Menu
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.
Continue Reading
Trends4 min

Everything You Need to Know About Board & Batten Siding

Board and batten style siding is enjoying a resurgence as a way to create visual interest in an otherwise blank wall. So, what is “board and batten?” It’s a type of siding where thin strips of wood molding—or “battens”—are placed over the seams of panel boards. The result is an aesthetic that is both rustic and chic, with the strong vertical lines providing shadows and textures to the home exterior.

Continue Reading
Renovation5 min
Homeowner’s Guide to Remodeling a Historic Home

The story behind your home offers a fascinating glimpse into the people who lived in it as well as how your home fits into the larger story of your city. If you want to remodel your historic home’s exterior, experts advise visiting your local historic preservation commission. If your home lies within the historic overlay district, these commissions often have authority to set rules not only on the visual aesthetic, but the materials as well.

Trends3 min
Mixing Siding with Different Exterior Textures

Mixing different types of siding can give your home individuality and visual appeal, but it can also be difficult to execute correctly without guidance. While some homeowners mix materials to create a contemporary look, others already have a mixed materials home exterior that needs an update. We’re breaking down practical tips to pair exterior materials for a beautiful home.

Maintenance3 min
When to Replace Old, Decaying Siding

Fungal decaying siding can cause a multitude of problems such as improperly heating and cooling your home and even compromising its structure. Many times, fungal decay is hidden and homeowners may not know how to spot the warning signs. And if they do, it can be difficult to gauge whether it’s time for a siding replacement or repair. But have no fear. We’re offering an in-depth guide on the signs to spot fungal decay and, more importantly, what to do next.