Prefabricated Storage Sheds - How To Choose The Right One

Building prefabricated storage sheds really does take the hassle out of shed building. There's no need for complicated plans, no searching in different places for the right materials or hardware. Everything comes in a kit with ready made instructions, all the necessary screws, nails and fixings, and the appropriate roofing. With just a couple of days work, even shorter with some designs, you can have your shed built and ready to use for many years to come.

Many people opt to build their own shed from scratch for the personal challenge and satisfaction of envisioning a project and taking it through to completion. However if large diy projects don't 'float your boat' a prefabricated storage shed is a great solution.

There are many different styles, sizes and designs to choose from in each of the three main materials; plastic, metal and timber.

Most of the main storage shed brands also offer a good range of accessories so that you can customize your shed to give it that individual and unique touch. There are windows and flower boxes, weather vanes and shelving units. You'll most likeley be able to find everything you need to make your shed suit your individual requirements.

Size and style

Before you decide what type of storage shed you prefer, it is a good idea to determine where you are going to site the shed in your backyard. Even if you have a small postage-stamp sized yard there are sheds to suit, that won't take up too much space. A solution in this case is the vertical, horizontal or yardsaver style sheds. The yardsaver style is a style of shed with roof that sopes towards the front of the shed . The shed can be placed against a house wall, thus making the most efficient use of space.

The choice of shed type will depend upon what you intend to use it for. A small prefabricated storage shed is great for tools, but if you want to store your patio furniture in the winter, alongside your lawnmower and a workbench, you'll need something much larger with ventilation and stronger flooring. Take some measurements of your larger items or workbench before you shop to give you a better idea of what size you'll need.

Which material is best?

The prefabricated storage sheds on the market today are sold in a variety of materials, including vinyl, metal, plastic, and wood, or a combination of different materials. No matter what your budget or storage needs, you'll find something to suit you.

Vinyl sheds are popular and are very low maintenance. They will last for many years and they do not rust or rot. Some of the plastic and vinyl shed kits are very simple to put together.

Metal sheds are also low maintenance and generally the least expensive. They are a quick fix for your storage needs but it's important to make sure you get a metal shed that is rust resistant and comes with a rust warranty. One of the other benefits of metals sheds is that they are fire resistant, so can be good for storing paint, chemicals and any type of fuel.

Wooden prefabricated storage sheds, like those manufactured by Heartland, are also very popular. They add some charm and character to your yard and are typically very robust and durable. You will need to treat and paint the wood regularly but that means you can paint and shingle your shed to match your home, giving your yard a nice finished look.

No extra purchases??

Prefabricated storage sheds usually come with all the instructions and materials you need to make the shed itself, the doors, windows and any other accessories that are included or you've paid extra for.

A point to watch here is that some sheds are not supplied with a floor. The purpose of this is partly because some people already have a base to fix the shed to also it makes the shed base price look cheaper so check this one out before you buy.

If you're not an enthuisiastic builder, a prefabricated shed is the storage solution for you. Even though they require some construction, everything is included, instructions are usually very easy to follow and you won't need a lot of extra tools – just a hammer, screwdriver and level should be all you need.

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