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    Cheapest Construction Timber?

    Looking to build a garage and was wondering if anyone knew where to the get the cheapest constructional timber. (3x2, 4x2, 3x3 and osb sheets)
    Still unsure on whether to use roof tiles or corrugated bitumen.
    Trying to build it in budget. The timber would need to be delivered. So if anyone has any suggestions let me know. Thanks.

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    All I can advise is to buy from somewhere/one that stores the wood outside, for such things I use Kensworth Saw Mills near Bedford, they deliver but only in a 30 mile radius I think.

    EDIT.
    http://kensworthsawmills.co.uk/
    I lied they deliver within 35 miles
    Edited by: "dozstanford" 17th Jan

    estate sawmills in Bradford are worth checking.

    I'm currently building a 5m x 5m garage on a budget and have the roof on, after looking into all the options I decided on box profile galvanised steel sheets, they cost only slightly more than Onduline/Coroline and are tougher, supposedly last longer and easier to work with. I used poundland tile and guttering sealant between the sheets and it has worked well.

    Cutting bitumen sheets is a messy, sticky business, where steel sheets can be cut easily with a circular saw with the right blade (it is an extremely noisy process though)

    Roof tiles are heavy, so the supporting structure needs to be considerably stronger than if using bitumen/steel sheets, this adds cost. I actually had enough roof tiles to cover the garage, but the extra strength needed in the frame would have made it more expensive to use them.

    For the wooden sheeting I would recommend looking on eBay & Gumtree for reclaimed stuff, it normally won't be in 8x4 foot sheets but in some other size, I managed to save a fortune doing this, despite hiring a van to collect and buying a new table saw to resize the odd shaped sheets.

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    dozstanford

    All I can advise is to buy from somewhere/one that stores the wood … All I can advise is to buy from somewhere/one that stores the wood outside, for such things I use Kensworth Saw Mills near Bedford, they deliver but only in a 30 mile radius I think.EDIT.http://kensworthsawmills.co.uk/I lied they deliver within 35 miles



    In the north west unfortunately otherwise it would be too bad but thanks

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    andymagic

    I'm currently building a 5m x 5m garage on a budget and have the roof on, … I'm currently building a 5m x 5m garage on a budget and have the roof on, after looking into all the options I decided on box profile galvanised steel sheets, they cost only slightly more than Onduline/Coroline and are tougher, supposedly last longer and easier to work with. I used poundland tile and guttering sealant between the sheets and it has worked well.Cutting bitumen sheets is a messy, sticky business, where steel sheets can be cut easily with a circular saw with the right blade (it is an extremely noisy process though)Roof tiles are heavy, so the supporting structure needs to be considerably stronger than if using bitumen/steel sheets, this adds cost. I actually had enough roof tiles to cover the garage, but the extra strength needed in the frame would have made it more expensive to use them.For the wooden sheeting I would recommend looking on eBay & Gumtree for reclaimed stuff, it normally won't be in 8x4 foot sheets but in some other size, I managed to save a fortune doing this, despite hiring a van to collect and buying a new table saw to resize the odd shaped sheets.



    I think roof wise if I used the bitumen sheets I would have to cut them. I think they fit length ways and could just overlap for the edges. I'll have a look at the steel sheets doesn't sound too bad.

    Yes for the roof tiles I did read that you need a stronger structure due to the weight but tbh they're actually quite expensive compared to the sheets. Need a lot of battens!

    I'll have a look on gumtree and eBay. Would probably have to hire a van too but if it offsets the cost of new sheets it's a win win

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    shadey12

    estate sawmills in Bradford are worth checking.



    Do you know if they deliver?

    Have you not got Arnold Laver or MKM near you. I buy timber all the time. You will find most decent timber merchants will stock stress graded timber, i.e. C16. Not sure what thickness OSB you are using but I just placed an order this week for 50 sheets and it was £10.30 a sheet + VAT for 18mm.

    Just remember if you are building a garage over a certain size you should still have planning permission and even if you are ok under permitted development you should still bear in mind that Building Control may want to be involved. I have a 6m x 6m sectional garage which I wanted to move. After making some tentative enquires with a local independent building control company I was told that the siting for the garage will need to be done to building regs. I was told under no circumstances would I be allowed to re-use the existing asbestos roof. Not that I would want to. If I made it slightly smaller, less than 30 square metres then I don't think I would have an issue. Thing is though I have a single garage as well which I wanted to attached to the back of the double pre-cast which would give me a 12 metre x 6 metre garage / outbuilding.

    Have a look at MDL timber they are North West based.

    Website here

    I bought a load of old scaffolding planks £2 each - might be an option if you do a search online. Well weathered better then cheap new stuff.

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    Smartguy1

    Have you not got Arnold Laver or MKM near you. I buy timber all the time. … Have you not got Arnold Laver or MKM near you. I buy timber all the time. You will find most decent timber merchants will stock stress graded timber, i.e. C16. Not sure what thickness OSB you are using but I just placed an order this week for 50 sheets and it was £10.30 a sheet + VAT for 18mm.Just remember if you are building a garage over a certain size you should still have planning permission and even if you are ok under permitted development you should still bear in mind that Building Control may want to be involved. I have a 6m x 6m sectional garage which I wanted to move. After making some tentative enquires with a local independent building control company I was told that the siting for the garage will need to be done to building regs. I was told under no circumstances would I be allowed to re-use the existing asbestos roof. Not that I would want to. If I made it slightly smaller, less than 30 square metres then I don't think I would have an issue. Thing is though I have a single garage as well which I wanted to attached to the back of the double pre-cast which would give me a 12 metre x 6 metre garage / outbuilding.



    Not sure those stores are close by but I'll have a look. I'd probably use 11mm osb on the inside and feather boards for the cladding. I'll have a look into the building regs I may need it. Thanks.

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    Poppyj1

    Have a look at MDL timber they are North West based.Website here



    Definitely the best prices I've seen so far. Thanks!

    Not sure what part of the North West you live but I use a company called Brooks Bros at work. They have a place at Skelmersdale. Arnold Laver, Manchester. You have Howarth Timber at Blackburn, Bury and Manchester. These are all companies that I use over in the North East but they have depots in the North West too. I use small local companies as well. I use a different supplier for the OSB who is also just a local firm but I use the bigger boys as well. I use James Latham from Leeds and although they are 60 miles from my home town they deliver every day.

    I buy mainly hardwoods and unsorted redwood PSE from the big boys but if I remember rightly rough sawn timber is about £250 a cubic metre. So for your 4" x 2" you should be paying approx £1.25 a metre + VAT. perhaps. I can check but I don't buy much C16 stress grade. I bought some 4 x 2 back end of last year for some decking but can check the price I paid when I get back to work to give you a comparison. What I usually do is just get a price from 3 suppliers and take it from there.

    Edited by: "Smartguy1" 17th Jan

    There may be planning permission requirements - you could call to check with council on that if not done so already.

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    Smartguy1

    Not sure what part of the North West you live but I use a company called … Not sure what part of the North West you live but I use a company called Brooks Bros at work. They have a place at Skelmersdale. Arnold Laver, Manchester. You have Howarth Timber at Blackburn, Bury and Manchester. These are all companies that I use over in the North East but they have depots in the North West too. I use small local companies as well. I use a different supplier for the OSB who is also just a local firm but I use the bigger boys as well. I use James Latham from Leeds and although they are 60 miles from my home town they deliver every day.I buy mainly hardwoods and unsorted redwood PSE from the big boys but if I remember rightly rough sawn timber is about £250 a cubic metre. So for your 4" x 2" you should be paying approx £1.25 a metre + VAT. perhaps. I can check but I don't buy much C16 stress grade. I bought some 4 x 2 back end of last year for some decking but can check the price I paid when I get back to work to give you a comparison. What I usually do is just get a price from 3 suppliers and take it from there.



    No problem. I'll check them out still trying to find the cheapest prices. I think hardwood would be much more expensive!

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    dannz

    There may be planning permission requirements - you could call to check … There may be planning permission requirements - you could call to check with council on that if not done so already.



    Not done it yet. I'll be checking soon
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