Archive: March, 2014

50 Shades of Rust – How to choose the best metal garden shed

A new article on the SM Garden Shed website offers useful advice to anyone who is considering buying a metal garden shed.

lotHigh quality metal garden sheds have many advantages over traditional wooden garden sheds. They are secure storage products and offer integrated security  features including drill resistant locks and multi-point locking systems. They are commonly used by schools, colleges and sports clubs for safely storing expensive equipment and metal storage units are often specified for use on holiday parks due to fire and safety considerations.

But not all metal garden sheds are made the same way – and not all metal sheds will stand up to the damp British climate.

Part of the problem is the quality of metal used in their manufacture. Cheaper brands will use metal so thin it can be cut with a knife. Another problem lies with the galvanisation process. Galvanisation protects metal from rust but for sheds, some methods work better than others.

The two most common forms of rustproofing are through hot dipped galvanisation and by electroplating. Hot dipped galvanisation involves dipping metal components in a bath of molten zinc at a temperature of around 460C. It gives a thick, durable coat with a matt finish. Electroplating is the immersion of a metal component into an electrolyte solution containing metal salts and applying an electric current to build a thin layer of the protective zinc coating. Electroplated coatings tend to be brightly reflective.

The real difference, however, is in how the two methods cope with protecting the steel underneath. Hot-dipped galvanised steel will withstand the worst of the British weather for years and years. By contrast, the electroplated coat will soon erode, leading to the inevitable corrosion of the steel underneath.

SM Garden Sheds only sell metal garden sheds that are manufactured from high quality steel that has been hot dip galvanised for a guaranteed rust proof finish. All of the products available at SM Garden Sheds represent great value for money and excellent quality whether plastic, metal or timber.

For more information, see the article – 50 Shades of Rust – on the Product Focus pages of

50 Shades of Rust – How to choose the best metal garden shed

Larger Garden Sheds, Garages & Workshops for Maximum Storage

Larger Plastic Outdoor Storage Buildings, Steel Framed UPVC Garden Sheds, Garages & Workshops

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The popularity of UPVC sheds is accelerating steadily and plastic garden storage is replacing its timber equivalent. This is due to a number of factors including the versatility of plastic sheds, which are virtually maintenance free, and are ideal in holiday locations like caravan sites and other leisure applications. These reinforced UPVC buildings are impervious to salt sea air, making them perfect for use around the coast.


The successful launch of the LIFETIME range of plastic sheds by SM Garden Sheds, has excited customer interest in this highly functional material. Increased demand for more variety within plastic outdoor storage has prompted the release of four new models in the DURAMAX Woodside range, and KETER vinyl sheds are being continually upgraded and modified, providing a good intermediate quality solution.


Frequent customer requests for larger plastic garden storage have encouraged research and development into strength, stability, durability and rigidity. LIFETIME have recently introduced an 11 FEET FRONTED BUILDING, capable of substantial storage, which will soon be followed by a folding garage door. These top performance buildings incorporate multi-shelf accessories, windows, skylights, tool holders and specially designed non-slip floors. This double skinned model has many attractive features including utilisation of the apex roof space for an additional storage space. Precise attention to detail makes this building extremely practical from its damp proof vents to top and bottom hung doors, with spring loaded closing device for a sleek and accurate look.


The DURAMAX steel framed Vinyl garage has moulded UPVC cladding and a 2.40 metre wide door aperture for ease of use as a garage. A foundation kit allows the building when fully erected, to be secured to the ground using either a timber floor covering or a concrete filling. With a minimum size of 10 x 16 and up to 10 x 23, the storage building is available in a number of different configurations and can be extended. Options like windows and courtesy doors are a matter of customer preference and choice.


SM Garden Sheds are committed to sourcing high quality products at competitive prices, and they apply the same philosophy to all of their products whether it’s plastic, metal or wooden sheds. This dedication is shown by fact finding trips to factories abroad and points of manufacture. Only by observing the manufacturing process is an insight into the properties of each product gained. This helps when recommending outdoor storage to customers and explaining any unique features.

For an affordable, attractive and functional outdoor storage solution, with FREE delivery to most of mainland UK, browse the SM garden Sheds website, or call them on 0845 601 6299.

Extra Garden Storage Space from LIFETIME, DURAMAX & KETER, Steel reinforced UPVC Garden Sheds, garages & Workshops

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Award winning pop princess Kylie Minogue has dipped her petite toe into many pools, and has found success as an actress, singer/songwriter, author, dancer, fashion designer, perfume producer and designer of soft furnishings. She has delighted fans as the sweet girl next door, fun showgirl and sultry seductress, reflecting her chameleon like nature.

She recently added to her list of achievements when she joined the panel of judges on TV singing competition The Voice, leaving show producers ecstatic about a 2 million increase in viewers. This means the show has rivalled X-Factor viewing figures. Fans will be excited further when her latest single ‘Into The Blue’ comes out this month, this will be followed later this month by her new album ‘Kiss Me Once’. Kylie’s upcoming world tour beginning in May will demonstrate yet another of her talents, that of creative director.

You can reproduce Kylie’s magic with a range of breathtaking bedding and home accessories at Angelina’s Curtains and Bedding, one of the leading stockists of Kylie Minogue bedding. This popular collection of sumptuous luxury includes the Leopard Silver and Leopard Ivory bedding sets. Sparkling animal print on beautiful kitten grey or delicate gold satin describes this bed linen, which is complimented by glamorous runners and a dazzling array of cushions. The Theon selection brings a richly dark extravagance, with abstract animal print in black flock on soft grey, draped in the tactile Zorina faux fur throw. Allow your wild side to develop further with the superb Sika collection of animal print bedding Chocolate and caramel tones will provide a beautiful boudoir, along with faux fur throws and cushions embellished with diamante, pearls and sequins.

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