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Pros and Cons of Vinyl Sheds

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Authored by Jayant Row in Home
Published on 05-17-2009

Once you have moved into your own home and spent some time there, you may feel the need to have an outdoor shed to store garden materials. You may also feel the need for space for a small workshop, or a place to store some of the surplus items from your home. One of the first things to do before you put up any structure is to check on the building codes in your area. There are generally size limitations, minimum distances from the home, type and positioning of entrances and some small points that you would do well to adhere to.

Once you have gone through this exercise, decide where you want to position the shed. Check to see that the area that you have selected does not have any dampness or drainage problems. You do not want to store materials in the shed and find that they are damaged by water or moisture. Check the positioning of the doors to suit your usage. Also decide the size of the doors so that the items you are planning to keep in the shed can easily move in and out.

Now that you have done all this homework, you need to decide on the materials that you will use to build the shed. Vinyl storage sheds are one option that are definitely worth considering. Vinyl can give your yard a sophisticated look. Vinyl sheds are very durable. If you choose a vinyl storage shed that has double walls you will have a storage shed that can resist dents.

Vinyl storage sheds are sold by companies and because their reputation depends on the quality of sheds that they make, they will normally ensure that their sheds are very solidly constructed. Look for reviews from existing customers for any branded vinyl shed that you are thinking of buying. Your vinyl shed can have steel doors. This by itself will ensure better protection. The door can also serve as a personalized element if you decide to paint it with a design that is unique.

Vinyl storage sheds will never show rust or mildew, because of the basic nature of vinyl. Setting up a vinyl shed is a very simple affair. Complete the flooring and foundation work in advance. Then the setting up of the shed may not take more than a couple of hours. You can also easily do it yourself by following the instructions given by the manufacturer. The wide variety of colors and textures available can add a touch of class to your shed. Vinyl lining of such sheds will retain its appearance and color for years and requires practically no maintenance. Just spraying the shed, its walls and roof with water once in a while will make your shed appear new every time you clean it.

Some problems with vinyl sheds are their inability to endure severe weather conditions. Very violent winds can penetrate the structure and lift the panels from the side walls or roof. If the winds carry debris along with them they could damage the vinyl siding. Moisture can get trapped underneath panels and this could lead to mildew and mold. This can breed insects. The cost of vinyl sheds is considerably more than a shed build with more conventional materials and can be a deterrent to you buying it. One of the biggest problems with vinyl sheds is that damage to a panel can never be repaired. You would have to replace the entire panel, and this could be costly.

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