Shed Kits And Shed Kit Manufacturers


This article represents a slight change in our attitude concerning storage shed kits. The products listed here are available from Sears and Amazon.

Sears is one of the oldest and most trusted suppliers of home goods in the world, and Amazon is one of the most successful online companies in the brief history of the internet. Both are trusted and reliable sources.

Shed kits: A change of heart

I once wrote a detailed article on why you should not buy a storage shed kit. I listed all the reasons that I had encountered over years of dealing with this sort of building, and the experiences of people I know had been through similar experiences. Trust me, it was a pretty compelling argument against shed kits in general and for the purchase of a prefab building from a builder or contractor. While I still think that buying local is the best option, many of the arguments used in that essay have themselves become obsolete.

Many of today’s storage building kits come with high quality materials, rational connection hardware and reasonably clear instructions. The durability seems to be good on most, and while the materials on some may be a little light compared to their contractor built counterparts, they are usually good values for the price.

I have checked out a number of the models and brands offered by Sears and Amazon and they were pretty impressive, some were just downright ingenious. There is a lot of variety in both price and quality between different manufacturers so it pays to do your research before buying.

Shed Kit Manufacturers

The most common manufacturers are: Little Cottage Company, ShelterLogic, ABSCO, Duramax
Handy Home Lifetime, Flowerhouse, Rubbermaid, Suncast, and Arrow.

Arrow Sheds

Arrow Standard Sheds have a 12 year warranty, sheet steel siding with a durable coating and a variety of sizes and colors to fit most basic needs.

Arrow Premium Sheds are said to have paint five times thicker than those of the standard shed, and have a 15 year limited warranty. Arrow also has vinyl covered sheds available.

Flowerhouse and Rubbermaid and Suncast

Sheds made by Flowerhouse and Rubbermaid are small sheds made of plastic. You don’t need to worry about rust or rot, but in spite of UV coated protection the sun may still be an enemy. The prices are reasonable, and if a small shed is what you need, they are worth looking into. Suncast also makes a larger building under the name: HomePlace.

Lifetime Products

Lifetime manufacturers a small to medium size shed built with steel reinforced polyethylene. The product is fairly priced and reasonably attractive although limited in color.

Handy Home Products

Handy Home Products runs the gamot of storage shed sizes, types and prices. The standard buildings are wood construction and can be assembled with standard carpentry tools. There are a wide variety of products and accessories from which to choose.

Little Cottage Company

Little Cottage Company products are slightly different than the standard shed kit. They are manufactured with vinyl siding and aluminum trim, but have more decoration than the average shed. Some have Gothic style windows and steeples. If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary, you should have a look.

ShelterLogic

ShelterLogic products are built with powder coated steel frames and polyethylene covers similar to large fitted tarps.

ABSCO

ABSCO products are made from high tensile steel and would fall into the light to medium duty category. Prices seem to be reasonable.

Duramax

The Duramax family of sheds is made with vinyl siding. The prices and construction are comparable with other similar products.

Check for yourself


Many of these companies have products that are similar to those offered bu other companies, some have distinct differences. It would be hard to point out all the differences and similarities on this page, so you will need to do some research on your own to see what suits you best. Choose a product with a sturdy frame, durable siding, and the features you need. Be sure to check about things like floor kits windows and vents to be certain that you are comparing apples to apples.

Happy hunting!

Carports Are True Sheds With Many Uses


Carports are one of the most basic types of sheds. In fact, they are one of few types of real sheds when you look at the real meaning of the term. Carports can serve to protect cars, boats, and recreational vehicles from the damaging effects of weather, without the expense of a full scale building. Some examples of such uses are:
  • Car and truck protection
  • Boat protection
  • 4 wheeler protection
  • RV protection
  • Patio covers
  • Outdoor gatherings
Protecting cars, boats, and other outdoor equipment are very common uses, and when it comes to large RV's, there is nothing that can beat a very tall carport for protection, ease of use and access, and cost. Most modern carports are free standing open air shelters. This provides a measure of safety from automobile fumes or fires not found in traditional home garages, and leaves your garage free for other uses. Carports of this type provide a high level of protection from harmful weather conditions at a very reasonable price. Prefab carports are built from galvanized and painted steel for long life and durability, and are available in a number of colors to match your existing structures. Modern steel carports are a great value for the homeowner.

Pole Barns: Post Frame Construction Sheds

Pole barns as sheds

Pole barns are sheds in the very essence of the word. Many pole barns have simple single direction shed roofs with no siding which are used for protecting livestock from weather.

Post frame construction advantages

That is not the end of the story with pole barns though. Pole barns, with their post frame construction can become just about any type of building you want them to be, from the simple single sloped roof type of basic cover, to more elaborate structures such as homes. Post frame construction is very strong by nature. It is tied to the ground at the base by the poles themselves. Add plumbing, a floor, electrical, walls, and a ceiling, and they are not distinguishable from a modern home, plus they can withstand wind speeds that would shred many other building types. They fit perfectly with another modern trend, that is, building with steel. Steel siding and post frame construction are made for each other. If you are planning to build your own shed or barn, post frame could be the best option for your project. Pole barns are strong, simple, easy to build, and can be finished out with the same extras that you would use with other forms of construction. Even if you do not plan to build your own barn or shed, post frame construction can be a less expensive option than other forms of construction. The strength of design allows for less material, and that coupled with the simplicity of construction can make the per square foot cost a lot less than standard methods.

Disadvantages of post frame construction

If you are building a small shed structure and portability is an issue, post frame construction is not for you, since by nature it is connected to the ground. You should consider other construction methods.