Outdoor Storage Sheds

Written by Elisabeth Forsythe
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It just makes sense to store your gardening tools and other outdoor equipment outside, where you use them most. After all, most of us have enough stuff filling the attic, basement, or garage. You want to spend your gardening time, well, gardening--not walking to the house and back to get a shovel or spade. But leaving your "toys" out in the yard won't just make Mom mad--it can seriously damage your things. Outdoor storage sheds can provide a convenient place to keep your things, and protect them from the elements.

The type of weather you experience can affect what kind of outdoor storage shed you choose. If you live in a warm, dry climate, almost any material will do. But if you have a lot of rain, wind, or snow, it's best to pick a model that can remain weather-tight. Vinyl sheds are an increasingly popular option because they are fire resistant, and can't rot or rust.

As with any new structure, you will want to check with your local building official before you choose your shed. You will probably need a permit before you build, and you need to make sure everything is up to code. Some neighborhoods also have strict guidelines as to the design and placement of detached buildings. You don't want to block your neighbors' view.

Keep Your Things Safe Inside an Outdoor Shed

Of course, another deciding factor as to what kind of outdoor shed you choose is--what exactly you plan to store. Once you determine how much space you will need and how your things need to be stored, you can start shopping. Outdoor storage sheds can be found both online and at home and garden stores.

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