Spring is synonymous with tackling outdoor home renovations. The days are longer, the weather is fairer and we’re eager to get outside. Winter may not be the season homeowners traditionally consider for a backyard shed-building project, but there are several reasons why now is the time to get started—so you can actually enjoy your backyard addition come spring and summertime.
Since winter is the off-season for construction, there’s a good chance your shed dreams will become a reality more quickly if you’re employing a professional. At the first sign of spring, construction enters its busiest time of year. If you’re fortunate enough to work with your top choice during peak season, you may be competing for their attention while they juggle a demanding workload. As a bonus, some professionals may have more competitive pricing, reducing labor costs due to lower demand.
It may seem counterintuitive, but winter weather could be just the time for building a shed, especially in areas with milder climates. By getting started now, you could avoid potential delays once the unpredictable rainy season hits in spring. Ensure your shed materials stand up to a wintertime installation. LP® SmartSide® products are ideal because they incorporate SmartGuard Treated Wood Strand Technology, which protects against the elements. However, before you embark on your build, ensure the ground is not frozen, which could cause foundational issues later.
If you’re planning to tackle the shed build yourself, this could be just the hobby to distract you during the stir-crazy winter months. Or, if you’re hiring a professional, the collaborative planning process could also do the trick. Whether you plan to use your shed as a gardening storage unit, workshop or entertaining spot, start now and you’ll be enjoying the space once warmer weather arrives.
The weatherability and durability of LP SmartSide products can help you tackle your backyard shed project no matter the month. Take the first step in the planning process with our visualizer, and find a dealer near you.
The initial conversations with new homebuyers generally focus on architectural style, price per square foot and aesthetic requirements (like the dream kitchen island!). Discussing the structural details that determine the value of your home often happen while poring over blueprints. Here are some tips for having a conversation with your clients to help them understand the importance of investing in the part of their home that’s never seen.
In this guide from LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, you’ll learn how to replace rotted siding on a house and how to repair rotted wood siding, depending on the severity of your client’s current siding’s damage. With these simple tips, you’ll be able to spot damage and recommend new products that will help your clients enjoy their home’s new exterior look.
When the build requires greater strength, look for an OSB roof and wall sheathing that is APA Structural I Rated Sheathing—also known as Struc I—for increased structural reliability. What is APA rated sheathing? This valuable designation is a “stamp of approval” that verifies the panels have passed APA’s manufacturing and performance standards.