Who should build your shed?
In your search for a shed, you will find manufacturing companies and dealers selling sheds.
Some sheds are pre-built and painted and delivered whole to your back yard and some are stick built, piece by piece in your backyard. You must have room for a truck and trailer to be able to buy a pre-built shed that’s delivered to your backyard.
A manufacturer who sells their own sheds will be less expensive then one who uses dealers. The dealers make a commission and that money usually comes from a higher price.
In your search, will find nation wide, regional and local companies.
The nation wide companies for the most part use the big box home improvement stores as their dealers. Because of this, they are priced about 30% higher then most of the regional and local companies. That is a lot to pay extra just to deal with a big box store. The only benefit from buying your shed from them is the financing they might offer. Their employees sell hundreds of items if not thousands. Do you really think they know much about storage sheds? And their employee turnover rate is huge so it’s hard to find anyone working at those stores who know anything at all about the storage sheds or even buying them. Do yourself a favor and stay away from the big box stores when you are shed shopping.
The regional companies will be a little better priced but they still sell their sheds through dealers and that 10 or 15% commission has to come from somewhere.
The best prices will be from local manufactures who also sell their own sheds. Additionally, their employees are very knowledgeable and they will have the best products available. I strongly recommend buying from local shed manufactures.
Out of the local manufacturers there will be some regular ones and some religious based ones.
The regular companies pay salaries, unemployment and workers compensation taxes and other taxes. Some of their employees are veterans and the companies help support their local communities.
The religious groups that run shed companies are usually tax free entities. I don’t think you will ever see one of their employees come home in a body bag from the middle east because they don’t enlist into the service. Usually their prices are lower and they should be, they don’t pay taxes and they offer next to nothing to the local community. They want nothing to do with us but they will take our money. They make a nice shed but I just can’t see supporting them and I strongly suggest you do the same.
For the best price, quality and service, stick to your local shed manufactures who are not backed by any religions.
The best sheds will built in the following manner.
On the ground will be two, three or four, 4″ x 4″ treated runners. Quantity depends on the size. Across the runners, 2″ x 4″ treated floor joists 16″ on center are attached. And on top of the floor joists, a three quarter inch water sealed plywood floor deck is attached.
The walls should have 2″ x 4″ studs 16″ on center. The best wood siding is 1/2″ Dura Temp. It comes pre-primed and has a 25 year warranty. Another pre-primed engineered siding is call Smart Panel. It has a great warranty too. Don’t buy a building that uses T-1-11. It is a very porous wood siding that needs constant maintenance. If you buy T-1-11, in one year you will say it was the biggest mistake you ever made.
The rafters should be 2″ x 4″ 16″ on center. The roof deck should be 7/16″ OSB and on top of the roof deck you should have 25 year shingles.
The door is usually the only part of the shed that can give you problems so you want one well built. The main part of the door will be Dura Temp siding with a nice trim on the outside of the door. The inside of the door is the part that really needs to be beefy. The best doors are framed on the inside with 2″ x 4″‘s on edge around the inside edge of the door. The hinge should be a heavy duty strap hinge.
If you find a local company building a shed like this, buy it. You won’t be sorry.
And if you are in Northern Ohio, leave me a comment and I’ll recommend the best companies to buy your shed from.