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Frequently Asked Questions


The Sheds

  • Do I need planning permission?

    You won’t need planning permission for any of our standard range sheds to be located in a back garden. However, a front garden has different planning rules. In discussions with planning officers, any structure placed in a front garden technically requires planning consent. However, their advice has been that in practice, action is only taken if there are legitimate complaints from neighbours. We recommend looking along your street to see if there are any other structures in gardens and to talk to your neighbours. Unless you live in a strict conservation area, where there are no other structures in front gardens or if you have neighbours that you think might object, then it is unlikely that you will need to seek planning permission. On the whole most local councils support cycling initiatives.

    If you are at all unsure, we recommend contacting your local planning office. In the event that you do need to submit a planning application, we are more than happy to supply you with the required planning drawings.

  • Do I need a concrete base for the shed?

    A solid level base is required to ensure your shed works as intended, and prevent misalignment over time. A concrete slab is ideal, however units can also be built upon paving, tiles or decking. Gravel and soil are unfortunately not suitable bases.

    All sheds are supplied with adjustable metal feet to ensure the unit is made level during assembly. If your space is particularly uneven or has a steep slope, please let us know.

  • Do you do site surveys?

    In all initial circumstances, we ask clients to provide measurements of their available space, accompanied by a photo or two of the intended location. From this we are able to offer the most suitable solution, and design bespoke bike sheds to fit your space perfectly. If the site poses any potential issues, or in cases of large commercial projects, we may find that a site visit is necessary.

  • I’d like a standard model but I need it to be a little smaller/bigger. Can you adjust the size?

    Modifying the sizes of our standard models is not a problem – we can adjust the sheds to fit your particular requirements.

  • Can I add a green roof to my shed?

    For bike sheds with a hinged lid for easy access, we don't recommend green roofs across the whole lid, because they're too heavy to lift, even with the assistance of a gas strut. But even on these sheds, green roofs can be fixed to the static back strip to add colour and vegetation to your shed. 

    On a fixed lid green roofs are a good solution.

  • What covering do you use for your roofs

    We use EPDM rubber which is the best and most durable roof covering available. All of our materials, indeed our whole approach, is based on our aim to provide an excellent product.

    EPDM has an expected life of 30-50 years under much more challenging conditions than you’ll ever find in Northern Europe. It will bend with the opening and shutting of the roof without damage and it will remain waterproof for decades to come.

    The wikipedia page for EPDM rubber says the following:

    “Relative to rubbers with unsaturated backbones (natural rubber, SBR, neoprene), rubbers with saturated polymer backbones, such as EPDM, exhibit superior resistance to heat, light, and ozone exposure. For this reason they are useful in external harsh environments.[9] EPDM in particular exhibits outstanding resistance to heat, ozone, steam, and weather. As such, EPDM can be formulated to be resistant to temperatures as high as 150 °C, and, properly formulated, can be used outdoors for many years or decades without degradation. EPDM has good low-temperature properties, with elastic properties to temperatures as low as −40 °C depending on the grade and the formulation.”

  • How does the lid lifting mechanism work?

    The lids on our Pedalbase, Spokeshed and Roll-in Sheds are designed to lift (unless you ask us to fit a green roof in which case the lids are fixed).

    To assist with lifting the lid, gas struts are fitted. These take some of the weight in lifting and lowering the lid and hold it in place when it's fully open, leaving you with free hands to take out or put away your bikes. 

    Please note though, that this isn't a soft-close mechanism. You do need to lower the lid back into the closed position to avoid it slamming.

  • Can the shed be painted in a different colour?

    Want to match your shed colour to your front door or fence and can’t find it within our standard colour finishes? No problem. We offer a RAL colour matching service*, and if an exact match is required, we can often use the original brand of paint. Please ask when enquiring.

    *Please note that there may be some variation between the original colour and the match.

  • I have a manhole cover where I want to position the shed – will this be a problem?

    Our sheds are constructed to ensure that they are completely protected from the elements. You can store anything in the shed and it will stay dry. An airflow created by the lid overhang ensures there is no build up of condensation.

    We have built surf sheds, bars, BBQ sheds, garden stores and, of course, bin sheds.

  • Can I install the shed myself?

    We can provide full instructions for self assembly. Installation requires a reasonable understanding and experience of building similar structures. We recommend that two people assemble the shed, as the components are heavy.

    For bespoke projects we offer installation only, due their nature.

Installation

  • What is the usual lead time?

    All of our sheds are hand built to order. Delivery is normally within 12 weeks from the date of ordering. Please do contact us for current lead times, which may be longer during particularly busy periods.

  • What areas do you cover?

    We install in most parts of the UK but can also deliver the sheds for self assembly, where appropriate. Please contact us for more information.

  • Do you export to other countries?

    Yes, we have customers on every continent. (Apart from Africa, Asia, South America, Antarctica and Australasia). We regularly export all types of models across Europe and North America.

  • How long does installation take?

    The installation usually takes around 2 hours for a standard shed. For bespoke project, the time varies depending on the size of the unit.

  • What does installation involve?

    Once your shed is ready, it will be delivered by our team in flat-packed panels. Our installers will then build the shed on site, ensuring that it is perfectly level. The shed will be fitted with an anchor point to chain your bikes to, and a locking mechanism to ensure it is kept secure when not in use. Once assembled, the team will finish the shed with any additional painting as needed, and will then have a thorough tidy up ensuring nothing is left behind but your lovely new shed.

Aftercare

  • Does the shed come with a guarantee?

    All our sheds come with a 5-year guarantee covering faults relating to manufacture. For a copy of our guarantee please email the office at info@thebikeshedcompany.com. In the event of a malfunction occurring, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will endeavour to resolve any issues as quickly and as conveniently as possible.

  • Is any maintenance required?

    To keep your shed looking at its best we recommend applying a fresh coat of paint every 3-4 years, and ensure the unit is kept free of dirt and debris. Applying a small amount of oil to the hinges and locking mechanism on an annual basis will also maintain good working order.

  • Can my bike shed be added to my home insurance?

    Insurance companies are very happy to include our sheds on home insurance policies. We are happy to provide any drawings or details if they are requested.

  • If I move house, can I take the shed with me?

    In most cases, due to the bulk and weight of your bike shed, it will need to be dismantled and re-assembled in order to move it to a different property. We can provide you with instructions on how to undertake this – please contact the office on info@thebikeshedcompany.com, advising which shed you have and we would be happy to advise you.