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What to Consider When Choosing a Large Farm Shed for Your Property

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A large farm shed can be a great addition to any property, even if it's not a working farm. This type of outbuilding can protect your heavy-duty riding lawnmower, all-terrain vehicles, and any other vehicles you have in the family for which there's no room in the garage. When choosing a large farm shed, you need to ensure you've considered all your options, as these sheds are often an expensive investment and not easy to simply take down and replace once installed. Note a few factors you don't want to overlook when shopping for a large farm shed.


Some very large sheds may be so heavy that they require a concrete slab for their flooring, rather than just gravel. You need to consider this carefully because a concrete floor will need maintenance and repair over the years, and it may eventually crack and break if the soil under it is too soft. However, concrete can also provide a better flooring for your lawn care equipment, vehicle, and other items that you don't want to drive over gravel or keep on soft and muddy soil. If you're thinking of having a concrete slab poured anyway, you can then opt for just about any weight and size of shed that works for your property.


If you don't plan on keeping the doors of your large farm shed open, you may want to note if it will need added ventilation. A whirlybird on the top can mean circulating air through a vent on the roof. This can keep hay dry and also reduce the risk of humidity building up on your lawnmower and sporting goods and, in turn, causing rust to form.


The door of your large farm shed may be as important as the shed itself. If the door swings up and outward, you'll need adequate clearance; if the shed is located close to your home or another outbuilding, you may not be able to actually bring your tractor up to the door before opening it. A roller door means no clearance needed in front of the shed, and if it rolls into a drum above the door, this can open up the ceiling space of the shed for added storage. Getting a pass-through design, meaning a door on each side, can also allow you to easily drive equipment in and out without backing up. Consider this when buying your shed and when deciding on its placement, so you have the clearance needed in front and back of the shed.