Storage Shed Construction in Fort Worth, TX

Types of Storage Sheds

If you need lots of space then the Gambrel garden sheds are ideal. The design and building process of the wooden sheds date back to the early American colonial days.

The unique identifying feature of this shed is its steeply sloped roof design. The smallest Gambrel type shed are of an 8 x 8 foot size.

The greatest advantage of these shed is the fact that you can easily truss it to build either an attic or a loft which gives you more head room to work under. Gambrel sheds are ideal if you want to store a car or start a workshop.

The gable is the most common type of garden shed. A Gable shed has two sloping sides of the roof that meet at the top and form a ridge which then runs the length of the shed’s roof.

The design easily allows for you to create a small attic space above with a storage area underneath. Gable type sheds are great for storing small items like garden tools, potted plants, motorbikes etc.

Starting sizes for Gable sheds start from 6 x 8 foot and can be expanded to what you need.

The lean to shed is the easiest to build. Lean type sheds have a single roof with a slope that starts from the top and ends at the bottom. It is also the ideal shed for people wanting to store firewood, BBQ grills, and construction equipment.

A lean to shed can be attached to a structure or it can be free standing. However, if you want to attach it to your home for instance you’ll just need to construct 3 sides and asimply slope of the roof. This will help you save labor and material cost.

Like the Gambrel shed the Saltbox shed dates back to the early American colonial days. The saltbox type shed is very popular in many parts of the United States mainly because it is easy to build and can be scaled to any size needed.

These garden sheds often come across as looking like small houses and so they can be painted to match the look of your home. The roof of the salt box is the main feature that separates this shed from all the others. One side of the roof is shorter than the other which can make its construction slightly tricky.

The Apex Shed’s roof slopes downwards on both sides from a single high ridge running along the length of the shed.
A more simple design to construct is the traditional Pent Shed. Having only a single slope roof, this design is far easier to construct.
A little more complex is the Barn Style shed. This is largely due to the amount of angles required within the roof structure. Although is dose provide for more head room on the inside.

Whatever your choice, remember that it should complement your outside home design and colors. Sheds are useful and long lasting if constructed of good materials and also if they are located on a suitable foundation. Metal garden sheds, wooden storage sheds, and Rubbermaid sheds are all a wise investment of money, to protect your treasures.

Shed Construction Material Types

The main types of shed construction are metal sheathing over a metal frame, plastic sheathing and frame, all-wood construction, and vinyl-sided sheds built over a wooden frame. Each type has various advantages and disadvantages that a homeowner has to consider.

Metal sheds made from thin sheet metal sheathing (galvanized steel, aluminium, or corrugated iron) attached to a metal frame. Metal sheds are a good choice when long-term strength and resistance to fire, rot, or termites is desired. However, metal sheds may rust over time, particularly if they are constructed from steel that is not galvanized. Be aware that concrete is highly corrosive so care needs to be take when assembling your shed to avoid contact with the outside panels.

As well, some types of metal sheds that have thin walls are easily dented, which may makes some types of thin metal sheds a poor choice for vandal-prone areas or for high-traffic activities such as small businesses. In cold climates, metal sheds with thin walls need to have snow and ice cleared from the roof, because the thin metal may be damaged by a heavy accumulation. Since thin metal sheds weigh much less than wood or PVC plastic sheds, thin metal sheds are more at risk of being damaged by heavy winds. To prevent wind damage, thin metal sheds should be attached to a concrete foundation with screws.

Wooden sheds have a natural look that can blend in well with garden environments. Despite the strength of wood, over time, untreated and neglected wood can rot, split, warp or become susceptible to mold and mildew, so wood sheds should be treated for protection.

Stains and preservatives can be applied to wood sheds to prevent damage to the wood caused by exposure to rain, damp ground, UV light, harsh climatic conditions, fungal attack and wood-boring insects. If a coloured preservative oil or stain is used, a wooden shed can either be made to stand out as a feature within a garden, or to blend in with its surroundings. Red cedar coloured stain is popular. Some types of wood, such as cedar, are more naturally resistant to water damage. One advantage of using wood sheds is that it is easier to modify wooden sheds (i.e., than metal sheds) by adding windows, doors, shelving, or exterior trim (etc.) because wood can be cut and drilled using commonly available tools. Some homeowners may prefer wood sheds because wood is a renewable resource.

Vinyl-sided sheds are typically built with standard wood framing construction and oriented strand board (OSB) on the walls covered with standard vinyl siding. Vinyl-sided sheds never need to be painted, but they might require special scrubbing. They are generally stronger than plastic or metal sheds, and are usually built to conform with the local building codes. They are not eco-friendly, and they cost more than wooden, metal or plastic sheds.