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What you need to know before constructing a shed

by غزل موسوی

A shed is a good asset, particularly in the rural areas where you can hold your farm animals. A shed could also be used to keep machinery away from the elements or store the extra stuff you've got in your home. However, building a shed is not an overnight decision. You need to plan well in advance before any construction work. The catch here is to save money and still get a durable structure. So if you're thinking about building yourself a shed, then here are some quick tips you can use.

Foundation counts

A good shed needs a solid foundation for it to be any good. The foundation dictates how long the shed would last. The area you erect your shade needs to be of good drainage. Avoid low-lying areas that are easily susceptible to runoff water. You also need to erect it in an area that's fairly level.

Concrete footings can be a good way to strengthen the foundation of your shed. All you need to do is place concrete blocks and slabs on the ground where you wish to erect your shed. Remember to raise the concrete slightly so as to allow water to drain off. Take your time when doing it, since this is one of the most important aspects of a long-lasting shade.

Go for durable roofing

Before the construction, you'll need to plan on the kind of roofing you'll use. Go for a long-lasting solution especially if you're building a rural shed. There are very few windbreakers over large tracts of land in the rural areas. For mid-sized sheds, metal roofing is a perfect option. Though it's expensive, you'll get a roof that would last for ages, saving your money the long run. If you wish to match your shed with the rest of your home, go for clay tiles. They come in a variety of colours and design. Clay tiles also last for years on end.

Use sliding doors

Another great tip is to use sliding doors. If you're going to DIY this project without a lot of manpower, then these are the perfect doors, as they don't need to be so sturdy. You'll not work with any hinges, so the installation would be faster and easier. Sliding doors also have the advantage of not sagging after years of use. They also use up less space. However, keep in mind that sliding doors require a sliding track that can easily trip people. These doors also leave spaces where snow and debris may get in.