This is a guest post from Whatshed
When looking for a shed, you may be amazed at the huge difference in prices that there are. We have joined forces once again with Jason at WhatShed and he is going to share with you why sheds that are the same price can differ so much in price. We are using 6X4 sheds as an example, but this price difference happens no matter the size of the shed. Be sure to look at the WhatShed top 20 6X4 Shed List where you can see what are the best sheds of this size and also see just how different the prices can be.
The Choice Can Be Daunting!
If you take one of the largest shed merchants in the UK as an example, ShedStore, you will notice that there is a huge choice of garden sheds. Even when you click the 6X4 tab, you are greeted with two pages jam packed of sheds, sheds at all prices. You may think that as they are all the same size, you should just click on the cheapest one and call it a day, but as you will see from the sheds we are looking at today. There are many things that make a shed have a low price tag and many that can make it have a price tag that makes you drop your morning coffee.
The Cheaper Sheds
A great example of a budget priced shed is the 6’x4′ Shed-Plus Overlap Apex Shed
which is priced at £184.99 which is a great price and for the average Joe it seems like a slam dunk. But the reason a shed of this size will have a price tag that is under £200 or even a little over £100 is the materials they are made with.
The Walls: Sheds that are at the cheaper end of the spectrum 99/100 in WhatShed’s experience will use 8 mm thick overlap cladding that has not been treated. This is the most basic kind of cladding you get and for the most part, this is going to serve you well as long as you treat it right. Many times a budget priced shed will not include any windows and be fully boarded and if they do include windows they are certainly made with thin styrene and not glass.
The Roof: For the roof, sheds that are at the lower end of the price structure will the majority of the time use OSB that is around 8 mm thick, occasionally they will be 10, but most use 8 mm. Covering this is usually the most basic kind of roofing felt that will be secured with tacks. This, as you can image, is a very barebones roof and it is essential that if you are installing the shed yourself, you make sure that the roof is properly installed. Many people who purchase a cheaper shed, if they are going to have problems. It will be because the boards are starting to rot as the felt has not been attached properly.
The Floor: For the floor many times a manufacturer will use the exact same boarding that is used for the roof. It may be a little thicker at 10 mm thick. But the actual boarding is the same. Basic floor joists are what are attached to this kind of floor and it is important that these are treated or not say in mud as they may rot. Using this kind of boarding is a way that they are able to keep the cost of the shed so low and it is something many manufacturers will use in their budget shed range.
Conclusion: A budget priced shed as you would expect is made with as cheap materials as possible, but this does not make them bad. As long as a budget priced shed is treated right and not abused or being used for something it should not be. For most people a budget priced shed gets the job done perfectly.
Middle Priced Shed
Classing what kind of price point is a middle priced shed is hard, but the folks at WhatShed would suggest any shed that is priced in the £200 – £300 is a mid-priced shed. A great example of a shed that is like this is the 6′ x 4′ Windsor New Norfolk Shed that is in the WhatShed top 20 and one of the many 6X4 sheds that ShedStore offer. Let’s look at why this shed is priced at nearly £100 more than the one we just looked at.
The Walls: Instead of using basic overlap cladding, this shed and other sheds at this price range tend to be made with tongue and groove shiplap cladding. The folks at WhatShed love this kind of cladding as it really does not allow rain anyway to get inside. In terms of the thickness of the cladding, it can vary, but you are usually looking at the very least 12 mm thick, some sheds may offer a bit more. This particular 6X4 shed is not actually pressure treated, but we have seen some 6X4 sheds at this price range which are. But for the most part, treatment is something that the customer is going to have to handle at this price point.
The Roof: One of the interesting things about a shed at this price point is the roof. While the walls may be a huge upgrade from a budget priced shed, cost still have to be kept in check and many times you will find that a shed, even one that is £100 more than the cheaper option will use the same kind of 8 MM thick OSB roof. It is not a huge deal, but once again like a cheaper shed, you need to take responsibility for the roof and make sure it is installed properly.
The Floor: Again like the roof, the floor of a shed at this price (and the shed we are looking at in particular) is going to be the similar or exactly the same as the cheaper option. 10 mm or if you are lucky 12 mm thick boarding will be used on wooden floor joists that will have to be installed on the right kind of surface.
Conclusion: You may think that paying an extra £100 or even more for a shed that uses the same floor and roof is nuts! But tongue and groove shiplap cladding really is a huge upgrade over basic overlap cladding. It not only is better at keeping the elements out, it looks a lot nicer too. Many people are willing to pay that little bit extra for a shed that is easier on the eyes.
Higher Priced Shed
You can spend a lot of money on a 6X4 shed, a lot of money! WhatShed have a great review of the 6 x 4 Shed-Plus Champion Tongue And Groove Apex Wooden Shed. Despite being the same 6X4 size as our cheapest shed this one is currently priced at nearly £200 more! Some people may not entertain this at all. But let us take a closer look and see why this shed that is the same price has such a radical price difference.
The Walls: The cladding is 12 mm thick tongue and groove cladding just like the mid-sized shed we looked at, but this one has a huge upgrade and that is the fact the wood is pressure treated. This means that there is no annual or first time treatment required. Once the shed is installed, you do not have to worry about the wood rotting. Many people are more than happy to pay the extra for this and when you factor in how much money you may spend on wood treatment over the years of the cheaper shed, the price makes more sense.
The Roof: Some higher priced sheds will go all out and actually have a tongue and groove roof. If that was the case for the shed we have just mentioned, you would easily be looking at this being a £400 plus shed. By using an OSB roof like the other sheds, they are able to keep the price down a little bit. Some higher priced sheds though will have a premium roof, but it is important to note this can add a fair bit to the overall price.
The Floor: The floor is one of the first things you notice on a shed like this and that is because they have used tongue and groove boarding for the floor. As you will be able to see, it looks much nicer and it is also a lot thicker and this particular shed is supported with pressure treated floor joists as well, which is another reason it is more expensive.
Conclusion: A higher priced shed is going to be made from better materials. For the people at WhatShed, when you are looking to spend more money on a shed it should have tongue and groove walls, be pressure treated and offer much more than the cheaper sheds do. If it has a reason to be higher priced, fair enough. But if a shed is made of the same materials, but is priced much higher, you have to think twice. Bottom line is, if you want a higher quality shed, you are going to have to pay for it.
Any Other Reasons Why Similar Sized Sheds Can be So Different In Price?
Of course, the roof, walls, and floor are the main things that make up a shed. But these are not the only thing that can make the price of similarly sized sheds be so different. Doors are another reason. Many cheap sheds will have a simple double hinged door and that is fine. But a higher priced shed may have a double z braced door that is held in place with stronger hinges and then has a proper lock. Many cheap sheds use a simple turn catch as a way to keep the costs down. Windows are another thing that can alter the price of a shed dramatically, glass ones especially.
We have just looked at wooden sheds for our examples here today. But WhatShed actually looks at plastic and metal sheds as well and there is plenty of those in the 6X4 size. Again though these can radically differ in price. This can be due to the shed having a window or not having one. Coming with a floor or not coming with a floor and even just the overall style. So it is not just wooden sheds that can be the same size, but very different in their pricing.
Is A Cheap Shed Really Cheap?
One last thing we want to leave you with is when you are looking for a cheaper shed. Have a think about the cost of treating it once a year, adding in a pad bolt and then a padlock and having to clear an area in your garden or allotment so the joists are not sitting in mud. Then think about if you would be better spending a little more for a shed that does not require you having to spend that extra money and time.