What’s the difference between the wood types?
So you’ve decided on a wooden shed. But you’re now stuck as to which type of wood to choose for it. Here at Sheds Direct Ireland, we offer three different styles of wood – and one treatment option.
The wood styles are:
This is our most affordable wood
This is a wood which interlocks, instead of overlapping.
This is wood which interlocks and which comes with a smooth, barreled appearance
But before we look at the differences between them, it’s important to note that all our Wooden Sheds:
- Are Nailed and not Stapled
- Are made with quality wood, toughened glass, galvanised hardware and a heavy duty green mineral felt on our roofs.
- Have a 1 year Guarantee
- Include the price of delivery and assembly in Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare, Carlow, Wexford, Kilkenny, Meath and Louth.
Alright, onto the differences between the woods:
This is the style of our most affordable sheds. The wooden planks are overlaid onto each other, which creates a shingle-like appearance. While pleasant to look at, the overlapping wooden planks create small openings, which expose it to the elements:
As a result, we don’t recommend storing anything in a Rustic Shed that can be damaged by damp or frost. The elements will find a way into this wood type. We also cannot put an inner membrane lining into Rustic Sheds, as they would be damaged by the weather.
Rustic Sheds are popular for their price-point and visuals. If you’re only looking for a place for the garden shears, rakes etc., this might be the shed style for you.
Pressure Treated Option:
- The Rustic Can be pressure treated.
- Rustic Sheds that are pressure Treated do not come with an internal membrane lining, as the gaps created by the wood would render it useless.
- 10mm overlap boards
- 16mm butt jointed roof & floor
The Deluxe is a step up from the Barrel Board in terms of the construction. The wood clicks in together in the Deluxe Boards, through a ‘tongue-in-groove’ connection. This keeps the shed considerably more air-tight than the Rustic Sheds.
Pressure Treated Option:
- The Deluxe Shed Can be pressure treated.
- Deluxe Sheds that are pressure Treated come with an internal membrane lining, as the gaps created by the wood would render it useless which helps to maintain the temperature.
- 22mm kiln-dried, planed, weather sheeting with a tongued and grooved roof and floor.
The Barrel Board style is very similar to the Deluxe shed in it’s construction. It’s also 22mm thick, Tongue-in-Groove wood, but with the main difference being it’s barrelled appearance
Pressure Treated Wood
Pressure Treating isn’t a Wood Style, but rather a treatment that can be applied to any of the above wooden styles to help preserve the wood. We push preservatives and other treatment into the wood at high pressure, so that it soaks through the wood. This isn’t just a top layer coating, the wood is treated through and through.
It’s done to protect against the elements, fungus, rot, termites and vermin. It makes your shed stronger and it should last considerably longer than an untreated shed. You won’t have to worry about upkeep either, as when it’s treated, your shed will require very little maintenance – there’s no need for the annual varnish!
When you compare the cost of the difference in untreated and pressure treated shed against the cost of annual treatments (and the time involved!) it’s usually a fairly simple choice.
Pressure Treated sheds do get a very slight silver-greenish hue to them, due to the treatment. In the image below, you can see the slight difference in colour – the left half of the picture is untreated and the right side is Pressure Treated.
Pressure Treated Deluxe and Barrel Board sheds also come with an internal membrane which will control the internal temperature of the shed – keeping the temperature manageable whether it’s hot or cold. The membrane is blue:
And that’s it. Should you have any questions, don’t be afraid to get in touch or request a callback.