Storage sheds are a great solution to your home storage needs. You will find a variety of styles, sizes, price points, materials, and levels of quality on the market today. To help you make sure that you are getting the right shed for the best value, we’ve put together a complete 2019 buyers guide to purchasing your perfect shed. For the highest quality storage shed, at a price you can afford, contact Classic Buildings today.

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Storage Sheds: The Complete 2019 Buyers Guide – Index

Anytime, not just the summertime, is a great time to gain that extra space that you need in order to get organized. This Storage Shed Buyers Guide is designed to help you make that purchase wisely. Click on the links below to go immediately to the section of the guide that you want or start at the beginning and work your way through to the end.

1. Why Buy a Storage Shed Instead of Renting Self Storage Space
2. Most Common Uses for Storage Sheds
3. Will a Storage Shed Add to or Decrease the Value of Your Home?
4. Comparison of Plastic, Metal and Wood Sheds
5. Average Price Ranges for Storage Sheds
6. Ways to Increase the Lifespan of Your Shed
7. Tips on How to Find the Best Shed Supplier in Your Area
8. Unique Shed Ideas




1. Why Buy a Storage Shed Instead of Renting Self Storage Space

If you need extra storage, but don’t have a lot of extra money to invest in a storage shed, you may be considering the option of renting space in a public storage facility. While this may seem like the more economical choice, in reality, there is a better option: rent-to-own. Renting-to-own a storage shed is far superior to paying for public storage for several reasons:


You can actually rent-to-own your very own custom-built storage shed from as little as $85 per month. That is comparable to the cost of renting a similar space in a public storage unit .

Payments End:

Once you have made your final payment, your shed belongs to you. There is no need to continue paying a monthly fee. If you choose the public storage route, you will have to continue making payments as long as you are using the space. So in effect, paying towards the purchase of your building instead of renting is actually cheaper over the long term.



It is so much more convenient to have your things stored right on your property where they are easy to access at any time of the day or night. You can get them when you need them instead of having to drive to the location where your storage unit is. If you require storage for your gardening supplies and equipment, it doesn’t make sense to have them stored off your property.

Building Equity:

Making a monthly payment that is actually going towards the purchase of a portable building instead of a rental fee, means that you will be the owner of that building once the last payment is made. You will have something to show for those payments unlike renting a space where all of your monthly payments are going to your landlord and once you finish with the arrangement, you will have nothing to show for it.



2. Most Common Uses for Storage Sheds


Gardening Supplies:

If you love gardening, then a storage shed can become your best friend. It will give you the extra space that you need to store your various sized pots, potting soil, and fertilizer – not to mention all of the tools that you will need such as pruning shears and weeders. If you get your shed customized, you can add extra windows so that you have plenty of light to start your seedlings indoors and protected from late frosts. Make sure you also include a workbench and shelves to keep everything neat and organized.




If you want some extra room in your garage, you can purchase a storage shed that will hold your lawnmower, hoses, rakes, weed-eater, and gas cans. If you have a riding lawn mower, you will want to make sure that you purchase one with double doors and a ramp for easy access in and out of your shed. Installing a tool rack will also help keep your lawn care tools tidy and easy to find.




If your family likes camping, then you probably know that your camping equipment can take up a lot of space. Instead of trying to squeeze it all into various corners of your home or garages, why not store it altogether in one storage shed? You’ll always know where it is and packing up for that next camping trip will be a breeze.



Sports Equipment:

Playing sports is great for your health as well as an awesome way for your family to spend time together. Many sports, however, require a lot of equipment and therefore a lot of storage space. An outdoor shed can be the best place to store all of your sporting equipment. Whether your family is into f00tball, baseball, skiing, tennis, fishing, or basketball, a storage shed in your backyard can comfortably and safely hold all of the things that you need to enjoy these sports.


skiing equipment



Cycling is a great way to get fit, but if each member of your family has their own bike, they can quickly take up a large portion of your garage space. Get those bikes out of your garage and store them in a shed in your backyard where they will be safe and protected from the elements.




If you are a handyman or handywoman, a tool shed is the perfect place for you to store your precious tools. You can have your shed customized with additional shelving, tool racks and workbenches. These items can also help you not only start, but actually finish all of those DIY projects that you have been wanting to do.



Craft Supplies:

When you think of a storage shed, doing crafts may not usually come to your mind. However, if space is limited in your home, a shed can become a great solution for not only storing your craft supplies, but it can also be a quiet retreat where you can escape to and create to your heart’s content.



3. Will a Storage Shed Add to or Decrease the Value of Your Home?

Storage sheds can both add and detract from the value of your home. In order to add value a shed should:

  • Be in good condition and be high quality
  • Match the style of your home
  • Have the correct permits
  • Have a specific purpose such as a garden shed, workshop, or granny suite

A storage shed however can decrease the value of your home if it:

  • Is in poor condition
  • Is too costly to maintain or repair
  • Doesn’t match the style of your home
  • Doesn’t have a desired purpose such as an unused chicken coop



4. Comparison of Plastic, Metal and Wood Sheds

The most common materials that storage sheds are made from are plastic (also referred to as resin or vinyl), metal and wood.

Plastic Sheds

Plastic sheds are easy to maintain and they are rot, insect and rust resistant. Because they are the lightest option, they are very easy to move. Even though they are very durable, they are less sturdy than their wooden counterparts and cannot support a lot of weight on their walls.

Wood Sheds

Wooden sheds are usually the most expensive option. However, they generally look the best and with the proper care, can last a lifetime. They are very strong and are probably the easiest of the three types to customize. They come in numerous shapes and sizes and can even be designed to perfectly match your home.

Metal Sheds

Metal Storage Shed on Kijiji

Source: Metal Storage Shed on Kijiji

Metal sheds are the least expensive option and they require little maintenance such as painting or treatment against insects. They are very durable, however, over time they may be susceptible to rust and corrosion. They are usually difficult to customize and they are the least attractive of the three options.

To learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of plastic, wood and metal sheds, click here. The following infographic will give you a great overview of the advantages and disadvantages of the three types of shed materials.


pros and cons of wood, metal, and plastic sheds


5. Average Price Ranges for Storage Sheds

There are so many different styles, sizes and types of storage sheds that it is difficult to give you specific prices, however, we have put together some average price ranges for the most common sizes.

Metal sheds are by far the cheapest to purchase. However, they may not be the nicest to look at and they probably won’t add value to your property. Even though wooden sheds are usually the most expensive to purchase initially, if they are quality made and well maintained, they could last much longer than their metal counterparts. If you are concerned about the higher investment but would like a better quality shed, you could consider an option like rent-to-own or purchase through a company that provides financing with no money down.


6. Ways to Increase the Lifespan of Your Shed

Keep Your Shed Clean:

Spring cleaning is not only a good idea for your home but it also applies to your shed. Giving your shed a good thorough cleaning at least once a year will not only make it look better, but will also help it to last longer. Check for any signs of mold or mildew on the inside and the outside and remove that. For more extensive cleaning instructions, click here.

Fill in Any Cracks in Your Wood Shed:

Cracks in wood can develop over time. To prevent them from getting bigger, fill them in with epoxy and wood dust. The following video will show you how to do this.


Fix Any Cracks in Your Plastic Shed:

Just like a wooden shed, a plastic one can also develop cracks over time. It is important to catch the crack early so that it doesn’t become larger. You can fix it by taking a piece of plastic (the same type as your shed purchased from a hardware store) and welding it over the cracked surface. This is not an easy job, so you may want to hire a professional to do it for you. Click here to learn the whole process.

Fix Any Rust Spots on Your Metal Shed:

The sooner you catch a rust spot and fix it, the better. You will need to thoroughly clean the rusted area by removing the rust and any damaged paint until the spot is bare. Apply a clear sealant and rust neutralizer to the area. You may need to apply a second coat to the spot.


Classic building staff

The friendly staff at Classic Buildings really cares about their customers


7. Tips on How to Find the Best Shed Supplier in Your Area

Look for a supplier with a good reputation:

You can check out online and trustworthy sites like the Better Business Bureau to find out something about the reputation of the dealer.

Use a local supplier that has been in business for a long time:

If the supplier has been in business for a reasonably long time and they are locally owned and operated; it is probably a good indicator that they are good at what they do. It is difficult for a local business to stay in business for very long if the products they produce are bad quality and their customer service is poor.

Ask past customers about the supplier:

If you know someone who has dealt with the supplier in the recent past, ask them their opinion. If you have friends or family that have dealt with them, then that is even better! If you don’t know anyone who has dealt with them, you can go online to find customer testimonials.



8. Unique Shed Ideas

Storage sheds do not have to look like a big ugly box in your backyard. There are many unique and beautiful designs and styles that will complement not detract from the curb appeal of your property. The following is a selection of lovely shed designs that you can choose from. Or take some inspiration from the photos and design your own custom shed to your exact specifications.


Unique storage shed

Unique storage shed by Classic Buildings


Quaint storage shed

Quaint storage shed by Classic Buildings


"Cute as a button" shed

“Cute as a button” shed by Classic Buildings


Dog Kennel

Dog Kennel by Classic Buildings


children's playhouse

Children’s playhouse by Classic Buildings


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Purchasing a high quality, custom crafted storage shed doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, and you don’t need to wait until you have enough money saved to buy one. Contact Classic Buildings today or visit the location nearest to you and find out how easy it is to rent-to-own your own beautiful wooden shed. We provide financing and most people can even qualify for $0 money down.

Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes permit requirements depends 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! 

“Your company produces such a quality storage building! You can tell that quality went into it because the quality just shines through it. Even the delivery was a class act. All of you do a great job.” – Rick Franklin
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