Different Type Of Sheds

October 10, 2018

What is the Difference between Shiplap, Overlap and Tongue and Groove Sheds?

When the time comes to choose a shed, you might feel that there is too much choice. There are plastic, metal and wooden sheds available and all offer their own advantages. However, if you are looking for a wooden shed, you will want to make the right decision so that it not only fits in with your garden but it serves a purpose when it comes to your storage requirements. 

With that in mind, how do you choose between the different types of wooden sheds available? In fact, what do they all mean? Is one better than the other? Is there a difference in cost or quality?

Effectively, wooden sheds can vary considerably in strength and weather resistance depending on the way in which they are built. Overlap, tongue and groove and shiplap are different styles of shed that offer a different type of protection as well as structural integrity. Therefore, they can differ in price but choosing the correct shed that meets your needs is crucial. So, identifying the different options and having an understanding regarding what they offer enables you to make an informed decision and choose the right shed for you.

Overlap Cladding Sheds

This style of shed is made using horizontal panels that simply overlap each other. These panels are then nailed to vertical bearers. This is considered to be the traditional type of shed that is still popular today as it offers great strength and stability. They are often the best choice for smaller sheds and summerhouses because it is simple to construct and that means that it can often be competitive in price.

Tongue and Groove Sheds

This style of shed involves the panels locking together in a similar way to that of laminate flooring. Therefore, the panels are stronger and that leads to a stronger structure and protection from the wind and rain, meaning that water is less likely to penetrate the structure. As a result of the extra strength, it means that they are less likely to suffer from distortion over time. The panels require a higher level of manufacturing and that means that more work is involved. This means that the cost of a shed that incorporates tongue and groove cladding will be slightly higher in price.

Shiplap Sheds

These types of sheds are very similar to that of tongue and groove but the difference is that there is a small lip between each panel that creates a small barrier, preventing water from getting into the shed. Therefore, out of the three types of wooden sheds available, shiplap sheds are often considered to be most protected from the elements and it means that the wood is likely to swell and rot.

Now that you have been informed about the different types of wooden sheds available to you, you should be able to make an informed decision. The type of shed you require will also depend on your budget and the space that you have but understanding what they offer will only help you to make the right choice.