If you have a yard, a garden, or simply a lot of extra stuff, a shed will prove a greatly functional addition for your storage needs. It can also double as a workspace or an outdoor laundry room, whatever your needs may be. Depending on how you plan to use it, there are several styles and sizes for you to consider. More
What size should your shed be? Before making any purchases, assess exactly what you be storing in your shed as well as where you plan to put it. Are you going to be storing spacious lawn equipment or smaller gardening tools? Will you be working inside your shed or will it be used solely for storage? When determining the size of your shed's entrance, measure your largest piece of equipment to make sure it will fit through the frame.
What materials should you consider using? In general, sheds are made from either metal, vinyl, wood or particle board/plywood siding. Read below to learn more about each.
• Metal: Most commonly built with either aluminum or steel, metal sheds are protected with a tough enamel finish and are easy to maintain. However, they're susceptible to rust: if you're drawn to metal, consider using rust-free aluminum.
• Vinyl: Vinyl sheds are solidly constructed with double-wall vinyl panels for dent and weather resistance. They're easy to maintain and come with steel doors for additional security.
• Wood: The most common material used, wood barns are built from solid-dimensional lumbar framing and come in many designs and siding options. However, be aware that certain wood over time can be prone to rotting.
• Particle board/plywood: Composed of pieces of wood that have been pressed and glued together, this type of siding should be avoided in rainy regions as water can seep into the cracks and enhance deterioration.
What types of accessories are available with sheds? Depending on what you plan to store in your shed, you may find that investing in a few accessories may be worth your while. Make more room in your shed by including a loft; or add sunlight and fresh air with windows or skylights. Shelves will help to organize the many items in your shed, while a workbench will aide in activities you plan to pursue inside of the shed.
What should you consider in regard to the design of the shed? Don't forget, your shed will be on the same property as your home, so try to choose a design that will be complementary. If your home is done in vinyl siding, consider finishing your shed in the same material. Or, reflect similar features that are seen in your home, like an arched window. You can even accessorize your shed as if it were a home with window boxes or shutters as decorative touches.
Should you have your shed professionally installed or do it yourself? This depends on your preference, the time you wish to spend and just how handy you are. For a quick installation, choose a shed from your local home improvement store and have the pros set it up for you. Or, if you'd prefer to save some money and build one yourself, purchase a kit with assembly instructions.
Don't forget to check in with your property's building codes before taking action. Certain zoning ordinances, deed restrictions and building codes may restrict sheds being built on the property. It's possible you'll need a building permit, or that there are specifications as to where you can place the shed.
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