Frequently Asked Questions

Timber & Treatments

Shed Specifications

Shed Installation

Timber Care Tips

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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.

How long does pressure treated timber last when in contact with the ground?

Again, many variables will effect the life cycle of pressure treat timber which is in contact with the ground such as fencing support posts, flower bed retaining and planter boxes. The dimensions of the timber and the soil moisture content will largely effect this. For example, a heavy duty timber sleeper will last longer than a light timber board. If this is located in a part of your garden which is prone to being regularly damp this will also reduce the service of the timber. As a guideline, the service life for 95x95mm (4”x4”) fence support posts is expected to be 10-15 years. However, we have seen wooden posts lasts over 20 years and some fail after 7 years. To prolong their life cycle, it’s important to avoid water collecting around the bottom of the posts. Another excellent option you should consider is Postsaver, click here for more information.

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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 sales@timbertrove.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.

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.

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 you use glass or Perspex for the windows?

We normally use glass; however, we can fit Perspex for a small additional charge.

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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.

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.

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.

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.