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How to choose the right shed for your backyard

A guide to finding the best shed for your needs.

With such a large selection of backyard sheds, it can be tough to choose the right one. Maybe you want one of the Amish sheds you’ve heard about. You don’t have to live in the Amish country of Lancaster County to get a high-quality, sturdy shed.

What kind of shed are you looking for?  What type of shed material is the best for you? Which is the least expensive or the most expensive?  These are just a few of the questions you need to ask yourself.  Our guide will help you choose the best shed for your needs.

What type of shed are you looking for?
There are many uses for sheds.  Are you looking to store your lawn mower, garden tools, bikes, sports equipment or pool accessories? Here are a few of the many sheds available:

  • Storage
  • Garden
  • Pool house
  • Workshop studio
  • Garage

Different types of shed materials

  • Plastic sheds are the most affordable and are typically made of high quality plastic. They resist rotting, moisture, and humidity. However, the main drawback is the limited selection of style and visual appeal. 
  • Vinyl sheds tend to be more durable as they won’t dent, chip, or rust. They are meant for more permanent long-term storage. This is the perfect solution for your backyard or garden storage shed.
  • Metal sheds are one of the most common storage shed solutions for your backyard and are lightweight and easy to assemble. Today, they require less maintenance because they are rust-resistant and don't need to be painted. They typically tend to be the least expensive.
  • Resin sheds are one of the newest sheds currently on the market and they are becoming one of the most popular choices available. They are nearly maintenance-free. There's no need to worry about your shed rusting, cracking, fading, or rotting and it will not need to be repainted.
  • Wooden sheds are more of the traditional shed and can be completely customized in different sizes and shapes. Wooden sheds require more maintenance than other sheds, but they can add charm to your backyard. From barn, lean-to, ranch, and different loft styles, the choices can be endless. They can also be painted to match your house.

What is the best shed style for you?
Most of these sheds can be customized to suit your needs and come in many shapes and sizes.

  • A mini barn is a good selection for storing lawn mowers, yard tools, bikes, motorcycles, and more.
  • An A-frame shed is a great storage shed and has a lot of height to hold gear and equipment like bikes.
  • A victorian shed has an attractive dormer for additional style and appeal for your backyard. They're great for storage and could house a home office or workshop.
  • A Quaker shed has an offset roof where the front is higher and the back side is lower. It typically has a 1 foot overhang and windows. It's also great for storage.
  • A cottage storage building is an excellent choice for storing hunting equipment and for use as a garage or workshop.
  • A Dutch barn offers a unique barn-style roof providing extra storage space and head room. It can also be easily outfitted to include a loft for more space. 

After choosing which shed is right for you, you’ll want to decide if you want to install it yourself or have it professionally installed. If you're feeling ambitious, you can assemble the shed yourself with a shed kit. All of the materials are included. This could be a great idea if you are looking for a weekend project. 


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