3 Reasons to Build a Backyard Shed This Winter

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.

Potential for a Faster and Less Expensive Project

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.

Weather Advantages

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.

Unique Wintertime Hobby

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.

Start Your Shed Adventure Now

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.

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