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Areas to Ask Your Shed Builder About in Advance

By August 2, 2019 Blog No Comments
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At A-Shed USA, we’re proud to be among the top shed builders in the entire nation. With over 20 years of experience designing and building a variety of custom sheds, garages and several other structures, you can count on us for the highest quality materials and lasting, durable builds.

We know smart shed buyers will be comparing our services to other similar services in the area before making their choice, and we welcome this due diligence. We know how well our materials and services stack up to the competition, and we’re confident your research will reveal as much. With this in mind, here are several areas you should be inquiring about with pros like ours as you search for the best shed builder.

Paint and Application

It’s common for shed builders to promote the quality of paint used on their structures, but it’s vital for you as a customer to ensure that the paint was applied properly. A company may have the best paint available, but that doesn’t mean much to you if it’s not applied well.

Ask about how paint is applied, whether it’s done by spraying or rolling. Spraying is faster, but more detail can generally be accomplished while rolling paint. Also ask about the number of coats are applied, and ensure detail areas like nail heads, corners and ledges are properly covered.

Lumber Choices

Another important area to ask about is the lumber used in the shed, particularly the flooring materials. If you’re looking for pressure-treated wood here, ask about how it’s applied – some manufacturers will tell you all about this material, but only use it for the perimeter of the floor while using non-treated lumber for interior areas. This can be a major issue if your shed sits on the ground without great air flow, and risks like rot or pests may appear.

Rafter Placement

In many cases, standard placement of wall studs and roof rafters will be 24 inches on center. But if these are placed closer together, the roof will be more capable of absorbing heavier weights from winter snowfall or other potential risks. If you regularly get heavy snowfall, we recommend rafters spaced 16 inches apart rather than 24.

Top Sill Concerns

The top sill plate is a board that reaches along the top of the wall, allowing the roof rafter to sit on it. Many manufacturers will offer a double top sill for added support – if this is the case, ensure you check that this is applied on both the foundation and the corners alike. The industry term here is “lapped”: If the boards that create the sill overlap each other in the corners, they are lapped, and will be more durable in general. Walls made this way will be sturdier against everything from wind to moisture, able to hold more weight than other options.

For more on important areas to go over with your shed builder, or to learn about any of our shed builders or options, speak to the staff at A-Shed USA today.

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