So you have decided to purchase a storage shed and finally use the garage to park cars with a garage builders Nashville company? Choosing a storage shed can get quite confusing. The market seems to have been flooded with barn builders and retail outlets that claim to have the best quality and price around. So who do you believe? We will attempt to give you some tips to look for in your search.

Construction of storage buildings varies from place to place. Any building can be made pretty with a good paint job and cheap options. The actual test of a well-made storage building is in the construction and quality of materials used. Here are a few hints to be looking for when you are out shopping.

Floor systems: Since most storage sheds are designed to be in direct contact with the ground, be sure all floor construction is made of treated materials. Do not accept a garage builders Nashville organization that says it’s okay for the runners to be treated only, all floor joists and floor decking should also be treated materials. Building codes in most areas require that any wood within 24” of the ground be treated. Many companies build their sheds without treated joists and decking. Regular plywood or even OSB floors are unacceptable.

Framing: Ask what floor joists are centered on. Any spacing of floor joist over 16” in the center is a problem. Make sure all walls are framed with full 2×4 studs. I have seen barns framed with 2x3s and while it may look fine on the showroom floor, it will be a problem someday. Does your barn have a ridge beam? A ridge beam is a structural member at the peak of the building that the rafters frame off of. Most big box stores and roadside lots offer buildings with a metal truss plate attached to both sides of the rafter, without a structural ridge beam. Also, pay attention to the spacing of the rafters. Framing on 2ft centers is acceptable as long as ply clips are installed. This is a code requirement in most areas. Ply clips are small metal inserts that are to be installed at the butt joints of roof decking, between each rafter. They are used to prevent the sagging of the decking between rafters.

Roofing: Make sure your barn has felt over the top of the roof sheeting. Many barns are sold without this protective underlayment. In many cases, it is sold as an option or an upcharge,
Drip edge is another essential item many storage shed companies offer as an option. We consider this to be a very important feature. .Drip edge is a small metal strip that fits over the edge of the roof decking and is made to prevent water from running under the shingles.

Ventilation: Almost all storage sheds come standard with metal gable vents, and they should! But many do not include a ridge vent. The purpose of vents is to allow airflow through the roof system and prevent premature shingle deterioration. Most storage sheds are not built with much if any overhang, which in your home allows airflow through the attic space, A ridge vent becomes the only way, working with gable vents, to create this positive airflow through storage sheds roof system

Siding: The most common siding is wood sheet siding. This is fine and offers you the option of painting to your liking. In my opinion, the best storage shed siding is Louisiana Pacific’s Smart panel siding. It is a structural rated composite sheet siding that has a 30 yr. manufacturer’s warranty. Plywood backed sidings are another option, but this lacks the long term durability of the Smart panel siding. In my area, we have seen an influx of the pressure treated T11 siding, and while the thinking is pressure treated siding should last longer, the product carries virtually no warranties. My experience with the treated T11 is that within 2 years it will turn a very ugly gray color and require painting. This will be difficult to paint. Another reason to avoid these plywood backed sidings is that since storage sheds are built relatively close to the ground, they tend to wick moisture around the bottom edges and prematurely rot

Doors: The first thing to give you problems on a shed are the doors. Look for double framed doors. Doors framed inside and outside are much less likely to warp. Also, look hard at the hinges. Often the life of the doors is related to the strength of the hinges.

Storage buildings are very useful alternative as a garage builders Nashville and practical solutions and serve a variety of needs, but are also an investment in your home and landscape. Don’t accept low-quality products. If you look around and do a little comparison shopping, you will find a quality building. Built with quality materials, and properly maintained, your building will last a lifetime.
Mike Mathis
Owner Affordable Building Concepts