Product FAQs

How long does constructing the building take?
If there is a suitable electric feed most pods are installed in 1 to 2 days.

What groundwork is required before installation can begin?
In most applications, none… as we sit the buildings on ground screws and or adjustable feet.

Are your garden rooms warm enough to use in winter?
The short answer is yes. One of the big advantages of using plastic is that it its a great insulator, meaning its cool in summer and warm in winter, though we do normally install at least one radiator depending on the building.

Can my completed garden room be moved to a different location at a later date?
Yes… ogel structures are designed to be moveable and modular.

Can I have underfloor heating?
Yes, as an optional extra.

Do your garden rooms come with a guarantee?
Yes, they come with a 10 year structural guarantee.

What windows and doors can be used?
We normally install standard uPVC windows and doors, or an aluminium equivalent.

What finishing options are available?
You can leave as is, clad it in wood, put vinyl graphics on, paint it or wallpaper it.

Do I need to get planning permission?
Planning permission is not normally required as our buildings fall under permitted development (built under 2.5m high externally). Most houses, even in conservation areas, have permitted development rights.

Can you attach a garden room onto the side of my house?
Not currently, though we can go within 40cm of the house.

How close can my garden room be built to a wall, fence, boundary or obstacle?
We can build as close as 400mm to any solid boundary or obstacle.

Can you switch to other materials if polystyrene becomes unavailable due to the possible banning of the material? 
The demand for polystyrene is actually expected to increase slightly over the next three years from 15.61m tonnes in 2019 to 15.68 million in 2024. Whilst banning polystyrene packaging is possible, what is not known about is the other uses for which there is no viable alternative currently or in the next 5/10 years… for example PVC, fridge linings, car production, even coat hangers and flower pots.

Since you use waste material, could that be contaminated? 
The source of material and ensuring contamination is minimal is important, but more so for internal rather than external. To that end, we only use post-industrial waste (i.e. zero contamination) of a food-grade quality for internal planks.

What additional uses can you have for OGEL?
Anything really! The material can be moulded into many uses – from homeless shelters to flood defences! We suggest you browse the site to see what we’re planning. We also recommend you keep up to date on our socials for our product updates.

What’s the end of life for an OGEL product? 
The phrase we have coined is that we are a ‘Full Stop’ product.
This means it’s going to last a long long time, it’s never really going to be thrown away as it will be taken down and rebuilt or repurposed and if some of it does get broken, it can be fully recycled back into a new piece of OGEL.

How do you source plastic waste?
We currently use brokers who find the material for us but we are in discussions with large waste management companies in the UK about future supply.

Is it really plastic waste or is there some virgin product in the mix?
Yes, 100% recycled material that comes from a variety of waste products: packaging, obviously, but also the lining of fridges and freezers, coat hangers, flower pots and what is called post-industrial waste, for example, the scrap material from making yoghurt pots.

Have you thought about incorporating other materials to increase functionality? 
Yes, we are working with a company called Powerroll who are developing a film solar panel that is ideal to put onto the OGEL wall… check them out here. We also allow you to customise your OGEL building with any vinyl you like – from wood effects to personal pictures!

Is there a plastic-like smell, considering you use plastic waste?
There’s no smell, other structures use polyurethane and polypropylene which does have a residual odour. We use polystyrene.

Can you soundproof my garden room?
There’s no real need as the pod’s double skin construction has a naturally high soundproofing and thermal specification. But additional insulation can be added if required.

Is it flammable?
PS is a thermoplastic which means it is flammable, but less so than wood. Its flammability is negated substantially by the application of an intumescent (fire retardant) coating.