To try to help you make the right decision we highlight what you should look out for and what you should avoid and - as importantly WHY. Whilst we all want the cheapest price for our garden shed it's really important that you ensure you buy a building which will fill all your needs and, very importantly, will stand the test of time. This is why you need to do a little homework beforehand. Yes, I know, we were all not keen on doing 'homework' but believe me this homework is vital to ensure you are happy when your new building is delivered.
1/ Garden Shed Frame Size
The framing or frame on a garden shed is where the main strength comes from so it's crucial that it is of adequate size bearing in mind the conditions which it will have to endure. From howling gales in winter and possibly heavy snowfall, to torrential rain and the beating down of the sun on those hotter days.
This is why you should ensure that the vertical framing of your proposed shed is at least 2 inches x 2 inches (nominal size) This will equate down to approx 47mm x 47mm. This size will give the shed the strength to serve its purpose.
You will find that many of the cheap shed manufacturers use timber framing as low as 1 inch x 1 inch (25mm x 25mm) This is ¼ of the recommended size for long life. Take a look on a tape measure to see how small that is. Some sheds are made using 1½ inches x 1½ inches which is better but not really strong enough.
2/ Gaps Between Framing
Another thing to bear in mind is the space in between the timber uprights on any garden shed. Ideally they should be no more than about 2ft (60cm) apart. On the cheap sheds you are likely to find one of each corner and maybe one in the middle and this will allow the building to sway from side to side after a short while. So combine thin wooden framing and a lack of vertical timber and this will create the 'perfect storm' which nobody wants in their garden.
Ensure you choose the correct garden shed with strong framing - don't be mislead. If in doubt ASK beforehand