Learning How To Build A Shed With Easy Woodworking Plans
How to Build a Shed and Where to Put it
The first consideration when building a shed is deciding upon the location. Take the time to figure out exactly what you want to use the shed for and how big it must be for whatever you want to put in it.
The next step is deciding how to build a shed and how much money is budgeted for this project. The local home improvement store will have shed kits, which will be more expensive and faster to build than starting from scratch. These kits are the easiest way to build and are available in either wood, vinyl or metal. Most of these kits will include the exact instructions on how to put it together. Windows, doors, and the building materials will be all precut and ready to be assembled using basic tools. It is important to remember that many shed kits come with unfinished wood so the cost needed to buy stain or paint and brushes should also be factored into the cost.
The pitch of the roof describes how steep it is. The pitch of a roof is measured in vertical rise, in relation to the horizontal span. This is also known as the slope in geometry. In the United States, slope is typically shown in inches per foot of horizontal span. So if a roof rises 4 inches for each foot of surface, the pitch would be a “4:12 pitch”. If you live in an area of the country that receives a lot of snow, you may want to increase the pitch of your roof, so the snow will slide off the roof more easily. A flat roof in that environment could potentially collapse, if enough snow was to collect on it.
Materials for a shed roof can be as simple as a roll of asphalt roofing. Occasionally, you will see clay or tile shingles, but due to their high cost, those aren’t used very often. Your roof can also be covered with a special corrugated metal. Wood shake shingles were at one time very popular, but due to fire danger, have been outlawed in many parts of the country, and cannot be used in new construction. The most common type of shingle used on a shed is the composition, or asphalt shingle. There are different styles, and different thicknesses of asphalt shingles. Based on their composition, these shingles are generally rated by years of warranty. You can purchase shingles with a 20 year warranty, 30 year warranty, or even higher.
Sheds can be built from different types of wood, however woods like cedar that are naturally more resistant to water damage are the best choices. Wood is, however, susceptible to mold and mildew and should be treated for protection. Wooden sheds are also easier than metal sheds to modify and this can be done by adding trim, windows, shelving etc.
The siding you put on your shed, in addition to determining the final look of the building, will also determine how well it holds up in certain parts of the country, and weather can be a big determining factor. There is a fiber cement siding that holds up really well. It can break more easily when cutting, but is molded to look just like real wood. Paint holds to it really well and it doesn’t need painted as often. Aluminum or vinyl siding also holds up well. If your house is stucco, you may choose to match your house. However, one problem you will encounter with stucco is cracking over time. There is also a fiber board which is made up of pressed board with exterior resins and adhesives pressed or molded to resemble wood. If this is kept sealed and painted, it holds up fairly well in most climates. However it may not do well in extreme cold weather. You can buy this material in a 4 x 8 foot sheet. It also comes in 16 foot lap planking 8″ wide or 16 ft. x 14 in. wide. The fiber cement can also be purchased in the above mentioned horizontal sizes.
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