No matter how hard you try, most people don’t have enough storage space. That’s why outdoor sheds are such a great idea. Our complete guide to outdoor sheds can help you choose the perfect shed for your needs and budget. If your budget is tight, find out how you can Rent-To-Own a beautifully crafted outdoor storage shed. Contact Classic Building Sales today.

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Outdoor sheds are the perfect answer to your storage needs.

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Chapter 1

An outdoor shed is a relatively simple roofed structure that is usually located in a backyard and is used for extra storage. Most outdoor sheds have a single-story, however, some are now being built with an additional loft or second story to provide even more storage. Other uses for outdoor sheds include:

  • storing gardening and lawn equipment
  • providing space for starting plants
  • acting as an outdoor workshop
  • giving extra space for tool storage and items you can’t fit in your garage
  • housing overnight guests
  • providing a quiet retreat for doing crafts and hobbies
  • sheltering animals
  • entertaining your children as a playhouse
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Your children will enjoy hours of fun in this adorable playhouse.

Chapter 2

There are three main types of outdoor sheds: plastic or resin, metal, and wood.

Plastic / Resin: Plastic sheds are an economical choice and if they are installed properly, they can be quite durable and relatively maintenance free. They are very lightweight which makes them easy to move, however, their walls are not suitable for hanging heavy items.

Metal: Metal shed are strong and quite affordable. Their biggest drawback is that although they can adequately solve your storage requirements, they are usually not very attractive and do little to add any kind of curb appeal to your property.

Wood: Wooden sheds are very strong and durable. They are probably the best looking and the most customizable shed option. They can be custom designed to complement your home and they can be easily painted in a color to perfectly match. Wooden sheds also provide a great atmosphere to work inside.

For a more in-depth comparison of the three types of outdoor sheds, read this post entitled Resin Sheds vs Vinyl Sheds vs Wooden Sheds.  The following is a comparison of the three types of sheds.

Wooden Sheds, Resin Sheds, vinyl sheds

Chapter 3

The Lower Price Is Not Always the Best Choice: It’s not always the best idea to just choose the lowest priced shed you can find. A lower price often means that the quality is lower as well. Spending a few hundred dollars on a higher quality shed will mean that your shed will last longer and therefore the total cost of ownership will be lower than if you purchase one that will need repairing or replacing in a few short years. For example, if you purchase a shed with a superior siding such as the Smart side vertical panel, your siding will be guaranteed for 50 years so it will virtually never need replacing. If you would like a higher quality shed, but you don’t have the cash upfront, then some companies will offer you great financing options such as Rent-To-Own.

Consider Your Shed as an Extension of Your Home: A storage shed is not only a handy place for extra storage, but it can also add to the overall appearance of your property. An unattractive, utilitarian building will do little to add to the curb appeal of your home, however, a well-designed shed, built to complement your home, can add a great deal of value. A custom-built shed can be designed to perfectly match your house and be an eye-catching addition to your landscaping.

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An attractive outdoor shed can add beauty to your backyard.

Make Sure You Choose the Correct Size: When choosing the size of shed you are going to buy, you should take into account what you are using it for and how much space you have available in your yard. Measure the width of the largest item that you want to store inside and make sure that the shed you choose has wide enough doors to easily maneuver it in and out. Some sheds come equipped with large double doors, which are perfect for larger pieces of equipment such as snowblowers or four wheelers. if you have a smaller backyard, you could consider a shed that is two storeys high or that has a built-in loft for extra storage.

Chapter 4

Buying a used shed may save you money, but there are some things that you should consider before deciding whether it is your best choice.

Condition of the shed: Ask the seller why they are selling. If it is because they are selling their home and want their garden to appear bigger or that they are buying a larger shed, then you may be getting a good shed at a good price. However, don’t take the seller’s word for it. Carefully investigate the condition of the shed, checking for things like visible signs of damage such as cracks, warping, rust, rot or termite infestation. Take a good look at the roof to make sure that it isn’t leaking. Check the walls for stains or signs of mold or mildew. Examine the base to make sure that is it solid and not rotting if it is wood or corroding if it is metal.

How Can You Move It?: Find out if the shed can be moved in one piece and if so, whether you can get access to a vehicle that is able to safely transport a building of that size. If it can’t be moved in one piece, how difficult will it be to take it apart and then put it back together?

The following video shows how the professionals at Classic Buildings expertly deliver one of their new sheds.

Once you take into consideration the condition of the shed and the extra cost, time, and energy involved in getting to your home, you may decide that the difference in price after adding in these extra costs is really not worth it and purchasing a new shed that will be delivered and set up by professionals is actually the better choice.

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Buying a new shed has the advantage of getting it delivered and installed by professionals.

Classic Buildings – For the Highest Quality Outdoor Sheds

If you are looking for a wooden storage shed, do not hesitate to contact Classic Buildings now! Our wooden sheds are built with the highest quality materials by only the most skilled craftsmen. We offer a wide variety of features and options so your wooden shed will be custom-built to suit all of your wants and needs. 

If spending the extra money to get a high-quality shed with the best type of siding is a concern for you then you will be pleased to find out that Classic Buildings provides financing and most people even qualify with no money down. Contact Classic Buildings today or visit the location nearest you to find out how easy it is to Rent-To-Own your own building.

Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes permit requirements depend on the size of your shed.

Classic Buildings has locations throughout the Midwest, including various Missouri cities (St. Louis, Arnold, Columbia, St. Charles, Rolla, Linn, Springfield, Jefferson City, Kansas City, and Washington Missouri). We are located in Swansea, Illinois and Kansas and deliver throughout the Midwest, and, in some cases, nationwide!

If you would like to take a look at Classic Buildings’ storage sheds, check out our brochure, or visit one of our locations to see our sheds firsthand! 

“It was a pleasure working with confident and qualified people. The workmanship and materials are second to none…I would recommend Classic Buildings to anyone who requires a building for storage, recreation or whatever your needs are.”
– Mike Dinello
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10 Considerations When Buying Outdoor Storage Sheds