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4 Features to Consider When Buying a New Shed

by غزل موسوی

A shed may seem like a very simple structure in which you can store lawn care equipment, gardening supplies, items for your pets or livestock, and the like, but as simple as it is, it's good to take some time when shopping for a new shed so you choose the features you'll need the most. Note a few of those features here and remember them when you're in the market for a new shed so you ensure you get one that you're happy with for years to come.

1. Rollup door

If your shed will be located near your house or another outbuilding, the door might get in the way or you may not have enough room to open it completely. In turn, you might struggle to get your riding lawnmower inside or may cause damage to that outbuilding every time the shed door opens and hits it. A rollup door can be a better option so it can simply fold up into a housing unit over the door and be out of the way completely.

2. Ramp

If you're installing your shed on a concrete slab, you might want to consider a ramp of some sort. This can also be helpful if your shed will have a slight lip on the bottom of the doorway. Trying to get a riding lawnmower or wheelbarrow or other such wheeled equipment up and over such a lip can be a challenge, and you don't want to tip or spill when moving these things into a shed. A ramp that allows you easier access can protect your equipment and also keep you safer when bringing things into the shed.

3. Electricity

You may assume you can or should just erect a shed in your yard and not worry about running any power to it, but this can mean struggling to see your items after dark or if your shed is in the shade and you have no power for a light. Consider investing in an electrical line you run from your house or garage to the shed to make working in it that much easier on you. You can then also use it to plug in power tools when it's time to do some maintenance on your lawnmower or other items.

4. Insulation

Even if you don't plan on spending much time in your shed, adding insulation inside can protect your stored items. The battery to your riding lawnmower is less likely to drain when left in an insulated, warmer shed, and insulation might help to keep out moisture that can otherwise rust your lawn tools.