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Garden Shed (zozo hut) in South Africa

The humble garden shed or zozo hut (as it is often refered to in South Africa) is the perfect answer to adding storage space for all those things that don't quite fit in your garage. It is easy when you have a zozo hut to store garden furniture, gardening tools, pool equipment, bicycles, tools and other odds and ends. An outdoor storage facility is the answer to your bulky storage problems.

When you build one with durable pressure treated SA Pine you can count on some long-lasting protection for all those items you need to stash away and secure. The pressure treated exterior siding can be painted, stained or left to weather naturally to a silver-grey colour. Very few timbers are naturally durable. Hardwoods that are durable can be very expensive. These timbers that are more durable can split and will require some form of protection.

Fortunately, with proper impregnation with a suitable wood preservative, these timbers can offer long term durability. There are various timber preservatives available. Some are not suitable for timber in ground contact, whilst other protect timber in all possible applications. Creosote and CCA preservatives are equally suitable.

CCA treted timber has a greenish colour, while creosote colours timber dark brown and black. Timber treated with Boron or TBTO does not change its natural appearance. Boron and TBTO preservatives, are however, leachable and should therefore contain a water repellent in the preservative to meet with H3 requirements of SABS 1288. N.B. This water repellency property has to be maintained to prevent leaching of the preservative.

A water repellent treatment of your garden shed also protects the wood from degradation as a result of weathering. In order to also inhibit the effects of harsh ultra violet rays an inhibitor may be added in the form of a red or brown colourant / dye / stain. This treatment will also darken the wood which will help your zozo blend into the "green" of your garden.

Remember, the use of treated timber ensures that your garden shed is protected against attack by termites, borers and fungal decay. If you wish to paint your structure, Boron, TBTO and CCA treated wood can be painted directly while creosote treated timber must first be coated with a bitumous based aluminium coating or painted with a bitumous based paint.

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Suppliers and manufacturers of Garden Sheds (zozo huts) in South Africa:
Wendy Lane Open in new window
Located in both Johannesburg and Pretoria, Gauteng, Wendy Lane manufactures from your basic garden shed (zozo hut) to a leisure cabin used for entertainment purposes. Optional extras, such as the stable doors, partitions and veranda's are available to suit your needs for the various uses of zozo huts -- wendy houses, such as guard rooms, temporary accommodation, site offices or extra office space. A list of standard sizes are available and they are able to custom make any size garden shed or dog kennel. All timber used is kiln dried and all cladding is tongue and groove. Standard cladding is 16mm thick with a flat profile. A 22mm Log Profile cladding is also available, which is slightly more expensive. All wendy houses and tool / garden sheds are fitted with a tongue and groove floor, the roof sheeting used is corrugated iron and windows are glazed cottage pane. Various sealants can be used to treat the exterior walls, from the basic sealant to a variety of colours in Gripseal and Rystix.
G.R. Instant Cabins Open in new window
Located in Westmead (near Pinetown), Durban, KZN, South Africa, G.R. Instant Cabins have been manufacturing quality Wooden Wendy Houses / Cabins in excess of 30 years. Our Wendy Houses / Cabins can be used for: garden sheds, swimming pool changerooms, site offices, children's playrooms, temporary accommodation, entertainment cabins, dog Kennels, workshops, creches, prayer huts, school / play centers...
Tilley Sheds Open in new window
Located on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal, Tilley Sheds provide a secure, economical solution for the storage of your valuable garden equipment. Prices include free delivery and erection for Durban / Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas. Garden sheds are available in a large number of sizes, there is one to suit everyone's needs. Lock up your equipment externally and retain your garage for your car. Shelving can be provided to maximize storage space. The Garden Shed should be washed using sugar soap and warm water. Two coats of a good quality PVA can be applied with either a brush or roller.

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