Tips to Buying a Vinyl Shed

Storage sheds come in many different shapes and sizes. In fact, storage sheds come with so many options that our customers are often faced with the choice of purchasing a shed with aluminum siding, T1-11 siding, Hardi-plank siding, steel panels or vinyl siding. Each type of siding has its benefits to the customer but when a  shed is to be used for at-home-storage, many of our customers like to use vinyl siding. So to help you decide if vinyl siding is the right choice for you, we’ve created this post to discuss what does vinyl siding does for you and what are some things to look for when purchasing a vinyl shed.

Maintenance Free

The beauty of vinyl siding on a storage shed is that it is virtually maintenance free. However, to ensure that it will continue to be maintenance free for several years of storage, there are a few things to look for.  If you are storing larger and heavier items, it is important to look for pressure treated shed joists as well as make your floor a thicker concrete slab by about ¾ of an inch more. If for some reason the floor will be getting wet, (this could be because of wet items being stored immediately or just to hose off the interior of the shed occasionally) then purchasing a floor with water sealer of pressure treatment is ideal. By ensuring you have these things, you can know that you will have a beautiful shed that is maintenance free and that will protect and store your items for the years to come.

Is There Enough Room?

Sometimes we get caught up in the idea of a storage shed and forget to remember if we have enough room for one. The most common base for a vinyl storage shed or building is a base of ¾ inch stone that is 2 feet wider and longer than the shed. This creates a good base with plenty of space for the shed. If you can fit the base, you’ll be able to fit the shed. Also, it is important to consider that while getting a vinyl shed that is already put together and ready for installation is the best way to buy a shed, it can also mean trailers and large trucks needing space to deliver it to your intended spot. So be prepared to accommodate the extra space needed for delivery.

Customizable Benefits

Vinyl siding is perfect for at-home-storage because not only is it maintenance free and durable during all weather, it also has a more stylish look that adds to yards or at home storage areas. Vinyl comes in a large variety of color choices and are completely customizable (metal trim, roof shingle and shutter colors) to match your home. This makes your shed look like it was meant to go with your home and add value to your yard.

Sheds can also be created with windows, window screens and even shutters to create an even more cohesive look with your home. Sheds can also be customized with security systems and temperature control when you are storing temperature or expensive sensitive materials.

The benefits of vinyl for at-home storage is almost immeasurable but hopefully with this quick post and these tips, you can see how a vinyl sided shed may be the right choice for you and you will be able to chose a quality vinyl shed from Keens Portable Buildings.

Isn’t it time for a change from your wood garage?

Steel garages have come a long way in the past years and are changing the minds of most home owners that do not already have built-in garages. Unlike most steel garages, Keen’s has the option to allow you to customize your next garage, allowing it to have a personal touch and match your established home.

More importantly, Keen’s steel garages come with a quality and strength like none other. Before steel garages came about, we only had one option to contact a designer to create a wood garage from scratch. Although these wood garages were totally customizable, they came with a lot of cons such as production time, money spent verses home value, weather challenges and termite infestations.  Then as time pasted and the popularity of steel garages came about, most consumers realized that the benefits of a steel garage exceeded those of a wood garage except they all looked the same.

Some things to take note with Keen’s steel garages are that they will be:

  • Termite proof
  • Water-Resistant
  • Ideal for all weather
  • Not highly flammable as wood is


With Keen’s steel Garages, you not only get the high quality production of the steel and all of its benefits but you are able to do something most cannot with their steel garage; personalize.

Financing your new Car Port

If you’re looking for an affordable way to boost the value of your property, quality car ports by Keen’s Portable Buildings are a surefire solution. And yes – you can afford a beautiful new single-bay, double-bay or triple-bay car port, even if your credit history isn’t blemish-free.

Keen’s Portable Buildings knows that everyone hits a financial snag sooner or later. And this tough economic climate is forcing many homeowners to look for ways to keep their budgets in check. But life does go on. And protecting your valuables, particularly your vehicles, becomes even more important in such a time. Plus, if you’re looking to sell your home, any improvement you can afford will help. Realtors nationwide point to car ports as a no-fail way to boost your home’s resale value.

If your credit history is less than stellar, no worries. We’ve got multiple financing options that will allow you to buy a beautiful new carport with terms that fit your budget. We work with multiple outside lenders to offer you competitive interest rates. Qualified buyers can purchase new car ports with zero money down and take up to 84 months to pay. An interest-free account and 12 month same-as-cash financing options also are available. Don’t assume that a new, top-quality car port is out of your financial reach. Contact Keen’s Portable Buildings today and let one of our friendly representatives discuss your options.

If you plan to purchase your new car port online, we understand you may be concerned about safety of your sensitive information. Again – no worries! We work with Geo Trust, the world’s second largest digital certificate provider, to process your online purchase. Geo Trust securely transmits all of your personal information and financial transactions with the ultimate in online safety. More than 70,000 companies in more than 140 countries trust Geo trust for secure transmissions of credit applications and sensitive information.

With the purchase and installation of a beautiful, custom-configured car port, you’re sure to boost the enjoyment and resale value of your property. Browse our website to see all the available options, then contact us at 1-386-364-7559 today.

Solar Panels on Commercial Carports Save Companies Money

Companies nationwide are saving on energy costs and helping to improve the local environment by installing solar panels atop their commercial carports and buildings. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is spurring such efforts by granting funds for projects that result in a significant energy conservation and money savings benefit.

San Bernadino, CA’s Economic Development Agency this month reported that the recent installation of 1,400 solar panels atop its downtown building cut $7,000 from its $12,000 monthly electric bill. Las Vegas officials expect to cut city electrical costs by $300,000 a year via a plan to install solar panels atop carports serving city buildings. And on a much smaller, but equally impressive scale, officials in Bexley, Ohio are considering installing four commercial carports topped with solar panels in the parking lot of its police station, a move estimated to save the city $338,560 over 25 years. Companies of any size can benefit. And at Keen’s Portable Buildings, we think utilizing carports in ways that help save energy, cut costs and otherwise positively contribute to a community is a great idea.

Commercial carports by Keen’s Portable Buildings are made of sturdy 14-gauge standard steel tubular framing and 29-gauge standard steel roof and side panels. So they’re able to support solar panels used to capture and harvest energy for lighting in your carport and for your nearby building. Our metal commercial carports also can be certified to withstand heavy snow loads and wind speeds of 110mph, 130mph and 150mph, assuring that your full investment is protected.

If you’re looking to add commercial carports to your business’ property, Keen’s Portable Buildings is the place to call. We offer custom design and expert installation of single-bay, double-bay and triple-bay commercial carports and financing as low as 6.9 percent with flexible payment terms and zero-money-down offers for qualified buyers. Contact us today at 1-386-364-7995 to find out how a commercial carport can benefit your business.

Why Metal Carports are a Great Green Choice

These days, it’s all about “going green,” from the type car you drive, to the pest control products you use in your yard to the building materials you choose for your new or renovated home and metal carport. Keen’s Portable Buildings has you covered on one of those choices.

Our carports are built entirely of metal, which requires no harmful chemicals such as resin, wood treatments or pesticides that you typically see in traditional  construction, renovation and maintenance. Once it’s installed, a metal carport also is highly resistant to water, mildew and mold, which can emit toxins that make your family and pets sick.

Our metal carports are built to last, using heavy duty 29-gauge standard steel roof and side panels and 14-gauge standard steel tubular framing. If your metal carport is ordered certified, it’s specifically engineered to withstand heavy snow loads and high wind speeds common in your area, plus meet all the city, county and state building code and permitting requirements no matter where in the continental United States you live. Plus wood boring pests that can destroy a structure, such as termites, can’t eat through metal. Your certified metal building is guaranteed to stand firm for decades. But should you decide that its usefulness is over, metal building materials are 100% recyclable – a major “green” factor.

To further green your metal carport, consider insulation. Several environmentally-friendly insulation types including fiberglass, foam board and reflective insulation are easy to install in an enclosed metal carport and help conserve energy, further control moisture and resist pest invasions. Foam spray and rigid foam board insulation contains no HDFCs, VOC or Formaldehyde and does not settle or “gas off” over time and it completely seals your metal carport, blocking outdoor pollutants and allergens. And reflective insulation is made with aluminum foil – also completely nontoxic. These are important green considerations if you plan to use your enclosed metal carport as a workshop, office, studio, children’s playroom or for any other use that means you or the ones you love will be spending lots of time there.

Lighting your carport also can be eco-friendly. Install solar-powered lighting fixtures on the outside of your enclosed metal carport, or in and around your open structure. Motion sensor lights conserve even more energy and save money by activating only when someone is nearby.

To learn more about metal carports and their eco-friendly attributes, contact Keen’s Portable Buildings at 1-386-364-7995.