Pressure Treated Scandinavian Timber
100% Scandinavian timber
Scandinavian timber is a lot different from native UK/Irish timber in terms of it’s quality & strength. Local timber is a far lower quality because it’s younger (generally 3-5 years as opposed to a min 15 years from Scandinavian), it’s therefore very soft (which means it will rot quite quickly, it’s like a sponge!!) + there are a large amount of knots in native timber which obviously weaken the timber and garden sheds. All our timber is all planed again throughout (in the sawmill) it means that the timber is smooth. This is not just good for handling purposes but also because it’s smooth it will not absorb water into it unlike rough timer will. Rough timber as mentioned above will act like a sponge and absorb moisture/rain water etc. whereas the rain water will usually just run off the planed shiplap boards.
Some of our competitors advertise they use treated timber for their garden sheds, however it is not pressure treated timber. Pressure treated timber is what should be used for any timber used externally. The timber is placed in a sealed vessel at the sawmill and injected with treatment under high pressure so that it goes right into the timber. The treatment is an anti-rot preservative and also an insect repellent. Timber that is not pressure treated should not be used externally as it will simply just start to rot straight away. Some other sellers say that the timber is ‘treated’, normally just paint it (watery paint usually) and this doesn’t actually protect the timber… it just puts a colour on it and the timber will still get damp and wet and then rot.
Timber Thickness & Quality
Timber shiplap boards we use are fully pressure treated and 23.5mm thick, with a planed finish at approx 20mm. Normally the shiplap used by most other sellers is only 12/13mm and a small few might use 18mm. Also our pressure treated shiplap board are interlocking board and not t&g (tongue & groove). Our boards are very strong and we also designed a rounded underneath edge for water to run off.
The frame on all the garden sheds is 36x75mm throughout (floor, all panels, roof). This is pretty much unrivalled, never really seen anyone else to do this. As a result our sheds are definitely one of the strongest on the market. Normal size of frame used by our competytors would be only 32x35mm, so ours is over double the thickness. Also all our framing timber is fully pressure treated.
The flooring on all our sheds is similar to the shiplap (23.5mm planed boards) and is also an interlocking board. It has an unique design which we came up with for strength.
Commercial Grade Steel Roof
The roofing on all MCD garden sheds is box-profile metal. Box profile is industrial strength as opposed to corrugated steel, etc. Box profile is the sheeting you would find on industrial units and ours is always in a slate grey colour. We also fit a metal ridge cap on the very top of all garden sheds and sheets & ridges are screwed down with 38mm roofing screws.
Note: majority of garden sheds on the UK market have mineral felt roofs. Felt is actually an underlay material and therefore is only a temporary material with a limited lifespan when exposed in the elements. Generally it will wear and tear allowing water to get into the timber in the shed. Once water gets into the garden shed, no matter how good the garden shed is, it will now rot!
Toughned Acrylic Windows
The windows on all MCD garden sheds are acrylic. Acrylic is stronger (x17 times), clearer and safer than glass, also unlike perspex (not to be confused with) it doesn’t discolour. Generally on our garden sheds, the window size is 2ft square, however we can do different sizes and some models might have a different size (i.e. 6ft wide chalets & lodges). Shed doors with windows in them are also made using acrylic and we can do varies designs and custom builds. MCD garden sheds come with one or two windows as standard, if you require more windows please contact us for a bespoke quote.
The interior of all of our garden sheds (roof, floor and sidewalls) are all lined with a breathable membrane to protect from damp & condensation. Most of garden sheds are not lined at all and sometimes if you read the small print on shed brochures you will read that they are not suitable for external storage purposes! Other sellers that may line the sheds, usually charge extra plus the lining is actually plastic and this in fact makes the shed sweat more, resulting in damp & rot. Our shed lining is white in colour and it looks good & keeps the sheds bright inside.
Galvanised Nails & Screws
All MCD garden shed panels are nailed in the workshop using coil nail guns and most importantly using Hot-Dipped Galvanized Nails. This means the nails are properly galvanized as opposed to coated or zinc coated galvanized nails, or nails not even galvanized at all. Not galwanized nails will ultimately leave streak marks on the shed panels, this is because they will be rusting (not suitable for external use) which means the the timber will generally then rot or crack around the rusting nails. In terms of hinges and pad-bolts, etc. again we use proper galvanised elements. We use 300mm Tee Hinges on all doors and all sheds are supplied with a lockable pad-bolt.
On assembly, the shed panels will be screwed together (5.0x70mm wood screws). All competitors recommend nailing the panels together on assembly, however the advantages of screwing the panels together are that: The sheds can be disassembled (easily) if ever needed to. Sheds that are nailed are very difficult to disassemble and re-erect as the timbers get damaged when taking the panels apart and rarely go back in one piece. Nails also rust and as mentioned above, the timber surrounding the rusty nail will then split and rot.
Bespoke Design & Customization
At MCD garden sheds UK we specialize in building bespoke garden sheds and garden buildings to order. Whatever the purpose of your garden building, whatever the size we can build it for you. All of our timber buildings are 100% hand-crafted in our workshop, and we aim to provide exceptional quality in all of our builds using the highest quality pressure treated timber from Scandinavia, highest quality materials and experienced carpenters. Many customers complain that cheap metal sheds leak and don’t suit the backyard. Not only do our timber sheds and buildings look nice, but they are built tough and created to withstand harsh and fluctuating weather conditions. We BUILD: Bespoke garden sheds, Custom built workshops, Timber garages, Greenhouses & potting sheds, Summer Lodges, Art Studios & workshops, Storage units and more...
Upgrades Available - Insulation, PVC Windows
All our garden sheds offer something different, so whether you want a simple storage shed, summer house, workshop or a hobby room, we can help.
We can upgrade your shed to a proper "room". we can add high quality insullation, A graded double glazed PVC windows, electrical wiring, internal finish with MDF, plasterboards or timber. In other words we can offer you beautifull room that can be used 365 days per year as office or additional accomodation.