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Rain or Shine: All-Season Storage Solutions

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Sep 7, 2013

vertical metal roof carports

A Durable Metal Vertical Carport

Throughout my years in the business of offering dependable storage solutions, I've learned that people have a variety of storage needs. Some people have classic cars that they want to keep in the best possible condition for shows, parades and exhibitions. Other people have a valuable collection of garden tools and equipment that they want to keep away from the elements. Regardless of whether it's an RV or a sturdy snow shovel, people want to protect their possessions so they can get the greatest amount of use out of them. They need dependable storage for their items regardless of the weather conditions. I'm sure that you have some items that you want to protect and keep for as long as possible, too. In today's blog, I'd like to relate some of the main benefits of a few of the storage solutions you'll find in the selection at Alan's Outlet.

Metal Carports

A metal carport is a solution for anyone who lives in a home without a garage. A carport doesn't take up much space on a piece of property. Plus, it does the job of protecting your car, truck or other vehicle from rain, snow and hail as well as the harsh rays of the sun. Furthermore, there are various options when it comes to the roof of a metal carport. For instance, the vertical roof style allows snow and other debris to slide right off the side instead of piling up. You can choose a roof style that meets both your practical needs and your visual preferences. We also have portable carports made of steel that can be moved around your property when the need arises.

Wood Garages

A wood garage offers your vehicle and other items an extra element of protection from weather conditions as compared to a carport. Wooden garages are available in many sizes to accommodate your needs. Perhaps you're looking for storage suitable for a car and a riding lawnmower. There are wooden garages that can house both vehicles with plenty of room to spare. Or, you may have just one car that you want to protect. We have single car garages in our selection that will 'fit the bill'! Wood garages protect vehicles and more from storms, hail damage, heavy winds, and snow.

Storage Sheds

A storage shed is perfect for anyone with a gathering of garden tools and no garage to put them in. You may get a storage shed to house all of your gardening equipment including a wheelbarrow and garden hose. By putting them in an organized storage shed, you are keeping metal tools dry and free of rust. Most importantly, when you are in the middle of a gardening project you'll be able to find what you need to finish the job!

A storage shed is a great place to work in whether the sun is out or it is pouring rain. You can set up a workbench and perform small repairs on household items. You may want to spend your time in the storage shed repairing bicycles or building new kitchen cabinets. A storage shed has a quiet environment that is ideal for pursuing a hands-on hobby.

I hope these storage solutions have given you some ideas on how to best care for your valuable items. Thanks for reading! Alan

Topics: Storage Sheds, metal carports, wood garages

How to Build a Storage Building

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Jun 27, 2013

How to Build Storage Shed

Hi again, everybody! When people browse my inventory, they often want to know: How to build storage shed? They are curious about what's involved in building a storage structure they see on my website. My answers to their questions vary depending on what sort of storage structure someone buys. For example, our Amish built wood and vinyl sheds arrive at a customer's home fully assembled. The delivery trailer backs up and the shed is placed into the desired area on an owner's property. In some cases, we recommend that a property owner get one of our storage building kits. Generally, we recommend a shed kit if a person has a narrow driveway or simply doesn't have the space to accommodate our delivery truck and trailer. The pre-cut portions in a shed kit combined with the clearly written storage building plans, makes the assembly process a relatively easy one. Alternatively, if someone purchases one of our metal garages or carports, we deliver and set up the structure. Here are a few suggestions of what a property owner can do to prepare for the arrival of his or her new storage structure.

building a storage building

Preparing the Area for a Fully Assembled Storage Building

We give our customers several days of notice before we make a delivery so they can double check the area to see that it's ready. Our buildings and carports should sit on a level area of ground. For instance, someone who purchases a carport would need to have a concrete pad or gravel pad in order for the structure to stand evenly. A shed or garage also needs to be placed on a level piece of ground. Property owners must choose a location with enough open space to accommodate the structure they select.

Another thing property owners can do when preparing for the delivery of their storage building is to check out the condition of the driveway. Are there any overhanging branches or piles of brush that will slow down or interrupt the progress of our truck and trailer? Are there any cars or other vehicles that can be moved to allow the truck and trailer more room to maneuver? The length of our truck and trailer is 52 feet. This means that a property owner who is getting a fully assembled shed has to make sure that the clearance of a driveway is at least 13 feet high and 14 feet in width. The more obstacles a property owner can remove from the path of the truck and trailer, the easier the delivery process will be.

Preparation Tips for Owners Who Order Storage Building Kits

One of the best things to do in preparing for the arrival of a storage building kit is to call up three family members or friends and ask for some help with the assembly. With the assistance of just a couple of buddies, it only takes a few hours to put together a shed. One person could be in charge of reading the storage building plans while the other two could share in the actual assembly process. You can even add some fun to the occasion by providing your friends with snacks and beverages or even the promise of a cookout later on! Your friends will be happy to help and you'll have a new storage shed up and ready to use! Until next time! Alan

Topics: Storage Sheds, Storage Building, Storage Shed, Storage Buildings

Storage Sheds in Virginia

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, May 13, 2013

Amish Built Storage Sheds in Virginia

Alan's Factory Outlet storage sheds in Virginia are delivered in all of Virginia.  Not only are sheds available but we have a variety of barns, garages, two car garages and 2 story garages that are custom pre built and delivered fully assembled to you.

storage sheds in virginia

The Amish built storage sheds and storage shed kits are delivered for free in 30 counties in Virginia.

The storage sheds are made in 4 different types of siding which consist of wood storage sheds, vinyl storage sheds, board batten barns and cedar buildings.  There are advantages to each type of siding so it kind of comes down to your personal preference and budget as to which type of building you go with.  The Virginia storage shed kits are only available in T1-11 wood siding.  They are precut and painted with each of the four walls already made.  We even put the doors and windows in the location you want them saving you assembly time.

There are many different sizes and styles to accommodate many unique situations whether you want maximum loft space or need a certain width or length shed.  Or maybe you're looking for a large garage.

You get to pick the main color, trim color, shingle color and shutter color for each of the storage sheds Virginia at Alan's Factory Outlet.  Wood Shed Colors, Vinyl Shed Colors.

A couple of common questions asked about the storage shed in Virginia.

1)  Do I need to get a permit?  We do not get any of the building or zoning permits so it is up to each customer to check and see what is required for their VA County based on their location and the size of the storage building, barn or garage your planning on buying.

2)  Is built on site available on the storage shed?  The wood and vinyl storage sheds are delivered fully assembled and are not built on site.  We do have the diy wood shed kits but you would need to put them together.  We do have one product line that is built on site and they are the metal tubing carports and metal storage sheds.

3)  Does the area where the storage shed is going need to be level.  Yes, it is very important that you have a level location for the shed to be placed for the doors to open and shut properly.  We do not level the sheds and we recommend a 4 to 6 inch gravel base which is 2' wider and 2' longer than the size of the storage shed you get.

You will want to order the storage building before you need it because since they are custom built once you order there is a backlog on getting them built.  The current delivery time is approximately 3 to 6 weeks on the VA storage sheds and this my vary slightly a little quicker during the slower months in the winter and a littler longer during peak busy season during the spring, summer and fall months. You will get a one week notice to schedule the delivery date.  The delivery time on the wooden and vinyl siding two car garages is closer to 4 to 8 weeks and the 2 story storage sheds are running between 5 to 10 weeks.  Please feel free to reach out with a phone call or email as these delivery times do fluctuate and are just averages.

What are the payment options on the sheds in Virginia.  We accept check and credit card, Visa, Discover and MasterCard for the deposit and the balance is a check once it is delivered.  We do not have any financing available so for financing you will want to check with your local bank or finance company. 

Thank you for taking the time to read about the storage sheds in Virginia.  We hope you have found this information useful.

Topics: Storage Sheds, Sheds, sheds virginia, sheds in virginia, storage sheds virginia

Wood Sheds vs Vinyl Sheds

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sun, Feb 19, 2012

wood sheds virginia

                              Wood Sheds

vinyl sheds va

                               Vinyl Sheds

One of the biggest decisions you will need to make when getting one of the Amish sheds is if you want to go with either the wood sheds or vinyl sheds.  Alan's Factory Outlet wood sheds and vinyl sheds are both built to the same specs as far as the framing construction is concerned which is 16" on center 2"x4" sidewalls and roof rafters.  Both have a plywood interior, pressure treated 4"x4" foundation skids that help make these storage buildings portable.  The wood sheds are currently available in two different lines, standard heavy duty and deluxe heavy duty.  The main difference is the standard wood sheds have a 25 year 3 tab shingle vs the deluxe wood storage sheds that have a 30 year architectural shingles with felt paper.  Again all of the storage buildings have a pressure treated base but the deluxe also have pressure treated 2x4 floor joists where the standard have regular 2x4 floor joists so this means with the deluxe the first 7" of the floor system is pressure treated vs 4" of floor is p.t. on the standard heavy duty wood sheds.  So those are the 3 difference between the wood standard sheds and wood deluxe storage buildings.  The vinyl sheds are all made to the deluxe storage shed specs.

The wood sheds are made with year duratemp T1-11 siding which will require painting every 10 years or so vs the vinyl siding which does not have any wood that needs painting.  The main difference is the siding which on the wood sheds runs vertical up and down and on the vinyl sheds runs horizontal side to side. 

The wood sheds have wood double doors and the vinyl sheds are built with fiberglass doors.  Both of the doors now come with door stoppers to help protect the door along with a lock and 2 keys.

Alan's Factory Outlet Amish built wood sheds and vinyl sheds are on display at 643 West Main St. Luray, Virginia 22835.  The wood storage buildings and vinyl storage buildings are custom built with the door and windows placed in the location you want.  They are delivered for free in 21 local counties in VA.  The sheds are available for delivery in all of Virginia and West Virginia.

Once you figure out the siding you want you will than need to figure out the style and size shed you want.  Here are the wood shed prices and vinyl shed prices showing the styles, sizes and prices.

Topics: Storage Sheds, Sheds, Vinyl Sheds, Storage Buildings, wood sheds

Amish Storage Sheds

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, May 25, 2011

Amish Storage Sheds

amish storage sheds

Amish storage sheds are wood sheds like the shed in this picture. We also have vinyl sheds if you never want to have to paint again, and board batten sheds if you're looking for a more rustic shed. Alan's Factory Outlet even has cedar sheds for a building that smells like a huge cedar chest. All of these Amish sheds are built by the Amish in our factory and delivered on a truck and trailer to your backyard.

Amish wood sheds are among the best sheds for sale anywhere. Each unit is a high quality Amish storage shed with many uses for the owner. Buy one of these sheds and save money while you are adding useful storage space to your property.

Not every home owner has a large area for delivery and set up of their Amish storage barn. What if you don't have enough room for the truck and trailer to deliver the shed? We have shed kits that are built in select sizes of the wood sheds. The Amish storage shed kits are delivered painted in your choice of color. The doors and windows can be put where you want them. Amish storage shed kits arrive with the walls built and removable with screws on the 4 corners of the shed.

The Amish storage sheds are built in many different sizes and styles. All Amish wood sheds that you purchase can be custom made to suit your needs. When you choose the style of your Amish storage shed you can match your existing home and landscape with both color and style. An Amish storage barn can be a pleasant addition to your property.

Amish built garages are also built in all of the sidings we mentioned earlier. Here is a picture of a 12x24 wood garage. It is possible to have a garage delivered that will match the beautiful Amish storage barn you choose. Call or stop in at Alan's Factory Outlet to place your order. It is also possible to view our designs online.

Amish built garages

Alan's Factory Outlet Garages are also built in 2 car garages and 2 story garages .

Please let us now if you have any question or comments about the Amish storage sheds.

Topics: Storage Sheds, Sheds, Amish Sheds, amish storage sheds, Storage

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

Dependable Storage Sheds

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Apr 12, 2011


Dependable Storage Sheds Wood Sheds


Are you tired of wasting money on storage rental units or plastic sheds that blow away or collapse at the first sign of bad weather?

It may be worth it to you to invest in a Quality Heavy Duty Storage Shed.

The advantage to owning your own Prefab Shed is:

  1. You have Dependable Storage
  2. You have Durable Storage
  3. You have Movable Storage

The Wood & Vinyl Sheds come with Heavy Duty Construction that will be sure to exceed your expectations.  The Shed specs are as follows:

  • Painted Duratemp Wood Siding or Vinyl
  • 30 Yr Architectural Shingles with Felt Paper
  • 1/2" Plywood on Roof and Sidewalls
  • 2x4 Studs on Roof and Sidewalls 16" OC
  • 5/8" Plywood Floor 16" OC
  • PT Floor Joists
  • PT Foundations Skids
  • Wooden or Fiberglass Double Doors
  • Steel Diamond Plate at door thresholds
  • 2 Gabe Vents
  • 2 2x3 Windows (except on mini barns)

Garages are available for maximum storage space.  Garage Packages come with reinforced floors, Garage Door(s) and a 3' Walk-in Door.

Topics: Storage Sheds, Garages, Quality Heavy Duty Storage Shed, Prefab Shed, Wood & Vinyl Sheds

Sheds and Outdoor Storage

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Mar 4, 2011

Sheds Outdoor StorageSheds and Outdoor Storage is a smart economical solution

The Sheds are pre-built to save you money and because they are not permanent structures they can be moved when you need them moved.

These Amish Storage Sheds are of premium quality so that they last you a lifetime.

Alan's Factory Outlet sheds are built in many different styles and sizes of outdoor wood storage sheds and vinyl storage sheds.

Having an outdoor storage shed in your backyard is a convenient way to store and protect your household, personal, lawn and garden items.

Alan's Factory Outlet prefab garages, 2 car garages and two story garages give you a nice storage place for larger items such as cars, boats and tractors.

Topics: Storage Sheds, Sheds, amish storage sheds, Sheds and Outdoor Storage

Amish Sheds Prefab 10x12 A-Frame Video in Luray VA

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Dec 22, 2010

The Amish prefab shed in this video is a 10x12 wood highwall a-frame storage shed.  Sheds come in wood or vinyl siding.  Here are the wood sheds and vinyl sheds sizes, styles and prices.  Most Amish sheds have a main color and a trim color that is different, however this storage building has the same white main color and white trim which is an option if you don't want the building to stand out as much.  This building also has white architectural shingles. 

The most unique option on this building are the 8'x7' double doors.  This building has a 5' double door standard but if you need a wider door we can custom build it with a wider or taller door.

A 2nd option you will see in this shed video is optional pressure treated floor which is great a way to help preserve the floor.

Topics: Storage Sheds, Sheds, Amish Sheds, 10x12 A-Frame Shed, Sheds Luray VA, Shed, Storage Buildings, Prefab Sheds

10x16 Highwall A-Frame Storage Shed Video

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Sep 29, 2010

10x16 Highwall A-Frame Wooden Storage Shed.  The Shed in this video is Painted Beige with Red Trim and Red Shutters.

Topics: Storage Sheds, Sheds, 10x16 highwall a-frame, Shed, Storage Shed, Wooden Sheds, Sheds Shenandoah Valley VA


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