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Lifetime Sheds and Rubbermaid Outdoor Storage

Posted in Sheds by admin on the February 18th, 2010

Lifetime storage shed models starting at around $690; lifetime shed extension kit starting at about $270; shed accessory kits between $88 and $125; practical maintenance free garden sheds and storage for tools; Rubbermaid shed options from horizontal to vertical models: Big Max and Big Max jr.; deck boxes and modular storage – at Outdoor Patio Covers we have suggestions how to cover your outdoor spaces in practical ways and at prices you can afford.

Two of the best garden sheds for sale are the Lifetime brand storage units and the Rubbermaid sheds. Both provide large storage options that are maintenance free. We first take a look at the Lifetime shed options and later will compare with Rubbermaid products.

Lifetime Sheds For Practical Garden and Tool Storage

A Lifetime outdoor storage shed allows you to organize and lock up your tools and equipment in a space that’s dry and safe yet with easy access for when you need to get in. Your shed should help you maintain your home and garden while not adding to your workload by being one more structure to care for, paint and repair.

That is why the Lifetime sheds are ideal since they are built from dense polyethylene with steel reinforcements, stain free floors, and a no paint and rust free exterior that also has UV protection and resists fading and cracking even in the sun or harsh weather. If you like the look of the sheds when you buy them, then you can be sure they will stay looking like that for a very long time.

The inner space can be organized with long practical storage shelves, space-saving corner shelves, peg boards for tools, and even specially designed tool corals and unique accessories strips.

The sheds, which are vertical units with doors and roofs, not just storage boxes, come in 7 foot sizes and 2 by 8 foot sizes that are somewhat flat and may even be placed next to a wall. The larger freestanding units are up to 8 feet by 12 feet sheds, some even with skylights and windows and lots of extras.

The Lifetime shed can be extended, if you start with a small unit, it can grow with your needs. Extensions start at about $269. The sheds themselves that come with everything in neat kits are reasonably priced and start at under $690 for the 8’X2.5’ model and go up to about $1,500 for the largest designs.

These large garden sheds area great alternative to metal sheds that rust and the wooden garden sheds that require painting or varnishing on a yearly basis. Why should your outdoor storage cause you headaches and more work when you can have a full freestanding unit that requires no paint or upkeep from year to year to stay in great condition. They are also spacious and well-organized with a complete shelving system that many utility sheds just don’t have.

Affordable storage shed kits that offer the option to be custom sheds by adding panels, windows, skylights and extensions is a handyman’s dream. Start small and grow as your needs expand and keep organized. Whether you need a space for a few shelves to store garden supplies and a few tools, or a complete shed for a lawnmower and tools and supplies, you’ll find there is an affordable option for your needs with a Lifetime storage system.

Rubbermaid Shed Solutions From Home Depot

If you need large outdoor garden sheds and storage units for equipment, even large lawnmowers and other machinery, then the modular plastic shed styles that offer up to 467 cubic feet of space may be well suited to your needs.

The series called the Big Max™ and the Big Max jr. have double-walled construction made from all-weather resin to ensure you will never have rot or rust or maintenance problems. The units are modular prefabricated kits that are easy to assemble and offer interior storage solutions like shelving and pegboards for tools and garden supplies.

Rubbermaid also creates more affordable storage sheds that can be placed on a deck as either vertical or horizontal units. These are more like large boxes instead of freestanding buildings where you can walk in and organize your items. Plastic sheds in all styles are an option for backyard storage that eliminates the need for painting and maintaining that wood and metal structures require. If you do not have space in a yard or garden, you may consider using the smaller Rubbermaid vertical storage shed models that can even be placed inside a basement or along a porch wall or just outside on a deck or open area.

The Rubbermaid vertical storage shed designs are not crafted with windows and do not look like a shed in the classic sense, rather they are enclosed units with doors that organize tools and supplies in much the same way as a large cabinet might. The difference is that they may be placed outdoors and will still be weather resistant and keep everything secure and dry even in inclement conditions of cold winters and hot summers.

The other alternative is a horizontal shed. These are practical and cheap garden sheds that can be placed near your work area, on a deck, inside a porch, in a basement or wherever you can find space. They offer a means to keep organized and also a way to keep insecticides, fertilizers or harmful substances away from the reach of children.

Wooden Garden Sheds

If you have your heart set on a wooden garden shed that’s made of cedar, please remember that these units will not be more affordable than the plastic or resin versions, in fact they are often more expensive. A simple cedar structure costs about $800 even when purchased from a prefabricated cedar sheds kit dealer, and you may require a contractor or carpenter to have it built or put tether. They also will not last as long, will require painting or varnishing and protecting usually once a year and may be susceptible to rot, mildew, moisture and termites. However, they are aesthetically appealing for rustic homes, garden areas and may even double as small studios.

If you think you may be able to save some money by choosing a pine shed over a cedar one, you will find the prices, even for small structures, are usually over $1,000. Also, another thing to consider is that even the prefabricated wooden sheds are often constructed without flooring, therefore you may need to have a cement pad poured, or a wooden structure built, or leave the ground bare which is not very practical. Wood and timber sheds are seldom an economic choice rather an aesthetic one.

You may also consider a shed that is a gazebo style, and these are often very practical and beautiful solutions since they can be purchased in aluminum kits and are also maintenance free.

For more information on practical aluminum gazebo designs and beautiful outdoor garden gazebos with curtains and netting, please see related topics.

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