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Five Things to Know Before Buying a Shed

You know you want a shed. Before you speak with a shed dealer about buying an outdoor structure, there are a few important factors to consider. Understanding how they influence your purchase will ensure you pick the shed that best meets your needs.
Local covenants. Many communities and neighborhoods have restrictive covenants that have a bearing on how you use your property. Common limitations include architectural design, exterior paint colors, types of siding, fences, landscaping and sheds, to name a few. There may be rules regarding the type and size of shed you can build, or how far it can be built from the property line. Check with your city or homeowner’s association for specific requirements.
Shed purpose. Decide how your shed will be utilized. Will its primary purpose be a gardening and lawnmower storage shed, a workshop, a crafting room, a playhouse or something else? Do you need a shed with double doors for storing large equipment? What about customized storage racks or shelving? If you will be spending a lot of time in the shed, consider lighting, heating and ventilation needs also.
Shed size. Sheds are available in a wide range of sizes, from small doghouses to two-story detached garages. Before you buy a shed, the size selector tool can help you determine what size shed best fits your needs. However, keep in mind that your neighborhood may have covenants that limit the size of your shed.
Foundation requirements. The type of shed foundation you need will depend on where you live, the size of your shed and how it will be used. After you make these determinations, LP strongly suggests that you consult a shed dealer or hire a qualified building professional to construct a proper foundation for a shed.
Shed materials. Today’s shed can be constructed with innovative materials like LP® SilverTech® radiant barrier products to keep your shed cooler, and SmartFinish® products which provide a uniform, professional-grade appearance. Engineered wood gives an attractive finished look to your shed.

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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.

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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.