Add Value To Your Home and Property – Not Detract From It
We all need extra storage, and an outdoor storage shed is a great solution. It can be a large investment, so make sure the one you get will last your lifetime. When buying a storage shed, there are several things that must be considered. Take a moment and review our Expert Buying Tips, to make sure you get the best storage building, barn, or shed for your investment.
Have you ever seen a yard cluttered with multiple mismatched storage sheds? It can ruin an otherwise beautiful landscape! Make sure the shed you purchase is one that is large enough to accommodate the things you need to store now and in the future. Because they are brought by truck, they can only be 14’ wide and 40’ long, but as small as 6’x6’.
COLORS THAT COMPLEMENT YOUR PROPERTY
Many storage sheds come in a variety of colors that you can match to your home. Make sure your shed is attractive in your yard by choosing complementary colors.
STORAGE BUILDLING FLOORING
Make sure the floor of your shed is made from an “enhanced” OSB or plywood such as Advantech or DryPly. Standard OSB or plywood will decompose or rot over time, and creatures tend to be attracted to it.
STORAGE BUILDING FLOOR JOISTS
Make certain that your shed has 2×6 floors, as opposed to 2×4 floors that are commonly used in sheds. The 2×4 floors simply cannot hold the weight often needed in storage buildings.
STORAGE BUILDING SIDING MATERIALS
No matter what type of siding that is on your structure, make sure it has a warranty. Most metal sheets offer a 40-year warranty. Duratemp plywood siding is an excellent choice if you prefer a painted wood building instead of a metal shed because its surface is a tough hardboard face that won’t split, crack or check. It can be painted to match your home. Steer away from sidings such as T1-11 or Masonite siding because they do not hold up as well over time.
STORAGE BUILDING DOORS
Make sure the doors in your shed are wide enough to get your larger items in. Also, ensure that your doors are framed on your unit because an unframed door tends to fall off over many uses.
STORAGE BUILDING ROOF
Your roof should also have a warranty. Metal is a popular choice for roofing materials, but if the shed you are considering has shingles, make sure they have a warranty and are 1st quality. Factory 2nd shingles are paper thin and tend to need replacement.
(Expert Tip: When trying to figure out if the building you are looking at comes with 1st or 2nd quality shingles, look to see if replacement shingles are included with the building. If replacement shingles are included, you are likely looking at a roof constructed with 2nd quality shingles!)
STORAGE BUILDING OPTIONS
Many sheds offer options such as wiring, shelving, lofts, work benches, windows, 6’, 7’, or 8’ side walls, extra doors, garage doors, and gambrel – style roofs. Metal buildings should have insulated roofs, and the option to insulate the entire building. It is important to consider the items you will be storing to decide which options will suit your needs the best.
The Shed is delivered to your home on a trailer and set up on cement blocks to ensure that it is level. Be sure to ask your dealer if delivery and set up is included with your purchase. Also, you may need to know the time it will take before you will be receiving your building. Many are delivered the same day, or within a few days, but some can take weeks before they are delivered.
Choosing the right shed can be a difficult decision. By knowing what to look for, and what questions to ask, your purchase should be much less daunting.
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