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.

Portable Storage Buildings for Farm Use

Farms are typically composed of permanent buildings. When it comes to adding on storage capacity, portable storage buildings constructed of strong steel are a great choice. Metal buildings are ideal for storing hay, seed, machinery and even animals. Sunlight and water can adversely affect the parts, tires, paint and other components of tractors and machinery. But a durable metal storage shed can protect machinery from such unfavorable conditions, with the result that such machinery would have lower repair and maintenance costs.

Some tips to follow when setting up a portable storage shed for farm use:

  • Orienting open-sided buildings from east to west minimizes sunlight exposure inside them
  • All portable storage buildings should be set up to meet local building code requirements
  • If hay is stored in the building, it needs to be kept dry. See that the building is well vented. If the peak of the roof is kept as open as possible, moisture can escape easily
  • The eave height and area of the building should be sufficient to meet storage needs

The advantages of purchasing a portable storage building far outweigh its cost. It’s important to buy the metal building from a dealer that offers customization support service.

Facts You Should Know About Portable Buildings

Today, portable buildings come in various designs, shapes and sizes and are sometimes difficult to distinguish from conventional structures. Here are some facts you should know about these buildings:

  • When you shop for a portable building, look for quality. Portable structures should be judged with the same yardstick as other structures. Consider the suitability for purpose and context, its aesthetic appeal and economy.
  • They do not require a conventional foundation and can be set up on concrete slab, black top or plain level ground. This makes them easy to set up.
  • They serve a wide variety of purposes – to store seasonal equipment, fixtures and furniture, for tack and feed; as a workshop; as an enclosed play space for children; as an office space, and much more.
  • They can be customized and upgraded. You can add doors, windows and other options as well as choose from different designs and colors for trim and roof. They come in different sizes to suit almost every kind of need.
  • You may require a building plan review and permit to set up a residential accessory building. Additionally, any electrical, plumbing or mechanical work may require a permit. The location you choose to set up must meet zoning regulations.
  • Their efficiency and durability depends a lot on material used. High quality steel and aluminum storage buildings are resistant to termites and pests, and are suitable for all-weather use.

Purchase your portable building from a reliable dealer to ensure quality as well as design and installation to suit your specifications.

Any residential accessory building larger than 200 square feet will require a building plan review and permit. Regardless of size, any electrical, plumbing or mechanical work will require a permit and all building locations must honor zoning and subdivision set backs.

Buying a Storage Building for Your Home

Once you’ve made the decision to purchase a portable storage building, make sure you go about it the right way. This will save you time and money.

First, consider your purpose. There are many different types of storage buildings – outdoor storage sheds, portable aluminum buildings, steel garages, and carports. Do you want a cover for your car or are you looking for a storage solution for your tools, garden equipment or other stuff? Do you want a barn-type carport? Having a good idea about its purpose can help you make a decision on the kind of portable building you need and its size.

The site of your storage unit is important. It could be set up on crushed stone or rock, a cement pad or level ground. Know your area’s zoning laws and site specifications before you choose the location of your building. Ensure it has proper drainage and all the trees and foliage can be cleared. See that there are no underlying utilities or cables that could interfere with the installation.

Make sure you choose a storage solution that is built to withstand the weather conditions in your area. Certified storage buildings are engineered to meet state and local wind speed and snow load. Your storage requirements would also determine the model you choose.

Access is crucial. It’s important that entry and exit is easy. How else can you put in and take out stuff easily?

Consider your budget. One of the most remarkable things about buying a storage building is that you can customize it to meet your needs. This means that a reliable portable storage building company can help you configure a model to suit your specifications and stay within your budget. Don’t worry too much about finance, though. With the right company, you can get convenient financing with a no credit check option.

Keen’s has all the resources, manpower and technology to provide professional guidance on the selection and installation of a suitable and affordable storage building for your home.