Chalet-jardin team likes to share with you the most usual questions that we received to give you all the best advices and information before deciding which storage shed to build and choosing the perfect chalet-jardin kit.

FOUNDATION FOR SHEDS

On which foundation could I build my storage shed?

On which foundation could I build my storage shed?

You can build your shed on foundation of pillar support sunk into the ground, of compressed gravel, of concrete patio stone or of concrete slab. Whichever option you choose a strongly stable, level and drain foundation is essential to ensure the safety of your building. Use a waterproofing membrane between your shed and the foundation to create a barrier against humidity. Make sure that soil and grass are not directly in contact with your garden shed to avoid future dirtiness and damage on your shed,

 

What kind of foundation do you recommend for a garden shed?

What kind of foundation do you recommend for a garden shed?

For a long lasting shed CHALET-JARDIN recommends a solid foundation whether on concrete patio stone or on concrete slab. Both of them have the advantage to be sturdy and in addition it will provide you with a reliable floor for your shed.

 

How to build a concrete foundation for my garden shed?

How to build a concrete foundation for my garden shed?

Follow those three steps to build a concrete foundation. As first, excavate a square area to the deep of approximately 8 inches and at a size larger than your shed. As second step, level and compress the surface using sand or gravel to provide a firm base. At this step we recommend you to install a foundation waterproofing membrane on this area to create a barrier against humidity.  As third step for a concrete patio stone foundation, lay down your patio stone on the over raised bed of compress gravel to obtain an overall finish at ground level. As third step for a concrete slab, mixt your own concrete slab or have it delivered to your site, pour it on this base up to the ground level, and make sure that it is level and at least 5 inches thickness. Let it dry at least 48 hours and then install your shed on it. Notice than measures are minimum required, a sandy or a clay soil have to be increased at least at 12 inches deep bed and 8 inches concrete slab thickness.

 

BUILDING & ASSEMBLY

Can I build my chalet-jardin shed on my own?

Can I build my chalet-jardin shed on my own?

The kit is specially made to be assembled by anyone. No specifics skills are required; You do not need to be a carpenter or have some handyman experience to build a solid wooden shed with chalet-jardin kit.

Can I build a chalet-jardin shed by myself or do I need some experience?

Can I build a chalet-jardin shed by myself or do I need some experience?

The kit is specially made to be assembled by anyone. No specifics skills are required; You do not need to be a carpenter or have some handyman experience to build a solid wooden shed with chalet-jardin kit.

Which tools will I need to build a chalet-jardin shed?

Which tools will I need to build a chalet-jardin shed?

You need the following tools to build a CHALET-JARDIN shed: a square, a hammer, a screwdriver, a utility knife, a stepladder, an adjustable wrench, a tape measure and a brush. This is the full list of the tools that you will need.

What is included in a chalet-jardin shed kit?

What is included in a chalet-jardin shed kit?

Chalet-jardin kit included everything needed to assemble your wooden garden shed, all components, materials, and hardware.

Do I need to buy other materials or hardware in addition to the chalet-jardin kit?

Do I need to buy other materials or hardware in addition to the chalet-jardin kit?

Chalet-jardin kit provides you with everything needed to assemble your shed. Depending on the foundation that you choose you may need a floor for your shed. Bring the few tools mentioned in the list above and some paint nothing else will be needed for your chalet-jardin shed.

Do I need a floor for my CHALET-JARDIN shed?

Do I need a floor for my CHALET-JARDIN shed?

No, you won’t need one if you build your shed on a concrete foundation. Your CHALET-JARDIN shed will be erected directly on this concrete foundation, whether it is a concrete patio stone or a concrete slab. In any other case your will have to build a floor for your shed.

Do I need shingles for my chalet-jardin roof?

Do I need shingles for my chalet-jardin roof?

No, a waterproof asphalt roofing mat comes with your CHALET-JARDIN kit. This mat is an asphalt semi-rigid protection panel similar to asphalt shingle except than it provides a flat roof effect rather than the usual tile effect of a shingle. Furthermore the mat is easier and faster to install than shingles.

Is chalet-jardin roof waterproof?

Is chalet-jardin roof waterproof?

Yes, for a waterproof and UV protected shed you have an asphalt roofing mat provide with your chalet-jardin kit. The mat is easier and faster to install than shingles.

Can I install shingles on my chalet-jardin roof?

Can I install shingles on my chalet-jardin roof?

Yes, you can install shingles on the roof of your chalet-jardin shed. If you do so, do not install the waterproof asphalt roofing mat that comes with the chalet-jardin kit.

How long it will take to assemble a chalet-jardin shed?

How long it will take to assemble a chalet-jardin shed?

Plan half a day to assemble your CHALET-JARDIN shed. When following the assembly instruction guide, in general the smaller shed will require you about 3 hours and the biggest shed will require you about 6 hours with two persons.

What type of wood shed is chalet-jardin?

What type of wood shed is chalet-jardin?

CHALET-JARDIN is a natural wood shed entirely made of certified northern wood, a highest density resinous wood well recognized for its durability and mechanical performance in construction.

Do I need a permit to build a storage shed?

Do I need a permit to build a storage shed?

Check with your local building authorities for regulations. If a permit to build a shed is required in your area your local officer will provide you with an application form.

EXTERIOR WOOD AND SHED MAINTENANCE

How to protect my brand new wooden shed?

How to protect my brand new wooden shed?

You need to apply a penetrative exterior wood preservative treatment with contains fungicide and insecticide that resists moisture and mildew before painting or staining your exterior wood. You can find them in any store selling paint. Apply it on each side with a brush.

Is there a wood species that do not need to be protected?

Is there a wood species that do not need to be protected?

Once a tree is cut its natural defenses mechanisms no longer build up. Not even one wood species can resist to the external weather effect, wood humidity and color change. All exterior wood need to be protect whatever species they are made of, even if they are in cedar wood.

How to maintain my chalet-jardin wood shed?

How to maintain my chalet-jardin wood shed?

You have to apply on each side a protective surface coating on your chalet-jardin shed, whether an exterior wood stain or an exterior wood paint. Usually you will find them under the name siding and deck surface coating for cedar, spruce or pine.

Should I apply an exterior paint or an exterior stain on my chalet-jardin shed?

Should I apply an exterior paint or an exterior stain on my chalet-jardin shed?

Both of them are relevant to maintain your chalet-jardin shed and provide a nice finish. Your choice mostly depends of the appearance aspect and the frequency of the maintenance you are looking for. Stain will penetrate inside the wood and enhance the wood grain without hiding the natural beauty of the wooden shed. Paint will cover the wood texture with a full color finish for an attractive shed. Remember that the quality of stain or paint applied will impact the lifespan of your shed.

How often should I apply an exterior paint or an exterior stain on a wood shed?

How often should I apply an exterior paint or an exterior stain on a wood shed?

It will depend on the quality of the paint or stain that you choose. Apply it at the frequency recommend by the manufacturer of the paint chosen. Nowadays it is easy to find exterior paint or stain which last more than 3 years before applying a new coating.