Stuffed full of implements, used to nurture seedlings, or just a place for you to escape to and work on projects, garden sheds are one of those things we’d all love to have in our backyard. Whether it’s used for hobbies, as a workshop or for storage, most people who have sheds customize them depending on their needs – by adding windows, ventilation, shelves, electrical outlets and the like. If you want a little extra storage for your home, these sheds are ideal for storing lawn and garden equipment. Corner, vertical, horizontal and tool sheds are just some examples. Adding shelves and hooks to your shed will give you the most storage space. They differ in size and in the complexity of construction, but have one thing in common: they are universally loved by gardeners and nongardeners alike.
A basic garden shed is now more than often made of steel secured to a frame. Wood garden sheds are typically larger and more expensive. The construction of these sheds can be customized however you want; they can be made to match your house by adding shutters, flowerboxes, finials, and weathervanes. Air conditioning, heat, furniture and ventilation can be added as well. See below for an example of a garden shed resembling a house and includes windows, a shingled roof, and electrical outlets. Used mainly for hobbies and even outdoor offices, these types of sheds are ideal for relaxing and working in.
Types of Sheds
Sheds can have several different uses:
– Garden sheds store lawn and garden equipment. They may also have shelving for potting plants and the like.
– Bike sheds can be as simple as a building with three sides and roof to more complex versions with doors that lock.
– Boat sheds are built to house boats and any related items.
– Agricultural sheds have several purposes. Some are used for storing hay, farm equipment or housing livestock. Sheds that have an open face are normally used for horses and cattle.
Climatic conditions play a part in influencing how the shed ought to be constructed. Certain kinds of materials will need to be used to suit different climatic conditions. Other than this there are no major considerations that have to be addressed prior to constructing your shed.
Sheds can be made of metal, plastic, wood or vinyl. Regardless of the material they are made of, each has benefits and pitfalls.
Metal sheds are fire and termite-resistant; however, they rust and can be damaged by high wind.
Metal sheds are a good choice when you want something that will last for a while. As with anything made of metal, eventually, they can start to rust. So keep an eye on this and treat it where you can. A popular metal shed is this simple but durable style that is 3.5″ taller than other models. No more ducking to get in!
Plastic sheds are UV light resistant and are cheaper than metal sheds. Plastic sheds are more durable and stable. You can add peg boards, shelving, attic storage, windows, skylights, and other accessories.
What To Look Out For When Shopping For The Ideal Plastic Shed
With such a vast range of plastic sheds currently available on the market, this section needs its own mention. It’s important to take the time to decide what will work for you and best suit your garden requirements prior to making a purchase. Key points to consider include the structure’s specification (e.g how big is it?) and any main product features (e.g does it come with a floor/skylight/guttering?).
If you live in the UK, we recommend checking out GardenSite and in particular their online guide to Which Plastic Shed Should I Buy? This article contains lots of useful information including a breakdown of the top plastic shed brands in the UK as well as answers to the most frequently asked questions about this topic.
Wooden sheds blend in well with landscaping. Boards on a wood shed will start to rot, split, and warp. Sheds made of wood require frequent maintenance. Staining, painting, and weather treating are required quite often for wooden sheds. While they may be beautiful, they can be almost as time-consuming as maintaining a garden or your yard. If you want a wood look without the maintenance, this Woodridge shed could suit you well.
Vinyl-sided sheds do not need to be painted and are the strongest ones available. Vinyl sheds are also the most expensive. They won’t rust, or rot and require no maintenance.
At the beginning of the 20th century and on up to the middle, most sheds contained asbestos. After the discovery that this material can cause cancer, it was discontinued and many were torn down.
Men seem to love their sheds because it gives them a place to go where they are less likely to be bothered.
Planning Permission for Garden Sheds
In some cities and towns before constructing a shed it is necessary to obtain permission to have such a structure on your property. If you are not sure about what your state laws are in relation to putting up sheds then you should consult a constructor who will advise you regarding the necessary paperwork.