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7 Important Construction Factors to Look for When Buying a Shed

Posted by Cook Portable Warehouses

Dec 30, 2013 2:30:00 PM

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A shed can be a significant investment for many folks. It’s important to make sure you’re getting a good deal, but you also want a building that will stand the test of time. Otherwise, you may find yourself in trouble down the road.

Here are 7 of the most influential things to consider when buying or building a portable shed:

  • Size

The size of the building will probably be your first priority. You’re going to want a shed that’s suited to fit your unique storage needs. Cook portable sheds come in a wide variety of styles and sizes, making it easy to find the best shed for you!

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: it’s in your best interest to choose a shed that’s at least one size larger than what you think you’ll need. People often underestimate their storage needs. Don’t fall into the same trap.

  • Door Opening/Width

All the space in the world won’t matter if you don’t have doors wide enough to store bulkier items. No one wants to have to disassemble something just to stow it away. The doors on Cook sheds are constructed to open wide while still providing maximum strength and durability.

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  • Weatherproofing

Weather conditions can be highly detrimental to sheds. Ensure that your building is prepared for the elements by learning more about its construction materials. Some materials are better suited for harmful conditions than others. For example, Cook sheds use only pressure treated lumber, which protects against both moisture damage and termites. Our sheds even come with a lifetime warranty to prove it!

  • Base Construction

The base of your building could easily be considered the most important piece, though it often goes overlooked.  From direct contact with ground moisture and insects to clumsy spills and heavy drops, think of all the abuse your shed floor will go through. The flooring systems within Cook portable sheds are tough enough to withstand whatever comes their way.

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  • Roof Construction

The roof of your building must be strong enough to tolerate high winds, snow load, heavy rain, and other elements. The last thing you want is a sagging or leaky roof. Luckily, Cook’s roofing systems, both shingled and metal, are designed for ultimate stability. Our gusseted trusses add extra strength to the roof while the following features keep out moisture and excessive heat.

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  • Drip Edge

Did you know that something as small as a drip edge could greatly extend the life of your shed?  Cook Portable Warehouses’ aluminum drip edge prevents damage to roof decking by siphoning water along the edge of shingles. Without this feature, your roof structure could quickly begin to rot, allowing moisture to enter the building and further damage to follow.

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  • Vent

Have you ever wondered why things inside a shed get wet? One reason could be the lack of proper ventilation. To prevent condensation from building up inside your shed, make sure a vent has been installed. Some builders design their units with dryer vents instead of ridge vents. This method isn’t as effective and can allow rain water to blow inside the building. Cook Portable Warehouses, on the other hand, uses a vented ridge roofing system. This vented ridge will protect against both condensation and rain water.

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Those are just a few of the construction aspects that Cook buildings provide. Click here to see a full, detailed list of special features that set us apart!

Many people have trouble making a decision on something they’ve never actually seen, and we can’t blame them. For that reason, we encourage potential customers to visit a nearby Cook Portable Warehouses dealer.

Once on the lot, you’ll find a variety of Cook sheds proudly displayed for your viewing. Don’t be shy; feel free to walk around the sheds – inside and outside. Inspect every inch if you wish. We’re proud of our quality construction and design, and we want you to feel confident in your purchase decision!

Get started by locating a Cook Portable Warehouses dealer near you!

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Topics: Buying a Shed