Sheds & Storage Buying Guide
Sheds & Storage 101
Types of Sheds & Storage
Storage Sheds & Buildings
Storage Benches, Couches & Chairs
Outdoor Shelving and Accessories
• Choose lockable storage options and high shelving to keep hazardous items like fertilizers, propane bottles and charcoal out of children’s reach
• Plan your storage solutions so you can easily rotate seasonal items (bikes in summer and skis in winter)
Aluminum and galvanized steel sheds with high-quality locking systems provide extra security for expensive equipment like bicycles and riding mowers. Solid metal construction is also a deterrent to most animals. Most metal barn shelters are coated with baked enamel for years of durability and maintenance-free service.
Vinyl sheds are known for their strength and durability. They are virtually maintenance-free and can stand up to whatever is thrown their way, whether it’s extreme elements or wayward curveballs. Vinyl panels are made to exact standards for easy assembly and solid construction. Double-wall vinyl panels resist dents from tough play and rough weather, and a protective UV coating prevents fading. Steel-reinforced doors will provide added security, while protective UV coating helps prevent fading. Due to their lightweight construction, vinyl sheds are easy to assemble (and disassemble if you need to move your shed around your yard).
Graced with natural good looks, wood sheds blend beautifully into backyard settings and can be shingled and painted to match your home. When the nest empties and your storage needs diminish, you can easily transform your wood shed into anything from a playhouse for the grandkids to a relaxing sauna. If you keep your wood shed painted and maintained, it will give you years of practical, trouble-free use.
Hybrid Materials +
Hybrid sheds typically incorporate materials like wood and resin to offer the advantages of both: high durability and long-lasting visual appeal. Typical hybrids offer the beauty and good looks of natural wood construction on the walls. Resin is used for the floor and roof to resist warping, better endure the elements, and provide worry-free assembly and maintenance.
Ramps are an important accessory for storing heavy wheeled gear, such as riding mowers and motorcycles, in sheds with elevated floors. With a ramp in place, it's easier to roll into the shed, and the floor edge in the entrance is protected from wear.
Windows and skylights +
Windows and skylights increase visibility and reduce electrical costs by allowing natural sunlight into your shed. Windows and skylights also serve as attractive design elements that improve the appearance of your shed. Custom shutters and window boxes are additional options to enhance your storage shed.
A loft is a practical way to use every available inch of vertical storage space in your shed. It also provides a convenient place to store seasonal items. Bikes and lawnmowers, for example, can be stored on the bottom in summer, then moved overhead in winter to make room for skis and sleds.
It's best to use shelves designed to work with your specific storage structure. With shelves installed in your shed, you can more easily organize tools and materials to keep everything in its place.
Space is always at a premium, so go for the biggest shed your space and budget will allow. Assess your current and future storage needs before you buy, and measure out your site, allowing for extra dimensions like roof overhang. Make sure the shed's roof ridge is high enough for you to stand comfortably and the door is wide enough for bulky items like wheelbarrows.
Apex sheds have double-sloped roofs, which tend to be stronger than pent sheds. Pent sheds have a single sloped roof and can be positioned against a wall or fence to save space. Adding a window to either model will maximize natural light, allowing your shed to double as a greenhouse. Extendable sheds are also available, which allows you to expand your storage needs over time with optional kits.
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• Regularly oil locks, door and window hinges
• Sweep leaves and debris off the roof
• Prevent condensation buildup on metal sheds by using a vapour barrier under the foundation, keeping air vents open and using polystyrene on interior roof panels
• Scrub vinyl sheds with warm, soapy water and rinse with clean water
Assembly and Installation Tips:
• Build your shed on a dry, level foundation with good drainage, away from overhanging trees, damp ground and debris
• Make sure the foundation is at least 100 mm larger than the shed base and bevel the edges downward for drainage
• Assess if you need a power supply and hire a qualified electrician
• Check with your local planning office for restrictions on shed size and proximity to house and boundaries