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Storage Sheds: Which Type is Right for You?

All American families who own a home share a common dilemma: Where do we store all this Stuff? If you own a home, you probably own lawn and garden tools and equipment, bicycles, recreational items and sporting gear, seasonal items, home improvement tools and supplies, keepsakes, and other items you want stored away and out of sight…the list is endless! For those who aren't lucky enough to move into a home with a storage shed already in place, the challenge of finding a place for everything so everything can be in its place is easier said than done! You try to stash some of your stuff here, some there, you try to make room in your garage, in your closets, in the basement… but eventually you admit defeat and begin your search for a storage shed.

Once your search begins, so do the questions. What's the easiest way to buy a storage shed? How big should my storage shed be? Should I get one that's vinyl, wood, plastic, or metal? What kind of features should I look for when it comes to structure? What kind of door is best? Do I need an anchor kit or foundation for my storage shed? Should I be paying attention to things like snow load and wind testing? What kind of maintenance will be required to keep my shed in good condition? What other questions should I be asking so I don't miss something really important and regret it later?

Although you're excited about your purchase, buying storage sheds can be stressful if you've never done it before. That's where Storage Sheds Outlet comes in. We take the hassle out of finding the best shed for your needs. You can shop conveniently and securely online or by phone in your slippers without leaving your home! Shipping is always included, so you never have to worry about hidden shipping costs. We offer the best sheds from some of the most trusted manufacturers, and we offer you our Low Price Promise.

Here are some guidelines to keep in mind as you shop for the perfect storage shed:

MATERIAL TYPE: There are lots of choices when it comes to the material your shed is constructed of. Here are some of the benefits of each:

Metal - Metal Sheds are the most affordable storage solution, making them a great option for those wanting to stay within a budget. The metal sheds offered by Storage Sheds Outlet are made of steel, making them durable and maintenance free. They come in several styles, shapes, and sizes.

Vinyl - Vinyl Sheds are also an affordable option. They are also maintenance-free and the all-weather vinyl never needs painting or treating. They will not rust, dent, rot, mildew, scratch or fade. They are also fire retardant and quieter inside than metal sheds.

Plastic - Plastic Sheds are similar to vinyl sheds in terms of their durability and lack of maintenance. They also can withstand greater temperature extremes. Because they are made of high-density plastic, they are very strong. Many people prefer the look of the plastic sheds over vinyl or metal. Plastic sheds also come with a floor included.

Wood - Wood Sheds are the most versatile in terms of their exterior, because they are painted by the homeowner. You have the option of painting your storage shed to match your home, and that is a big draw for many people. Certain features of wood sheds are customizable-door sizes and shingle color can be changed, cupolas, windows and window boxes can be added, etc.

SIZE: Many times, people will have a specific space where they want their storage shed to fit. Storage Sheds Outlet provides a Shop By Size chart that helps you conveniently see what sizes are available so you can be sure to purchase a shed that will fit in the space you have prepared. One other note: Many manufacturers will round up when they are listing the size of their sheds. To be sure that your storage shed will fit your space, make sure you check the exact dimensions always listed in the description provided by Storage Sheds Outlet on all our sheds.

FOUNDATION KIT: Purchasing a separate foundation kit is recommended if you wish to create a floor for your shed and raise it off the ground.

ANCHORING YOUR SHED: Some manufacturers offer separate anchor kits for anchoring the shed into the earth or concrete foundation. This adds stability and strength.

SNOW LOAD AND WIND TESTING: If you live in an area where high winds and/or snow is a concern, it's a good idea to watch for information regarding snow load and wind testing as you read through the descriptions of different storage sheds.

DOORS: Most people have various needs when it comes to the door of their storage shed. Some of the main things to keep in mind are: 1. Is the door padlockable; 2. Is it high enough to not have to bend down to enter the shed; 3. In what direction does the door open; 4. Is the door opening wide enough for your equipment, etc.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Here are some other features that might be important to you and which you should keep in mind as you shop for the perfect storage shed:

  1. Do you want something that's maintenance free (metal, plastic, and vinyl), or do you prefer to have a shed you can paint to match your house (wood)?
  2. Do you want windows and skylights for extra lighting in the interior of your shed?
  3. Do you need venting inside your shed through cupolas or screened vents?
  4. Do you want additional exterior and interior features like window boxes, interior shelving, tool hooks, etc.?

Even if you are still having trouble choosing the right storage shed, the professionals at Storage Sheds Outlet can help. Please don't hesitate to call our toll free number, 1-800-790-1540, and we'll gladly help walk you through the process of getting just the right storage shed to fit your specific needs. We're here to help!