When you are going to be building an outdoor storage shed there are going to be a lot of elements that it is going to have to face. Long days in the sun, endless wind, rain and snow, even hail. So you might want to think about how get your storage shed ready for the elements.
One of the first things to think about is the placement of the shed. You might already have an idea of where you are going to put the shed, but here are the basic guidelines for where the shed should stand. First off it should not be in a wet, low lying area because then water can collect and rot and erode the foundation. So look for a higher area that is safe from rain run-offs. Also be sure to build the shed on at least 2-4 inches of gravel to raise it up and decrease chances of rot and erosion.
Secondly the placement of a storage shed should also be considered by a couple of other things like how convenient is it to get to. If you have a big property, will you want to run to the other edge of your property every time you need something. Also avoid shady spots because without the sun they will not dry as quickly, and water is one of the worst enemy’s of woodworking. Lastly if you are building a shed on a slope, put the door facing up the slope so it is at ground level when you enter through the door.
For our last tip, don’t make any low-angle roofs. They are very susceptible to a cave-in because they do not have the ability to shed snow, debris, etc.. Generally speaking, the accepted pitch for a roof will be around 40-45 degrees. That way if it snows your roof won’t cave in (assuming everything is structurally sound).
Now when it comes time to build your next outdoor storage shed, you will be able to put these tips into the planning process.