Frequently Asked Questions
What is Golden Brown timber?
Golden Brown refers to the colour of a Protek Wood Treatment that we use on a selection of our products It is an orange/brown colour in appearance and is usually applied with a paint brush or dip-treated.
How do I maintain Golden Brown timber?
Golden Brown timber requires the re-application of a suitable weatherproof or coloured treatment every 1-2 years to maintain the appearance and performance of the wood. You can purchase Protek’s Golden Brown treatment here.
What is Pressure Treated timber?
Pressure Treated timber is more durable and long lasting. This treatment is done under pressure which forces chemicals into the wood (thus “pressure treated” wood) Wood that has been tanalised or pressure treated will be more resistant to rot, fungus, mould and insects.
How do I maintain Pressure Treated timber?
You can safely leave your timber product outside without any further treatment. Overtime, pressure treated wood will fade from it’s initially green colour to a light brown, then to a silvery grey colour. However, if you wish you can give it an added treatment for extra protection after a couple of years.
Can I paint or stain Pressure Treated timber?
Yes, you can paint pressure treated timber if you would like to add colour to your garden. This will also give the wood an added layer of protection. However, it is best to wait for a few weeks or more as you should be confident that the wood is completely dry. Otherwise, the paint or stain may peel off.
In general, how long does pressure treated timber last?
The life cycle of pressure treated timber will depend on multiple variables including the end use and location of the timber. For example, a shed which is located on a very exposed site might not last as long as one in the corner of a sheltered garden. However, in general we would expect that pressure treated timber used to construct a garden shed should last for 20 plus years without any extra treatment, assuming it's not in direct contact with a constantly damp surface.
What board finish will my shed have?
We offer two board profiles which you can choose from.
1. Log Pine Finish - log shape effect
2. Weather Sheeting Finish - flat board effect
How long should my garden shed felt roof last ?
Some of the more basic shed roof felts may only last for five years. However, at Timbertrove we use a top quality heavy duty felt which should be good for 12-15 years. Of course, the lifespan will be reduced if it’s in an exposed, windy location or if there is a branch rubbing against it. Roof felt has the advantage of being reasonably easy to repair or replace.
Do you sell garden shed roofing felt ?
Yes, we sell roofing felt for garden sheds by the meter so you only have to buy what you need. Please click here to purchase.
Do you provide a re-felting service?
We have a limited re-felting service which depends on workload commitments at the time of request. Please call our sales team on (01) 493-1034 or email email@example.com to enquire.
Can I get a steel roof shed ?
Yes, we can fit a steel onto your shed for an additional cost. As metal has a tendency to condensate, we will fit the steel roof on top of our standard roof felt, so basically you will be getting a second roof covering. For pricing, please view our Garden Sheds range by clicking here and choose your favourite shed style. In the product add-ons, you will see the option to add a steel roof to fit the shed size of your choice.
What base do I need for my garden shed? Is it okay to put my shed on the grass or soil?
The vast majority of garden sheds sit on concrete blocks which are placed directly onto grass or soil which works great for the average garden shed. Please note that concrete blocks are included in the price of your shed. The blocks will keep the wood from touching the ground and will allow air to circulate under the shed. This option offers great advantages as it will save you the cost of constructing a concrete base and is more convenient if you need to relocate the shed in a few years’ time.
Do I need a concrete base for my shed?
A concrete base would be ideal, but in reality the vast majority of garden sheds sit on concrete blocks which are placed on grass or soil. In most cases, this will work perfectly. However, if you are purchasing a very large shed or you intend to put a lot of weight into it, then you should consider putting it on a concrete base or at least a hardcore stone base. In doing so, you will prevent the shed from sinking or moving. If it moves or sink on one side or corner, it will cause the shed to twist and may push the door out of line.
Can I get shelves installed in my shed?
Yes, we can supply and fit shelves and a workbench if you wish for a small additional cost. When purchasing a shed online, please choose your desired shelf and/or workbench size in the optional extras section. Our sheds have a very strong wooden frame, making it easy to attach extra shelves any time in the future.
What happens if the site for my new shed is not level?
If your site is slightly uneven, we can usually fix this quite easily with some extra packers on top of the blocks. However, if the site is very low on one side we can build it up using additional concrete blocks to ensure that the shed will be level. It’s important to note that these blocks will be visible. In this instance, our customers often decide to hide the blocks at a later stage by either raising their garden or camouflaging them with shrubs or a timber panel. If your garden is very sloped or uneven, it may be necessary to level the area before ordering your shed. If you are unsure or concerned, please send us a photograph of the proposed site and we can advise you on this. When taking the photo, if possible include a fence or a wall in the background to give us an idea of the scale and include the size of the shed you are planning to purchase.
Why do I need a level site ?
It’s important that your new shed sits level otherwise over time the walls will twist and the door will go out of line.
I have a concrete base. Do I still need blocks underneath my shed?
Yes, it’s still a really good idea to put blocks under the shed because it allows air to circulate underneath which extends the life of your wooden shed floor.
Do I have to extend the concrete base?
A full concrete base is the ideal solution, but for the average garden shed it is not necessary to extend it. We can simply place some blocks on the concrete base while building up blocks on the lower ground to support the shed at an even level. However, if you intend on putting heavy items in the shed then extending the concrete base would be the best option.
Do I have to be there when the shed is being installed?
Yes. It is necessary that someone responsible is present to instruct our team on the exact desired location of the shed.
How long does it take to install my new shed?
It will usually take less than two hours to install an average size garden shed.
Can you take away my old shed?
Yes, we can take your old shed down and dispose of it in the correct environmental manner for an additional cost. As a guideline, it costs €175 to remove the average size garden shed. Please call us for an accurate quote. It’s important to note that we will only take away the bare shed and cannot dispose of any contents in addition. The shed must be completely empty before we arrive. If you would like to clear away any other unwanted items it may be useful to consider hiring a skip and disposing of everything at once, including your old shed.
I have electricity in my old shed. Can you disconnect it?
No, this work must be done by a registered electrician. All the wires must be completely removed from the shed before we arrive.
Can you put electricity into my new shed?
No, this work must be done by a registered electrician.
How do I pay for my shed?
You can pay by card, bank transfer or cash. Please note, the shed must be paid for in full before fitting.
Do you have a guarantee for your sheds?
Yes, they come with a five year limited guarantee. However, our sheds are very high quality so customers rarely have any issues with them, even far beyond five years.
Is there a window supplied with my shed?
Yes, we usually include one window free of charge. Additional windows can be added for a extra charge.
Do use glass or Perspex in the window?
We normally use glass; however, we can fit Perspex for a small additional charge.
How to Take Care of your Timbertrove Product
Here are a few useful tips to enable you to get the most out of your timber product, whether it be a shed, fencing, trellis, play unit or furniture. By doing so, you will protect your timber product and effectively extend its lifespan.
- Softwood is a natural product that can twist or warp through changes in climatic conditions. To minimise this, Timbertrove products should always be sited on firm and level ground that is away from areas where water collects.
- During the treatment process, some grain may be raised – you can enhance your product by a little fine sanding of any raised edges.
- Changes in weather may cause fixings to loosen but these can be tightened up as needed.
- Green marking may become visible as it dries following pressure treatment. It will fade over time and does not affect the performance of the product.
- To keep softwood products in good condition, wash down surfaces regularly with a wood- cleaning product.
- Pressure treated products will gradually weather in colour, first to a honey brown and eventually to a silver grey. This does not indicate any loss of preservative protection.
- Pressure Treated products should not receive any further treatment until the timber is completely dry, as this could cause the timber to warp or split.
- A quality wood stain or paint can also be used to add colour to your timber product. Apply the wood stain or paint in dry weather & to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Maintenance of any coating should be carried out each year, or sooner if needed. A quick clean with soapy water or wood cleaner, and a new coat of wood stain will keep your timber product looking great.
- When applying a wood stain pay attention to horizontal surfaces & areas that could collect water. Horizontal planes wear quicker, whereas vertical surfaces can last longer before a fresh coat is needed.
- We would recommend the Protek range of water-based products. The Protek Pale-Green is perfect for maintaining that pressure treated look.
- Pressure treatment on our sheds is designed to help protect against rot & insect attack and to give the wood an extended and low maintenance life. The treatment is not intended to act as a waterproofing and so water may permeate the product. A breathable membrane on the inside of the shed may during times of extreme rain show up wet patches as a result of water permeating the product. Adding a coat of Protek wood stain can help seal the product & act as a water repellent.