Need More Storage


I have a question about outdoor storage. I need a space that is weatherproof.  Do you have any suggestions? 
yunna 5-14-07 12:22pm

Homeowners are always looking for more storage space in and around the house.  Often items like lawn mowers, power tools, and pesticides are kept in the garage, and wind up taking the space where the car should reside.   Not only do they clutter the garage, but they can be especially hazardous to curious children who can get hurt by sharp tools or dangerous chemicals in their reach.

The good news is that there is a whole new generation of prefabricated sheds that are durable, lockable, and more inexpensive and appealing than their predecessors.  People don’t have to be stuck with wood sheds that constantly need to be painted or treated for termites, or metal sheds that rust and warp over time.  High-quality plastic sheds are available that can be easily assembled and will both store and protect your belongings.

One brand of sheds that I like is Lifetime.  These sheds have a wood-grain design but are made of plastic, so they won’t rust, crack or warp like a metal shed, and they’re not susceptible to termite or water damage, like a wooden shed.  Plus, you never need to worry about painting it. 

Also, you want something that is steel-reinforced plastic so it is stronger and durable enough to protect your belongings from outdoor elements.  Look for sheds that have a high-pitched roof, which allows for quick drainage of rain and snow.  And a special slip-resistant floor to help keep you safe. Screen vents and skylights that allow for airflow while keeping pests out are also a big plus.  The Lifetime sheds also come with two windows and a light so that it’s easy to find things in the shed any time you need them.  And, they are expandable via an optional expansion kit so they can get bigger as your storage needs expand. 

One tip: make sure you measure the area where you plan to put the shed.  The last thing you want is to get the shed home and thenrealize that it is too big to fit in the designated spot.

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