- Are wooden garages any good?
- How long will a wooden garage last?
- Is it cheaper to build a garage or buy a kit?
- What's the difference between a garage and a shed?
- How close to my boundary can I build a garage?
- What should I keep in my garage?
- What should not be stored in a garage?
- How do I store wood in my garage?
- How to build a wooden garage
- Do you need foundations for a wooden garage?
- Are wooden garages secure?
- What is the best wooden garage
- Do I need planning permission for a wooden garage?
If you’re considering a new garage to house your vehicle in, then it’s well worth looking beyond traditional brick or concrete structures. There’s a number of reasons why wooden garages are exploding in popularity right now.
A wooden garage will be more in-fitting with the rest of your timber garden buildings whilst offering a sleek and clean aesthetic with the timelessness of timber design. And this gorgeous look is all achieved without compromising on structural integrity. Our wooden garages are manufactured with interlocking, tongue and groove boards to provide an incredible degree of solidity and strength.
A wooden garage is equally capable of being utilised beyond that of a standard storage area. If you’re looking for a space in which plenty of time will be spent pursuing DIY ventures and other similar projects, then one of our timber garages is more than capable of being used in this way.
So yes, wooden garages are brilliant products. Here at Garden Buildings Direct, we pride ourselves on the quality and consistency of all our wooden buildings, with the timber garage being no exception!
Thanks to a quality design and the employment of interlocking tongue and groove boards with pressure-treatment as standard (on our BillyOh Aston) we can offer our 15-year guarantee against rot, decay, and insect infestation (10-year guarantee on non-pressure treated products).
And there are still numerous tips you can follow to ensure a lasting lifespan for your wooden garage:
Treat the wood
Having wood treated will increase its resistance to the worst weather conditions the UK can throw at it, whilst warding off the likelihood of mould or rot. The Aston Wooden Garage comes pressure treated as standard. Pressure treatment is a fantastic option which will ensure longevity for your wooden garage.
While wood is a natural insulator and will help to regulate temperature to an extent, the internal temperature within a wooden garage can still fluctuate and affect its lifespan. Insulation is a great way of further improving this temperature regulation, such as fibreglass or polystyrene insulation. For more, read this guide on damp-proofing and insulating garden buildings.
Limit humidity and mould
Similarly, a humid or damp interior will shorten the life of your wooden garage. The solution to this is simple - ensure proper air flow through your garage. Simply leave one of the garage’s dual entrances open and allow it to ventilate.
Your wooden garage must be built on an expanse which is dry and properly levelled. Building on ground which isn’t flat may result in water collecting under the flooring, leading to a humid interior, mould and rotting wood. For more, out this guide on building a base.
While building your own wooden garage may seem cheaper from the outset, the costs will quickly stack up. In between buying and having a large amount of materials delivered, the likely hiring of builders to construct it for you, and the potential for having a durable foundation laid, expenses will start to rapidly rise.
Meanwhile, our prefab wooden garage is excellently priced at £4,425, including pressure treatment. It’s also relatively easy for the vast majority of people to build, with little-no prior construction experience required, meaning the obvious cost of paying builders is saved on.
When it comes to building a wooden garage, the price will greatly vary, depending on a number of key factors, such as the size required to comfortably house your vehicle. Generally speaking, buying a wooden garage from a retailer such as Garden Buildings Direct will prove to be the more financially savvy option than designing and building one yourself; not to mention, the far less time consuming and stressful alternative as well!
You may think that a wooden garage is simply a large shed, but there are certain differences which separate a wooden garage from its shed counterpart. For one thing, a wooden garage doesn’t come with a floor, in order to avoid having your vehicle placing constant pressure on a wooden surface when driving on and off it.
A garage will generally cost more than a wooden shed which can largely be attributed to vast size differences. The double doors included with a wooden garage allow you to move your vehicle in and out with ease. They also allow for easier movement of other large and often unwieldy items such as ride-on mowers.
Overall, your preference can be determined by your individual wants and needs. If you wish for somewhere to store your car then a wooden garage is your best option. If you want a large space to perform DIY projects or store gardening equipment then you may be better suited to a garden shed.
Without having to apply for planning permission, the maximum eaves height of your garage is 2.5 metres, if it is within 2 metres of your property boundary. The eaves height of our wooden garages is 2 metres, so below the maximum height.
Because a wooden garage is classed as a permitted development - unless you intend to use it for office/work purposes or plan on sleeping/living in it - you can have a garage on your property without the need for planning permission.
If you’re at all unsure about boundaries or planning permission, then the best course of action is to contact your Local Planning Authority or visit the Planning Portal for further details and clarification surrounding this.
The most obvious and conventional thing to store in your wooden garage is a vehicle - be it a car or motorbike. Storing vehicle related supplies, such as wiper and brake fluid also makes perfect sense.
Beyond this however, your garage can be modded out to store just about whatever you wish! Be it gardening tools such as lawnmowers and handheld equipment, kids outdoor toys or even rarely used items which would otherwise be cluttering up your household/garden.
Here at Garden Buildings Direct, we’re firm believers that outside of items which cannot withstand temperature swings, items which can be deemed dangerous (such as propane tanks) and items which may attract pests, your wooden garage is more than capable of storing a huge range of items Similarly, when it comes to a garden shed, particularly a wooden shed, if it fits - it’s probably worth storing!
There are several things that we’d advise you avoid storing in your wooden garage, in order to ensure your home is kept safe and your belongings remain in excellent shape. Some of these items include:
- Pet Food - Storing pet food in your garage will likely encourage an invasion of greedy pests. If you do intend to keep pet food in your garage, then ensure it’s kept in a plastic or metal container, as rodents will find these materials more difficult to chew through.
- Paint - This substance is best off being kept at a steady, consistent temperature, something which cannot be easily guaranteed in a garage or other type of garden building.
- Propane Tanks - While generally safe, a leak in an enclosed space such as a garage can lead to a fire, meaning you’re better off storing your propane tanks elsewhere.
Important Documents - Important papers such as passports need to be kept indoors, to avoid potential water damage as a result of moisture in the air.
Storing firewood inside your house often isn’t an option, for a number of reasons. Alternatively, storing firewood outside is a feasible course of action, but it will be exposed to the elements and likely become damp as a result. Therefore, storing wood in your garage or a different type of garden storage building can be a great option.
Before doing so, ensure that the wood being placed in your garage is already dry. This is because it will likely stay damp within your garage and may spread to the rest of your firewood. Moreover, be sure to store your firewood in a location which is away from any potential fire hazards. If your garage contains a workshop/workbench, then placing it on the other side of the garage would be a wise move. Or if you want a more space-saving option, check out our sheds for log storage.
Our BillyOh products are designed to be easy to assemble. Simply follow the instructions provided with your order and you and a friend (using some basic tools) can have your wooden garage up in no time!
Yes, and our heavy-duty 44mm tongue and groove cladding (BillyOh Aston model) provides better insulation and protection year-round whilst denying water ingress or the likelihood of unwanted entrances. Suitable for use with a heavy-duty lock, our wooden garages are highly secure.
We strongly recommend our BillyOh Aston wooden garage. With pressure treatment and felt as standard, this tongue and groove garage is highly weather-resistant and built to withstand even harsh conditions. But don’t just take our word for it, check out this post on the Aston wooden garage.
You wooden garden garage should fall under ‘permitted development’ (and not require planning permission) so long as it:
- Doesn’t exceed a max height of 4m for a dual-pitched roof
- Doesn’t exceed a max eaves height of 2.5m if it’s within 2m of a boundary
- Doesn’t take up more than 50% of your garden area
- Isn’t built past the front boundary of your house
- Isn’t intended for permanent residential use
However, these rules may vary depending on where you live. So to be safe, check with your local council first. Or for more info, read our guide to planning permission.