Frequently Asked Questions
Planning for Your Shed
Nothing, as long as the site is fairly level and clear of debris. We’ll take care of everything else.
Permitting is the homeowner’s responsibility. Some towns require permits, while others do not. We recommend you check with your city inspector (this info can usually be found on your town hall website) to be sure. While New England Outdoor does not pull permits, we can help guide you with this process.
More and more homeowners are using our sheds for more than just storage. Contact us for a quote for insulated floors, doors, and windows to get the transformation from shed to a heated/cooled structure started!
We love creating custom sheds. Some customizations include door and window placement and size, aesthetic features like extended gables or shed dormers, or finishing touches like flower boxes, cupolas, and weathervanes.
The size of the shed you need largely depends on two factors – the amount of space you have available and how much storage space you need. We always recommend going a bit bigger than what you think you may need if space allows, because once you run out of space it’s hard to add more. If you are limited on available space, interior features like lofts and shelves help maximize a smaller footprint.
Yes, unless your shed is being installed in New Hampshire where there is no sales tax or if your organization is tax exempt.
Sure. Although be warned that he chose one of our larger models (probably to store his growing collection of Super Bowl rings).
Both sheds and garages are outdoor storage buildings that are constructed to store items. A garage is larger and able to hold one vehicle or more. Garages have more headroom than sheds and often have a loft or an entire second floor for more storage and living space. Garages will usually have traditional sectional garage doors for easier access to vehicles and other larger equipment.
Sheds are buildings that are used to store items such as lawnmowers, gardening equipment and seasonal items. Some sheds are big enough to store a vehicle or even double as a home office. Storage sheds can be designed with decorative features like flower boxes, dormers, and cupolas.
Variables to Consider
A New England Outdoor shed or garage is an investment and adds value to your home or property. When deciding between a shed or garage, there are a few questions to think about to help you determine which type of structure would work best for your situation:
- Size of available space
- The number and size of items to be stored
- The time frame in which you need the structure
- Any permitting restrictions within your city or town
Contact us today to speak with a specialist that can help find the perfect building for what you need!
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Our lead time varies throughout the year and is posted at the top of our website. There may be longer than normal lead times during the Spring or when supply chain delays and shortages happen.
New England Outdoor installs sheds throughout most of New England. Please feel free to give us a call or enter your zip code in the online builder to see if you’re in our service area.
All our sheds are prefabricated, kitted, and installed onsite. On average, installation takes a couple of hours*.
*The garage doors on the Delmar and Grand Delmar models are installed after the structure is built, usually within 24-48 hours.
Your site should be firm, fairly level (6″ difference or less from corner to corner), and free from overhanging branches or bushes. Installation also requires 2 ½’ clearance at the front and rear, and 2’ on each gable ends. If your site does not meet these requirements, please contact us!
We only require a 3’ opening to access your area. Our crew unloads and assembles each section manually, eliminating the need to drive vehicles or machinery over your yard. If your site is over 100 feet away from the unloading point, a small carry fee will apply.
New England Outdoor does not offer site prep. We highly recommend ¾” crushed stone as a base for your shed (a local landscaper will be able to do this for you). The crushed stone area should be 2 feet larger than the perimeter of your shed and 3-4 inches deep. We build the shed in the middle, so you have a 1ft perimeter of stone around the shed for drainage. We do provide cinder blocks and bricks to level and support the shed.
Some homeowners choose to use a concrete slab as the floor of their shed. The slab should be completely level and measured for square. New England Outdoor will email you the dimensions required based on the size of your shed. After the shed is installed, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to secure the bottom plate of the wall to the slab using expansion bolts.
On average, two to three hours.
Yes — a little snow doesn’t bother us.
About Our Sheds
Our company takes pride in knowing that all our buildings are constructed using only the highest-grade materials and strongest building methods meant to last. New England Outdoor offers a 30-year warranty against defects in workmanship and materials. This warranty does not include doors and windows. Roof shingles have a separate warranty of 30 year from leakage. Natural disaster, damage by neglect or accident are excluded. There are no other warranties expressed or implied, either oral or in writing. If you experience any issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will resolve it quickly.
New England Outdoor offers 5 siding choices and 4 types of shingles:
Vinyl Clapboard – Choose from 25 standard colors, the most in the industry! We can also special-order different colors. Vinyl sample chips can be picked up at our showroom or mailed to you to match up against your house.
Pine Clapboard – Pine siding is an affordable option and has been proven to be resistant to warping and mold. No matter what type and species of wood siding you choose, it will last longer and look better with a protective finish. We recommend painting or staining within 6 months of installation.
Cedar Tongue & Groove – Cedar is one of the most durable softwoods. Its naturally resistant to insect attack and rot. Although naturally a durable wood, we recommend painting or staining within 6 months of installation.
DuraTemp – A siding material manufactured with a strong plywood veneer inner core that is made of western softwood veneer and a fully water-resistant phenolic resin. The surface is a tough hardboard face that won’t split, crack or check.
Vinyl Shakes – a type of vinyl siding that mimics the look of cedar shakes. Some homeowners put vinyl shakes on just the gables or on an accent wall.
Three Tab 25-year IKO Shingles come standard with your shed order. You can also choose from IKO Architectural Shingles, GAF Timberline Shingles, and CertainTeed Landmark Shingles which are warrantied for 30 years.
We offer 25 colors — the most in the industry. If none of them match your home, we’ll special order a different color for you.
Yes. You can choose from our three standard colors (dual black, gray and brown) or from our selection of architectural shingles.
Yes. We offer 13 different colors and one paintable model.
- Standard wall height: 6’5″.
- Standard window: 21″ by 27″.
- Standard door opening (vinyl): 60″.