So you have finally
come to a decision that you need a storage shed.
It seems that these days we all tend to accumulate more stuff that we
Before deciding to build a shed, call your local building inspector to
determine whether you need a building permit or whether you will be allowed
to put up a storage shed on your property. Building codes vary by town.
Most towns have specific requirements pertaining to size, setbacks, heights,
foundations, etc. There may be restrictions on the type of use it may
serve. For example; storage, living space, or housing of animals. So before
you build make sure you are legal. You as the homeowner are responsible
for what happens on your property. If you allow someone to build a shed
and find out later that it is not legal, its your responsibility. Get
out your survey, it will show you where your property lines are. If your
not 100% sure where the property line is, give yourself some extra distance
just to be safe.
Wood Storage Sheds & Buildings. Wood provides strength and beauty
that no other shed material can provide. Wood storage buildings are strong
enough to withstand demanding wind and snow loads. This makes wood the
ideal choice, especially for those living in areas that are subject to
severe weather conditions.
For a step up in both quality and durability, you might want to consider
investing in a wooden shed. Wooden sheds typically come complete with
a raised wooden floor, seven feet or more of interior headroom, sturdier
doors and roofs covered with residential-type composition shingles - some
even have windows and skylights.
Wood sheds are available in barn, ranch, lean to and loft styles, and
with everything from inexpensive wafer board panels for siding up to clear
cedar lap siding. They are also available pre-painted, or you can get
one that's either unpainted or pre-primed so that you can paint it to
match your home. Because of their weight, heavy duty wood sheds are usually
built and sold locally. They also are usually delivered to your site at
no charge. Many options are available including windows, double doors,
skylights, metal roofing, roll-up doors and special siding.
Depending on the size and installation method of the shed, a building
permit may be required, so be sure and check with your local building
department before purchasing a shed. Also, check with your homeowner's
association to make sure there are no restrictions on installing a shed
in your neighborhood. Storage seems to be a premium in any home, and that
applies to outdoors as well as in. If you're searching for someplace to
store anything from lawn clippers to a lawn tractor, a handy outdoor storage
shed may be just what you need.
VINYL STORAGE SHEDS
For a quick and efficient solution to smaller storage problems, there
are a variety of storage buildings made from vinyl composites. They are
impervious to insects and just about any weather conditions, and won't
dent, chip, rust or otherwise deteriorate.
Not my favorite storage solution, but one of the most common solutions
for backyard storage. Available in kit form, there are a wide variety
of sizes and styles to choose from, as well as many different colors,
roof designs, door configurations, and price ranges.
You'll find metal shed kits in sizes ranging from as small as around 5
feet by 4 feet to 14 feet by 31 feet or even larger. Smaller sheds may
have only a single door, and the headroom will be limited. With the larger
kits, you get double doors and enough clear height inside to stand and
move around comfortably.
Metal sheds are sold in kit form, and while they're relatively easy to
assemble, they do require a few basic hand tools and fairly large amount
of patience - the typical kit has a plastic bag full of screws and nuts
that seem sufficient to assemble a small battleship. This is one time
where it really pays to lay out and check all of the parts, and follow
the instructions carefully to ensure a trouble free assembly.
Ensure the ground is level and building is squared for the easiest assembly.
For best results, mount the shed on a floor of concrete or pressure-treated
lumber. Mounting the shed to a solid surface is especially important in
high wind areas, where the lightweight enclosures might otherwise have
a tendency to depart your yard at an inopportune moment.
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