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Tips for selecting the right shed for your needs

You know that you need a shed, but selecting the right one for your property can be overwhelming. To choose the shed that matches your needs, consider the following:

What is the desired purpose?
The first critical factor is the shed’s intended purpose. Will you use the shed to store garden tools, sporting equipment or pool accessories? Will the shed operate as a play house? A home office? Go with a shed size that will grow with your needs, if you want a shed for storage or a playhouse. For a home office, select a size large enough to allow you to work comfortably and meet both heating and electricity requirements.

What type of material do you prefer?
While plastic sheds are inexpensive, hold up well to the elements and work well for storage. But they are less appealing visually than other materials. Vinyl sheds offer a durable, weather-resistant, attractive alternative to plastic and work well as a long-term storage solution.

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Metal sheds are both light and easy to install. They’re also rust-resistant, require no maintenance in terms of painting, and are typically bargain-priced. The latest shed material on the market is resin, which is increasingly popular because it is virtually maintenance-free. Finally, wood sheds are traditional and lend a quaint look to your space, but require the most maintenance of any material. They are also prone to leaking and, in turn, rot. To circumvent this issue, ensure the shed roof includes overhangs on all sides.

How much time do you expect to spend in the shed?
If you plan to spend a lot of time in the shed, as would be the case for a home office or workshop, ensure that your selected shed comes with a wide enough doorway and threshold to avoid tripping or banging your limbs. Having the appropriate width also enables you to easily transport items in and out of the space. When shopping, look for a doorway that is wide enough for the largest piece of equipment or furniture you’ll be using in the shed. By the same token, ensure your shed provides enough headroom to prevent banging your head when entering or exiting or getting up from furniture.

Tips For Selecting The Right Shed For Your Needs

What is the aesthetics of your current space?
While you may plan to use the shed for solely utilitarian purposes, you want to have the outbuilding blend with the look of your current space. The shed should complement the design of your home and be in a colour that is harmonious with both your home and other elements of the property’s landscape. For example, use a window style similar to the one you have in your home. And, if your home is rustic or formal, select a shed that is also rustic or formal in appearance.

What is the best shed size for you?
A small shed is appropriate for storing your basic gardening or sporting equipment, while medium sheds provide basic storage and a small work area. Large sheds are for any other purpose- playhouse, home office, workshop, summer house, etc.

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