How to Choose a Garden Shed for your Home


We’ve all seen them in the neighborhood: the shed that looks like a bad DIY attempt at a tree house, the shed that is so rusted it could be mistaken for an unkempt garden tool, and the shed that is so out of place it looks like a spaceship. We’ve also seen the sheds that fit right into their environment and look as if they belong on the property. The difference between these two extremes comes down to an intelligent purchase decision. There are many things to consider when choosing a garden shed for your home.


Consider the Climate.

  • Consider the climate. If you live in a dry climate, it’s not as important to have a shed that’s well-insulated, as it is to have one with good roofing material. If you live in a wet climate, however, insulation becomes much more important and you’ll want some kind of water barrier on the roof.
  • Consider your needs. Do you plan on storing large items like lawnmowers or tools? Will they need lots of space? Or are they smaller items like hammers and nails that could be stored in drawers or cupboards?

Think About Size.

  • How big a shed do you need?
  • Do you have enough space for a large shed?
  • How much storage space do you need?
  • How many people will be using the shed?
  • How many tools do you need to store?

Find a Spot for Your Shed.

Find a Spot for Your Shed.

You’ll want to consider where you’re going to put your garden shed and how it will fit in with the landscape of your property. Some questions you may have include:

  • What’s the best placement? The optimal location is an area that receives full sun all day long, as well as having easy access to water, electricity and gas lines if needed. Keep in mind that some sheds are equipped with doors on both sides so that they can be accessed from the front or back of the house—and others even have double doors for use by two people at once!
  • How big should I go? The size of your shed depends on what type of space you need inside, but also consider how much equipment you need room for outside before making a decision about size. If this is just going to be used as storage space for tools then there’s no reason why something smaller couldn’t get the job done just fine too!

What Features Should You Look For?

There are a few features you should look for when shopping for a shed. The first is shelves and storage space. This might seem obvious, but you don’t want to buy a shed with no shelving or storage areas at all! A good quality garden shed will have plenty of shelf space to hold your tools, gardening products and other items so that they aren’t lying around the floor of your garage or in boxes.

Another important feature is windows. Windows allow air flow into the enclosed space of your garden shed, which prevents it from getting musty over time. If you have built-in lighting in your home office or living room, then consider buying a shed with lights inside as well—this will make it easier to do work on projects even at night! Lastly, look out for doors that lock; this way nothing gets stolen while you’re working outside (or if there are children running around).

Garden sheds come in many shapes and sizes but they all have one thing in common: they need locks so nobody can break into them when we leave them unattended — especially during winter months when people tend not use their gardens as much because it’s colder outside anyways.”

Consider the Material of the Shed.

  • Consider the Material of the Shed.

The material used for your shed will affect its durability and appearance. Wood is the most common option, but it can be expensive and hard to maintain. Metal sheds are cheaper but need to be painted regularly, while plastic sheds are inexpensive but require more assembly time and effort when putting together. Wood is more attractive and offers greater insulation than metal or plastic, though it is prone to rot if not properly sealed or maintained over time. Metal sheds are more durable than wood or plastic ones, but they’re also heavier so they aren’t ideal if you have limited mobility issues, such as arthritis or another type of disability that makes lifting heavy objects difficult.[5] Finally, plastic sheds tend to be easier to clean because they don’t absorb dirt like other materials do; however this comes at the expense of aesthetics since many plastics lack natural coloration which means stain removal may take longer depending upon how much buildup there is inside your new garden storage unit!

The Roof.

The roof of your shed must be durable and easy to maintain. It should also be able to withstand heavy snow loads, rain, wind and other natural disasters. The roof should also be able to withstand fire and extreme temperatures over time.

The most common types of roofs are metal, wood shingles, asphalt shingles (for sheds with a flat ceiling), cedar shake (for sheds with an angled or sloped ceiling) and composite shingles (for sheds with an angled or sloped ceiling). Some garden sheds have a hipped roof which means that they resemble the shape of an upside-down triangle when viewed from above.

Roof styles include: gabled roofs; shed dormers; pent roofs; hipped roofs

What Warranty is Included?

You should also look for a warranty that is transferable, as you might have to move it one day. A good warranty should cover the entire shed and not just the roof or doors. It should also cover any defects in materials or workmanship that may arise during this time period, so you can be sure your shed will last for years to come.

Get Recommendations for Sheds.

Once you’ve narrowed down your search to a few sheds, it’s time to start getting recommendations on which of these sheds are the best fit for your needs. You can ask friends, family members or neighbors who have experience with sheds if they would recommend one or some of them. You can also ask the building supply store in your area if they have any recommendations for different kinds of shed plans that may work well for you and your requirements. You can also talk about this with the local home improvement store and see if anyone there has experience using these types of sheds before as well as whether or not these would be suitable for what you need them for.

You can also ask other people in the community who sell these types of items what their top picks are when it comes down to purchasing something like this from such places such as Lowe’s or Home Depot because often times those companies will provide discounts on certain items during certain times throughout each year so that way everyone else who doesn’t know about those promotions will still be able to get access too them without having any problems whatsoever!

Use a Reliable Builder for Your Project.

Choosing a reliable builder is important. It’s best to get someone who has done similar projects in the past and has been happy with the outcome. If you know anyone that has recently built a shed, ask them who they used and what they thought of them. You can also look at their website and see if it looks professional and up-to-date. If there are no photos or information on their site, then this may be a red flag for potential problems down the road with your project. A good builder will also have references from past clients so you can call them to ask about their experience with this company before making any decisions on who will build your new garden shed for you!

If you follow these tips, you can find a shed that you’ll enjoy for years to come!

By following these tips, you can find a shed that you’ll enjoy for years to come!

  • Look at the size. Sheds are offered in different sizes, and depending on where your yard is located and what else is being stored there (if anything), it might be helpful to get a larger or smaller model.
  • Consider durability and quality of materials. The materials used in making your garden shed will determine how well it holds up over time—so don’t settle for something made from cheap parts! It’s worth paying extra for something that lasts longer than its competitors; this will save money down the road when repairs aren’t necessary as often because the initial investment was good enough to last through several seasons without needing any maintenance work done on them before they were ready to be replaced entirely because they had become too damaged due
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Now that you know a little more about choosing the right shed, it’s time to get started on your project. Whether you have a specific model in mind or are still trying to figure out what kind of shed will be the best for your home, our team at Naturecraft is here to help. We’ll work with you every step of the way to make sure that your new garden storage meets all of your needs and expectations. With over 20 years of experience building sheds in Ontario, we pride ourselves on providing quality craftsmanship coupled with outstanding customer service.

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