Vinyl Shed Installation Tips

A vinyl shed is relatively easy to install but it is crucial to do so correctly to ensure that it remains robust and protected from the elements. Some vinyl sheds come preassembled allowing you to simply pull them out of the box and put them in place but with others, it takes a bit more work. Storage shed kits come in all shapes and sizes but in the long term will save you both time and money. Everything in your kit comes pre-cut and usually allows you to install your vinyl shed within a day. Once installed, you'll be able to make use of your outdoor storage shed which is virtually maintenance free. 

Positioning a Vinyl Shed

A good place to start when installing your vinyl shed is choosing its position. Think carefully about where it will look visually appealing and where it will be accessible. Having a small gap around the outside will make it easier to clean and will avoid damaging any nearby plants. You also need to think carefully about size. It is very easy to grab shed kits in a hardware store and assume they will fit the space they have been allocated but outdoor storage sheds are often bigger than they seem when erected. If you are unsure about size, try laying out all the items you plan to store on the lawn and marking the area they cover. Be generous. The amount stored in vinyl sheds can quickly grow so it is important to give yourself a bit of extra space.  

Permission to Build a Vinyl Shed

Check that you are allowed to install a vinyl shed in your garden. Although this kind of outdoor storage shed is generally allowed it is always a good idea to get permission first. 

Preparing for a Vinyl Shed

Vinyl sheds are usually built on either a wooden or concrete platform but these are not included in shed kits. They need to be solid and level and fit the frame of the vinyl exactly. Keep in mind that in high-wind areas your vinyl shed may also require reinforcement such as an anchor bolt and nut. In terms of tools for building your shed you are likely to need a hammer, level, handsaw, chalk line, tape measure, rafter square, drill, power miter saw, reciprocating saw and jig saw. 

Assembling a Vinyl Shed

Always use the tools recommended by your shed kit and do not try to work with any alternative equipment. Some shed kits allow for installation without using any tools at all while others only warrant the most basic such as a rubber head hammer and screwdriver. Vinyl is not a material that takes well to improvised DIY so never try to cut or bend something to make it fit. If you are struggling, go back a step on your shed kit as the chances are you have skipped a stage somewhere along the way. Do not try to assemble your vinyl shed in one part of the garden and move it to another on completion. Vinyl is relatively durable but is not designed to be pushed and pulled about. Even if you manage to move the shed without damaging it, as time goes by it is more likely to break over a shorter period of time.