Whether it’s a place for storing tools, protecting firewood from the rain, keeping Fido warm and comfortable, or penning the next New York Times’ bestseller, a pre-engineered steel shed is a humble structure with oodles of potential.
Although a steel shed is simple enough for a DIY buff of any skill level to assemble and the most economical option (as you will be saving on labor costs), it requires careful planning to ensure the structure is aesthetically pleasing, functions well, and meets regional building codes and zoning laws.
Take time to consider what you anticipate using the shed for now and in the future. Potential uses include storage for tools, a lawn mower or snow blower, animals, or even cars, or a creative space for painting, writing, pottery, glass blowing, metal work, or even developing film.
Whatever your need, there’s a fully customizable prefab steel shed available for you.
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Unlimited Storage Space
When determining the desired size of your steel shed, consider both present and future function and storage needs.
Using graph paper, sketch an outline of the structure as close to scale as possible.
If the end-use will be strictly for storage, compile a list of every object you plan on storing inside the shed, now and in the future. Measure each of those objects, then try to envision how you would like them stored.
The general rule is to allow at least a 12-inch zone around lawn mowers, bikes or boxes to ensure being able to walk around the stored objects with ease. You must also take into account how you will remove each object from the shed without having to move everything else out of the way.
A 10 x 10 foot shed is generally large enough to store a bike, lawn tractor, lawn mower, some garden tools, a gas can, and will have enough space leftover for shelving and a workbench.
Endless Finishing Options
How do you want your shed to look? With multiple colors and exterior finishes to choose from— from brick to stucco, siding or even stone— your steel shed can be customized to match any home design scheme.
Tailoring a shed’s appearance to blend in with your home’s exterior finish can help add to the resale value of your property. This can be done by matching rooflines with your home and other existing structures, and using similar materials for siding, roofing, windows and doors.
Another option is to ignore the style of your home, and build an entirely unique shed with different, even unusual, finishes. As it will be a freestanding structure, some people consider a shed to be a conversation piece and aim for a striking finish that stands out.
A variety of luxury add-ons are available to add even more investment value to your pre-engineered steel shed, from a workbench and shelving units, to power outlets for tools or landscaping machinery, and even specialized racks for keeping hoses and extensions cords immaculate and tidy.
Stylish Building Design Options
In designing your shed, there are five major architectural shape options to choose from: gable, gambrel, lean-to, saltbox and hip.
- A gable shed is the most classic and economical, with a roof that joins together in a simple triangular shape. This roof shape also provides sturdy load-bearing capabilities.
- Sloping the ends of a gable roof toward the center, so there is an overhang on all four sides of the structure, creates a hip-roofed shed.
- A gambrel roof is created by two slopes on the roof, creating a semi-arch, which offers more headroom and storage space than other types of sheds.
- A saltbox has a similar roof to a gable, except it is offset from the center and peaks higher on one side than the other, creative more storage space at the front.
- A lean-to roof design is the most economical and easiest to frame, but it provides less headroom as it varies from front to back.
Also available are Quonset hut style buildings. These come in two designs suitable for smaller backyard buildings with a minimum width of 16 feet; the S-model and the P-Model. For further descriptions of these shed alternatives see our building design page for more information.
Why Steel for Sheds?
Speed of Construction: Shorter construction time as pre-engineered components can be assembled quickly and easily.
Cost Saving: A DIY storage kit will save you cash on labor as there’s no need to costly contractors to assist with assembly. By choosing steel, a low-cost alternative to lumber, you can expect to save up to 60 per cent on materials. A steel storage shed is also highly resistant to decay, rust, mildew and cannot rot, mold or crack, due to its zinc and aluminum alloy coating, and will result in lower maintenance costs over time.
Environmentally Friendly: Steel is a recyclable material, and most manufactured steel today contains an average of 25 per cent recycled content. Choosing steel for your storage shed kit saves landfill space and valuable resources like forests.
Durability: Steel is resistant against termite and other insect infestations, and cannot rot, mold or crack. Steel is also non-combustible and resistant to fire, and is therefore inexpensive to insure. The stable interior climate provided by a steel garage also increases life span of your tools and stored goods.
Strength: Steel has an incredibly high strength to weight ratio, and is one the strongest and most durable construction materials on the market. Strong enough to withstand hurricanes, gale-force winds and even tornadoes, a steel storage shed proves first-rate protection for your stored goods against harsh weather.