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5 Things to Know Before Buying an Outdoor Shed

If you’re in the market for an outdoor shed, then you’re likely doing a lot of research on how to find the best solution for you and your needs. To ensure you make the right choice, we’ve compiled a list of things for you to keep in mind based on our decades of experience. 

We know there are a lot of options out there, but if you’re looking for a high-quality custom outdoor shed at a reasonable rate for sale in the Triangle (and surrounding areas), Carolina Yard Barns has you covered!

Purpose and Functionality of Outdoor Sheds

Before you begin your search for a shed, understand what its primary purpose will be. Are you looking for storage space for all your gardening tools, a workshop for DIY projects, or a recreational area? 

Our customers have used their outdoor sheds for a variety of functional and creative purposes. Understanding the intended use will help you narrow down the size, design, and features that best suit your needs. 

Check out our shed designer that can give you an idea of what your dream shed could look like.

You Get What You Pay For with Sheds

While there’s nothing wrong with buying a pre-built shed in a box from a big-name store, it really is a game of “you get what you pay for.” Cheap sheds are not made to last, and are meant to be a temporary solution. They warp, fade, and break down faster. Not only that, but in our experience, a cheap shed that’s left to the elements can become an unsafe, ugly nuisance that can really decrease your property’s value. 

By comparison, a quality shed is more than just a simple outdoor structure; it’s a durable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing addition to your property. It should give you the peace of mind that it will serve you for years to come, with only occasional maintenance needs. 

Shed Construction and Material Quality Matters

Something we at Carolina Yard Barns always like to emphasize is that you should never buy a shed without seeing an example of a company’s work.   

If you are able to go to a showroom, inspect the shed’s construction quality, including the framing, flooring, walls, and roofing. Opt for sturdy materials and solid construction techniques that ensure the shed’s durability and stability against harsh weather conditions. Check for reinforced joints, proper sealing, and quality hardware to guarantee longevity and structural integrity.

If you can’t make it to a showroom or lot, we encourage you to try our shed designer!

Double Check Shed Size and Placement

Consider the available space in your yard and any local regulations or restrictions regarding shed placement. For example, both Raleigh and Durham regulations state that a permit is required if you want to build an “accessory structure” on your property if a measurement exceeds 12ft. Raleigh and Fuquay Varina do require zoning permits on all size sheds. Measure the area accurately to ensure the shed you choose will fit comfortably without overcrowding the surroundings. 

Outdoor Shed Warranty and Customer Support

Choose a reputable manufacturer or supplier that offers comprehensive warranties and reliable customer support. Research customer reviews and testimonials to gauge the company’s reputation for product quality and post-sales service.

Review the warranty coverage for materials, workmanship, and structural integrity to ensure you’re protected well against defects or issues. At Carolina Yard Barns, all of our sheds come standard with a 5-year top-to-bottom warranty on workmanship and materials, so you can rest assured that you’re getting the best product and support possible. 

Get Quality Custom Sheds at Carolina Yard Barns

We pride ourselves on being the oldest, locally-owned, site-built shed company in the Triangle. See if you are within our service areas by contacting us! Call us at 919-365-5555, or fill out our form for a free estimate. We look forward to hearing from you!