Storage Building, Shed, or Barn Buying Guide
This handy guide will help you know what to look for when purchasing a utility building or storage shed.
You do not want to buy any storage shed with particle board floors. Particle board is ok for the roof, lofts, and shelves only. Make sure that you are buying ¾ inch treated plywood floors.
Stand in the middle of the storage shed and jump up and down. If the floor gives ANY and feels like a trampoline, then walk away. You are more than likely standing in a building with 2×4 floor joist.
Ask if this building has 2×6 treated floor joist.
If you walk into a storage shed and you smell glue and the walls look like cardboard from the inside, you are looking at Masonite siding. Masonite Siding has to be painted yearly. If painting the building is not performed annually, it weakens the integrity of the building and the building will start to fall apart.
Ask about the warranty on the storage shed. If you don’t paint your building, does it void your warranty? Confirm this with a printed warranty document from the manufacturer.
Look at the walk-in door on the building. Does the door sag? If so, you’re looking at trouble.
If the door sags and the storage shed or utility building is new, what is it going to look like in a year? Also, look for doors that are built with untreated wood. Untreated wood is to be used inside only -painted or not.
Step back away from the building and look at the roof of the storage shed. Does the roof sag, like a horse’s back? Look at the shingles. Do they lay down correctly? No? Are the roof shingles different colors? If so, these shingles are factory seconds.
Factory second shingles are inferior quality shingles. They are not first quality shingles. Factory second shingles are very thin and blow off easily. If the building you are looking has extra shingles laying on the floor, beware! Ask yourself this, “If the roof is good, then why do I need extra shingles?” Do they expect you to repair the roof of a building that has a warranty?
Inspect the 2×4 studs in the storage building. Would you buy them if they were for sale and Lowes or Home Depot? Look for black mold.
If you find mold, it means that these studs were stored outside for a long time. They had already begun to rot before they were used in the construction of this storage building.
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