If you are looking to purchase a shed for your garden plants, parking your car(s) or even storage of tools, there are certain factors to consider. From design and materials used in construction of the shed to the price and size of the shed, your options can be narrowed down based on what your priorities are.

Quality and price

When buying a shed, you need to find out what materials it’s made of. You can opt for steel shed or one that’s sided with cedar. These materials are of high quality and guarantee that the shed lasts for a long time. But they also come with a premium tag.

Although price is not always an indication of quality; in most cases, it is. To be certain you’re getting premium value for a premium price tag, evaluate the quality of the material to be sure it matches your expectation and can deliver ultimate satisfaction to you.


Before setting out to purchase a shed for your garden needs, you definitely had a predetermined design in mind that suits your unique style and needs. You surely want a shed that is constructed in a way that fits and blends well with the aesthetics and landscape of your home.

Sheds needn’t just be for stashing away equipment and providing cover, how it looks on your yard is important. It affects the overall look of the landscape. So pick a design that fits the appearance of your home. For example, if you live in a country home, choose a board and batten or any other complimentary rustic design. You can use a vinyl design for a formal house – and so on.

You can also beautify the surroundings of your shed. Even if it’s not a garden shed, you can plant flower beds around the shed in a properly arranged manner, so they don’t look like sore thumbs. If the shed is for parking cars or storage, you can place potted plants on the window. This means that before purchase, you need to take a look around the curb to be sure you don’t buy a shed that looks out of place.

Another thing to keep in mind is if you are following all the right building codes, deed restrictions and zoning ordinances set by regulatory bodies for the area your property is in. There are places where building permits are needed before you can install certain sheds – so you don’t interfere with the city’s master plan.

For example, there are codes that say the distance the shed must be from your home, what materials should be used and many others. Get acquainted with all the rules and regulations to make sure you aren’t making any mistakes that will land you a fine or some stiffer penalty.

Compare the siding materials and other accessories

When it comes to siding, almost everyone thinks natural wood or cedar is the most attractive. But it’s important to note that you also need a shed with materials that can stand the test of time. Over time, wood tends to rot when it comes in contact with water.

Although there are some kinds of woods, such as cedar, that are resistant to rot because of the natural resins they have, they’re not easy to maintain. For example, if you want to protect it from ultraviolet rays, you have to coat it with a preservative.

Vinyl and steel are considered the best siding materials by experts as they’re maintenance-free. But they are obviously not as attractive as the wooden shed.

If you have a house with steel or vinyl on the sides, you should consider these materials when looking for a shed – to make the design uniform. But also keep in mind that vinyl can easily attract mold and dirts. Steel on the other hand seems like a perfect option. Even though it’s susceptible to rust, it’s a smart choice.

It’s also important to know how you want the finishing touches to look like. Do you want a cupola, French door or just an open shed? Are there going to be shutters or windows? Think of accessories you can add to make it appealing at all times, and not one that will become an eye sore after a year or two. For easy access to the outdoor shed, you can consider installing a pressure ramp.


How big do you want the shed to be? Can the entrance allow movement of large equipment or animals in and out? Will the shed itself accommodate large things? If the shed is going to be used as a horse stable, for example, will it allow easy movement of the animal? You wouldn’t want to start buying a second shed when just one would have taken care of your needs.

That being said, also think about the purpose the shed will be serving. Do you want a dual purpose shed – where you can keep tools, store supplies and also park a car? Will you need a second shed for these other needs?

If it’s a garden shed, do you intend to add more plants as the months go by? To be on a much safer side you can even measure the space where you want to place the shed and take it to the seller, so you can get the ideal size you want.

Alternatively, you can speak to steel building professionals at Wide Span Sheds to come take these measurements and other specifications themselves. This will save you a lot of cost and stress as they will also discuss all your preferences with you.

Finally, would you want to install the shed yourself or get the services of professionals? If you are trying to save cost, you can watch videos on YouTube and learn some do-it-yourself techniques. But if you are not sure of how good your installation skills are, you should consider getting professionals deliver and install it. That way, you are guaranteed that whatever damage or faults that occur will be taken care of by the company. After considering all of these factors, then you can make an informed decision on what shed to buy to be sure you’re getting the best value for your money.