Gertrude, Henry, Imogen… Storm Damage and Shed Insurance Claims

The UK’s 2015-2016 winter storms have been some of the worst in generations

Do the names Eva, Frank, Gertrude and Imogen fill you with dread? 

If so, you’ve probably been affected by one of the worst winter storms for generations, and it’s no laughing matter! According to statistics collected by the Association of British Insurers (ABI), more than 3,000 families are now in alternative accommodation while repairs are made to their flood homes this winter, and floods have caused a significant amount of damage to low-lying areas, and homes located within river flood plains, however the extreme wind has affected many thousands of people.

Individually, the wind isn’t generally as devastating as flooding, however it is likely to be more widespread, potentially affecting anybody, anywhere! Garden fences, greenhouses, garden sheds, summerhouses, gazebos and conservatories are all at the mercy of the storm-force winds.

Luckily, most storm damage is covered under your standard home insurance policy, but it’s best to check just in case. A1 Sheds freephone telephone number (0800 195 6968) has been inundated with calls from people asking about replacement garden buildings, and most aren’t sure what to do. Here are a few tips:

  • Firstly, stay safe… don’t try to stop the wind damaging your shed or greenhouse, as you won’t be able to help, and you may be hurt in the process.
  • Take photos… as many as you can, as they will be invaluable at a later date, especially if you are asked for evidence by your insurance company. Some people even video the damage as it unfolds… this can be traumatic, but you may end up with a great YouTube Video!
  • Tell your insurance company what has happened as soon as possible. Most have a 24-hour helpline, and they’ll be able to give you advice straight away. They’ll probably help you to arrange some emergency repairs to stop things getting any worse, and they may ask for receipts or valuations. We’ll be able to provide historical receipts if you purchased your garden items from us, or we’ll be able to give you valuations if you didn’t. We can also provide quotations if your insurance company asks.

Call A1 Sheds FREE on 0800 195 6968 for advice with an existing shed claim, or if you need help to choose a new shed or garden building.


Visit a1sheds.com for more detailed information on our full range of garden buildings including wooden sheds, metal sheds, plastic sheds, summerhouses, playhouses, greenhouses and shed bases.