Wendy House and Garden Shed Roofs

The roof of your new Wendy House and Garden Shed is so important we felt it needed its own explanation.

Roofs are important- they take the biggest brunt of the elements and even the tiniest problem can mean big trouble for whatever is inside the structure. There is nothing worse than a persistently dripping roof for quietly and patiently destroying the things that you typically store in outdoor structures.

There are a number of alternative ways to roof a timber frame structure (more later), some of them are appropriate in certain situations.  You are making an investment in quality and we have developed best practices for the roofing of our Wendy houses and garden sheds.

The preferred material for roofing wendy houses and garden sheds is corrugated galvanized steel. Galvanizing is a process where steel is coated with a protective layer of zinc- this is typically done using a process called hot-dipping, in which steel is submerged into a bath of molten zinc. If untreated, steel will succumb to rust, and in the case of thin steel this can result in holes developing very quickly (this would happen particularly quickly around areas where the sheeting is fixed to the roof creating the possibility of the roof being ripped off in high winds). Zinc is a very weak metal, and very unsuitable to use as a building material, but it is excellent when used as a protective coating on steel*.

Typical construction in the industry is to use roofing nails driven into the roof trusses, and then capped with some kind of rubber or plastic cap. This is not good enough of our units, which we go to great lengths to make so that they can be taken apart easily and moved. We use a special roof screw with a galvanized cap. Not only does this make it possible to take the roof apart but it also makes for a stronger, more durable structure.

Should you wish to make your roof even more durable, or simple wish to change the aesthetics, galvanized roofing sheets can be painted with any kind of roofing paint.

We believe in using the best material for a particular job. Corrugated, galvanized steel is not always the perfect material for a structure. For safety reasons, on Kids Playhouses we use fiber cement roof sheets that are treated on both sides with an industrial waterproofing agent. Dog kennels and dog houses only require tar paper roofs, though they can be made with any of our roofing options.

*Interestingly, the property of zinc that makes it excellent as an anti corrosion coating is its high reactivity to air. The surface of the zinc completely oxidizes (in steel and iron this is called rust) and forms a protective layer of zinc oxide and carbonate. This layer seals the surface and prevents any further reaction with the air. Aluminium does the same thing- the resulting clear carbon layer is actually the same stuff as rubies are formed from- your roof is gem coated!

A delightful kids playhouse, perfect for a Princess

white kids playhouse with real windows

Are you looking for the perfect palace for your little princess to play in?

Our stock in trade at Arbor Designs Pty are serious structures with somber  uses. Its usually garden sheds and wendy houses, or guard huts and dog kennels. This makes it all the more fun when we get to make something like this kids playhouse.

Don’t for a second think that just because the project is fun the standards are not taken seriously. All our kids playhouses are made to the same exacting standards as everything else we produce- they are in effect a small wendy house. And because of this (especially with the addition of glass-paned windows) the playhouse becomes a safe place for your child’s things to be left, so they are not cluttering up the house, patio, garden, or drive way.

For a child the possibilities of a playhouse such as this are endless, they go from play rooms to sleep-out-secret-club houses (no parents or siblings allowed). And they get a place they can call their own. In this day and age of ‘batteries included’ its nice to give a child somewhere where they can still be an imaginative kid.

kids playhouse with the lights on

kids playhouses with all the comforts of home

This unit has been painted white to give it a bolder, brighter look, however, as with all our products it is possible to have a natural finish, or to have them clad with man-made boards such as Nutec.

Please note- teddies for tea parties not included.


How to inspect your Wendy House and Garden Shed

Although modern garden sheds and wendy houses are made to very high standards using hi-tech materials and products, you can considerably lengthen the life span of your timber framed structure by making regular inspections and getting problems dealt with as they appear.

Without doubt the easiest way to extend the lifespan of your structure is to get the best one that you can afford to begin with. If you are looking to buy on, or replace a complete wreck then read our article on what makes a great Wendy house, garden shed, and dog kennel. However, if you already own a structure you can keep it looking good for years by carrying out regular inspections so that little problems aren’t allowed to become terminal.

In South Africa we have two very distinct areas of the country- half the country has winter rainfall the other gets summer rainfall, but wherever you are the chances are that as we start heading out of winter into spring things will start to get warmer and there will be more sunshine than rain clouds. So pick a nice day (in areas where the rain comes in the evenings, plan for a late morning inspection), get a, step-ladder, screwdriver, a torch and a small mirror and head outside.

First a word on safety. Unless you play lock for the Springboks the chances are you will need a step-ladder to inspect the roof. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s safety advice (its the little sticker on the side that nobody ever reads, telling you not to climb too high, make sure someone is holding it etc) for your step-ladder, ensure it is on a sound surface and BE CAREFUL.

When it comes to wooden structure roofs the golden rule is ‘don’t walk on them’! You really have no idea if they are a) well enough made, or b) still sound (ie, not rotten). Its not worth the risk and for the average wendy house or garden shed (and certainly, kennel) there is no need to be up there. Take it from someone who has been through a rotten roof, it isn’t fun!

So now you are up on the ladder looking at your roof- what are you looking for?

There should be some kind of waterproofing membrane on your roof. It will usually be tar paper, but could be something else. Whatever it is, it should be intact- winter conditions (especially in the south-west of the country) can play havoc with roofing materials, causing them to come loose and tear away. This is obviously a huge compromise to the waterproofing of your structure, allowing water to get at the wood beneath, which will in turn lead to rotting, even on the best treated timbers. Any patches that have become exposed to the elements should be tested with what we call in the industry a ‘timber integrity registration device’ (TIRD [or 'screwdriver' for short]). Gently probe the exposed timber to see if there is any softness. If there is then the chances are that the area is rotten- for now just make a note of this.

While you are up on the ladder check the edges of the roof too (often called sidings). You tend to find that they are a weak spot on any wooden structure- typically problem areas are the corners (where the joints tend to fail) and the inside edge (where water gets between the roof and the siding). You will need to make a judgement whether the boards are good, salvageable, or need replacing. Again, just make a note of anything that needs attention.

Now do a general check on the outside of the structure. Use your TIRD to check the integrity of any suspect areas. Pay close attention to joints and trim work. On an overlapped timber construction, check for shrinkage of timbers that may have caused gaps to appear. Again, make a note of anything that needs attention.

Pay particular attention to windows. Glass putty has a tendency to dry out, crack and shrink, all of which can affect the integrity of the window. Also, South African weather is severe on the trim that is put around glass panes. Again, make a note of anything that needs attention.

Now we can move inside. On your way into the structure, have a look at the door. The chances are that you have something in your wendy house or garden shed that you would like to keep hold of, so there is probably a lock on the door. Door locks and handles are things that unscrupulous operators will try and cut costs on. I have seen hardware on doors that was rusting and useless with a few months of being fitted. So check the mechanism and ensure that it is working well- if it is completely useless (and you have not been locking you structure for years) then a replacement is in order, although it may be that all you need is a liberal application of WD40. For now, just add it to the list.

You may also want to look at the hinges- a stiff or broken hinge will lead to you forcing the door, which in turn leads to a damaged door. Again, this is an area that cowboys love to economize on, because all hinges look shiny when new but not all hinges work well after six months exposed to the elements. Again, make a note of anything that needs further work.

Lets now look inside your garden shed or wendy house (this may be a little undignified with a dog kennel). Unless you have really good lighting inside you timber framed structure you may want to make use of your torch for this bit. First lets look at the floor. If your structure was installed properly it should be off the ground, with adequate air flow underneath. This should go a long way to preventing rot from water damage. However, the floor should still be checked thoroughly for week spots. It is unlikely that you can get underneath the structure to check it so you will have to content yourself with an inspection of the inside. Look for any areas that are discoloured- a sure sign of water penetration and use your trusty TIRD to check for rotten areas. For obvious reasons, a rotten floor is undesirable in any timber structure. Especially check around the edges (you may have to move the lawnmower to one side) and just inside the door (especially if your door faces prevailing weather).

Now start to move up the walls, checking for the tell tale signs of water penetration- pay particular to the areas under windows, in corners and at joint points. And finally have a look at the ceiling.

You should also give the frame work a good inspection- especially if it is made from soft wood (usually pine). Its not for our health that we use hard wood for our frame work. The frame of your structure is everything- panels can be replaced, but a rotten structure is likely to be terminal.

If you bought your wendy house, garden shed or kennel from us you should now have a very short list of things that need attention. However, you may not have done and therefore you have a list that is considerably longer.

It is now decision time. Before you start searching for paintbrushes or browsing the DIY store for wonder products it is a good idea to  look at the list and do some thinking. Is it worth doing the work, or is it just easier and cheaper to replace the whole structure? If you have a long list of areas with considerable rot then you are probably throwing good money after bad- certainly, your first job should be to contact us to see what the cost of a new structure will be before you hand your credit card to the nice man at the hardware store.

If you have a list of problems that is of a manageable size then your next assessment needs to be of your own abilities. Do you have the necessary skills, tools and time to do the work yourself. If so you will save yourself a ton of cash. You are also in complete control of the process, but you have to live with the results. DIY enthusiasts often think they are saving money, but in the long run, unless they are very good, or the job is very simple, they end up spending more in the long run. Always get as much advice as you can before starting work and only tackle it if you are absolutely certain that you can finish it (is there anything more embarrassing than having to explain to a professional that you are the one who made the mess?)


What goes into making a great wendy house, garden shed or dog kennel

Quality timber

Great quality solid timber frame structures need great quality timber. The process of making the unit can be space age, but if poor quality timber is used it is a complete waste of time (and money).

Good timber is getting harder to find. Rising demand coupled with a scarcity of supply mean that timber is more expensive, but lower in quality than it used to be. This is for three reasons:

  1. trees are felled at a younger age
  2. the timber is seasoned less
  3. milling is done with quantity not quality in mind.

A good manufacturer of Wendy houses, garden sheds and dog kennels will use a supplier that they can trust, and have a long-standing relationship with them. They may buy the timber already in boards, or even already made into components. This reduces their control over the quality of timber that is going into their units. They face a dilemma- high wastage (and therefore costs) or lower quality units. If they care about their end product, and want to stay in business they will be in a constant battle to balance these two things.

We get around this problem by taking complete control of the whole timber milling process. Logs are bought in the forest and then stored at our factory until required. They are then milled into the components we need allowing us to make the best use of our a log solely from the point of view of producing quality Wendy houses, garden sheds and dog kennels.

If you want the best quality unit the wood needs to be cut from the right stock, seasoned properly and milled accurately. Nobody else in South Africa can absolutely guarantee what happens in every step of this process.

Solid base

All good buildings need solid foundations. Except, the whole point of a Wendy house or garden shed is that it doesn’t have any foundations- otherwise it would be a permanent structure requiring formal planning permission.

It is therefore vitally important that the base of a unit is strong enough to do the same things as the foundations of a permanent structure.

You don’t look at the floor, and you certainly can’t see the underlying structure, so it is always a tempting place for a manufacturer to cut costs.

In order to give the best quality units possible we advocate the following as standard:

  • That the floor base is made using a three-part pallet system. The base starts with ‘holding struts’- solid timber spars that run the full length of the unit and provide lateral strength, in essence tying the structure together.
  • Floor studs are then placed over the struts at right angles. They should be 300mm apart. If a manufacturer is trying to cut costs they will not use struts and place the studs further apart, relying on the floorboards to take the strain. What you end up with is a structure that has little chance of lasting for very long.
  • Floorboards top the sandwich and need do nothing more than provide a solid surface to walk on- all the structural work is done by the studs and struts.

If the base is constructed properly then it should provide strength and rigidity to the structure as well as being a solid place to walk and put things, with any flex or bounce in the floor.

Sturdy frames

The structure continues with the frame. A frame is made up of a series of upright timbers, called studs, which are held together with horizontal timbers.

The spacing of the studs is critical to the integrity of the frame, which in turn determines the strength and resilience of the whole structure.

It is easy to be convinced that the studs are not important since the frame is clad- surely the cladding is all that is required?

That is what some manufacturers will try and convince you of, they even make claims that the frame is not important because they are using thicker timber for the cladding. Unfortunately the thicker timber cladding makes very little difference, but leaving out studs does. Essentially it saves a lot of labor costs to make a less substantial frame in comparison to the extra timber in the cladding.

The ideal spacing of studs is dependant on what material is being used to clad the structure: if the cladding is wood then 600mm is best, if something like Nutec is being used then the spacing needs to be as little as 300mm. (Read more about why that is in our article “What is Nutec?”)

Frames are very important in Wendy houses and garden sheds, if they fail the structure is finished. There is no point in making everything else to the highest standard only to have the frame fall apart after a couple of years.

At Arbor Designs we take this one step further and make our frames from rot resistant hardwoods such as Euculyptus, Saligna, and Meranti. We especially like the first two because, a) they are naturally oily and therefore more decay resistant, and b) in South Africa they are now being treated as an undesirable species due to their heavy impact on the water tables, and c) being locally sourced reduces transport costs. So whenever possible we buy logs of felled trees- however, although we try to carry as much stock as possible, and buy timber whenever we get the chance, it is not a guaranteed supply and therefore we have Meranti as the back up, which is a South Asian species that is grown in plantations. It is fast growing and responsibly harvested making it a more environmentally acceptable solution than using trees taken from virgin forest.

Hardwoods such as these have other advantages- they take a fastening better and make for more rigid constructions.

The quality of the frame is important in all Wendy houses and garden sheds, however, it is crucial in Nutec units.

Nutec will have a very long life span if it is properly supported. It is more expensive than wooden options however- the longer life span makes it a good investment. It is not an investment if Nutec is put onto poor quality frames that have a lifespan of a few years at most. If you are going with a Nutec option be especially picky about the quality of the frame.

Resilient exteriors

Having a great base and frame is pointless of course unless the exterior is up to the task. The exterior of a Wendy House, garden shed or dog kennel is so much more than just something to look at, though this is important too.

In most structures of this kind the exterior cladding is the only defense against the weather. If the right combination of materials and construction is not used then the structure will leak like a sieve. Water getting into the structure not only causes problems with mold and decay, it also doesn’t do the things stored in the unit much good either.

A manufacturer looking to cut costs will often use sub-grade timber that has one good face, but the other is rough- sometimes ‘waney’ (it has at least one edge that was on the outside of the tree- it may even still have the bark on it). Such timber is unsuitable for cladding timber structures as in no time at all it will warp, and/or shrink which causes small gaps to open, allowing in water and wind.

When sub-grade timber is used the manufacturer will usually offer a ‘free’ plastic lining on the inside, which basically covers up the mess.

For the timber cladding to be effective it must be from good stock to begin, then be seasoned properly then just as importantly, attached correctly.

The best way of attaching cladding boards to the frame is with a pneumatic nail gun, and the more powerful the better.

A nail gun drives the nail through the wood with such force that it causes very little damage in the surrounding timber. The cladding boards are held tighter to the frame and will do so for longer than if the nails are hammered in by hand.

When nails are driven in by hand the vibration in the wood can loosen the nails already fixed in (or more accurately the vibration causes the wood around the nails to be damaged). You also get a certain amount of human nature involved in hand nailing- it’s a complete pain to do so the hammerer tends to put less nails in.

Modern man-made boards used for cladding, such as Nutec, only really need painting because they are very ugly in their natural form. Painting them with good quality masonry paint will certainly be a benefit though.

Wooden cladding will not last very long if it is not treated with something.

There are many different treatments on the market, from old standards such as creosote through to barrier solutions such as painting systems.

Its hard to say what is best here, just make sure that whatever is used is of a high quality, not some cheap generic stuff from a dodgy supplier.

And then it is a case of weighing up cost verses maintenance- if a product is applied that is cheap but requires stripping and reapplying every six months it is probably false economy.

At Arbor Designs (Pty) we favour natural oil-based treatments. They penetrate the timbers and require little maintenance. The resulting wood is water-resistant and UV protected- both very important properties to have in South Africa.


There are two methods for putting a Wendy House or Garden Shed together (also large Dog Kennels, however, smaller kennels are easy to move without disassembly): they can either be screwed or nailed together.

We screw all our units together. We think it is a much better system than nailing because:

  • Its stronger- no matter how well the nails are driven in they will not hold as well as a screw that is properly inserted.
  • Your unit will be more rigid and for longer- constant movement between frames weakens the wood around the nail. Eventually all the panels are loose and the whole structure feels fragile and wobbles.
  • Your units resale value stays intact- the larger the unit, the more important this is. You may not think you will ever need to move your unit, but if you do, and it is too large to pick up then it has to come to pieces again. If the unit is screwed together this is very easy. However, if it is nailed together the process usually causes so much damage that you may as well just buy a new unit.
  • Extreme renovations are achievable- it seems like a poor thing to think about when buying a new unit, but what if a few years down the line something goes wrong with a side of your Wendy house or garden shed: if it is screwed together, not a problem, just replace the damaged panel.
  • Fitting is a breeze- your unit is preassembled at the factory and then taken apart, transported to the site and screwed back together. There is no hammer and banging on site and no last minute surprises. This allows our teams of skilled fitters to be in and out of your property in minutes rather than days.

We realize that in most case a Wendy house, garden shed or kids playhouse is a sizeable investment- you only want to do it once if possible. If this is the aim, then screwing a unit together is undoubtedly the way to go.

After sales service

The measure of a company is not in what they will do to get you to part with your money but what commitment they give to you beyond the completion of the work.

We are all human and wood is a natural material. Even if every care is taken to deliver the perfect unit to you things can still go wrong. If something does go wrong you need to know that the company making your unit will honour their commitment to you.

No unit is considered complete unless it carries a full and unconditional guarantee covering all legitimate problems for a reasonable period of time, and that even beyond that period the company is open to helping you solve any issues.  Without the peace of mind this brings you are taking a big risk on any unit.

So do your homework and really look into who your chosen manufacturer is and how they make their units.


Questions you should ask before committing to a Wendy house or garden shed manufacturer

A Wendy house or garden shed can represent a significant outlay of money. You have to a) view it as an investment and b) be really careful when picking your supplier.

Like most industries, there are great manufacturers of Wendy houses, garden sheds and dog kennels, there are mediocre ones, there are bad ones and there are dishonest ones. Rushing in without doing your homework, just because you see a great price can really cost you in the long run.

We care about our industry and want to ensure that all those looking for a Wendy House, garden shed or dog kennel do so equipped with the right information to make the correct decision for them. To this end we have put together some guidelines for finding the right supplier for you. This is a list of things that any reputable manufacturer will be happy to answer questions about, so if they are being evasive, walk away.

After reading this article you should feel confident in assessing different manufacturers. This is a process that you should take seriously.

1. Do they guarantee ALL work to your satisfaction?

Any manufacturer who cares about you and what they do will offer a full guarantee for all the work they do. The duration of that guarantee may vary but the extent of what is covered never should.

If they offer no formal guarantee or are cagey about the details then the chances are that they are trying to not be held legally liable should something go wrong. Immediately walk away from such a manufacturer.

Don’t just accept the word ‘guarantee’ as being enough- look carefully at what is being guaranteed- and by whom. The last bit is critical- some ‘manufacturers’ don’t actually do the work themselves, or at least part of the work. If they use outside contractors for some of the work, who is liable to fix it if it goes wrong (more on contractual work later).

And of course it is important to establish exactly what the guarantee covers- for example, there are some less than reputable operators who give guarantees that only cover the structure against collapse, not defects through material or workmanship quality. This means that if the roof starts to leak six months after your wendy house, garden shed or dog kennel has been installed you are on your own, or at least you are going to have to take legal action to get the installer to take responsibility. Save yourself that hassle and make sure the guarantee is worth having.

2. Do you need to pay a deposit?

We personally don’t see why our customers should pay deposits on units of a standard design. All that you are doing is paying our suppliers, whom we don’t pay until after the unit is installed. If the manufacturer is asking for a deposit you need to ask why.

If you are getting a heavily customized unit that the manufacturer is not going to be able to sell to anyone else, then maybe a deposit is more acceptable, but if it is a dog kennel straight out of the catalogue then you have to assume that the manufacturer will be able to sell the unit to the next person should you cancel the order.

If they are insisting on a deposit then consider why that might be. This may be linked to the size of the deposit- if it is around 50% then the chances are that you are paying for the materials upfront. This probably means that the company does not have the cash flow to do this themselves, which in turn means that they do not have credit terms with their suppliers. What does this say about them? It could be legitimate, but they may also be very small operators, or even worse, complete fly-by-night merchants who will take your 50% and run and never be seen again. The former may not be a problem- all companies start somewhere, but the latter makes this a real risk.

What does happen far too often is that a seemingly ligitimate person will ask you for a reasonable deposit. They then start pushing back completion dates siting every excuse under the sun, from supplier problems to family crisees, to the wrong type of weather. Eventually the client loses patience and starts asking for money back, at which point progress will appear to be made… and then stop again. After a period of further excuses the client will begin getting insistent about money being returned, and then the financial excuses begin. This is usually followed by the communication black out at which point the client is unlikely to see a Wendy House or Garden shed, nor will they ever see their deposit money. It’s sad, but it happens far too often.

At the end of the day, asking for deposits is not the sign of a fraudulent company, but it is something that fraudulent companies do.

3. Can you visit the company’s facilities?

These days it is very easy to establish a company as being larger and grander than it actual is. Looking bigger than you are can certainly help assure people to part with their money. Marketing can allude to anything and none of it needs to be strictly true. We regularly talk about our industry leading production facility, but unless you come and visit us it could be a shed at the bottom the garden. The basic rule of thumb is that any claim made by a manufacturer needs to be based on verifiable fact, and the only way to fully satisfy yourself is to see the evidence for yourself.

Time permitting you should make the visit, and unannounced if possible (there are some clever con artists out there who can fake anything given the time.) At the very least you should make noises about visiting to gauge the reaction- if they are evasive then be worried because…

4. Where will your unit be made?

We have a large production facility and all our units are made there, taken to pieces and then reassembled on site. This is for three reasons:

  • It streamlines production
  • Make it possible to use better machinery to put units together
  • You don’t have workmen camped out in your driveway for days on end make a big mess and noise

The first two mean that you get a better unit for a comparable price but the last one is the main one here. Your choice is between having a group of fitters on site for an hour, or to have them there for over a week.

And who is going to be easier to track down in 12 months when the roof has sprung a leak- the guy with only a mobile number or the company with 30 employees and a huge production facility?

5. Who is doing the work?

This is another practice that occurs in our industry. There are a number of third party contractors, some of whom are very reputable, who fit the units made by other companies. They advertise for themselves and fit the units, but don’t actually make them. The reputable guys use high quality, trust worthy manufacturers, and don’t hide the fact from their clients. Some of the less reputable ones will pass all the work off as their own.

This last practice means that you are unable to assess the quality of the final product because you don’t know who is making the unit. And you also don’t know who will be responsible for any guarantees.

If the company you are looking at using does make their own units, off site as we do, who is doing the installing on site? Do they use their own teams of fitters, using full time employees who they personally can vouch for? Are their fitting teams fully supervised at all times?

These last points not only have an impact on quality, they also have a huge bearing on your personal security. There is a strong link between casual labour and property crimes, with day labourers either directly casing properties or reporting back to a network of criminals.

This is far less likely to happen if the company uses full time employees who are happy where they work and have loyalty to their employers. If the company can prove that all their employees are registered with the department of labour, all the better.

 6. Does the company use materials that meet standards set down by the SABS?

The SABS has set minimum standards required from all building materials that are to be used for a set purpose. Unfortunately it is possible to substitute materials with those that are cheaper, look similar, cost less, but are not up to the intended usage.

As an example, we use Nutec as a facia board option. Nutec is a trade name for a high quality fibre cement board which is locally made and actually exceeds the standards set down by the SABS. There are other fibre cement boards on the market (mainly cheap imported boards) which were never intended to be used for cladding outdoor structures. Some of them do have legitimate uses that do not require them to stand up to the sort of abuse that Nutec boards need to survive. Unscrupulous manufacturers use the cheaper boards but still claim that they are Nutec.

As a guarantee of a minimum standard you must always ensure that the materials being used comply to SABS guidelines.

7. Are the SABS standard materials used correctly?

Its pointless to use SABS standard materials if they are not used in the correct manor. Using Nutec as an example again- the boards have certain qualities that make them perfect for cladding solid timber frame structures. When combined with the correct frame and backing timber it is brilliant. When the frame and support work is not so good it’s a liability. You can see what goes into producing a great Nutec structure in our article “What is Nutec?” and whilst we are not saying you need to become an expert it will certainly help if you are at least aware of what the best practices are for the type of structure you are looking to buy.

Another important thing to keep an eye on is the spacing between upright support ribbings (called studs). For timber cladding they should be no more than 600mm apart, and for Nutec no more than 300mm. In some cases you will be sold on the idea that less frame work is required because the cladding is thicker. This is actually counterintuative. The thicker cladding boards are heavier and therefore require more support, the structural strength supplied by thicker boards over the more standard 12mm is minimal- what makes the big difference to structural strenght is the quality of the supporting frame.

Less supports mean less structural timber, but more importantly, a quicker build time and therefore reduction in expensive labour costs.

The FREE plastic lining scam

We feel that it is necessary to give this little scam its own small section- it almost deserves its own article!

Some manufacturers offer to line the inside of your wendy house or garden shed with a plastic lining. The type of plastic used varies but it is usually pvc sheeting- similar to a really thick bin bag.

Great- what a good idea. The plastic will increase the water proofness of the structure and add another layer of protection to the wooden frame.

Well, actually, no.

There are a number of reasons why a plastic layer is being given away and none of them are legitimate. The main reason is that the plastic sheeting is covering up a multitude of sins and are you really going to cut it open to see what is underneath, or are you going to smugly tell your friends that you “got a free plastic lining!”

There is a grade of timber called ‘rustic’. It has one good side and one that is rough and can have bark on it. The good side is put facing out and the rustic side is hidden behind the sheet. Not so bad in its self you may say, after all the outside still looks good and the plastic sheeting covers the messy side- good thinking by the manufacturer.

Until it rains!

Then the poor quality of the boards mean that water seeps (or sometimes even runs) through. Now, the plastic lining prevents you from seeing this happening. If you are lucky there will be a puddle inside alerting you to the damage that is being done behind the plastic, because if you are unaware of the water getting in the lining creates the perfect breeding ground for spoors to develop and the rotting of your Wendy house or garden shed to begin. And you guessed it- you can’t see the rotting happen until it becomes visible on the outside, by which time its too late.

And you can bet your last rand that if the manufacturer is cutting corners with the boards, then everything else will be cut the core, especially if they can hide it behind cheap plastic sheeting.

8. Ask a lot of questions about floors.

Its easy to be distracted by the top structure of a Wendy house or garden shed- it’s the part that you can see and where you perceive that most of your money is going.

Unscrupulous manufacturers know this and will try and cut corners on flooring.

An otherwise great wendy house or garden shed will not last more than a year or two if corners are cut on the floor.

The standard should be a three way pallet system. This consists of a top board or decking planks, center mezzanine bearers (also called floor studs) with holding struts underneath.

The floor studs stop the floorboards from flexing when you walk on them and should be no more than 300mm apart: holding struts hold the structure together, providing lateral strength. Unfortunately, some manufacturers do not see the need to put in holding struts, believing that the floor studs will do the same job. They won’t. To make things worse the studs are then put placed further apart creating a weaker floor and a flimsy structure. So always check that the three pallet system is in use, that the floor studs are no more than 300mm apart and that holding struts are being used.

9. If plumbing or electrical work is being done, who is doing it?

These days plumbing and electrical work is taken very seriously by the local building authorities- and for good reason. If you have any such work done anywhere on your property it must be done by a certified, registered installer, and they must supply you with a certificate of compliance. If you do not have a certificate for all new work done on your house by an electrician or plumber then a) you run the risk of your buildings insurance being null and void, and b) you will have difficulty in selling your property at a later date.

Some manufacturers will offer a full package at a seemingly reasonable price (this particularly applies to Wendy houses) where the whole unit comes ready to go. In this situation you need to be very careful about who is doing the work and who is liable for it afterwards.

The best practice is to ensure that the work is being subcontracted to a local, registered artisan and that they are solely responsible for the work they (or their company) do. Then if there is a problem with it you will not have to go through a game of ‘whose going to take responsibility’.

10. Who else has the manufacturer done work for?

Is there someone or somewhere close to you where the company has installed the type of unit you are interested in? Can you go and look at them?

Sometimes seeing is believing!

 11. What is the quality any hardware used?

There is not point in a manufacturer putting together a great solid timber frame structure only to then spoil it by putting sub standard handles on the door, or hinges that are rusted shut after the first light rainfall. Check what will be finishing off your Wendy house or garden shed. You should be making every effort to visit the manufacturing facility so see if there are any demonstration models outside, if so, have a look at the fixtures on those units. If the units that are supposedly the best example of their work then it doesn’t bode well for your unit.

Cheap, flimsy hardware is not going to last more than a few months without starting to seize and rust.

What is Nutec?

What is Nutec and why is it such a good material for wendy house, garden shed and dog kennel fascias?

kids play house in Nutec Original American Overlap style

kids play house in Nutec Original American Overlap style

Nutec is the wonder product of the solid timber framed structure industry. In recent years it has become the preferred material for cladding Wendy houses, garden sheds, and dog kennels with. Any manufacturer worth their salt will have Nutec options. So what is it, why is it so good for cladding such structures, what are its properties and why should you be opting for it?

What is Nutec?

Nutec is actually a trade name for a particular type of Fibre Cement board. It’s a particularly high quality Fibre Cement Board which complies with all relevant SABS standards and is formulated specifically for the cladding of outdoor structures. Although it is used extensively for cladding Wendy houses, garden sheds and dog kennels it is used in many other building situations.

Nutec Fibre Cement board is made from a mixture of Portland cement, silica (fine sand) and natural fibers. There may be some other additives that aid bonding and flexibility but they are going to be a closely guarded trade secret. The resulting boards look just like dry cement and are a modern day replacement for asbestos, with many of the same characteristics, but without the inherent health risks.

Due to being mainly made from cement the boards do not degrade or rot when exposed to water- a real bonus in a material destined to have to stand up to all manner of weather conditions.

Nutec boards are also pest proof. Insects that like to bore into, and eat, wood are obviously not as keen on trying it with Nutec boards. And, although they are very capable of chewing through sheet metals, rats and other rodents leave Nutec cladding well alone.

Nutec is also fire resistant (let’s not go as far as saying fireproof- just about anything is going to burn if the temperature is high enough, but if you back garden is the temperature of the centre of the sun then you have bigger problems than your shed burning down). This is distinct bonus if you live in a high fire danger area, as the sparks from a veldt fire will not set your unit ablaze.

There are other fibre cement boards on the market, some of them are very good for their intend uses, but in our expert opinion none of them are as good as Nutec when it comes to cladding timber frame structures.

And then there are the other boards, the (shall we be kind?) not so good ones. Unfortunately, not all Wendy house manufacturers have your best interests at heart- everyone wants to make a profit, but sometimes this is at the expense of quality. As mentioned, Nutec is made in South Africa and complies with all local standards. However, there are also a glut of imported boards that find their way onto the market, that quite often are cheaper but do not comply with local standards. They are tempting to unethical, profit mad, companies though because they come at a lower cost.

So if it’s cheap, be concerned?

If only it were that simple, you see, just because they are using low cost materials, doesn’t mean to say that they will pass on those savings. The harsh reality is that many of the cowboy operators advertise the use of Nutec boards in their products, charge accordingly but then use the cheaper boards to maximize profits. You will not know that the board is inferior until your Wendy house, garden shed of dog kennel falls to pieces in a few years. By then it’s too late because the cowboy, even if they are still in business, is not going to honour any commitments to you.

The onus is on you the consumer to do your homework and ensure that if the manufacturer claims that it uses Nutec, that it actually does, and if it uses a different board, that the replacement is every bit as good as the real thing (our personal advise is that if they do not use genuine boards, even if they are up front about it, to leave it well alone).

Why is this so important?

Nutec is a fantastic product, but it does come at a higher cost than traditional wooden clad structures. If made well however, a Nutec structure will have a much longer lifespan, needing less attention to get it there. Although you are paying more upfront for your Wendy House, garden shed or Dog kennel, in the long run you will make a significant saving.

Choosing a reputable, trusted manufacturer is key if you are going to see the return on that investment. Aside from inferior imitations, even the use of genuine Nutec is no guarantee of longevity. There are still corners to be cut and short cuts to take in the unscrupulous pursuit of profits over quality, and unsuspecting should be aware before they sink money into a structure that is not going to last.

At Arbor Designs (Pty) we produce quality structures at a competitive price. We do so by streamlining production, having a large scale operation, innovation and controlling every aspect of production. What we adamantly do not do is cut corners when it comes to the quality of our units.

We cannot say what the perfect way to make a Nutec unit is, however, we stand by our methods as being the best on the market and so can only use what we do as a guide for you when you are considering options.

The techniques and specs we use to make Nutec units and why

Like all materials, Nutec has characteristics that have to understood and worked with. It is a great product but without the correct implementation, and considering the structure as a whole, it can be a complete waste of money. We believe in providing our customers with a great unit that will last for many years, and this only happens because Nutec cladding is only the icing on the cake of what is already a great framework.

Our Nutec units start with a frame. One weakness of Nutec is that it is not as strong as timber. If it is not adequately supported it will break.

There are two main styles of Nutec cladding. There is ‘Original American overlap’, in which thin strips of board are overlapped horizontally, and the second is flat board, in which panels of board are cut to the shape of the unit’s panels and fastened to the frame.

Of the two styles Overlap is the best but also the most expensive (it is more labour intensive). It makes a stronger structure and water runs off far easier. Flat panelling is very structurally weak and needs a lot of support.

Even Overlapped boards are not as structurally strong as timber boards, so an increase in frame work is necessary in order to create the same strength.

We set our vertically supports to 300mm centers for all Nutec clad structures. We also exclusively use hardwoods such as Eucalyptus, Seligna or Meranti for Nutec frames. This makes sense since the cladding is going to last a long time without rotting, so it is pointless to have frame that falls apart in half that time.

The use of hardwoods and additional supports also solves another issue with Nutec. Although water does not rot Nutec boards the material can still absorb moisture from the atmosphere. Once painted with an appropriate product Nutec provides a great barrier against water penetration, but in wet conditions it still gets significantly heavier and due to its lack of linear strength (provided in wood by long wood fibers grain) it can sag and break if not adequately supported. In dry weather the moisture leaves Nutec boards making them dry and brittle, now the danger is from impact damage if insufficiently supported. You just need to know that PROPER SUPPORT IS ESSENTIAL and we see that as 300mm minimum distance between frame centers and the use of rot resistant hard woods in the frame.

One step further to this is using a timber backing to the Nutec cladding. This is one of the major drivers of the higher cost in Nutec clad units- the doubling up of materials. As already said, it is possible to make units using the American Overlap technique that do not require the timber backing, however, in our opinion it is more than worth the investment no matter what the style of manufacture. Apart from the added strength you also get a much more insulated unit both in terms of temperature and sound.

In summary, when looking for a manufacturer to make your Nutec unit look for:

  • Genuine Nutec products
  • Adequate supports in the frame work (we use 300mm as our gap between centers)
  • The use of hardwood for the frames
  • Quality timber backing

You can read more general tips on choosing a supplier in our advice section, in our articles and at the foot of this page.

What makes great Wendy Houses, garden sheds or Dog Kennels?

At Arbor Designs we stand by the statement that we make better Wendy houses, garden sheds and dog kennels than anyone else for the same price.

Its a bold statement, so why can we so confidently make it, and why is it such a good thing for you?

You want the best Wendy House, garden shed, or dog kennel that you can afford, but you also want it to be around for years to come. Its an investment, and a waste of money if your structure falls to bits after a couple of years.

To help you avoid this, and still keep money in your pocket we have worked hard to find the perfect system for making and installing wendy houses, garden sheds and dog kennels.

Our journey starts with the tree, which seems like the place to start for a wooden structure, however, we are the only manufacturer in the Western Cape, and possibly South Africa, who start the process with a log.

We take full logs of timber and cut them into the components that we need. The years of experience that we have accumulated allows us to make the best use out of a log meaning that the components in our structures come from the most suitable part of the timber. Higher quality components mean a higher quality wendy house or garden shed for you. And because we are cutting out the middle man (and working in large bulk) you get premium quality without compromising on cost. It also allows us to control every aspect of the manufacturing process, which when you are working with something as unpredictable as wood is vital to having a quality product.

Now that we have the components cut we can start making a structure. Our attention to detail and the pursuit of uncompromising quality has led us to the belief that all frames should be made from rot resistant hard wood. For us this  is non-negotiable. The frame of wendy houses, garden sheds and dog kennels is completely integral to the structure. Outside panels, even floors and roofs can be replaced, but a compromised frame means a new structure. Hard woods also tend to be more rigid and take a fastener better than softwoods, so movement is reduced and joints stay stronger for longer.

And where do we put these frames together?

Unlike most timber frame manufacturers we have a large factory at our disposal. Our system of construction means that we can bring mass production savings to custom builds. Not only that, it gives us space to employ the use of cutting edge technology in timber frame construction.

For example, we use a ‘jig’ system for making panels for our wendy houses and garden sheds. This involves having large work stations in which individual panels can be laid out and put together using state of the art nail guns. The nails are driven into the wood, hiding the ends, making them less prone to failing and giving a stronger fastening. The nail guns also speed up production, meaning that you get your wendy house or garden shed quicker, at a higher quality and for a lower cost.

In our quest to produce the best possible products for you we also keep our eye on the latest technology. Traditional wooden cladding is still very popular (everybody loves the look of a wooden wendy house or garden shed). However, in recent years we have seen the rise in popularity of man-made alternatives such as nutech. For more information on Nutech and it’s properties see our article “What is Nutech?”

In short it is a board made from portland cement, silica, and organic fibers; it does not contain asbestos but is fire proof, rot proof and pest resistant. It begins life a grey colour but can be painted to any color using normal masonry painting systems. When finished you have a wendy house, garden shed or dog kennel that looks like painted wood, but is completely resistant to fire and decay! If you don’t specifically want a structure that has a traditional wood finish then this is the product for you.

After all the panels are made with your choice of boards, we then construct every unit in our factory to test that it is perfect before we arrive at your property. Of course, smaller units can be left in one piece and delivered whole and ready to go. Larger units are taken apart and reassembled on site. This is where one of our other innovations comes into its own…

Small time operators tend to make your wendy house or garden shed on site. They arrive at your property with all the components and proceed to nail it all together in your driveway. They can be there for days and the finished (fully nailed together) structure is pretty much fixed in place. We arrive on site with a pre assembled unit, all we do is screw the panels together in place and leave- minutes rather than days! And we don’t leave a big mess in your drive.

Apart from not turning your driveway into an industrial site for days on end, we also leave you with a structure that can be moved again if necessary, without any fuss or bother. We screw our panels together rather than nail them. Remember we are using hard wood frames-they take a screw better and because we save money in the manufacturing process we don’t have to cut any corners on hardware (simple truth- nails are cheaper than screws) to give you a product at a competitive price. If you move house you can easily take even the largest wendy house or garden shed with you- just remove the screws and away you go.

Of course, all this technological innovation would mean nothing without the key ingredient in making a great wendy house, garden shed or dog kennel- the people who make and install it.

We have the largest timber structure manufacturing operation in the Western Cape, probably the whole of southern africa. This has been built on the hard work of a skilled and loyal work force. We do not have casuals on our pay role, and our installation teams are all supervised. When you ask Arbor Designs pty Ltd to make your wendy house, garden shed and dog kennel you do so safe in the knowledge that skilled, conscientious professionals are going to make it, deliver it and install it for you.


How we install wendy houses and garden sheds

Lets start by telling you a story. Then we will tell you how we install Wendy houses and garden sheds, then you will realize that this is a horror story of such devious and nasty intent that only Stephen King could be responsible (ok, its not that bad, but it could be).

This is a story of Bodgit, Legit and Sons (name changed for legal reasons). They are a couple of guys who decided that making Wendy houses and garden sheds was an easy way to make money- they have no workshop, very few tools, and absolutely very little experience.

Mainly through fraudulent means they have convince you that they should make and install your Wendy house or garden shed. The price is attractive and the units in the photos look pretty good (they probably stole the images from a larger company’s web site and passed them off as their own).

You hand over a 50% deposit and they tell you that they will be on site on Monday and that it will only take them a week to finish the job.

Mr. Bodgit turns up on Monday morning with a team of guys and a load of timber. He drops them off in your drive sweet talks you for half an hour and then says he has to go off to another site quickly. He comes back at 4.30 to pick the guys up.

In the meantime the team has been hammering and sawing away on your driveway all day- well, most of them have, one guy keeps wandering off to other parts of your property, but more on him in a week or two.

Over the following days your wendy house or garden shed begins to take shape. You wanted electricity in there so at some point Mr. Legit turns up and him and his assistant wire the unit to the house electrics, probably through an existing outside plug. Jobs a good en.

Eventually, on Friday afternoon, their is a spurt of activity and your unit is up. All that is left is for a pot of preservative to be thrown at it (judging by the amount that is on the driveway, possibly it is thrown from two houses down) and the final bill to be presented (which is mysteriously higher than the estimate due to “some problem that we couldn’t have foreseen Meneer”).

You diligently pay up and everyone disappears for a well earned Friday afternoon drink. All that is left for you to do is to spend your weekend tidying up the mess and damage that has been done by turning your driveway into a workshop for the week. It may also be a good idea to have a neighbourhood braai as way of an apology to your neighbours for all the mess and noise- depends on whether you talk to them or not.

That sounds like a pretty normal way to get small building work done in South Africa.

Oh, nearly forgot- what happened to wandering Willy? Well he is the guy who will check up on the quality of work a few weeks after installation. He will turn up unannounced, preferably while you are not in and inspect that the work is still in good order. This will be done while He and his associates are removing valuables from your house, having previously cased the place while you were in effect paying him to help build your Wendy House or garden shed. Nobody will be able to prove this link, and you may not even make the connection (even if you could and Mr Bodgit and Mr Legit cared, they couldn’t tell you who he was because they picked him up at the traffic lights that morning and didn’t bother to get a name, let alone contact details)- just another sad statistic in the losing battle against crime.

And you didn’t forget to get your electrical compliance certificate did you? I wouldn’t bother chasing it up if I were you because Mr Legit is not a certified electrician so he couldn’t provide one for you anyway. This won’t be a problem unless you have to claim on your buildings insurance when an electrical short burns down your house and the assessor finds the fault to be in the dodgy wiring to the Wendy house.

Scary stuff, and we haven’t even talked about the guarantee that isn’t worth the paper it is written on!

Here is how that would have gone had you used Arbor Designs (Pty) to make and install your Wendy house or garden shed.

You would have visited us at our factory and discussed what you require and seen how and where the unit was to be made (or alternatively one of our agents would visit your property- but we highly recommend a factory visit because what is more fun that big machines that make a lot of noise).

A short time later we would contact you and arrange a day when we could install your unit.

Our team of full-time, professionally accredited fitters would arrive at your property with the prefabricated panels of your Wendy house or garden shed ready to go. Your unit would have already been put together in the factory and then taken apart again (which is easy for us because we screw all our units together).

Under the watchful eye of the team supervisor the guys would make short work of erecting and finishing your unit. All the timber has already been treated  and only minimal work is required on site, so there is no mess and little noise. Before you have managed to get used to the idea of workmen being on your property they are waving goodbye and you are left wondering how a Wendy house has materialized in your garden before the kettle even boiled* (what are you going to do with 5 cups of very sugary tea?)

A short while later the a local electrical contractor arrives and hooks up the electricity to your Wendy house and a few days after that your electrical compliance certificate arrives in the post.

Finally you receive the bill from us, having previously not paid out a cent, which is probably lower than the estimate given by Bodgit, Legit & Sons. You pay the bill safe in the knowledge that if anything goes wrong you know where we live.

So ask yourself, “which would I prefer?”

*Ok, it takes slightly longer than the boiling of a kettle, unless you have a wood fired range and need to get it going first before you can boil the water.

How we turn logs into wendy houses and garden sheds

You have seen all over our web site that we have a large facility. In this article we will show you what goes on there.

It all starts with logs

our wendy houses, garden sheds and dog kennels start with logs

Logs arriving ready to be made into your wendy house, garden shed or dog kennel

You cannot make good quality Wendy houses, garden sheds, kids play houses, dog houses, or kennels without good materials. The right grade and species of timber needs to be used for the right components. Without the right wood you have lost before you start.

It is such a crucial part of ensuring that you get the best possible unit that we do not trust it to anyone else.

Your unit’s timber is sourced whilst it is still growing. Using an extensive network of tree fellers we take advantage of the removal of unwanted trees and buy up all the suitable logs that we can.

We have been particularly busy of late buying up felled trees from the Southern slopes of Table Mountain. Table Mountain National Parks have been felling the old pine plantations above Constantia in order to return the slopes to their natural state. At first it seems like a bad thing to be felling trees but in this case it is essential. Our local species are not adapted to living in pine forests and so the plantations are actually tree filled deserts.

We also purchase Seligna and eucalyptus trees which are felled to make way for farming and development purposes. Again, these are introduced species that have a negative effect on the local balance of nature. They are tall trees that suck up a lot of water from the water table.

All three species are perfect for the different parts of a solid timber structure.

great wendy houses need quality timber- logs laid out for grading

logs being graded

The timber is delivered to our facility in log form. We prefer this because it allows us to use our experience to grade the logs correctly. For example, clean timber (with very few branches growing out of the trunk, meaning fewer knots) is required for frame components. The logs are laid out to allow them to season and at the same time we assign what they will be used for.

Cutting Components

When the logs are sufficiently seasoned we can start turning them into components. The first part of this process is done on our Bestbier log cutting machine. A log is placed within the frame and a large circular saw passes up and down the log, first cutting vertically and then horizontally. It cuts the individual boards that we will require.

wendy house and garden shed components being seasoned

from logs to components

The boards are then stacked for further seasoning. This is essential if you want a Wendy house or garden shed that doesn’t look like a crooked house out of a children’s story. Basically there is a lot of tension in a tree’s fibers. As the tree grows the fibers run in slightly different directions. In the tree it doesn’t really matter as the different tensions tend to cancel each other out. When a log is cut up into boards some of the tension is released, usually in an uneven fashion. By stacking the boards so that air can circulate around all sides, and with a degree of weight on top of the stack, the tension will settle down and the board has a better chance of staying straight. If this process is not followed the resulting boards stand a good chance of warping in some way or another, which if they have already being built into a structure will be catastrophic for that unit.

You need time and space to produce components yourself, something that not all manufacturers of Wendy Houses, garden sheds and dog kennels have. Which is why they buy components from a supplier. However, this means that they have very little control over the process and cannot guarantee the quality of the components that they use. We have the space and the resources to buy and store timber for as long as is required to make it perfect for use.

When we have the perfect timber for making our units we move into our factory and begin construction. Some components may require further milling. This is done on several industrial machines.

You’ve been framed!

wendy house and garden shed frames being constructed on a jig

Jig tables allow for quick and accurate assembly of frames

Once all the components are ready they are moved over to our industry leading construction facility. Our large facility means that we have the space to use specially devised jigs (a pre-made table that holds the components of a frame together while it is made) for the construction of our frames. Using jigs significantly reduces the time required to put a frame together and also ensures a higher accuracy and quality.

Working on purpose built stations, and having large production runs of units also means that we can invest in high quality production machinery. One example of this is the pneumatic nail guns that we use to put panels together. They are large, powerful units that can drive long nails through solid timber with such force that there is no splitting of wood, the nails are driven several mm below the surface making them less exposed.

Nailing with a hammer is slow and labourious meaning that less nails are likely to be driven in. The process also causes vibrations in the frame that can cause other nails to loosen. On top of this the wood around the nail tends to split and cause the nail to come loose over time.

wendy house and garden shed frames being oiled and left to dry

Finished frames are oiled and left to dry before further assembly

Having plenty of space in our factory means that we are not restricted to working on a few units at a time. There is no pressure on our construction system and we are therefore not tempted to cut corners.

One area where this is a particular advantage is in the pre-treatment of frames with penetrating oil. By oiling our frames before they are clad we ensure that your unit is fully protected. Further, by being able to lay the frames aside until the oil has had chance to fully penetrate the wood, we can ensure that all areas have been properly treated, allowing for further treatment if necessary.


Wendy house and garden shed frames showing stud spacing

Frames awaiting cladding- note the spacing of the studs

Once all the frames of a unit are ready they are moved over to our prefabrication area where they are screwed together. We screw all our units together so that they are easier to break down and reassemble, no matter how many times it is necessary to do so. By preassembling units in our factory we can arrive on site sage in the knowledge that there will be no surprises like one frame being too big or small to fit to the rest. It also drastically reduces the time required to erect the structure, meaning less intrusion on you.

wendy house and garden sheds being constructed

All the stages in one shot- finished frames on the left are being clad on the right foreground before being assembled behind.

Once we are happy with the frame of the unit we can clad it with your choice of material.

Wendy houses, garden sheds and dog kennels are traditionally clad with pine boards, usually in an overlap style (boards placed horizontally with the one above overlapping the one underneath slightly).

These days pine boards are only one of several options for cladding timber frame structures. Nutec boards have been gaining in popularity for some time and are a step towards more long lasting units.

As with frame making our use of high powered pneumatic nail guns ensures a superior finish to the cladding boards.

Quality Control

Kids playhouse being finished off

Final assembly and then quality control- this is a kids play house

After cladding is complete the units go into quality control. Any defects, be they structural or cosmetic, that may have slipped through the normal quality checks at each stage of construction, are addressed now before the unit is shipped.

If our stringent quality requirements are met the unit is taken apart (remember those screws again) ready to be shipped to site where it can be fitted by our expert installers.

So size really does matter. The scale and scope of our operation mean two things, we can reduce production and installation times, and we can use a higher quality of timber without a significant increase in cost.

What that means for you is a better quality unit at a competitive rate.