Overlap Sheds

Overlap sheds are the most cost-effective and straightforward type of shed construction. They are made by nailing 8mm rough-sawn timber boards to the vertical bearers of the shed, with each board overlapping the previous one. This design allows the timber to expand and contract with seasonal changes without warping. Additionally, the overlapping boards provide efficient drainage of rainwater. However, it is worth noting that this type of shed does not form a tight seal, which makes it more vulnerable to moisture and drafts. While this is not a concern for storing garden tools and equipment, if you plan to spend significant time in your shed for leisure or hobby activities, you may want to consider a tongue and groove or overlap-matched shed for better protection against the elements.

Shiplap Construction

Shiplap cladding shares many similarities with tongue and groove sheds, including its strength and appearance. To create shiplap cladding, a recess is cut into the edge of each timber board, allowing the boards to overlap slightly. This design creates a relatively tight seal, providing excellent protection against the elements while also allowing for effective drainage of rainwater. Shiplap cladding is known for its durability and security, ensuring that your shed will withstand harsh weather conditions and keep your belongings safe and secure.

Tongue & Groove Construction

If you are looking for a larger shed that will serve as a garden workshop, we recommend choosing a shed with a tongue and groove construction made from thicker, smooth-planed 12mm boards. The interlocking design of the thicker boards creates a tight seal that offers superior protection against draughts and rain, which is essential if you plan to spend many hours inside the shed. Additionally, the use of 12mm boards results in less movement in the wood due to seasonal variations in temperature and humidity, ensuring greater stability and durability over time.