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Basic Maintenance Tips for Sheds and Garages, Part 1

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At A-Shed USA, we’re happy to provide you with a wide variety of durable, quality storage sheds, garages and numerous other custom building formats. We use only the highest-quality materials for all our structures, and we offer a 10-year warranty that speaks to the care and dedication we put into every project we complete for you.

And while this warranty will always be good during that period of time, we’re quite confident our sheds and other structures will serve you for far longer than this if you take the right care and maintenance approaches – none of which are too difficult or time-consuming at all. In this two-part blog, we’ll go over several areas you should consider when it comes to maintaining your shed or other structure to keep it in tip-top shape for years.

Setting Considerations

One area of maintenance begins before you even have your new shed installed, and it’s one our team of builders is happy to assist you with: Ensuring the setting material and space is optimal. Particularly if you plan to install a wood floor in your shed, you’ll want to use a gravel pad that extends at least an inch or two further than your structure on the outside borders.

Why is this important? Well, as you’ll see in our next section, moisture might be the single largest risk to your shed’s long-term durability, especially if you use wood for any area. Using this kind of gravel setting separates the bottom of the shed from direct contact with moisture, plus also protects it from the growth of grass, weeds or other plant life.

Shed Floor Materials and Moisture

When moisture interacts with wood repeatedly and with frequent enough contact, the results often aren’t pretty. Water can warp and otherwise impact the shape of wood, plus decrease its practical and protective qualities significantly.

For this reason, wood floors need to be kept from major moisture exposure in the shed. Will your shed wear down immediately if you occasionally trek inside it with wet boots? Absolutely not. But if you’re regularly hosing down the walls, for instance, you’re risking major damage and repair costs. If you know moisture will be a common presence in the shed or garage, consider other flooring materials like pressure-treated options or concrete.

Dirt, Debris and Mulch

Once again, this is all about moisture. Some homeowners have a tendency to let dirt, mulch or other yard debris build up against the sides of the shed or garage – this will trap in moisture, however, and can lead to damage like rot. If this kind of thing happens naturally, due to wind or sloping concerns on your property, w recommend a retaining wall to keep this piling up from taking place.

Roof Concerns

Periodically, check the roof of your shed to ensure there isn’t moss growing on it. Some people think moss protects a roof, but this isn’t true – it actually just absorbs water and makes rot more likely due to pooling on the roof. We recommend removing all moss, plus leaves or other debris.

For more on how to care for your shed, or to learn about any of our shed options, speak to the staff at A-Shed USA today.

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Considerations for Converting a Shed to a Kid’s Playroom

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When you install a new shed on your home property, part of the value you’re receiving is the versatility of the product. Sheds have several common uses, but even beyond these can be utilized for a variety of practical or entertaining purposes.

At A-Shed USA, we’re proud to design sheds with several customizable options to allow you to use them however you see fit, whether we’re talking about our ranch sheds or any of our other durable shed options. One fun, useful way some parents have chosen to use their new shed? As a converted kid’s playroom, one where they can enjoy themselves away from the crowded home and also interact regularly with nature and the outdoors. Here are a few areas we can recommend considering if you’re thinking about converting a shed into a playroom.

Paint and Color

When it comes to the interior walls of the shed, consider painting them using a bright color, or even possibly chalk paint. This allows kids to draw and accessorize on the walls to hone their creativity. In addition, use a few safe hanging elements like hang-up cork to allow them to display their various crafts as they see fit.

Furniture Considerations

You don’t want this to just be an area where your kids go to sit around and be lazy – you want it to be one where they can be active and challenged. A good idea here is a small table and chairs, or similar furniture elements that create an actual workspace.

For smaller sheds, you might consider a workbench or a wall-mounted table of some kind, and there are plenty of options here that even fold up for easy storage. If you have the space, you might also consider a cubby bookshelf for some extra storage.

Lighting

When it comes to lighting, you really have two choices: Run electrical wiring in, or consider outdoor LED lights with light-based timers. The former will be more expensive but will also provide far more robust lighting, while the latter will be more affordable but may slightly limit some activities for kids. Your choice here really just depends on preference.

Flooring

We recommend adding softer flooring options in this kind of shed – carpet, area rugs, or even potentially soft foam tiles. Kids are prone to some aggressive activity, as we all know, and you want to keep things safe and simple for them here. In addition, all the elements we just listed above are relatively easy to clean.

Nature Elements

Your shed is outdoors, and you want to encourage your children to interact with nature as well. Consider adding flower boxes, bird feeders or other similar elements to either the inside or outside of the shed to keep them engaged and learning.

For more on turning your shed into a kid’s playroom, or to learn about any of the other wide range of uses for our sheds or new garages, speak to the pros at A-Shed USA today.

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How New Garages Add Property Value

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If you’re a savvy home or building owner, the value of your property is always something you’re considering in the back of your mind. Even if you aren’t looking to sell anytime in the near future, keeping an idea of what your home or building is worth is important for everything from equity concerns to taxes and other vital financial areas.

At A-Shed USA, we’re proud of the way several of our sheds and similar structures help add to the value of your home. One such structure, whether detached or attached to the home or building itself, is a new garage – we have a huge variety of options large and small here, and they’ll do far more than just increase your day-to-day convenience. Let’s go over how our garage builders can help add value to your property with a new garage installation.

Increasing Renovations and Upgrades

Over the last several years, more and more homeowners have begun to realize the value that various renovations and upgrades can add to their structures. A survey from 2018 showed that over half of all respondents had done some kind of upgrading or remodeling on their property just during that calendar year.

The primary goal with these kinds of upgrades is find great return on investment, or ROI. Essentially, based on market factors and what buyers prioritize, are your upgrades going to add additional value on top of what you pay for them? New garages regularly add a ton of this kind of value – our next two sections will help explain how this happens.

Price Per Square Foot

One of the largest single factors in the value of any property, particularly residential properties, is the price per square foot of the house. This value is determined by a specific formula – we won’t go into the entire thing here, but it suffices to say that the more practical square footage present on your property, the better its value.

And if nothing else, what does a new garage add? Practical square footage. A garage brings specific worth to the property in this manner, which directly improves your property value almost no matter what purpose you use it for.

Additional Space

On top of this, a new garage increases the storage space you have available on the property. Storage space is another highly desirable area for buyers, who can use it in a number of ways. Some people even go so far as to rent out their additional storage space, and this plus numerous other benefits make space a big value-add to the property.

For more on how a new garage can add premium value to your property on top of what you pay for it, or to learn about any of our sheds or garage services, speak to the pros at A-Shed USA today.

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Important Elements in Workshop Shed Design

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Modern sheds are used for a great variety of purposes, even outside their traditional uses, and one great example here is those who turn a shed into a personal workshop. For those who regularly use tools for a number of different projects and need dedicated space to hone this creativity, shed installation can be both practical and aesthetically pleasing.

At A-Shed USA, we can provide you with several great shed options for a home workshop, including YardMaster sheds and several others. What are some of the most important elements you should consider as you plan and build out your personal workshop shed? Here are a few tips we can offer.

Lighting and Surface

Especially if you ever work at night or when there isn’t natural light outside, you’ll want to ensure you have proper lighting capabilities. You have a few options at your disposal here, from battery-operated devices to hooking up a power line. Many modern homeowners are also considering solar-powered devices for their workshop sheds.

Once you have your light set up, you need to ensure proper work space that’s well within lighting range. This space should be free of all tools or equipment, which should have their own dedicated storage areas (more on this in a moment).

Shelves and Storage

One strong recommendation we can make for a specific area of your workshop shed: Use rolling shelves instead of cabinets if you can. These will make your storage somewhat mobile without sacrificing any actual storage capabilities, and you can just roll the shelves back underneath your work surface anytime you need them out of the way.

Beyond this, plan out a basic storage format for your workshop. Tools you use most often should be the easiest to access, with a good idea here being to install hooks on a pegboard to keep your most common pieces of equipment. You might still consider cabinets for higher areas of storage – look for utility here first and foremost, as aesthetics aren’t quite as important in most cases.

Staining, Not Painting

If you do want to prioritize the visual element of your workshop, one piece of advice: Don’t waste your time with painting. While this kind of thing might work great for a man-cave or she-shed, a workshop is different because you’ll be doing lots of heavy work – work that will beat up paint and quickly cause it to scratch and chip.

Unless you’re prepared to re-paint fairly often, we recommend staining instead. This will help hide scratches and marks, and will also help protect your surfaces in general.

Personal Style

Finally, be sure to prioritize some of your own personal style and tastes into the workshop. This is a place to enjoy a hobby or craft, after all, and you should make the space your own in whatever ways you can.

For more on elements to consider with a workshop shed, or to learn about any of our shed services, speak to the staff at A-Shed USA today.

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Why Garden Sheds Are So Popular

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There are many potential uses for sheds on one’s property, and one of the most common such uses is in the garden. There are so many ways you can utilize a quality shed in your garden, from utility reasons to storage and much more.

At A-Shed USA, we have a huge variety of storage sheds and other shed models for you to consider as an addition to your garden or property, from barn sheds to ranch sheds and several others. Not only can we help you with high-quality materials, we can also assist you with identifying and purchasing the perfect shed size and style to meet your needs and the needs of your entire household. Let’s look at a few of the reasons why garden storage sheds are so popular, plus perhaps give you a couple insider tips on how to maximize their benefits.

Equipment Storage and Organization

The primary benefit of a garden shed for many people, and perhaps their most common use, is for basic equipment storage. Keeping a clean and well-maintained garden requires a number of different tools and pieces of equipment, and some of these can occupy quite a bit of space. Many homeowners try to deal with this by storing them in various nooks and crannies throughout the property, such as in the garage, on the porch, or in the laundry room – but you could save yourself a great deal of hassle here by installing a garden shed.

Beyond just simply creating a place to put tools, though, a shed offers organization capabilities that likely weren’t available to you before. Not only are all your gardening tools in one place, sheds offer numerous convenient ways to keep them organized and maintain gardening efficiency at all times. Instead of rummaging around the crowded garage for half an hour looking for the equipment you need, you can just pull it from its dedicated storage area in the shed.

Extra Garage Space

Freeing up some of this space in areas like your garage makes gardening more convenient, but it also makes normal garage operations far smoother and more efficient. You’ll never have to deal with pesky issues like equipment blocking vehicles or interfering with garage door sensors, and can keep the garage free of clutter to carry out its primary purpose: Storing and protecting your vehicles.

Overflow Storage

Finally, even if it’s partially dedicated to storing and organizing gardening equipment, the garden shed can be perfect for various bits of overflow storage. You can consider a tall shed option with high shelves for long-term storage of items that don’t fit conveniently anywhere else, all while keeping lower and more accessible areas wide open for your day-to-day gardening tools.

For more on why a garden storage shed is so beneficial, or to learn about any of our quality sheds, speak to the pros at A-Shed USA today.

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Choosing Proper Garage Size

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At A-Shed USA, we’re here to provide you with everything you need when it comes to new garages. We have a huge variety of size and style options, and we also include garage doors, entry doors and all the other important elements with your installation.

We’ll also work with you to get a detailed picture of exactly what you need, and size is a common question area we get from those installing new garages. You may think deciding on the size of your new garage is as simple as choosing between one or two cars and moving on, but in reality there are several more factors that go into this process. Using the basic one-car garage as our example here, let’s go over some basics when it comes to choosing garage size.

Basic Space Needs

The absolute minimum size of a one-car garage will be 10 feet by 18 feet – but this is only if you’re looking to store virtually nothing but the vehicle itself in this space. For more normal space needs, we generally recommend at least 12×20 size, or perhaps more if needed. Also carefully consider overhead space, particularly if your vehicle is taller or has any tall elements to it.

Additional Space Options

In many cases, there are additional reasons why you might require some extra space in your garage. Maybe you’re looking to store a number of larger tools and similar items, such as lawnmowers, snowblowers or others. Or perhaps you have some other purpose in mind entirely for the garage space.

Achieving this will take a little more planning, but will be well worth it in the end. Be sure to measure your car or truck in advance to determine exactly how much space it’s taking up, then spend some time detailing how much additional space you need for your needs. Here are a few examples of one-car garage size themes, starting from the smallest possible and moving up to larger options:

  • Smart car: If you have a smart car or another very small vehicle, you might be able to fit it into the 10×18 size one-car garage we mentioned above – or even something slightly smaller. You’ll only have room for the vehicle itself and perhaps a shelf on the back wall.
  • Dutch style: Dutch style refers to one that offers more height than many other types, perfect for taller vehicles or other storage needs. Those looking for lofts in the garage regularly look to Dutch options.
  • Two-story options: To take the above even further, you can consider two-story options if you need a lot of storage space. It’s possible to even install stairways in these kinds of garages.
  • Double-wide: If you’re looking to store items like lawnmowers, bikes and others in the garage along with a vehicle, consider sizes like 20×24 – these can also be modified to two-car garages down the line if you need to, simply by installing two doors instead of one.

For more on choosing the right size for your garage, or to learn about any of our sheds, garages or other structures, speak to the pros at A-Shed USA today.

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Property Benefits of a New Carport

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For those who have them on their property, carports can be enormously beneficial. These structures, which are open-sided roof areas used store parked vehicles (including recreational vehicles in some cases), can either be attached to the side of the home or placed separately on a freestanding area of your property.

At A-Shed USA, we’re your go-to source for new garages, carports and all similar structures. Why are carports so beneficial for people in a variety of different situations? Let’s look at some of their more common uses, plus a few areas you may not have thought of when it comes to reasons why you might consider a carport on your property.

Storage

The primary benefit of a carport is storage and protection, both for vehicles and other items. Instead of having to park your car, truck, van or other vehicle out in the open, where it’s exposed to the elements like sun, rain, wind and hail, you can leave it protected in a more affordable format than a fully enclosed garage.

In addition, though, this storage can extend significantly. Many people are able to store recreational vehicles or boats and boat trailers in their carports, keeping them pristine and protected while they aren’t in active use.

Flooring Variety

In many garage or other storage situations, you need certain types of flooring to make things work. A home two-car garage, for instance, requires good concrete so it can be used for several purposes beyond just the simple storage of vehicles.

Carports, though, have no such requirements. They can very easily be installed over dirt, grass or gravel with no issues, and often help improve the aesthetic appearance of these areas. This is another area that can make installation far cheaper and simpler to accomplish than a traditional garage.

Customization and Design

There’s a lot of customization possible with carports, including several areas that help match it to the home and create a pleasing visual theme. It’s easy to match your roof tiles to the colors and formats used on the carport, and just as simple to paint the frame to match colors also. Through these kinds of design options, you get a carport that looks like a true part of the property, rather than something that looks like it was lazily added on later.

In addition, carports have several feature options that can be beneficial for protection or quality. Consider galvanized steel, for instance, or laser light sheeting.

Home Value

Finally, did you realize a carport may increase your home’s value by far more than what you spend to have it installed? A huge factor in home values is something called “curb appeal,” which speaks to the initial impression potential buyers get when they see the home for the very first time – elements like garages, driveways, window shutters, landscaping and any others that are part of this view are all important, and carports can be part of this equation also. If you’re considering selling anytime in the future, a carport might be beneficial.

For more on the benefits of a carport, or to learn about any of our quality sheds or new garages, speak to the pros at A-Shed USA today.

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Design Tips for a Perfect Man Cave

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At A-Shed USA, we’re a custom building contractor dedicated to providing you with all the materials and structures you need around the home. From our storage sheds to our garage builder services and more, we’ll take you through every step of this process and help you get the perfect materials.

We can also help with alternative uses for these structures, and one such alternative that’s growing quickly in popularity is the man cave, or its counterpart, the she shed. These gender-specific fun zones are perfect ways for both husbands and wives to escape for a little bit and/or spend time with their friends, and sheds are often the perfect location for a little getaway like this. Let’s go over some of the key factors that go into creating a great man cave or she shed using one of our great shed products.

Basic Comfort

The first and simplest area to consider for any man cave or she shed is basic comfort for the occupants. For our customers in Denver and SLC climates, which get cold for long swaths of the year, this means it’s important to install insulation as well as air conditioning and/or heating areas.

This means you’ll need to have the shed hooked up electrically, which can be done easily by an electrician for most smaller shed options. We can offer recommendations if you’re looking for good local pros who can help you with these important comfort areas, which can be valuable in both the summer and winter.

Seating

Once you’re confident anyone in the shed space will be comfortable from a temperature standpoint, it’s time to ensure they have comfortable places to relax as well. Many of your choices here will depend on how much space you have, as well as what other items you’re planning to put in the shed – if you’re lugging in a foosball table, for instance, you might have to consider less bulky seating options. Bean bag chairs and couches tend to work well, and some people get creative and rig up various hanging seating formats using different materials from around the home.

Beverages and Refreshments

This one goes along with having electricity set up – once that’s done, be sure to install a mini-fridge or even a normal fridge with some go-to refreshments for whenever you need them. No good man cave is complete without these. For those who really want to go all-out and have it in their budget, you can consider installing a fully functional bar with a keg installation piece.

Entertainment

And finally, make sure everyone in the man cave has what they need to enjoy themselves. Hook up a basic TV and perhaps a video game system, plus a sound system for some music. If there’s space, look to other entertainment like dart boards, game tables or similar hobby areas.

For more on creating the perfect man cave or she shed using our durable shed options, or for more info on any of our quality sheds, speak to the pros at A-Shed USA today.

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Factors in New Shed Placement

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At A-Shed USA, we’re your one-stop shop for all storage shed-related needs and desires. Our quality sheds, from barn sheds to ranch sheds and several other options, offer you a full range of choices when it comes to your storage or other needs outside the home.

We can also help with one of the primary questions many of our customers have for us at purchase time: Where is the optimal location to place my shed on my property? There are a few important factors that go into making this determination, from the functions you want from the shed to the size of your property and more. Let’s go over three areas you should be considering as you choose the location of your shed.

Accessibility

One of the primary factors in shed location selection will be exactly what you need to use the shed for, and what this means in terms of the ways you need to access it. If you plan to store extremely common everyday items, for instance, chances are you want a shed unit that’s a bit closer to your home so you aren’t making a big hike every time you need to access it. This is especially true if you have a large property area.

Another important consideration, especially if you’re a gardener with lots of plants to keep healthy, is how your shed will impact shade and sunlight for plants. Consider whether your placement will impact any plants or trees that need certain amounts of sun, plus whether you might have to trim trees and branches regularly to keep the shed accessible all year long.

Extending Lifespan

At A-Shed USA, we only offer quality, durable sheds to all our customers. These are designed to hold up to the mountain west climate found in Salt Lake City and Denver, including significant snow and moisture buildup.

That said, getting the very most out of your shed long-term is something you can help with – and placement is part of this. Choose areas where it won’t be exposed to excess water if possible, plus those where it won’t be at risk of tree branches or other larger items scraping or damaging it in any way.

Design Elements

And finally, you should be considering the actual design of the shed itself when you’re determining placement. Consider the way the doors open, for instance, and how you can place the shed to make these opening and closing processes simple and non-invasive. Make sure there are no issues with your ability to place items in the shed or remove them. If you’re considering add-ons like hose access or a ramp into the shed, make sure the shed is placed properly so these add-ons are fully optimized.

For more on properly placing a shed, or to learn about any of our quality shed options, speak to the pros at A-Shed USA today.

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Do You Need a Permit For Your Shed?

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There are several fun and exciting areas ahead if you’re thinking about installing a new shed on your property. For the engaged homeowner, installing a shed is a major project that can change the way several major gardening and home improvement processes work. It can really change your entire home life.

At A-Shed USA, we’re here to help make this a reality for you. We have a huge variety of shed options, from ranch and barn options to YardMaster and J-Series selections, to ensure your property gets the perfect shed option. We’re also here to help with some of the process-related details that go into purchasing shed materials and installing them – and one of the most important sections for certain sheds or structures here is permits. While not all such buildings require building permits, there will be some in certain counties or locations that do. Let’s go over some basics it’s important to know in this area before you get started with material purchase or shed installation.

No Standard Guidelines

Here’s the issue with sheds and similar buildings when it comes to permits: There’s no set, country-wide guideline in terms of which sizes or styles need permits and which don’t. This means that these decisions end up coming down to the building codes put forth by the county the building is being erected in, and these codes can vary greatly even between counties in the same state.

Now, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few basic standards you can expect. For instance, it’s generally accepted in most counties that smaller sheds are well within building code requirements, but that larger sheds or similar buildings might be pushing up against these limits. In the end, the only way to know for sure is by contacting either A-Shed USA or your local building department to ask about the specific qualities of your shed and whether you need a permit for it.

Various Restrictions to Know

Here are some of the various areas where zoning restrictions might limit your ability to build a shed, or specific parts of the shed:

  • Size: Certain counties may have very different limits from others in terms of overall shed size on the property.

  • Location: There may be situations where code requires that you avoid certain areas of the property or certain items when building. These might include trees, property lines, fences, or outdoor pools.

  • Purpose: Most purposes for a shed are just fine, such as storage or gardening concerns, but if you’re planning to use it for uses like additional home living space, for instance, this may not be allowed in your county.

  • Electricity: There could be restrictions on whether you can install electrical wiring, or how it can be wired and connected.

  • Weather: Areas that experience extreme weather may have to meet specific thresholds for holding up to these extremes.

  • Foundation: Before a shed can be placed on previous foundation, said foundation has to be up to code.

For more on whether you need a permit for your shed, or to learn about any of our quality sheds or new garages, speak to the pros at A-Shed USA today.

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