Top 5 things to know when buying a shed
A shed can seem to be a complicated purchase. Metal, wood or plastic? Where to put it? How to build a base? Have a look at our top 5 tips on buying a shed which will make the whole thing a lot simpler.
Decide on the shape and size you need first
It’s always best to give yourself more space than you think you need.
Measure your space carefully and don’t forget to include the overhang of the shed roof in your measurements. If it’s just to store the kids' bikes then a Keter Store-It-Out Max may be just what you need.
There are horizontal and vertical sheds, standalone buildings and pretty much every size and shape imaginable. Some sheds make it really easy to add shelves which can dramatically increase storage space.
What’s the right material for you? Wood always looks nice but require regular maintenance and can be susceptible to rotting. Metal sheds are strong but aren’t pretty and can be hard to erect. Plastic sheds are maintenance-free, easy to put up and stay looking great season after season.
What are the features you really need?
Do you need a shed with a lipped threshold to roll things in and out easily?
Do the doors open wide enough?
Ventilation to prevent mildew and moisture build up?
Light is essential in a shed – look for decent windows and/or a skylight.
Security is key if you’re going to store anything of any value – does your shed have a lockable and secure latch?
Plan the installation carefully
Make sure you have a level base for your shed to sit on – if it’s sloping then the shed won’t fit correctly, and gaps will appear that can let in rain. Erecting a shed is at least a 2 or 3-person job, depending on its size.
And here’s one extra tip – check the warranty information so you can buy with confidence. Keter sheds come with warranties from 5 years to lifetime guarantees!