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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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