Garden Shed FAQ

There are so many sheds on the market, how do I decide?

At Sheds and Shelters we want to make the process as simple as possible as there are 100’s of sheds out there. We have the largest range of Garden Sheds available online so there is something for everyone’s backyard and budget! We pride ourselves in the quality of our products and only sell NZ made quality garden sheds, however we still have a cheaper range of sheds that are suitable in some situations. Take our online quiz to determine which brand is most suited for you and browse our sheds online, remember we are just a phone call away if you have any questions  – 0800 743 346

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What is the right Garden Shed for me?

We have a shed for everyone’s budget and requirements. At Sheds and Shelters we only sell quality New Zealand made products. For the price conscious we offer the Galvo, Spanbilt and Smart store sheds with the top of the range being the Gardenmaster and Duratuf Fortress and Kiwi garden sheds.

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No Doubt you will compare our sheds with different manufacturers sheds. However, some manufacturers have entry level/imported sheds that are built to a price. While these sheds look fine cost cutting can be seen if you know what you’re looking for – thinner gauge steel, shorter wall heights, internal sliding doors, warranties and they can also be very difficult to assemble. Don’t forget the saying – you get what you pay for!

What is the difference between Zinc and Coloursteel?

Simple answer – Zinc is a silver finish while coloursteel is your choice of colour finish.

Zinc is the standard steel finish coated with Zinc to protect the steel from rusting. Coloursteel sheds have a series of primer coats and then your choice of colour on top of the Zinc, this gives an extra layer for protection as well as being aesthetically pleasing. Zinc is your cheaper option however coloursteel is often recommended in coastal areas as it helps protect the steel from sea spray.

Can I customise my Garden Shed?

Yes! We have a few brands of sheds that can be completely custom made, contact us with your dream shed and we will design and quote!

The garden Master and Duratuf steel garden sheds are fully customisable as well as the Pinehaven and Cedar timber sheds. The width, depth, height and door position can be altered as well as adding windows, extra doors, clear roof panels, shelving, work benches, tool boards and many more!

What are the benefits of a fully timber framed shed?

The Duratuf Fortress and Kiwi sheds are the best garden shed on the market featuring full internal framing. This creates a strong and durable garden shed as well as making it easier to assemble. It also allows tool boards, workbenches and shelving to be attached easily. A must have for the serious DIYer and is also the preferred option in high wind areas.

Sliding Vs Hinged doors, what is best?

This all depends on your circumstances. Many people have the understanding that sliding doors are a curse as they jam, leak and take up extra wall space. However, this is often seen in the cheaper sheds which have INTERNAL sliding doors. Our range of sheds with sliding doors are the Duratuf Kiwi sheds which feature EXTERNAL sliding doors. These are the best on the market, are easi-glide and extremely weatherproof. Sliding doors are also great as they don’t blow around in the wind and are a great choice if you have limited space for opening and closing a door.

On the other hand hinged doors are a simple and effective door and come on most models of garden sheds. They are a sturdy structure as they have diagonal door bracing for added strength.

My site is exceptionally windy, what is the best Garden Shed to order?

 The Duratuf sheds are the preferred steel option in high wind areas. The strength of the steel combined with the sturdy timber frame creates a robust structure that withstands strong winds when anchored securely. The Pinehaven and Cedar timber sheds are also recommended in windy areas due to their sturdy wooden structure.

Should I put my garden shed on a timber or concrete floor?

A timber floor can be purchased at the time of ordering your shed and is the cheaper and easier option when compared to a concrete floor. It is sufficient for any home and adequate for larger sheds with ride on lawn mowers. However, a concrete floor is recommended for our larger sheds – workshop range, and mainly comes down to personal preference.

Timber floors consist of ground treated bearers and floor boards and are made to sit on the grass/dirt/gravel. If your site is particularly damp give us call and we can give you our recommendations.

If I want a concrete floor can you lay it for me?

Possibly! This depends on where you are located in New Zealand as only some of our installers have the equipment to do this. Give us a call to discuss – 0800 743 346

If I already have a concrete pad can I put my steel shed directly on it?

Yes you can. However, if your concrete pad is not custom made for your particular shed it will be very difficult to seal and chances are water will seep into your shed. We recommend purchasing a timber floor kitset as well, this will ensure your shed is extremely waterproof.

Do I need to secure my Garden Shed?

We recommend always bolting/pegging your shed down! However, if you are unsure, we recommend anchoring your shed down if you have ordered a small shed, are putting your shed onto a concrete floor or are in an exposed area. These kits can also be purchased when ordering your shed at a small additional cost. A hold down kit is included in the price when ordering a Spanbilt shed.

A bolt down kit is used for anchoring your shed to a concrete pad where a peg down kit it used to anchor your shed to grass/dirt.

Do I need building consent for my Steel Garden Shed?

Check with your local council for placement on your property. But in New Zealand Garden Sheds under 10mdo not require building consent.

Does my Garden Shed come with assembly instructions?

Yes! All Garden Sheds come with assembly instructions. If you would like to read the instructions prior to ordering please contact us and we can email them through.

What tools will I need?

You will need a drill, screwdriver and riveter, tape measure, ladder and in most cases a helping hand. We also recommend hand, eye, and foot protection. Do not install in wet or windy conditions.

What colour is Zincalume?

It’s best described as a mottled, silvery grey finish, see the steel sample below.

Can I paint Zincalume?

You can, but it can be a tricky process. Similar to painting a corrugated iron roof, so we suggest you do your own research and talk to your local paint shop to decide if it’s something you want to do. We would suggest spending a little bit extra in the first place and ordering the coloursteel option.

Is my steel Garden Shed waterproof?

All steel sheds are waterproof, however, garden sheds will condensate in cold, damp climates.

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  • From when we first spoke on the phone and I ordered our shed to the expert installation which was carried out by Alan your installer the experience has been an exceptional one, thank you for the great service!

    Ian Bateman - Puhoi
  • Everything was perfect and the assembly service was brilliant! Thanks for the great shed and service!

  • 7 hours and my Cedar Bentley was all erected, just me and my 9 year old son. The kitset would be the best I have ever worked with so very well done to whomever designed it. It was a pleasure to put it up, an excellent product!

    Doug and Max, Pukekohe
  • Thanks so much for the service!! The shed is fantastic and the assembly was so fast! We are very happy!

    Freyja, Auckland
  • We had been looking for some time for a suitable sized and affordable shelter for our staff. We settled on the Formsteel Classic Patio C3030 and clad three sides of it with translucent sheeting to provide a pleasant place for our staff to enjoy their breaks outside all year round. We are very happy with […]

    Aaron Dixon - Dentsply NZ, Tauranga
  • I am very satisfied with both of the Cedar sheds I ordered! Sheds and Shelters did the best to satisfy me, so sad others can’t meet the level of service you have set.

    John, Hamilton
  • My Duratuf garden shed is awesome! I even lined the inside with cheap plywood, was quite simple with the wooden timber framing making the assembly process a lot easier.

    J Burrows, Auckland
  • I am very satisfied with my Garden Master garden shed and would highly recommend them! This 69 year old female even assembled the shed!!

    Hennie, Hamilton
  • Thank you again Lance for your help in organising my beautiful Garden Room, very much appreciated. I am very impressed with the Garden Room and assembly service provided!

    B Measures, Hamilton
  • Many thanks for your assistance in purchasing my Carport. You have made this process smooth when compared to other companies that I have tried to get quotes, dimensions and information from. Not sure why it’s hard, but apparently some people make it so. I appreciate your point of difference!

    Rob, Upper Hutt
  • I would recommend using your company and assembly service you provide, Robbie, the assembler, was very obliging and did a great job!

    Rachel, Te Awamutu
  • I love my Cedar garden shed! Its discrete and compact, ideal for a small garden.

    Sue, Auckland
  • I am very satisfied with my Pinehaven Shed, it looks great and is very useful. Lindsay, the assembler, did a Fantastic job and even attached the bracket for the washing line!

    James, Christchurch
  • We are very satisfied with our garden shed! It was custom made to fit a smaller space and the process was easy, the shed looks good and the service was great!

    D Hassell, Hamilton
  • I am very glad I chose your product, both Duratuf garden sheds have exceeded my expectation! While a little more expensive than the average the quality exceeds everything I had looked at here in Christchurch. Your assembler did a great job, so good I got him back to help with a fence. I would recommend […]

    G Sellers, Christchurch
  • We are very happy with our new Garden Shed, the whole process was effortless from start to finish!

    D Cordiner, Hamilton
  • I am very pleased with my Duratuf garden shed and the Assembly Service was fantastic, would definitely recommend to others! There are some very cheap sheds out there but you pay for what you get!”

    Phil, Christchurch
  • I did a bit of research into Sheds before purchasing a Duratuf Kiwi Shed! I am very satisfied with the purchase. It’s a great product, exactly what I was looking for!

    M Corkhill, Auckland
  • Our Formsteel Carport is assembled and looks fantastic, thank you! I found Sheds and Shelters to be an excellent company to deal with right from start to finish, the communication with yourselves and the freight company was excellent! It has been a real pleasure to purchase it from you and the team.