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How to Build Trusses for Sheds

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Jul 15, 2013

shed kit complete

Most of you probably know that a truss is a part of the framework of a shed that provides critical support to the roof. Some of you seasoned do-it-yourselfers may also have experience building trusses. Others of you may be wondering if you need to know how to build trusses if you order a shed from Alan's Outlet. The answer is no. You can order a fully-assembled shed from us that arrives on a trailer.

A second option is to order a shed kit. A kit contains all of the parts of the shed that can easily be put together in a matter of hours. There's no need for you to know how to build trusses when you order a shed kit from us. Here are some of the reasons why you may want to opt for a shed kit. Also, I've added some tips on what you can do to prepare for the arrival of your kit.

The Practical Considerations of Getting a Storage Shed Kit

There are a couple of reasons why you may decide to get a storage shed kit. For one, you may not have the space to accommodate my truck and trailer on your property. The truck and trailer together are 52 feet in length. In order to maneuver safely, our truck and trailer needs 14 feet of width and 13 feet of height. As you may have guessed, we get a lot of attention on the road! If you don't have that sort of space on your neighborhood street or in your yard, then a shed kit is definitely an option for you to consider.

Another reason why you may prefer a shed kit is because you are a born do-it-yourselfer! I completely understand the feeling of putting together your own shed that will sit on your property for years to come. Though building roof trusses won't be a requirement of the job, you may be looking forward to doing the bulk of the assembly work yourself.

Preparing for the Arrival of Your Storage Shed Kit

If you decide to order a shed kit, I will give you plenty of notice concerning its delivery. This will give you some time to ask friends or family members if they will help with the shed's assembly. Let them know what's involved in the simple assembly and that they will not be building roof trusses. Hopefully, you can get at least a couple of people to help out.

Another thing you can do to prepare for the arrival of the shed kit is to ensure that a space is cleared for the shed. Remove any large rocks and weeds as well as other debris that could interfere with the placement of the shed.

A level 4" to 6" gravel base is recommended for you to place the shed.  If you want to place the shed on an existing concrete slab or asphalt driveway that is fine, just make sure it is a level area so the doors open and shut properly.

Finally, once the shed kit arrives, you can take several minutes to read through the easily understandable instructions to get a clearer overall picture of the process. Maybe after you finish your new shed, you could look into building trusses as part of your next DIY project! Good luck with your shed kit! The shed kits are only available in wood T1-11 siding. The wood storage shed kits are delivered in all of Virginia and West Virginia with free delivery in 30 counites in VA and 10 counties in WV. Wondering what sizes, styles to choose from at Alan's Factory Outlet. Here are the shed kit prices, sizes and styles. Thanks, Alan

Topics: Sheds, Shed Kit, storage shed kit

Storage Shed Kits

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Nov 3, 2011

Storage Shed Kits

storage shed kits

Alan's Factory Outlet storage shed kits are delivered flat or if you prefer we can deliver it with the walls up if you have plenty of room for it to be delivered. 

Free delivery to 21 local counties in Virginia on all the shed kits.

The wood storage shed kits can be built in approximately 3 to 5 hours by three people.  The first step when installing the storage shed kit is to start with the foundation and put the floor where you want the shed to be placed.

storage shed kits foundation floor

You will want to attach the plywood floor to the 2"x4" floor joists.

shed kits finished floor back wall

This shows the floor attached to the foundation of 2"x4" floor joists which has 5 pressure treated 4"x4" runners which helps provide airflow under the building while putting the plywood floor 7" off the ground.  This shed kit foundation is placed on a gravel base which is what we recommend for drainage.  The customer also applied stain on the floor to help create a barrier to prevent moisture from being absorbed into the floor.  The stain is not available on the storage shed kits but you could put it on the floor just like this customer did. 

wood storage shed kit side walls

The sidewalls are put on next.  If the storage shed kit you ordered has windows the windows are already installed to help make the assembly process easier and faster saving you time.

storage shed kit front wall

Front wall of storage shed kits come with the double doors hung.  The exterior of the shed kit is also painted with your choice of a main paint color and trim color and shutter color on the windows as all windows come standard with shutters.

storage shed kits roof joists

The roof trusses are built and just need to be nailed to the top of the 2x4 sidewalls.

amish storage shed kits

Amish storage shed kits all come with precut where the plywood roof sections just need to be attached to the roof joists.

storage shed kits felt paper

The deluxe storage shed kits come standard with felt paper shown here.

shed kit drip edge

Drip edge than needs to be put on the building.

storage shed kit shingles

The shingles will need to be put on the storage shed kit.  The deluxe wood shed kits come with 30 year architectural shingles and the standard wood kits have a 25 year 3 tab shingle.

wood shed kits

And here is a picture showing the finished assembly of the wood shed kit.

Here is a link to the shed kit prices, sizes and styles.

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Topics: Shed Kits, Shed Kit, storage shed kits, wood shed kits, storage shed kit

Shed Kits

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, May 13, 2011

Shed Kits

Shed kits are built with the walls fully assembled and the doors and windows already placed in your desired location.  The wood shed kits are painted in one of the 15 different color choices.  You also get to pick the trim color, shutter color and shingle colors.

Alan's Factory Outlet storage shed kits are delivered are truck and trailer will back into as close to the intended location and then the shed kit slides off of the trailer.  

The four walls on the shed kit are removable.  So you will want to unscrew the four walls and carry them back beside the location where your shed will placed.  And the floor which is already assembled will be carried back to where you want your shed.  The roof trusses are all built and then you will nail the trusses to the walls then nail the roof sheeting to the trusses.  We also provide felt paper and shingles and then you have your shed kit ready to be used.

On average it will take two or three people between 3 to 5 hours to assemble the wood sheds.

shed kits

Wood Storage Shed Kits Specs

  • Double Doors painted on inside with steel plate, door stoppers on all shed kits
  • Wood trim, metal drip edge, 2 gable vents on all sheds
  • Painted 25 year duratemp t1-11 plywood siding, 1/2" plywood roof on all storage sheds, felt paper, 30 year architectural shingles
  • A-frame, dutch barn and quaker shed kits have two windows with shutters (mini barn 1 window)
  • Sheds kits pressure treated floor system with p.t. 4"x4" foundation runners with p.t. 2"x4" floor joist and 5/8" plywood floor
  • All 16" on center 2"x4" sidewall and roof

Alan's Factory Outlet shed kits are delivered statewide in all of VA.  Shed kit prices, sizes and styles.  Sheds are also built fully assembled.

Topics: Shed Kits, Shed Kit, storage shed kits, wood shed kits, alans factory outlet shed kits

DIY Shed Kits

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Apr 14, 2011

DIY Shed Kits Do It Yourself Shed KitsDo-It-Yourself Shed Kits are available in 5 different styles and 13 different sizes, ranging from 6x6 to 10x20.

These DIY Shed Kits are made easy with the homeowner in mind.

The walls are fully built with the windows and double doors with lock and key are prehung for your convienance.

The floor is fully constructed in one piece on Sheds that are 6', 8' and 10' in length.  Storage Sheds that are longer than 10', the floor is fully built but comes in two peices.

The roof trusses are prebuilt to save you time and the plywood pieces for the roof are precut and architectural shingles are in bundles. 

The building comes painted with two coats of paint.  You have a choice of 16 different paint colors for your Shed Kit.

Shed Kits are delivered on a truck and shed trailer.  Please allow enough room for the driver to place the Kit down in your yard or driveway.

Our Shed Kits are not stacked and on a pallet.  The DIY Shed Kit will look like a fully built Shed without a roof and all hardware, plywood, trusses, shingles and felt paper will be inside.  You will want to unscrew the walls from the floor and relocate them to your desire Shed location.

Topics: Storage Sheds, Shed Kits, Do It Yourself Shed Kits, DIY Shed Kits, Shed Kit

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