Building a shed is a great way to add some extra storage space for your home and is especially useful if you do not have a garage. There are many things to consider when building a shed, such as the right roofing and materials to use and the type of floor and foundation that are best. Below are some tips on each of these things to help you get started.
You have many options when it comes to choosing the roof for your shed. Metal is a good choice, even though it is generally more expensive. These roofs can last up to 100 years, and most installers offer 50-year warranties on a metal roof. Because of this, the extra money is well worth it if you plan to live in your house for a long time. Besides this, for a shed you would not need as much metal as for a standard home roof, so the expense would not be as great.
Cedar shake shingles are another option you have. Cedar shake shingles resist UV damage and insects and will last a very long time if taken care of properly. Cedar shingles will give your roof an upscale look and are appealing to many homeowners.
Three-tab asphalt shingles are inexpensive and easy to install. In most cases, you would be able to install these shingles on your own. You can choose from a variety of colors, and they can withstand high winds.
You also have to consider the type of roof that you want. Five major types include the pent-roof shed, gable-roof shed, hip-roof shed, salt-box-roof shed and gambrel-roof shed.
Contact a residential roofing contractor in your area to help you determine the best roofing options for your shed.
Floor and Foundation
You could use a standard concrete slab as the foundation and floor for your shed. There are also other options you have. For something much easier and less expensive, you could lay pressure-treated lumber on a bed of gravel. You could also lay joists on a wood foundation, and cover the joists with pieces of plywood. A paver floor would be another option for you, especially if you like gardening because water easily flows through the pavers.
Determine where the frost line is for your area. This is important, as your shed could easily move if there are freeze and thaw changes. To keep this from happening, you would need to raise the foundation until it is above the frost line.
Contact a building inspector in your area to come to your home and help you plan your shed. They will know the local code laws so you can be sure you are building the shed correctly.