Knowledgeable and reputable manufacturers will make ensure the kind of components utilized and therefore the whole construction will last for so many years. Some of the more mass targeted shed manufacturers reduce all the expenses to make the cost as reasonable as possible. If you are just searching for the new garden shed to last for a long time, perhaps you do it prior to moving or relocating.

OSB Flooring

osb boardThe flooring of your garden shed isn’t usually the main priority when choosing the next shed, though it should be high on the list. Most budget garden sheds are incorporated with thin flooring that is made from board chipping attached together. Sad to say, chipboard flooring isn’t appropriate for a garden shed, it is relatively weak because of its least thickness and not being water resistant. It may well break up and swell when gets wet.  The most appropriate, and reasonable component for basic garden shed flooring is the OSB.  However, Tongue and groove flooring is the best choice for hard-wearing applications.

Tongue And Groove Flooring

t&g floorThose who want to put extremely heavy objects in the garden shed like large numbers of books, metal filing tables or cabinets, it is highly recommended to select a garden shed which has a tongue and groove floor. The tongue and groove flooring offers more strength and durability compared to OSB flooring because the thicker boards join together and so work as one to broaden the load.

Floor Bearers

In addition to the type of flooring, it is essential to ensure that your garden shed has bearers under the flooring to stay it elevated from the ground at the same to make sure enough ventilation. It is also essential to check the bearers and make sure it is treated with preservative to get rid of the rot.

All in all, when choosing the garden shed flooring there are lots of things you have to consider which take account the materials, the manufacturer, the cost and your personal choice. There are lots of garden flooring available out there, if you are not sure about this, you can ask the assistance of a shed expert to get the most appropriate product  for your garden shed and most suitable for your budget.  Gaining a proper understanding about this subject will ensure that you choose the best floor type for your new garden shed.

Tongue & Groove Or Overlap Shed?

pent garden shed with 3 windows

Garden Shed Construction

Are you planning to make a garden shed? If so, it is very essential to keep in mind the kind of shed you want to use. There are lots of designs available out there that you may need to check out. You will see almost any design you would wish and when you don’t find something you want, perhaps you’ll be able to incorporate several points of every design and style into one which pleases you.

Keep in mind that garden sheds are not just available in different sizes and shapes, but they are also available in various kinds of structure. The three popular kinds of garden sheds include tongue and groove, overlap matching and overlap. To know the best kind of garden shed appropriate for you, here is the short description of the popular kinds of garden shed construction.

Tongue and Groove Garden Sheds

Bigger sheds, which are more possible to be utilized as garden sheds are made utilizing a tongue and groove construction or popularly known as shiplap garden sheds. It comes to smoother-planed thicker boards about 12 mm in size. The interlocking leaves no means and gaps which the shed is well-secured from rain and draughts, essential once you spend time in there. Also, due to its thicker boards, there’s a less movement in wood because of seasonal variation in humidity and temperature.

Overlap Garden Sheds

The overlap sheds are indeed the cheapest and easiest types of garden shed construction available.  Normally, eight millimetres rough sawn wood boards nailed to the upright bearers of the garden shed and overlapped. The laying on top of the board lets the wood to expand and shrink easily that it normally does all through the year, on the other hand without warping.  Overlapping also let the rain runoff, however overlap board don’t make a close or firm seal, thus they are prone to droughts, ingress and moisture. Not an issue when the shed utilized for garden storage, however, if you planned to spend time in your garden, you must avoid this kind of garden shed instead use a tongue and groove garden shed or an overlap matched garden shed.

Overlap-matched and tongue and groove are more costly compared to overlap, however the extra expense is worthwhile for the additional weather proofing and comfort.

Overlap-Matching Garden Sheds

The overlap-matched garden shed construction normally reserved for best and finest workshops and sheds. This kind of shed utilize a smooth-planed, thicker board about 12 mm which unite the most excellent of both tongue and groove and overlap construction methods. The board join to give rain and draught proofing and extend beyond each other for better movement devoid of warping.

There are lots of kits on hand and you need to do is place them together. Either way, purchasing a kit or performing the entire task yourself will be an incredibly satisfying experience once you are finished and something you could really be proud of. However to make the most out of your garden sheds, it is best to ask the help of an expert. They will give you advice regarding the best garden shed construction to use.

You will find a large selection of tongue & groove sheds here.

Garden Shed Roof Styles

 

Choosing Your Style Of Roof

When developing a garden shed in your yard, you should think about the main function that it will serve. Knowing its purpose will have many things to do with the roof style you choose. Not all garden shed styles are ideal for just any use.

The design of garden shed roof you want for your garden might be subjective. On the other hand, there are also sensible considerations you have to be aware of…

Apex Sheds

apex garden shedApex sheds have gained a desirable reputation for the garden shed roof. With this style, your garden roof is in 2 wooden parts that joint at the peak point to make a reversed V shape. Compared to other styling of the roof, the utmost height of Apex runs mainly from the facade to the rear. The eaves height is made to allow for much storage at the corners while letting for utmost standing height in the middle for you to work with ease.

Pent Sheds

With pent sheds, your garden roof is made utilizing one piece of wood which slopes from the facade of the structure to the rear about 15 degree slant. The angle is optimal to give enough height for your front door to make sure rain overflows the rear of the garden shed.

pent shedPent sheds are perfect for the garden which is situated opposed to a wall or fence or tucked under hanging branches. As noticeably as the covering angles from the facade to back, the utmost height is on the facade of the shed, which is valuable to keep in mind when planning the design of the shelving and the internal workspace.

Roof framing or commonly known as roof bracing is playing a significant role in a firm garden shed construction, however not a purchasing consideration most of the time. The significance of roof framing becomes more obvious because the shed get bigger in size. A high quality roof framing can mean the disparity between long lasting, sturdy shed and one which is doubtful to survive the different elements.

Checking the thickness of the bracing and whether it comes with trusses is a very important factor you need to keep in mind when buying a bigger shed. Trusses are an additional support in the middle of the covering which adds more stability and strength to your garden roof.

On larger, best sheds, planed bracing is frequently utilized for the framing. This kind of framing is top grade and is normally thicker, most of the time measure 45 by 45 millimeters compared to the rough sawn framing utilized on lower priced sheds. There are lots of benefits of using this kind of bracing like it provides a smoother finish that saves one from splinters and it is easy to build. This is also waterproof and provides a firmer garden building. Today, almost all heavy duty sheds available come with this kind of bracing and the bigger one have 45 by 45 mm bracing with a roof truss in the middle for additional stability and strength.

There are lots of garden rood shed styles to choose from, it is all up to you to decide which one is suitable for your needs and budget.  Check out our huge range of both apex and pent roof style sheds