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5 Things to Consider When Picking a Storage Shed

Is organizing the garage on your spring cleaning to-do list? Or did you just pick up an arsenal of gardening equipment and you need somewhere to store it all?

If that’s you, chances are you’re suddenly in the market for a storage shed. While you might be tempted to think that all sheds are basically the same, that’s not the case.

Having a storage shed that fits your needs for size, style, accessories, and quality is the difference between using it for decades to come — and paying someone to haul it away next spring.

Here are the 6 things to consider when buying a storage shed.

How to Pick Your New Storage Shed

From Mini Barns to Quaker Sheds in every imaginable material and color, you have literally hundreds of options. Finding your shed can be easier said than done — that’s why we’re here to help.

Here’s what to keep in mind:

1. Storage Shed Size

Storage shed size is the most important thing, so it’s first on the list. The size of your new shed determines how much you can store, whether it’s heavy-duty lawn and snow equipment or boxes upon boxes of stuff.

However, the bigger the shed is, the higher the price. That’s why we generally recommend homeowners buy a shed that’s more than large enough to accommodate their needs, but not so big that they’ll be paying for wasted space.

12x20 Dutch Barn With Smart Panel Painted Siding

Here are the most frequent shed sizes we sell and what they’re best for:

  • 8 X 12 — Perfect to securely keep the boxes of things you can’t throw out.
  • 10 X 16 — Ideal for storing a lawnmower, wheelbarrow, and other garden equipment, plus a few spare boxes.
  • 12 X 20 — This large shed is often used for storing a heavy-duty riding mower as well as everything else, too.

Considering renting a storage unit? Compare that to a shed.

2. Storage Shed Style

If your shed is going to be around for a couple of decades, you should like the look of it. Available in all the common sizes, here are two of our most popular styles:

  • A-Frame Shed — These sheds are the quintessential Amish shed design that so many homeowners love. In addition to that standout look, these sheds come at a budget-friendly price.
  • High Wall Barns — This shed style gives you the benefit of more loft storage, perfect for those who have a ton of stuff. Plus, this popular shed also comes at a good price, too.

3. Storage Shed Material

Choosing the material of your shed is the #1 factor that determines its lifespan. Whether you’re still using the shed decades from now or it gets pitched three years after purchase, the material of your shed can truly make or break its longevity.

A-frame Shed With Vinyl Siding

These are the most common shed materials on the market today:

  • Vinyl — What we build and sell because it’s the best. Our vinyl siding sheds are maintenance free and come with white fiberglass doors as a standard feature. Vinyl storage sheds have a 25 to 30 year life expectancy.
  • Wood — Wooden sheds are a little cheaper than vinyl, but require regular maintenance. Plus, they can’t match vinyl’s lifespan because they are at a greater risk to rot.
  • Metal — Metal sheds from big box stores are ultra-cheap, but highlight the lesson: you get what you pay for. Metal sheds aren’t secure and are often so cheap they rust out within the first year or two. Vinyl sheds vs metal sheds are no contest.

4. Storage Shed Color

A purely cosmetic choice, we offer a spectrum of shed colors to choose from.

Some homeowners like to match their shed to their house siding color as closely as possible, while others prefer to go bold with a complementary color.

Some of our most popular vinyl shed colors are tan, clay, and white.

Check out our shed color visualizer.

5. Extra Options for Your Storage Shed

Whether you need space for rakes, shovels, and a weed whacker or for your kids’ old BMX bikes, your storage needs are different from everybody else’s.

That’s why the final decision you need to make is how you’re going to customize your shed.

Tan Classic A-frame Shed With Gable Vents and Ramp

Some of the most popular custom touches people request include:

  • Gable vents, which help keep the shed cool in the summer.
  • A ramp to make parking your mower in the shed even easier.
  • A door seal protector, which protects the plywood door seal and frame from getting damaged by the weight of the mower.

Amish Shed Builders in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey

One other important thing to look for when picking out a storage shed this spring? An experienced shed builder. At Glick Woodworks, we have decades of experience building sturdy and stylish custom vinyl sheds.

Want to get more details about our sheds? Or want your free shed quote?

Get in touch with us today!

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Having had 12x20 garage/shed by Glick Woodworks for seven months now and can tell that this is very solid and well built product. Equally important, it was a very easy and professional process to discuss design, get drawings, and finalize order. All my questions were answered, all emails and calls promptly responded to. The installation was right on time, fast, and just a pleasure to watch. Overall, I don't think I'll need another shed anytime soon, but if I do - I know where to go!
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19:33 09 Dec 23
I needed to move a shed to a different property. Dave was quick to respond, scheduling was easy, especially important because I had a narrow timeframe to work with, and the move was smooth, uneventful, and with perfect placement. The person who did the move itself was informative, skilled, and pleasant. I highly recommend and will most definitely use again.
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