Tag Archives: garden sheds

Shed Materials What Is The Best Material

Shed materials

Storage sheds can be built from materials that might not be practical for larger buildings. Of course, they can be built from standard building materials as well. I have seen brick and stone buildings built for the sole purpose of storage, and while that is nice if it fits your overall look, and you are willing to spend the money, it is not necessary in most cases. There are cheaper materials available which can be coordinated with most other building materials and landscapes.

Plastic sheds

Plastic sheds can be molded, or extruded. Plastic sheds offer a measure of style and versatility, as well as an added level of durability for the shed buyer, and they can be watertight. The earliest plastic models suffered from ultraviolet rays which produced some brittleness and powdering, but newer generations have suffered much less from this problem. Plastic sheds can be made as horizontal boxes for storing small equipment like patio and pool tools, as well as standard gardening tools. They can be vertical buildings more akin to standard storage buildings as well.

Vinyl sheds

Vinyl sheds, are closely related to plastic sheds in material, and wood sheds in construction. They work well for common uses, and can be built to match most home siding without interfering with the overall aesthetic.

Wooden sheds

Wood sheds are excellent as garden sheds. They can fit into all types of surroundings from ultra modern to aged Japanese tea rooms for more detailed gardens, and as long as they are properly maintained, they will last a lifetime. Do not underestimate the need for maintenance. You should be prepared to clean and reseal the building once a year, or at least every 18 months.

Steel shed with window and roll up door

Metal sheds

Metal sheds are durable and last a long time with little maintenance. Of the different types available, steel sheds with galvanized primed and painted sheet steel are some of the best values on the market. Many have as much as a 25 year warranty on rust through, and most will last much longer without problems. Minimum maintenance can easily expand the life of such buildings beyond that of their users.

Shed plans are easily available, so are kits, or if you are not the do it yourself type, the prices for such buildings are already pretty low.

What is the best shed material for you?

The best shed material for you and your shed depends mostly on what you want and need, and it’s intended use.  Do a little research, and find out what will work best in your situation before you jump in. You can find a lot of information right here on this site.

Portable Buildings Need And Uses

Portable Buildings Need And Uses

The need for portable buildings

Almost everyone needs storage space at one time or another. The nature of modern life is that we need some things periodically, and temporarily, and between those times, they have to be placed somewhere for safe keeping.

This is true of our tools, our recreation equipment, and even our documents. Portable buildings offer an option that is versatile, and of course, movable for other future uses.

Portable buildings are utility buildings

Portable buildings are utility buildings that are movable. Portable buildings are versatile, which is the utility part of the equation, and they are small enough to be moved, which adds to the utility.

Portable buildings: Why they are needed.

A portable building suitable for many purposes

If you fit into any of these groups a portable building can help:

  • We are moving more often as a society. we are just becoming more nomadic or transient as time goes by. It is easy for people to move, but our goodies may need a place to stay for a while.
  • We are a society of collectors and pack rats. We just accumulate a lot of stuff!
  • Our garages are full. We have more cars and less parking space. Often we need to remove the things from our garages, to provide parking for our boats and atv’s, not to mention our cars!
  • We have more retirees than ever before, and these folks usually want to move into smaller places, or need a little hobby work space.
  • Foreclosures. Victims of foreclosures tend to down size, and need extra space to store some of the down sizing leftovers until they can get back into the homes of their dreams.
  • College students need short term storage during school year brakes. Summer brakes can mean no place to store all those dorm room goodies.
  • Downsizing operating space. As space goes for a higher and higher premium it can become necessary to down size business operation space, and a need for storage space is created.
  • Lawn, landscape, and pool businesses and other small operations often work out of storage buildings. As small businesses grow, storage needs grow.
  • Salesmen need storage to store samples.
  • Online sales spur the need for storage. Buying on line storing out back, and shipping as needed have become normal activities.
  • Home based businesses. As people work more and more from home, they have more and more things to ship and store.
  • The need for maximizing available office space may make it necessary to move some of the less used documents or equipment to another location like a portable building.

Portable buildings for storage and workspace

Almost everyone in the United States of America could use a little extra space for storing things that are not used as often as others that we might want to keep close at hand in our homes, offices and shops. There is also a growing need for workspace, of both the office, and workshop type for home and small business use. In most cases, craftsmen, tradesmen, and home owners need both storage space and workspace. We decided to make a general list of businesses and trades, and without being too specific we easily compiled this one. It would be easy to get more specific. You could add to the list under general contractors, such trades as plumbers and trim carpenters.

Portable buildings: Who needs them

  • Accountants need portable storage buildings for document storage.
  • Air Conditioning and heating contractors need space for parts and units being held until installation.
  • Appliance dealers, installation, repair and maintenance technicians need portable buildings to store parts, and appliances for future installations and repair space.
  • Auto Repair technicians need places to store tools, and parts for future use.
  • Builders often need on site offices and storage facilities for materials that need to be kept dry. Portable buildings work particularly well for this purpose.
  • Cabinet Makers and installers sometimes need extra space for holding finished products until installation, or extra materials.
  • Carpet installers need to keep products dry before installation.
  • Dry wall installers have sheet rock and tape, bedding, and texture materials which need to be stored in a safe dry environment.
  • Electricians need to keep their materials safe and dry.
  • Farmers need extra space for storing materials and equipment.
  • General contractors often have a variety of construction related items which need temporary storage such as building materials, hardware, and fixtures, and have need of portable buildings for portable office space.
  • Health, medical billing and medical equipment agencies need places to store documents and equipment as well as other items related to the medical industry.
  • Hobbyists of all types, whether creating small furniture, crafts, or just about anything else you can imagine need portable buildings to work and store materials and products.
  • Janitorial services need places to house supplies.
  • Landscape and lawn care companies can use portable buildings for storing tools and the materials used in this trade, as well as repair shops for equipment.
  • Masonry, supplies such as Portland cement need to be kept dry until mixed for use.
  • Nurseries need tool storage space, and a place to keep fertilizers, pesticides, and other nursery growing related materials.
  • Pest control services must have storage for pesticides, and the tools of the trade such as sprayers and spreaders.
  • Pool cleaning and supplies. Chlorine, baking soda, and other chemicals used in this industry require dry storage.
  • Property management storage involves storing a variety of materials and tools related to building and property maintenance.
  • Real estate agencies needing a place to store signs, left behind goods, and other items related to the industry.
  • Remodeling contractors need all types of plumbing electrical, hardware, and appliance storage space.
  • Roofing contractors need space to store shingles and felt as well as other supplies.
  • Small engine repair requires a place to work, and the tools and materials for doing the job. Portable buildings work well for both needs.
  • Tile workers use a variety of grouts and other masonry materials that need dry storage.
  • Upholsterers need portable building space for storing fabrics and working.

Portable buildings can create instant office space, workshop space, craft and play space, and even space for storage.

See also: