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A storage shed is a handy backyard addition that keeps yard tools, lawnmowers, bicycles, outdoor furniture and other items off the lawn and out of sight, while keeping them accessible. They come in various sizes and shapes, and can range in price from about $1000 to $15,000. You can find them at home improvement stores, supercenters, warehouse clubs and specialty shed-selling companies.

The type of shed you choose depends on how much space you have in your backyard, what you’ll use it for and your personal preference in design and style. You may also want to consider zoning laws and homeowner association (HOA) regulations.

Wood is the most common shed material, and it allows for more customization in terms of size and aesthetically pleasing designs. However, it is prone to rot and insect damage, and requires staining or painting every few years. It’s also more expensive than other materials.

Metal sheds are more durable than wood and can stand up to weather. However, they can be noisy when you enter and exit. Plastic (or resin) sheds are more affordable than metal and offer a variety of colors, including vinyl and tan. Many manufacturers offer kits for do-it-yourself construction.

If you have the space, an A-frame shed is the classic outdoor shed design with a roof that slopes from side to side. It offers maximum headroom, making it easy to move ladders and other equipment in and out. They’re available in a variety of materials, with or without windows and double doors. Some even have lofts for extra storage.

Studio sheds are more elaborate, and can be used as a workshop or art or craft room, a she-shed or man cave, or an extra living space (if zoning and HOA rules allow). These typically feature a floor made of pressure-treated wood or concrete blocks, and a pad with layers of gravel or cement.

If you’re unsure of which shed is right for your backyard, you can get ideas at home and garden shows and browse online for pictures. You should also visit a few shed-selling outlets to compare models in person, and look at the quality of construction and features of each one. It’s a good idea to buy from a company that stands behind its products, and provides a warranty. Also, be sure to build a solid foundation for your shed. A pad made of concrete or gravel is recommended, although some shed manufacturers provide a concrete base and foundation with their products. Check with your manufacturer for details. Some, such as Penn Dutch Structures, even offer a rent-to-own option on their sheds. This way, you can add a new shed to your backyard without paying for it in full at the time of purchase.

Wisdom Gumede
Author: Wisdom Gumede