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When you’re considering building a new shed or garage, there are any number of options to consider. But which ones are important for your situation and which ones don’t really matter? While every situation is a little bit different, there are a few qualities that are important to every project. Here’s a quick look at some aspects that deserve careful attention as you consider what functions you’re going to get out of your new structure and investment.

Size and Dimensions

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You could put together a structure that meets your current needs, but what if those needs change over the next few years? You’ll be wishing you’d gone a little bigger. Your compact SUV may be replaced by a full-size crew-cab truck, or your small riding lawnmower be replaced by a large-deck zero-radius mower. Plan the size of your shed or garage for your current anticipated needs, and then go a little larger to be on the safe side.

Roofing, Drainage, Trusses, and Pitch

Whether it’s rain, sleet or snow, poor weather is going to happen. So how will your structure deal with these conditions? One option we strongly recommend is Everdrain panels by Everlast Roofing. They provide a strong, long-lasting metal roofing option that delivers great performance year after year. Are you planning on using the space above the ceiling for storage? You may want to look at attic trusses rather than regular ones. Be sure to account for snow load in your roof pitch.

Door Type and SizeGarage roofing

When it comes to choosing a shed or garage door, there are two types typically used: small standard doors for people and large overhead or carriage doors for vehicles or equipment. To make your investment fit with universal design principles and improve its market value, stick with 36″ wide doors for the small doors. When it comes to overhead or carriage doors, pick a size that’s a little bit bigger than what you think you need to ensure you’ve got plenty of space for maneuverability and ease of use.

Windows and Lighting

Interior garage lights

Though natural lighting from a number of well-placed windows is a great option to consider, there’s going to be plenty of times you use your shed or garage after dark. If you want to optimize your energy efficiency, consider getting LED shop lights to get plenty of light with a minimal hit on your electric meter. For a storage shed, consider adding a motion-detecting light inside with a solar panel to power it on the outside. Not only will it save you money on the bill, but you’ll have hands-free lighting when carrying items in and out.

Interior Finish

Though you could just slap up some type-x drywall and call it good, that’s not necessarily going to give you the best possible performance. One product we regularly recommend for outbuilding or attached garage use is the I-Span Ceiling and Wall System. The tough panels are a sanitary option that deliver strong performance, durability and long-lasting appearance.

By taking the time to consider these five aspects of shed or garage design, you’ll be able to get solid use out of the structure for many years to come. If you need help finding the perfect materials or need the advice to make the right choices, Poulin Lumber is here to help. Please feel free to reach out today with any questions, for further information or to get a quote.

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