When a garage gets so overrun with clutter that there’s no room for the lawn mower, it’s time to consider investing in an outdoor shed for extra storage space. Sheds come in many different sizes and styles, so it’s worth spending the time needed to research the available options. Important factors to consider are the shed’s siding, size, accessories, and builder.
There are many choices to consider for the exterior siding of your shed. Painted Duratemp siding is a low-cost option without compromising on durability. Vinyl siding is virtually maintenance-free and made to withstand the harsh winter months here in the Northeast. Vinyl is incredibly versatile and is available in many colors. LP Lap siding and Board & Batten siding are composite sidings that give the appearance of wood without the maintenance. LP siding comes in a wide range of paint colors and Board & Batten siding is available in a choice of stain colors. Cedar and other specialty sidings are also available.
The ideal size of a shed depends on each person’s needs. A Mini-Barn or a Patriot Shed may be ideal to store garden tools, firewood, and other supplies. A larger shed like an Elite A-Frame or Elite Dutch makes the perfect workshop and should have plenty of space for a riding lawn mower, several garbage bins, and some bulky yard equipment. Homeowners looking for a work area and enough room to store their mowers, motorcycles, and other tools should consider a custom-built shed or even a two-story structure.
After deciding on a material and size, it’s time to pick out accessories. These might include ramps for lawn mowers, wheelbarrows, and more; different door styles; lofts for storage; a workbench; and other optional items, including skylights, shutters, and flower boxes.
When you invest in a shed, you should be confident that your shed builders will provide the design, materials, and workmanship you’re looking for. Grey’s Woodworks is a family-owned business that’s built beautiful, handcrafted wooden storage sheds since 1979. In recognition of our commitment to quality, we’ve been voted best-in-class by the Times Herald-Record for the past two years. Each product we build is backed by a five-year warranty. We have several styles of storage sheds to choose from, and our online 3-D shed builder allows you to design your own structure. Whatever your storage needs may be, contact us to learn more.
There’s nothing better than relaxing with a good book under a gazebo or hanging out with friends under a pergola. Although these structures are similar, understanding the details which make them different is important to deciding which structure is better for a particular home.
Gazebos are traditionally oval, octagonal, or hexagonal. Their prominent feature is their open, wall-less sides and cone-shaped roof. Although there are normally seats or railing around the perimeter of the structure, it is not completely enclosed unless you add an optional screen kit. Gazebos can also vary in size from only a few feet to a space that is big enough to host bands or parties.
Pergolas, also known as arbors, are made of pillars or posts topped with crossbeams and are generally square or rectangular. They are normally constructed from wood or vinyl, and feature an open lattice, which is commonly used to grow vines or other climbing plants. Unlike gazebos, pergolas do not traditionally provide shelter from inclement weather since they do not have complete roofs.
Choosing the Right Structure
There are many features of pergolas and gazebos that should be considered when deciding on which to build. Many who opt for gazebos do so because they offer seating and complete coverage, allowing one to enjoy the outdoors, even in hot or rainy weather. However, some people prefer the open nature of a pergola, which allows the sun to shine through or garden vines to thrive. In addition, where the homeowner wants to put the structure in their yard will impact whether a gazebo or pergola is more appropriate. For example, if an expansive deck already exists, then a pergola could be added to create a semi-shaded spot for a picnic table as an alternative to a traditional table and umbrella. Also, if the backyard has many flowering plants that need ample sunlight to thrive, then the gazebo should be placed in an area that doesn’t prevent them from receiving that vital sunlight.
Determining whether you’d prefer an open roof or total coverage is the first step of deciding whether a gazebo or pergola is right for your home. The next step is contacting a trusted woodworking company about construction! If you’re interested in beginning the process or learning about our financing options, give Grey’s Woodworks a call at (845) 985-7006 or contact us online today!
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