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.

Caring for your Steel Building

When it comes to steel or metal buildings, there really is not much maintenance required in order to keep these high quality storage buildings looking their very best. These steel buildings can provide you with clean and dry environments to store away all of your infrequently used possessions such as holiday decorations, summer sports or swimming pool equipment, lawn maintenance equipment and gardening tools.


Unlike wooden storage sheds that are typically less expensive and are made out of lower quality materials, steel buildings do not need to be constantly treated to prevent wear and erosion. They are solid so therefore they do not a lot of access points where mice, rats, insects or other pests can make their way inside and begin to build nests or destroy items. Moisture is also not a huge problem when it comes to dealing with metal buildings so you do not have to worry about keeping the place dry.


It is a good idea however to clean out your metal building or carport on occasion to make sure that no pests were able to somehow make their way inside and check for leaks every so often as well so that your items inside will not get damp during the next major storm. Aside from that, there really isn’t much that you need to do in order to keep your metal building, carports or steel building looking the way that it should at all times. The high quality materials that are used in order to construct each metal building that is on the market today help to ensure the fact that you will have your storage building around for many years to come and that you have made a worthwhile investment. Carport Empire carports and other structures can provide you with the right amount of protection in order to keep your vehicles and other items safe at all times.