Sheds

Types of shed

A shed is a convenient and inconspicuous way to store all of the items that otherwise overflow into every part of a house. Sheds are most commonly placed in a backyard, as a dedicated storage space for items such as bicycles, lawnmowers and garden tools, ladders, or items that need to be discarded or repaired. They can also be used as potting sheds, providing gardeners a separate space for their soil and tools. Many people use them as children's playhouses, decorating them as everything from miniature log cabins to fairy-tale castles. They work well as studios, home offices, and workshops, allowing homeowners to work without disturbance, and without the worry of creating too much noise or mess in the house. They are available in a variety of sizes, styles, and materials, and can be adapted to suit almost any purpose. They usually come in one of two shapes: apex or pent. Apex sheds have a roof that comes to a point in the middle, similar to a house, while pent sheds have a roof that slopes from a high side to a lower side.

Shed Materials

Garden sheds are traditionally made of wood, which blends in better with its surroundings, and can be painted or stained to complement the garden. Softwood is the most common, because it is one of the cheapest. Though most wood is treated with preservative, it is best to use pressure-treated wood. Wood sheds do require frequent maintenance, however, and must be treated with preservative every few years. Cladding, also called weatherboard, is the least expensive type of wood used, but it is also the least weatherproof. It uses overlapping boards that can warp or disintegrate. One of the best materials is tongue and groove planking, which is secure at both the top and bottom, making it more weatherproof. Shiplap, a kind of tongue and groove planking, also works well because it protects better against water. Metal, including aluminum and steel, is also a practical choice; if treated, it can be durable and resistant to corrosion. Although metal requires less maintenance than wood, it is less attractive; but this may be mitigated by keeping pieces small and inconspicuous. Plastic sheds are also gaining popularity because they are maintenance-free and easy to assemble. However, they aren't as resilient as metal and wood, and can deteriorate or fade under the sun's harsh rays. If kept out of the sun, they may last significantly longer.

    	


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