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How to Choose the Best Storage Shed

Written by Joseph Biggs and updated on June 16, 2018
How to Choose the Best Storage Shed

A storage shed is the perfect solution for anyone wanting a little organization for their outdoor tools and equipment. It’s somewhere you can lock away your items and know that they’ll be protected from thieves and from the elements. Gardening alone brings with it a number of different tools, and having somewhere that’s easily accessible and near to where you’re working is a huge benefit.  

Things to consider when buying a new storage shed

Once you’ve made the decision to buy a new storage shed, the next thing you need to do is choose the one that’s going to best suit your needs. To help you in your mission we’ve put together a list of some of the things to take into consideration when buying a new shed:

Use

This is probably one of the first things you should consider as it will save you a lot of wasted time and money later on. Think about what it is you want to keep in your storage shed. Is it literally just to store some pots and a few gardening tools, or are looking for somewhere to put a lawnmower and compost bin also?

What you need to store in the shed will help to determine the next two points, which are what size shed you need and how much space you’re going to need to install it.   

Size

Once you know what you’re going to be storing in your shed, you can get a rough idea as to what size to go for. Always make sure you leave a little spare room a) for margin or error when measuring or estimating what you want to keep in there, and b) for anything extra you may purchase in the near future that will also need storing in the shed. 

Location

Determining the location of your new shed may be tougher than you first thought. With any storage shed that’s of a decent size, there are various factors to take into consideration when deciding on where it’s going to go. The first thing you need to make sure of is that the soil conditions where you're considering are adequate. Avoid any areas in which puddles form when raining.

Another thing to bear in mind is how much exposure to sun your shed will endure in your chosen spot. Being hit with direct sunlight all day will take its toll on just about anything, and your poor shed is no different. Too much sun on your shed may cause the interior and everything inside it to become very hot. It may also cause the paint on the exterior walls and roof to crack and peel. Avoid this, by looking for a place in your garden that’s partially shaded in which to put your shed. 

It’s important you also consider accessibility when deciding on the location for your shed. The chances are you’re going to have some heavy equipment in your shed, and the last thing you want to do is struggle to get anything out of it. So, when deciding on the location you need to ensure you have plenty of space in which to easily put things in and take things out of your storage shed.

Lastly, avoid any areas where there are particularly large trees. Roots can cause major issues if they grow up underneath your shed, as can falling trees and branches.       

Design

Once you’ve worked how much space you have available for your storage shed, you can start to think about the style of shed you’d like. Ideally, you should try and opt for a shed that complements your home. For example, if you have a country-style house, you may want to consider more of a rustic-looking shed. If your house is more formal-looking, a storage shed with similar formal features such as arched windows or wooden fascias may be more suitable.  

You should also think about the inside of the storage shed too, as in whether you want any shelving or not. Shelves are great if you have lots of small things to store in there. But, if you’re looking to put a few big garden tools such as the lawnmower and strimmer in there, you may find yourself fighting for headspace.  

Concealed or showpiece shed?

Another thing to consider when it comes to storage sheds is whether you want it to be concealed or something decorative to all to envy? The new trend to hit the shed market in terms of concealment is in the form of green roofs. These eco-roofs are typically made from low-maintenance plants and are great at keeping sheds cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Both turf and sedums are popular choices as they have shallow rooting needs and are readily available. 

Not only do these roofs increase biodiversity but they’re also great at keeping your shed on the down low. You can also help conceal your shed by painting the outer walls green and/or by covering them with an outer layer of trellis.   

Or, are you at the opposite end of the scale, looking for something with with a little more decoration. Showpiece sheds with all the bells and whistles are becoming a very popular option among homeowners today. There are shed featuring decorative timber work, sleek glazing, painted finishes, sharp steel detailing and so much more. Some sheds even double up as a summerhouse for that extra level of sophistication.

Quality materials/Weather resistant

Because storage sheds are exposed to the elements 24/7, it’s important you look for one that’s of high quality and not going to crumble at the touch of a slight wind. Most typical storage sheds are made from softwood timber, but you can also find both metal and plastic sheds for sale too. Wood is extremely durable, and as long as it’s been treated, it’s likely to last a long time. The downside is that wood sheds are liable to rotting and are not fireproof in any way.

Metal sheds, on the other hand, are strong, weather resistant and great at providing protection against fires. But, they’re are often expensive and hard to assemble. Plastic sheds aren’t a bad option. They won’t rot, are usually pretty easy assemble and are virtually maintenance-free. And because they’re lightweight, they’re quite easy to move if need be. The downside to plastic sheds is they’re not as strong and don’t bode well in extreme temperatures.      

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