Most sheds and garden buildings look good in the picture or from a distance, but the construction can vary dramatically from manufacturer to manufacturer. At Albany we traditionally use thicker than average timber on our buildings which is why we are keen to make our specification clear so you can compare it to other products (if shown).
The thing to look out for when comparing specification is if the size given is the finished size as some manufacturers will quote the size before machining (planning) even though they don’t necessarily machine the timber themselves. Albany quote finished sizes (within tolerances) when giving timber sizes.
Below is some more detailed information on the materials we use to build our products:
Cladding: This is the material on the outside of the building and is generally either Tongue and Grooved Shiplap (T&G) or Weatherboard (overlap).
Weatherboard sawn averages 10-12mm at wider point and 6-7mm at narrow point. This traditional style cladding is not as durable as T&G shiplap.
12mm x 120mm T&G shiplap planed (size before machining 16mm x 125mm). The industry standard although some manufacturers are now using as thin as 7mm.
15mm x 120mm T&G shiplap planed (size before machining 19mm x 125mm). 25% thicker than standard makes a building stronger and longer lasting.
Framing: Makes up the frame to which the cladding is attached to, contributes a lot towards the overall strength of the building.
50mm x 22mm sawn (not machined) used on the Cottage overlap
34mm x 34mm paned all round (size before machining 38mm x 38mm) rounded edge
45mm x 34mm planed all round (size before machining 50mm x 38mm) square edge.
45mm x 45mm planed all round (size before machining 50mm x 50mm) rounded edge used on the upright framing on the Warwick Plus.
60mm x 50mm sawn (not machined) used on the Major range and Carlton Summerhouse
Floors & Roofs: Generally same material and thickness as cladding except on Cottage (16mm butt jointed closed board) and Charnwood (roof & floor are 15mm T&G). Roofs are supplied with 20kg green mineral roofing felt (except Major = 38kg). We do not use chipboard or OSB on any buildings. Apex Buildings over 2.1m wide have a roof purlin for extra support and apex buildings over 3.6m long have a roof truss.
Cottage: Ledged & single braced, 15mm T&G Shiplap hung on three black japanned “T” hinges secured with a hasp & staple.
Standard Sheds (ex Cottage): Framed ledged & double braced, 12mm T&G Shiplap on 45 x 34mm framing hung on three black japanned “T” hinges secured with a press lock & 2 Keys on single doors and a black japanned slide bolt on double doors.
Adaptable, Corner & Potting Range: Framed ledged & double braced, 15mm T&G Shiplap on 45 x 34mm framing hung on three zinc plated “T” hinges secured with a press lock & 2 Keys on single doors and a galvanised steel pad bolt on double doors.
Major Heavy Duty: Ledged and double braced, 15mm T&G Shiplap on 120 x 34mm heavy duty framing hung on two heavy duty galvanised hook & band hinges secured with a rim lock with two keys & handle on single doors and a galvanised steel pad bolt on double doors.
Summerhouses & Log Cabins: Hardwood Joinery quality, 45mm thick (most manufacturers use 34mm) hung on antique style anti rust nylon hinges, secured with a 3 lever fitted mortice lock with two keys.
Apart from the Cottage, shed windows are fully framed with 3mm horticultural glass beaded from the outside. Toughened safety glass or 4mm perspex can be ordered as an optional extra.
All nails & screws provided are galvanised or sherardised to protect against rust.