Buying an eco-friendly shed for your farm could be a bit challenging. Due to the wide array of materials and design options available online, you need to be well-informed before making a buying decision. If you are planning to install an environmentally friendly shed, you should pay attention to these valuable tips.
1. Review the Shed Design
A farm shed that will suit your farm needs should be carefully designed and not assembled in a haphazard fashion. This means you should choose a shed that you can see on display. If it is not on display, there should be pictures providing a 360 degree interior and exterior view for you. Take a close look at the size and style of the shed. Will it provide adequate shelter for your farm tools, equipment, machinery and other items you want to put into it? A good farm shed will also provide aesthetic value and beautify the surroundings.
2. Check the Quality of Materials
The most popular eco-friendly material used for the shed's cladding is steel or wood obtained from a sustainable forest. The minimum thickness for the planks used for the shed should be 12mm or 1/2". Cedar wood is one of the most durable types of timber for a farm shed and it comes with a very attractive grain, but it costs more than the tanalised timber alternatives which are treated with toxic chemicals to increase their resistance to pests and wear. On the other hand steel combines both durability and strength that outperforms wooden applications while being as environmentally friendly and recyclable, but a bit more expensive.
3. Examine the Durability of the Roof
A durable farm shed roof will be constructed from real timber boards or steel. Just like the cladding for the boards, thickness of the roof boards must be at least 12mm or 1/2". This will enable the boards to hold the roof adequately when snow falls on the roof. Avoid sheds that have cheaper plywood or chipboard roof boards, which are usually referred to as sheet materials. Although these materials may seem eco-friendly because they are produced by recycling wood scraps and shavings, they are not durable. Remember that these materials will get damaged immediately they have contact with water so they can only be used in a dry environment. If you opt out for a steel shed, the steel roof cladding should be quite straight forward in terms of requirements, as steel sheets are prefabricated to pop into one another. Their shape gives them strength required to withstand any strain the elements will impose.
4. Opt for a Sturdy and Durable Floor
The floor of your shed must be strong enough to bear the weight of the items stored and people that will use the shed. It should also be water resistant. So don't buy a farm shed that has cheap flooring materials like oriental strand board, chipboard or low grade plywood, as they will deteriorate rapidly when they get wet. On the other hand concrete, which is quite hard and durable is not eco-friendly because it contains pollutants like sulphur oxide and nitrous oxide. So you may choose one with recycled weedblock or recycled polypropylene. Hardwood is also a great option but it will raise the cost of the shed. In the end you may as well leave the floor as is, if things stored in the shed don’t mind laying in dirt.
5. Insist on Full Installation and Warranties
Many sheds are sold as DIY kits that you are expected to assemble by yourself. If you do not have adequate experience with woodwork and building construction, you will not be able to put up these sheds to last. So do not let the marketing hype about easy installation deceive you. Ensure that the shed provider will do a full installation and provide warranties that will give you peace of mind.
Purchasing an environmentally-friendly shed for your farm should be easier with these tips. They will help you to choose a shed that will offer you great value for your money and provide the kind of service and durability you desire.