It’s amazing how quickly outdoor gear gathers and distracts from the immaculate appearance of your prized backyard or takes over the garage space so eventually, the car starts living on the street or up the driveway exposed to the elements and adding to the risk of damage or theft . The lawnmower, the tools, the barbecue, the bikes, the paint pots, the kids’ toys and paddling pool, the list is exhaustive in terms of the household items that can build up without you even noticing until it’s too late. To your rescue comes the hardworking garden or storage shed – the hero of your outdoor space. Read on for everything you need to know about choosing the perfect outdoor storage solution to help clean up your yard without the need to buy a bigger house!
- Don’t underestimate how quickly your shed contents will build up, so think bigger, not smaller in terms of size that will practically fit in the available space.
- Make sure the site is level and flat.
- Allow for door openings and free space in front of your shed so it’s easy to get your stuff in and out without hindrance and causing damage.
- Consider the nearby colours and the visibility of the storage unit in the yard; consider a colour option that will be attractive.
- Study any local regulations or restrictions, some areas may have restrictions on height and/or colour of buildings.
What Material is best for me?
There are three main materials used in kit-set garden shed or storage solutions, Metal, Wood and Plastic, each have their unique pro’s and con’s in relation to cost, upkeep, strength, and vermin protection to name a few.
Frequently seen as a more “natural” option. They can blend well into a garden situation but usually have higher maintenance. Sheds built of timber can be vulnerable to warping and droughts depending on the cladding and framing system used. Usually timber sheds are more expensive and may not be ideal in areas vulnerable to insect (e.g. termites) and vermin damage or areas with high humidity levels. Bear in mind that all timber sheds will need regular upkeep to avoid mould and deterioration.
Again a generally more expensive option but are occasionally professed to be easier to construct. Over time sun and dust damage can deteriorate the look and performance of the sheds in unprotected environments, they are generally harder to repair than other materials should damage occur.
The most popular material for garden storage and sheds is steel. Steel or metal sheds are usually less expensive than the other 2 options. Steel sheds commonly offer a solid balance of strength, reliability and low upkeep. Kit-set construction is usually fairly straight forward. Because of their popularity, metals sheds are usually available in a wide range of sizes and options that will fit the majority of storage challenges.
Steelcorp’s Popular Rollamax – 3.1m x 3.1m x 2.15m with a 1.6m Roller Door. This is an ideal garden shed – its under 10 square meters so no permit is required.
Steelcorp Building Systems can provide you with the perfect storage solution for your backyard. Call us on 1300 668 133 or request a quote to get started on your latest backyard project.