Choosing the Best Building or Shed Shape

Chapter 3: How To Choose The Best Shape For Your Next Storage Shed?

The shape of the shed will affect the cost, look, usefulness, and possibly the placement.

We offer three distinct storage building shapes:

  • Barn style sheds have traditional gambrel shaped roofs which provide more overhead loft space.
  • Cottages have A-frame structures with the primary door located on the end.
  • Ranch style sheds have their primary door on the side, which is typically the longest dimension.

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The first thing you should decide about your shed as it will affect every other aspect of the building. There are quite a few different shape options, however, so let us quickly run through the pros and cons of them.
BARN or Gambrel - Wood framed buildings with gambrel shaped roofs.
Pros: Additional loft space, standard 5’ double doors, very sturdy
    Provides the maximum amount of usable space than any other roof style
    It offers more space without taking up more space.
Cons: Wood has imperfections, requires maintenance, prone to pests, and rot. if bought a low wall height might be a problem
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A-FRAME or Gabel - These buildings have “A” shaped roofs and are available in a variety of sizes, colors, and materials.
Pros: Great for workshops, plenty of customization, High sidewalls, plenty of additional options, priced in between a low-wall and high-wall barn
    Easily sheds water and snow
Cons: Prone to wind damage
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LEAN-TO or Skillion - These typically smaller buildings have a simple roof design, and can attach to the side of a pre-existing structure. Great for simple garden storage.
Pros: Can fit in smaller areas, good water and snow shedding
Cons: Less overall storage space
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Highrock or Saltbox - With just enough room for a four-wheeler, this modified A-Frame is an excellent option if you need space to store handheld outdoor equipment.
Pros: Roomy interior, LP Smart Siding
    More durable than the Gabel style
Cons: Wood has imperfections, requires maintenance, and is prone to pests and rot
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Shed Buying Guide

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1.Getting Started on Your storage building or shed project

Start by answering this question "How do I plan to use the shed?" It is not always as obvious as it seems. It is worth examining because anticipating all

Shed with dimension drawings

2. Selecting the size of your storage building or shed

When selecting a size for your backyard storage building, there are several questions to ask yourself. Use this list as you start your research

different style of sheds

3. Choosing the best building or shed shape

The shape of the shed will affect the cost, look, usefulness, and possibly the placement. Leonard offers 3 distinct storage building shapes.

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4. Understanding Proper Floor construction of storage buildings, sheds

Sturdy pressure treated 4"x6" skids are notched so that the 2”x6” pressure treated joists

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5. Steel Frame vs Wood Frame Storage Buildings and Sheds

For most customers, a storage building's frame material is one of the most important decision factors.

vinyl siding of shed

6. Choosing from storage shed siding materials

When it comes to choosing the right siding material for our shed there a number of factors to consider. Do you have an HOA?


cedar shingles on roof

7. Storage Shed and Utility Building Roof Material Options

Leonard offers the widest selection of roofing material in the industry: Standard Shingle, Architectural Shingle, Corrugated Metal, Heavy Duty Metal Panel, and Cedar Shake.

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8. Choosing the right color(s) for your Storage Building or Shed

The siding and trim material of your storage building or shed will determine the available options for color. Siding materials are broken into four groups

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9. How much does a shed cost?

Sheds come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. All of these affect costs in different ways.

10. Why Rent-To-Own Sheds Win every time over Storage Units

We Americans love our stuff. We love activities that involve tools, memorabilia, boats, bikes, holiday decorations, and hobby supplies.

kit vs custom shed

11. Should You Choose a Shed Kit vs A Custom Built Shed from a Manufacture?

Shed kits are quite popular for promising new sheds for an unbeatable price. For just a few hours of work, you can get a great storage building. But is that the best option?

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12. How is a storage building or shed delivered?

Leonard offers FREE Delivery. Your shed will be delivered to your backyard, blocked & leveled, and set up for you to start moving your stuff in simply.


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13. Free Site-Check

If you don't think a shed will fit in your backyard. We are here to help.