Renovation5 min

Avoid These 3 Common Mistakes When Buying a Shed

Backyard sheds are a major investment, yet many homeowners overlook some important points before buying and setting up their shed. As a result, they don’t end up with the shed building that best meets their needs and may even be disappointed with their purchase. Pay attention to these tips to avoid this scenario and find a shed that will provide you with many years of satisfaction.

Mistake #1: Under-estimating your storage space requirements.

One of the most common shed buying mistakes is purchasing a shed that is too small. Before determining the size you need, make a list of the tools and equipment you will be storing to ensure you can fit everything inside. Since you’re likely to need more storage space in the coming years, many shed dealers recommend buying a shed one size larger than what you think you’ll need. Learn more about common shed sizes.

Mistake #2: Not buying a shed built with durable materials.

Before you look at the shed with the cheapest price tag, think about why it’s less expensive. Can the materials it is made of withstand the test of time? Will harsh weather lead to a shorter shed life? Wood storage sheds constructed of standard lumber and plywood may be less expensive, but they may deteriorate much faster and require more maintenance. It makes sense to invest in a shed constructed of quality materials that will last, such as engineered wood products from LP® Outdoor Building Solutions®.

Mistake #3: Not placing the shed on a proper foundation.

A proper shed foundation is essential to protect your shed and its contents. Placing a shed directly on the ground can lead to a number of problems, including rotten wood, moisture damage, instability and pest infestations. A shed should be placed on a stable, level surface for the structure to remain structurally sound, and for the doors and windows to open and close smoothly. To allow for proper water drainage and minimize moisture transfer from the soil to the structure, the shed should sit slightly off the ground. Learn more about how to build a shed foundation.

So Much More Than a Shed

If you want a shed that’s a cut above the rest, choose LP products. They feature innovative advances that make backyard sheds both durable and beautiful. Visit www.LPShed.com to visualize shed designs, choose a shed size and get helpful tips. To purchase a shed built with LP products, find a shed dealer near you.
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Renovation5 min

Tips on Re-Siding in Historic Districts

If you own a home in a historic district, you can forget about replacing the existing siding with vinyl. Most historic districts require replacement siding to closely match the original, hence wood (or engineered wood) and brick. Understanding home building regulations based on historic overlays can help eliminate the headache during renovations, so it’s important to stay in the know before embarking on the project.

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Renovation5 min
Top Four Home Exterior Tips for Fall

With fall just around the corner, it’s time to plan how you will ensure your home’s exterior is ready for the cooler temperatures while also keeping up with the latest seasonal trends. Not sure where to start? We break down the top four home exterior tips for fall for a little inspiration.

Trends6 min
Using the Right Siding for a Ranch Home

Ranch-style home designs are known for low and wide single-story profiles, large picture windows, sliding glass doors and attached front garages. These close-to-the-ground homes were first built in the U.S. in the 1920s, but they didn’t gain widespread popularity until the post-World War II era into the 1970s. As suburbia spread, the ranch-style house became one of America’s favorites. The popularity of ranch-style homes waned in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but it’s making a comeback as younger homebuyers rediscover the ranch’s charm—much like they did with bungalows.

Maintenance4 min
What First-Time Buyers Should Know About Home Maintenance and Storage

Most first-time homebuyers arm themselves with a lot of information about mortgage interest rates and closing costs. What they sometimes overlook are the repair costs prior to moving into previously owned homes and the long-term maintenance costs associated with homeownership.