Renovation7 min

Buying a Shed vs. Building a Shed: Which Is Right for You?

Storage sheds make an ideal home for lawn equipment, gardening supplies and more, allowing you to cut down on indoor clutter and free up more room in the garage. If you’ve already decided a shed is in your future, you may be thinking about whether you should build it yourself or purchase a ready-made structure. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of buying a shed versus building a shed.

Buying a Shed

The biggest benefit of purchasing a shed from a professional shed builder is convenience. You can skip the time and hassle associated with building it yourself. When you choose to buy a storage shed, you will get an attractive, high-quality product that meets local building codes and will hold up well over time. You choose the design and options that best meet your needs, and you’ll know the price upfront. However, shed builders have to make a profit for their labor, so the finished shed will likely cost more than a structure you build yourself.
Conclusion: Buying a shed is the right choice if you lack the time and skills necessary to construct a quality building. However, if cost is your primary concern, building it yourself from shed plans may be a better option.

Building a Shed

Building a shed requires careful research and preparation. You first need to determine the best shed design and size for your needs, and find a high-quality plan to ensure a safe structure before you begin building. Depending on your location, you may need to obtain a building permit prior to the start of construction. You will need to select and purchase materials for the foundation, frame and siding. If you want an outdoor storage shed with a floor, you will also need to choose a durable flooring material. The construction of a shed is time-consuming and requires careful attention to detail to ensure that the structure will last.
Conclusion: Building a shed requires a serious commitment of time, including research of plans and materials, acquiring supplies and materials, and construction. Without attention to detail, the final structure may not be attractive or function properly. However, it is often less expensive than purchasing a ready-made shed.

Buy a Quality Shed Today

If you prefer the convenience of buying a shed, LP Outdoor Building Solutions can recommend shed dealers that offer beautiful, durable, well-crafted outdoor structures. Find a shed dealer that offers the right structure for you.
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Renovation2 min

Master the Steps to Re-Siding a House with Our Re-Siding Prep Worksheet

There are many factors to consider: the cost to put new siding on a house, hiring a siding contractor, and choosing the most durable siding available. Getting organized can be a challenge, and that’s why we’ve developed an easy to use worksheet to help you plan your re-side. It can serve as a way to organize your thoughts and start conversations with your contractor.

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Outdoor Living3 min

Move aside, Old Man Winter—it’s officially springtime. Could your home’s exterior use some sprucing up before you’re officially ready to soak up the sun? This spring cleaning season, make sure you’re showing some TLC to both the interior and exterior of your home.

Maintenance3 min

Thanks to the quality of the factory finishing process, prefinished LP® SmartSide® engineered wood siding options have a uniform finish that is long-wearing and weathers evenly, creating less maintenance for the homeowner in the long term.

Trends6 min
How to Take Advantage of Popular Shed Trends and Add to Your Backyard

Have you ever considered adding a shed to your backyard? Lately, homeowners like you are thinking beyond storage sheds and instead are using these spaces as offices, gyms and more. With the flexibility that comes from building with LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® you can add a beautiful shed to your backyard, complete with one of the most durable siding options available, LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, which also leads to easier siding maintenance.