Shed Building Hacks: Ideal Size, Base, and Roofing Material

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A backyard shed should be a staple in homes, but since restrictions exist, many people opt out of them, convincing themselves that it’s not necessary, anyway. However, considering that people’s leading reason for relocating is a lack of storage space, you’ll realize that a shed is an absolute necessity, after all, or you’ll just wind up again to the cycle of moving in and out due to insufficient storage.
When you finally start building a shed, keep in mind that it should withstand harsh weathers, especially if you live in a state like Florida where storms can be pretty intense. Settling for a shed with cheap and substandard structural components will defeat its purpose and compromise the security of the items you’ll store inside.

Below are some tips on building a durable shed.

Ideal Size

The top mistake people make with their sheds is downplaying its size. They may cite the zoning restrictions for doing this, but restrictions don’t entirely forbid property owners from building a bigger shed. Just check with your local building department before getting started, and obtain a permit for a bigger shed. Ascertain that the materials you’ll use and the area you’re building the shed on are approved by the local building department so that you’d be granted the permit.

So what is the ideal size for a shed, then? If you have a certain size in mind — a 6 x 6, for example, then make that double. It’s always safer to end up with at leasttwice the original size on your plan to ensure that you’ll never run out of storage space.

Choosing a Prefabricated Shed

If you’re opting for a prefabricated shed to save time, pick a material that suits your area’s environment and climate, and your lifestyle. If you choose a thin metal-sided shed, it may suffer dents if you have kids who like to play ball on your backyard. A vinyl-sided shed, on the other hand, can be great, but not if you regularly use a weed eater that may damage it.

Building a Solid Base

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Even you’re just buying a prefabricated shed, building a strong base or foundation for it still essential. Without a base, termites and other pests may be encouraged to nest underneath, affecting the things you’ll store inside, and the shed itself.

Typical sheds are supported by solid concrete blocks or timbers (a.k.a. skids), both of which are tough materials. They must be perfectly level to the ground and close enough to support the shed’s floor frame. Set them in a 4-inch deep bed of compacted gravel to keep it stable even when soil erosion occurs. For large sheds, it’s recommended to use a plate compactor to dig your foundation.

Choosing a Roofing Material

It’s best to consult and hire a roof installation expert when you’re already at this stage of your shed construction. But if you’re on a budget and would rather DIY, a roll roofing may work for you, as it’s affordable, thin, and easier to install than shingles. You can use nails to install a sloping roll roof, but if it’s flat, a torch-down installation method may be needed.

Asphalt shingles are of course also great for sheds. The quality of standard-grade shingles is superb, but if you prefer an even tougher material that may add value to your property as well, go for shingles with a premium-grade material.

Following these smart tips, you’d surely end up with a shed that’s both beautiful and highly functional. Don’t forget to secure it, too; use tough padlocks and keep the windows shut and covered. Having the items inside your shed seen through the windows may tempt burglars, so don’t be lax on security.

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