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Modular garages are affordable, customizable, and fast and easy to install on your property. There are many questions to ask before buying a modular garage, though. Questions like, “What are the pros and cons of a modular garage?” “How much do modular garages cost?” and “What are the alternatives to modular garages?” We seek to help answer those questions so you can make educated decisions when buying a modular garage.

What is a modular garage?

A modular garage is usually built off-site in pieces, transported to the site, and assembled there. This process is in contrast to traditional garages, which are built on-site. Modular garages are also known as prefab garages. ”Prefab” means that the garage was prefabricated or made before transporting it to the location. 

A double-wide modular garage.

What are the pros and cons of modular garages?

Like most things, prefab garages have advantages and disadvantages. Let’s look at the pros and cons of prefab garages.



Depending on what company you buy your prefab garage from, you can customize its size, color, siding, windows, and doors.

Esh’s Utility Buildings provides a 3D Garage Builder to customize the garage into precisely the right design for you.

Protects your car

Modular garages protect your car from rain, hail, and the sun. Prefab garages also protect your car from car theft by keeping them in a locked building.

Budget-Friendly and Less Waste

Modular garages are built in factories or shops with streamlined systems. These systems help cut down on manufacturing costs and waste for each garage. Another thing that makes a prefab garage affordable is they do not require a concrete foundation. You can instead install a much cheaper gravel foundation.

Fast and Easy to Install

Modular garages can generally be set up within a day. Esh’s Utility Buildings are generally built within 3-4 weeks in our shop, and we set up the garage on-site within as little as 4-5 hours.


Another benefit of a modular garage is it can be moved if need be. You can move or resell it since it is not a permanent structure. 


Not as customizable as a traditional garage

Depending on which company you buy your garage from, you will have options to customize your garage. However, some companies have few customization options, and their garages look similar to many other modular garages.

Traditional garages are very customizable because they are built from the ground up. There is no concern about transporting or assembling the garage in the shop beforehand, giving you the freedom to design the garage however you wish.

Not a permanent building on the property

Because a modular garage does not come with a foundation, the building is not a permanent building. Many people have remedied this problem by pouring a concrete slab and piers to hold it in place.

Durability can be questionable

The durability of modular garages varies by manufacturer and material. Some prefab garage manufacturers save money by cutting corners on the quality of their building materials and the quality of the building. For a durable prefab garage, the company must be trustworthy and dedicated to building high-quality garages.

How much does a modular garage cost?

Modular garages generally cost between $5,000 and $100,000. The cost of a modular garage varies quite a bit depending on siding, foundation, and size. 

One-Car Garage Prices

One-car garage prices generally range between $7,000 and $18,000. The standard size for a one-car garage is 12×20 feet.

An A-frame 1-car modular garage.

Double-Wide Garage Prices

Double-wide garage prices generally range between $15,000 and $40,000. The average size for a double-wide prefab garage is 20×20

A 2-car modular garage.

Below are current examples of our in-stock modular garage prices.

Types of modular garages

Double-Wide Modular Garage

Double-wide modular garages provide the space to store two vehicles or give you the space to have a workshop. They are often built in a shop in two pieces before being delivered and joined on the site. Our doublewide garages come with built-in wooden floors capable of holding up to two vehicles.

A double-wide modular garage with vinyl siding.

Modular Garage Kit

A modular garage kit is a kit shipped to you with all the necessary components and instructions to build a garage. You can save money with a garage kit since it only includes the materials, and you assemble the garage yourself. However, since a lot of skill is needed to assemble a garage kit, it is best to tackle a garage kit if you are sure you or a friend can construct it.

Wooden Pole Barn Modular Garage

Wooden Pole Barns are structures that look like sheds and are based on wooden posts. The structure’s entire support system is made of poles, and whatever foundation it has, needs holes to fit the poles.

Metal Modular garages

Metal modular garages have the advantage of being resistant to fire and bug damage. They are not easy to customize, though, and a metal garage tends not to have much curb appeal.

A-frame Garage

A-frame garages have a 5/12 roof pitch with enclosed overhangs. The A-frame roof gives the garage a contemporary look and allows you to customize it with gables or transom dormers.

An A-frame modular garage with vinyl siding.

Lean-To Modular Garage

Lean-to garages are usually regular garages with an addition of a sloped roof to one or both sides of the modular garage. There are often options for the lean-to part of the building to be enclosed or left open and used as a carport.

A modular garage with a lean-to.

Gambrel Garage

Gambrel garages have a barn-style roof, which allows you to maximize their storage space. Its unique rafter structure enables you to add lofts and store more items in your modular garage.

A gambrel modular garage.

What alternatives are there to modular garages?

Before purchasing a prefab garage, it is good to know the alternatives. There are several cheap options if you are only interested in protecting your vehicles from mild wind, rain, and snow. There are also options for temporary shelter for your vehicle if you are traveling and want to protect your car.

Awnings vs. Modular garages

Awnings are inexpensive ways to keep light snow and rain off your car. They are usually attached to a house or building and extend over a vehicle.

an awning used to protect cars

Awnings are not all-around protective, as they only protect the vehicle from above to an extent. Since awnings usually only have a fabric or aluminum roof, they leave the vehicle vulnerable to strong winds and offer no protection against robberies.

Car coverings vs. Modular garages

Car covers are another inexpensive alternative to modular garages. Car covers protect your car from scratching and from its paint fading. It will also keep it from getting dirty and wet when it rains.

car cover

However, a car cover won’t protect your vehicle from severe weather. It won’t keep your car safe from falling branches and car theft as a modular garage will.

Carport vs. Modular garages

Carports are usually metal structures with a metal or fabric roof. They vary in sturdiness and how much they will protect your vehicles. They offer shade for your car, and they can protect your car from most wind damage. You can buy carports with walls, but the most common carports do not have any.

When comparing carports with modular garages, modular garages are better at keeping your vehicles safe all around. They have walls that protect your car from the elements and theft. You can also safely store many other things in a garage, while in a carport, it would be risky to leave your items in them.

Built garages vs. modular garages

Traditional-built garages have the advantage of being completely customizable. You can have complete control over how the garage looks, which allows you to match your house and other outbuildings.

Built garages are generally more expensive than modular garages, though. Building them is often time-consuming, and since the construction is usually right outside your house, you will have to deal with a construction site around your home for up to several weeks. Modular garages have the advantage of being primarily assembled in a shop and then fully assembled on the site. Some pre-fab garages are built entirely in the shop and are delivered fully assembled.

Where can I place a modular garage?

The place you pick for your modular garage will need to be flat; this will mean excavating the site. Before excavating, ensure there aren’t any pipes, electrical lines, or cables beneath the ground.

It is also good to factor in if you have easy driveway access to your prefab garage. If you will park vehicles in your garage, make sure that you can easily maneuver your car in and out of the garage to the road.

You should also be aware of trees around a garage. If your prefab garage is delivered in sections, the construction crew will likely use a crane to fit the pieces together. Placing the garage under trees will make that job more difficult.

It will also need to be placed on a foundation of some sort. Below we will get into the different foundations for a prefab garage.

What foundation do I need for a modular garage?

It is essential to have a foundation for your modular garage. A good foundation will increase your modular garage’s longevity, while a poorly laid one can cause issues. The two main foundations used for prefab garage foundations are gravel and concrete. 

Gravel Foundation

A stone or gravel foundation for a prefab garage is one of the cheapest options for a foundation and works best if your garage comes with a wood floor, like Esh’s Utility Buildings.

A gravel foundation for modular garages.

Gravel foundations and your modular garage’s wood flooring should adequately hold 1-2 cars for years. For a larger, multi-car modular garage, you will want a sturdier foundation like concrete.

Concrete Foundation

Concrete is an excellent option for modular garages that don’t have a built-in floor and for large multi-car garages. A concrete foundation is the most durable modular garage foundation and offers excellent support for vehicles; however, concrete is also one of the most expensive foundations.

A concrete foundation for a modular garage.

What is the best material to build a modular garage?

Steel and wood are the two primary materials used to build prefab garages. Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of both.


Steel prefab garages have several advantages. Steel is non-combustible, which makes steel modular garages fire-resistant. Steel buildings are also more resistant to termites and pests than wood buildings.

The downsides to steel buildings are they are prone to rust, especially if you live in a humid climate. Heating and cooling a steel building is more costly than a wooden building because of steel’s higher thermal conductivity, especially if the garage is not insulated. Also, steel is generally around 40% more expensive than wood.

The last disadvantage of steel buildings is their appearance. Steel prefab garages tend to be less attractive than wood prefab garages.


Wood prefab garages are more robust than steel prefab garages and support more weight. Wood modular garages are less expensive and faster to install, and you will never have to worry about wood rusting. Wood modular garages are easy to customize and are often attractive buildings.

Wood framing for a modular garage.

The disadvantages of wooden modular garages are the possibility of warping and rotting. Wood also can run into issues with termites and other pests. When buying a wooden modular garage, the wood must be pressure treated to resist rotting and infestations.

Below is a video that explains what material we use to build our modular garages.

How is a modular garage installed?

If you plan on buying a prefab garage, it can be helpful to know what to expect when it comes to installation.

A one-car modular garage being installed.

Our single-car modular garages are constructed entirely at our shop and delivered to the site as a completed building. We can complete delivery and placement as quickly as an hour or two.

Double-wide modular garages are constructed in two pieces at our shop and delivered separately to the construction site. We join the pieces together on-site. This process can take one or two days.

A customized modular garage is delivered to the location in multiple pieces. The walls are generally preassembled in the shop, and the building is assembled when delivered to the site. This process may take several days to complete.

FAQs about Modular Garages

Can you put an apartment in a modular garage?

Yes, generally, you can put an apartment in a modular garage.  Before living in or renting out your apartment in your modular garage, check to see if it passes all the required building codes of your local town.

Are modular garages weather-resistant?

Yes, most modular garages are weather-resistant. Especially if you buy from a reputable modular garage company that builds high-quality garages.

Can a modular garage be moved?

Yes, you can usually move most modular garages after they are built.

Do you need a building permit for a modular garage?

Possibly. Building codes are different for each state or even for each county. Before building a structure on your property, it is always a good idea to check with your local authorities to see what your local building codes are.

Are modular garages good quality?

Yes, if you buy a modular garage from a trustworthy company. Your modular garage’s quality will vary depending on the material used in its construction and which company built it.

Create the Perfect Modular Garage

If you want a prefab garage customized for your property, you can use our 3D garage designer. It will let you create your ideal garage and give you an estimate of what it will cost! We also offer in-stock prefab garages in Kentucky or Tennessee, for an almost instant garage. Additionally, we allow you to design your modular tiny house shell exactly to your taste, built according to tiny home regulations in KY and TN!


A small horse barn with metal siding and roofing.

There are plenty of ways to fight the different weather conditions in the countryside when it comes to protecting our horses, but the best way, by far, will be with horse barns. A small horse barn is the best solution for those with only one or two horses or for homeowners who need extra outdoor storage where they can keep their small garden equipment, such as lawnmowers.

Styles of Small Horse Barns

A traditional small horse barn.

Traditional Horse Barns

Traditional horse barns come in many shapes and sizes. There are also quite a few regional naming variations, such as Lancaster barns, Monitor barns, 3-section barns, and more. While traditional horse barns tend to be on the larger side, it’s also possible to configure them as small horse barns with 2-4 stalls.


For those who own a large property, a traditional barn will be the best option. Even though they can build in any size, the most common sizes of traditional barns are 30×40 and 38×48.


If you decided to have a traditional horse barn, it is vital that you ensure that the materials used in the barn construction are good quality and durable. Although wood is still the most common material to build traditional barns, metal barns can be much cheaper and last much longer than wood.


Because they are typically large structures, traditional horse barns can be used for numerous reasons, such as storing tack and other essential items or housing your horses. Some benefits of having a traditional horse barn are keeping your horses warm and comfortable from bad weather conditions and providing a warm, dry place to groom and saddle them during the winter. It also provides your horses with a spacious area to rest and eat.

Inline Horse Barns

Inline barns (also known as shed row barns) are one of the most popular fully-enclosed small horse barns. In general, they are significantly cheaper than traditional horse barns (though more expensive than run-in horse barns).


Inline barns provide an affordable way for farmers to meet their barn needs. They can be built in any size and are easy to customize. It may be the best option for those with limited available space because they can build in a U or L shape or back-to-back design, which can fit perfectly on your farm.


Most shed row barn builders offer both wood and metal options. For those who are looking for an attractive barn where horses can be kept warm in the winter and cooler in the summer, the wood option might be a better option. A metal barn, on the other hand, is durable and cost-effective. Because steel is naturally strong, it will last longer than wood. Metal shed row barns are highly recommended for those who are looking for a less expensive and durable barn for their horses.


Since inline barns are wider than run-in barns, they provide more storage space to store hay or farm equipment. Another reason that farmers tend to choose shed row barns is that they have excellent ventilation, which creates a healthy space for your horses. Shed row barns are also ideal for keeping your horses safe in a variety of weather conditions.


A small horse run-in barn.

Run-In Horse Barns

Run-in horse barns (also known as run-in sheds, horse run-ins, or loafing sheds) are certainly the most affordable small horse barn on the market. These barns are most popular for providing quick shelter in pastures, barnyards, and other outdoor areas.


Bigger isn’t always the better option! If you are looking for smaller, functional, cost-effective options, Esh’s affordable small horse barns will be the best option for you.

The number of horses you want to shelter will be the biggest factor in determining what size to construct.  Below we have listed the common barn dimensions our designers recommend.

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Board & Batten Horse Barn

This small modular horse barn has been built uniquely for those looking for practical design and high-quality traditional structures.

Barns with board and batten siding come with a colored metal roof material and thick pine boards on the inside. It is durable and easy to clean. Board and batten construction provides natural insulation. It offers warmth in the winter and cooling during the summer.  This elegant model will not only be a shed for your horses but will also add aesthetic value to your farm or backyard.

Steel Horse Barn

Metal horse barns are fully customizable, depending on your needs and budget. Besides being affordable, these unique models are durable, safe, easy to maintain, and can stand against any weather. Since we know how important it is to keep a clean barn for your horses’ safety and health, steel barns are built so you can easily clean them.


Small horse barns allow your horses to run freely in and out and help them stretch their legs while exercising in their natural environment. Since run-in barns are easy to clean, they also help your horses to live in a healthy environment. The convenient size of the run-in barn provides space to store food and supplies or be used as a tack room.

If you are looking for a small horse barn design and quality you can rely on for years to come, our wood horse barns or steel horse barn models might be the best option for you.

Click here to see our current inventory of small horse barns for sale.

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As shown above, run-in barns are the most suitable option for those looking for an economical, small and durable barn. The construction and lead time of run-in barns are fast, and at Esh’s Utility Buildings, we offer to install the barn on your property.

What is the best surface for a small horse barn?

When it comes to comfort and easily maintaining and cleaning your horses, the material you must use for the floor of your small horse barns is essential. Let’s take a look at the most preferred floor options.

Concrete Flooring

Concrete flooring is one of the best options for horse owners. It keeps the barn from collecting dust and moisture. A big plus for concrete flooring is how easy it is to clean. This cuts down on the time it usually takes to clean and provides your horses with a healthy environment. Concrete flooring is also durable and hard to damage.

Dirt Flooring

Since dirt floor provides soft ground to stand on, it is easy on the feet and legs of your horses. Unlike concrete floor, dirt floor is more challenging to maintain and clean, but since it is the most economical choice, it is still the preferred option for many prefab barn owners.

Crushed Limestone

Another answer to “what kind of flooring is best for a barn” might be crushed limestone. Properly installed limestone can be an excellent option for small horse barn owners since it is durable, easy to maintain, and provides a non-slip surface. Since crushed limestone will harden overtime, you may need floor mats or deep bedding to ensure the comfort of your horse.

Why You Should Buy a Small Horse Barn

If you need a shelter that provides safety and health for your horses while still being affordable,  small horse barns are the most suitable options. 

Healthy Environment

There are so many reasons to go with this option. The main one is that a small horse barn with an open front offers better quality health for horses than four-walled stuffy barns. Being able to move in and out of the barn freely helps to keep your horses in good shape, and it also aids with  digestion.


Most of us do not like to consider the possibility of barn fires, but unfortunately, it is a real risk.  It is nearly impossible for a horse to escape from a four-walled barn with locked doors during a fire. A small horse barn will eliminate this risk and save your horses.


Another significant advantage of small horse barns is their affordability. Besides creating a healthy and safe environment for your horses, the economical prices of small horse barns make this unique model attractive for horse owners. Moreover, you can design and customize your modular barns without significant price changes.

All in all, small horse sheds are affordable buildings to keep your horses safe and healthy. If you want a small horse barn for your property, check out our Run-In Sheds or design a barn that will fit your needs perfectly using our 3D Barn Builder.


We all face storage problems, whether it’s having a cluttered room or a full closet, finding the right place to store your belongings can prove to be difficult at times. One of the most popular solutions to this problem is to rent a storage unit. Even though this can solve your storage issue, there are plenty of better alternatives to storage units.

Storage Unit Disadvantages

Storage units can be good for storage, but they come with many of their own issues from security to limited access.

Lack of Organization

If you’ve ever rented a storage unit before, you know that the inside is an empty cube, typically with smooth metal walls and concrete flooring. Now, this is great for storage, until you begin to fill it up and everything is a cluttered mess. Then finding anything in there becomes a mission.

Security Issues

Even though a storage unit company may do countless background checks and screenings for their employees, at the end of the day, you are trusting your belongings with strangers. This makes you susceptible to multiple issues from theft to damage to your property.

Storage Restrictions

Depending on what you’d like to store in your storage unit, you must be careful as there are many items prohibited from being stored in a storage unit. These items include unregistered vehicles, furs, tires, money, hazardous materials, weapons, food, and more! These restrictions may vary between different companies.

Financial Burden

The average cost of renting a storage unit is around $180/month. You may be thinking, “That’s not too bad.”, but you’re paying $180/month for temporary storage. That’s $2,160/year that won’t even go towards something you can keep. You’d be better off paying for a rent-to-own shed.

Limited Accessibility

If you ever decide that you need to grab something you put in your storage unit, be ready for a journey. First, you must leave your house and get to your storage unit, whether that be walking or driving there. Then, you need to open the unit and search in between everything else that you stored in there. Not only do you have to worry about the commute, but not all storage units are 24/7 so you must work around the company’s schedule as well.

The 5 Best Alternatives to Storage Units

Now that we’ve gone over the disadvantages of storage units, let’s go over your alternatives.

1.     Rent-to-Own Sheds

At the top of our list, we have rent-to-own sheds. These are hands down the best storage unit alternative. They are cost-effective, secure, and organizable, and that’s just the beginning.

Here are some reasons rent-to-own sheds are a better alternative to storage units:

Cost Effective

Rent-to-own sheds are more a cost-effective alternative to storage units. For example, you can get a 10×10 storage unit in Louisville Kentucky for $164/month, or you can get a 10×12 rent-to-own shed from us at Esh’s Utility Buildings for $166/month. That’s $2 extra per month for a whole extra 20 square feet of space, and the best part is that once it’s paid off, it’s all yours to keep your belongings safe for years to come!

Becomes an Asset

Unlike a storage unit where you’re paying for something that you won’t keep, once you finish paying off your rent-to-own shed, the shed belongs to you and can be your storage unit for a long time. This also means that you now have a shed on your property, which is known to add to your property value! Experts estimate that a shed can add up to $15,000 to your property value! Learn more about sheds and property value here!

Convenient & Easily Accessible

A rent-to-own shed as a storage unit alternative provides unparalleled convenience. Need to grab something from your storage shed? Go take a walk to your backyard instead of driving miles away to your storage unit. Not to mention that there’s also no closing time for your storage shed, you can come and go as you please. Unlike storage units which may be closed during certain hours.


Since a rent-to-own shed will be stationed in your backyard, you can ensure its security. When you leave your belongings in a storage unit, you don’t know what’s happening to your stuff or who’s around it. But, if you want to check on the safety of your storage shed, all you must do is look out the window, or even install some security cameras.

No Storage Restrictions

As you may know, there are many restrictions on what you can store in a storage unit. You can’t store unregistered vehicles, money, furs, tires, weapons, and more. But you can store anything you desire in your storage shed. That rusty old axe that you barely use anymore? No problem. Your old motorcycle that doesn’t seem to work anymore, sure, why not.


Unlike a storage unit that has smooth walls and flooring with no organization methods, a rent-to-own shed is fully customizable! You can install shelving, drawers, wardrobes, and many other types of organizers. Here‘s an article about shed shelving for some ideas!

2.     Your House

You’ve probably considered this already but take a minute to think about the space in your home. Maybe there’s space somewhere that you haven’t thought about yet, like an attic, a basement, or even a spare room that can be used for storage. Another option is to get rid of stuff you don’t find useful anymore to clear some space for storage.

Here are some reasons why at-home storage is a better alternative to storage units:


Using your house as a storage unit alternative is convenient because everything you store is within reach in the comfort of your own home! No need to take trips to your storage unit miles away when you can just walk downstairs to your basement.

No Storage Restrictions

When it comes to storing things in your home, you can store whatever you’d like with no limitations, unless of course whatever you’re storing doesn’t fit in the house. Unlike a storage unit with many different restrictions on what you can and cannot store.


Your home is a great alternative to storage units, especially when it comes to security. This is because in your home you know everyone that comes in and out (hopefully). So, there is no worry about someone stealing or damaging anything that you’d have if you used a storage unit.

No Cost

Storing your belongings in your home is also good because it’s practically free. Of course, you must pay for your house and living expenses, but the storage comes at no extra cost to you. Unlike storage units that can run around $180/month, you can use your house as an alternative for free-99!

3.     Lend to a Friend

Storing your stuff with friends or family can be a great alternative to storage units. Not only is it safer as you know whom you’re trusting with your belongings, but it can also be free! Also, depending on what you give them to store, they may be able to make use of it, it’s a win-win!

Here’s why friend/family lending is a great storage unit alternative:


Depending on your relationship with the person you decide to lend your items to, storing your items with them can cost little to nothing. This definitely beats paying upwards of $100 per month for a storage unit!


Rather than locking away your belongings in a storage unit to collect dust, giving them to a friend can allow them to be used. Now you’re able to store your stuff and your friend has something they can make use of!


If you ever need to grab an item you lent your friend, it’s as easy as making a phone call for them to drop it off, or for you to go to their house and pick it up. No commute to a storage unit or tricky business hours.


Since you know the person that you’re entrusting with your stuff, this should provide you with a decent sense of security (depending on the person). I’d prefer this over storing my stuff with strangers any day.

4.     Donate

If you don’t know what you want to do with those extra items of yours, you can always give them to someone who may need them more than you. Donating your extra stuff can go a long way as it will help someone in need and help reduce waste.

Here are a few reasons why donating your stuff is a great storage unit alternative:

Helps People

By donating your stuff, you can help someone who needs those things more than you. For example, clothing and equipment are ideal for donation as somebody will find a use for them. This can also give you a sense of happiness as you make a positive impact on people’s lives.


Why would you want your items to sit in a storage unit doing nothing, when you can instead have them being used, making a positive impact on someone’s life? Therefore, donating your belongings is a great alternative to storage units.

Reduce Waste

Donating your items can also help to reduce waste. By giving your unneeded items to someone else, you essentially help reduce waste because you’d probably end up tossing out those items sooner or later, and now you’ve given them to someone who will make use of them.

5.     Repurpose a Shipping Container

Perhaps one of the least common options on this list, repurposing a shipping container is another good alternative to storage units. A shipping container can run you a few thousand dollars and provides you with a secure metal box that you can lock. While it may not be the prettiest choice, it’ll get the job done.

Here are a few reasons why repurposing a shipping container is a good storage unit alternative:


You can purchase your shipping container and keep it in your backyard. This allows for easy and convenient access whenever you’d like.


A shipping container is a large metal box, but that’s not all, you can also place a lock on your shipping container to protect whatever you decide to store in it. If someone tries to break in, it probably won’t be too hard to hear.


Now you know all the alternatives to storage units and can make the best choice for your situation! Considering your options, a rent-to-own shed is the best decision financially and physically, but the choice is yours. We hope this article helped you in one way or another, and we wish you luck in finding the perfect storage solution! Also if you liked this article, check out our rent-to-own sheds and learn more about how RTO works here!


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Need some durable and easy-to-maintain siding for your shed? Well, metal shed siding may be right for you, click here to learn more!

What is Metal Shed Siding?

Metal shed siding is referring to metal siding that is used on a shed. Now you may be asking yourself, “What is metal siding?”. Metal siding is a type of wall cladding that uses a system of metal panels to cover the exterior wall of a building, in this case, a shed.

Advantages of Metal Siding for a Shed

Metal siding for your shed comes with many advantages including high durability, low maintenance, insect-repelling properties, fire resistance, energy efficiency, recyclability, and it looks great!

High Durability

Metal is an extremely durable material, it can withstand extreme temperatures, strong winds, and even heavy impacts. Metal siding can last around 50 years with proper maintenance, it also isn’t susceptible to mold, mildew, and termites.

Low Maintenance

Metal siding is very low maintenance as it isn’t susceptible to as many problems as wood or plastic siding. Unlike other sidings where you’d have to apply insect repellents and mold-resistant coatings, to take care of metal siding all you must do is clean it occasionally.

Insect-Repelling Properties

Insects hate metal siding; this is because they can’t eat it or burrow into it to build nests. This gives you a lot less to worry about, if you had wood siding you’d have to worry about termites, ants, and other insects and treat your siding with different chemicals to keep them away.

Fire Resistance

Another reason metal siding is great is that it is non-combustible! Unlike wood or plastic siding, a small fire won’t mean it’s the end for your shed. So, if you live in an area that is prone to wildfires, metal shed siding may be beneficial for you.

Energy Efficiency

Did you know metal shed siding can lower your energy bills? This is because metal siding is very good at reflecting the sun’s rays as well as the heat that comes along with it. Properly installed metal siding will keep your shed cooler in the summer and lower your need to use your air conditioner.


Even though metal production isn’t the most eco-friendly process, metal is still one of the most recycled materials in the world! Considering the longevity of metal siding, the fact that you most likely won’t have to replace it as well as its recyclability can help you to reduce waste!

Good Looks

Not only does metal siding do everything mentioned above, but it also looks great and can complement your property well! Its sleek and simple design provides a modern look fit for any building, including your shed.

Disadvantages of Metal Siding for Shed

Even though metal siding comes with many advantages, nothing is perfect. So, here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t choose metal siding.

It’s Expensive

Metal siding can get expensive. Even though some metal siding like aluminum can be on the more affordable side, metal siding is usually more expensive than other types of siding. Here’s our article on outdoor shed costs.

It Dents

Metal siding is highly durable, however, impact from outdoor objects or even from an accident during installation can cause unappealing dents to be left in the siding. These dents can be difficult to repair.

It’s Hard to Replace

If your metal siding ends up getting damaged, it may be difficult to replace as you will have to change the entire panel if a part of it is damaged. Also, metal siding tends to change color over time, so finding the right color wouldn’t be easy.

What Types of Metal Siding Are There?

There are many different types of metal siding to choose from, here are a few:

Standing Seam Metal Siding

This siding is comprised of metal panels with clean, vertical lines and raised edges for weather-tight interlocking. This also gives the siding a modern and sleek look.

Corrugated Metal Siding

This type of metal siding is great because of its wavy design, not only does this give it an appealing look, but it also allows it to hide minor dents and imperfections as they blend in with the bends.

Board and Batten Metal Siding

This siding gives you a more traditional look and the fasteners are well-hidden allowing for a sleek and clean look. It provides a nice and bold look overall.

Box Rib Metal Siding

This siding is made up of strong and bold lines that stand out for an appealing look. Exposed fasteners make installation easy, and the ribbed design allows for a unique appearance.

Things to Look Out for With Metal Siding

If you decide on metal shed siding, here are a few things you should be aware of:

Metal Siding Can Rust

Depending on the type of metal your siding is made of it can be susceptible to rust, especially in humid environments. For example, aluminum siding will not rust, but steel siding on the other hand can rust after minor scratching and exposure to moisture.

Poor Insulator

Even though metal siding is good for blocking UV rays and deflecting sunlight, essentially keeping your shed cooler in the summer, metal siding is not too great in the winter. This is because metal is a poor insulator. Therefore, if you plan on spending extended periods of time in your shed in a cold climate, you should consider insulating it.


Now you know if metal shed siding is right for you! We hope you found this article valuable and if you’re interested in metal sheds, be sure to check out our options here!


            Buying a shed is a wise investment, but paying the full price upfront is not always an option for everyone. That’s why many shed companies (including us) offer a rent-to-own payment option. However, there can sometimes be confusion around rent-to-own (RTO) sheds and exactly what an RTO agreement is or isn’t. In this article, we want to clear up the confusion and help you decide whether you should rent a shed. 

What are rent-to-own sheds?

A rent-to-own shed (also known as a rental shed) is that a shed is leased in exchange for a pre-agreed monthly payment, with the option to purchase the shed at some point during the agreement. 

In other words, you will pay a monthly fee to use a shed, much like renting an apartment or a house. However, when you rent a shed and you complete the pre-agreed payments, the ownership of the shed transfers to you. 

How do rent-to-own sheds work?

Rent-to-own sheds work by creating a contract between a shed company and a lessee. The company and the lessee will agree that the lessee will pay a specified monthly rate to rent a shed for a set amount of time. Ownership of the shed will be transferred to the lessee after this period or when the full cost has been paid.

Is rent-to-own the same as financing? 

No. Rent-to-own is not the same as financing. The main difference is you do not build up equity with the shed you are renting until you have finished paying all the monthly payments or paid the total price of the shed. 

What are the benefits of an RTO shed?

One of the main benefits of a rent-to-own shed is that it provides a way to buy a shed for your property without needing 100% of the finances upfront. You can figure out the monthly rental payments and lease terms with the shed company and the shed rental company, letting you pay for the shed in affordable increments. 

If you need a space to store your items, a rental shed is an excellent alternative to renting a storage unit. Depending on your RTO shed contract agreement, the monthly price of a rent-to-own shed is often cheaper than a storage unit. Plus, in the end, you own the shed, while a storage unit has no long-term value for you. You can read more about rent-to-own sheds vs self-storage here.

Rent-to-own sheds are also an excellent option for those who want a shed for temporary storage on their property. For example, if you are moving into a new place and need some short-term storage space, rent-to-own sheds would allow you to have a shed on your property, but you can return it whenever you are finished. 

How much is a rent-to-own shed?

It depends. The cost of a rent-to-own shed will vary depending on the shed company, the shed rental, the size and style, and the length of your lease agreement.  

For example, if you want to rent a shed, our 10×12 Low Barn Shed is a great choice, the original price (as of this writing) is $4,185. If you choose the 24-month payment period, your monthly payment will be $257.06. If you choose the 60-month payment plan, your monthly payment would only be $162.95. 

For your convenience, we have included a “calculate payment” feature on our shed pages so you can quickly and easily determine what each shed would cost on a rent-to-own plan.

Are rent-to-own sheds more expensive than buying a shed?

Yes. In the long run, a payment plan to rent a shed will be more expensive than buying a shed upfront. If you can afford to buy a shed in one payment, that will be the cheapest way to go.

Here we have a calculator to determine your monthly rent-to-own payment. Enter your shed cost, chooses a rent-to-own payment period, and it will automatically calculate how much you will need to pay a month.

Rent-To-Own sheds vs. building your own shed

Like buying a pre-fabricated shed, building a shed will generally be cheaper than a rent-to-own shed. Building your own shed might be the best and most affordable option if you enjoy carpentry construction and have extra time. 

However, for someone with minimal experience and knowledge of building a shed, a rent-to-own shed might be a better option to ensure they get a quality shed that will last. 

Rent-a-shed vs. storage unit

If you are trying to decide between a rent-to-own shed and a self-storage unit, then rent-to-own is a far better option (assuming you have a place to put the shed). You will pay monthly (or weekly) rent with both options, but a rent-to-own shed’s payments result in ownership of the shed at the end of the full payment period.

If you are still on the fence about renting a shed vs. a storage unit, here is an article to help you make an informed decision.

Can I pay off my RTO shed early?

Yes! Generally, at any time in your lease, you can pay off the remaining balance on your rent-to-own shed. Esh’s Utility Building has no fees for early payoff, and it will save you money. 

We also offer rent-to-own 90 days same-as-cash, allowing you to pay the total price within 90 days and still get the same savings as a one-time payment.

How does rent-a-shed affect my credit score?

Rent-to-own sheds will not affect your credit score at all. Part of the beauty of rent-to-own is that rent-to-own buildings fall under a lease agreement, and a credit card check is not required. Anyone can rent a shed regardless of their credit score. 

Can you make modifications to rent-to-own sheds?

No. Most rent-to-own contracts specify that you can not make any alterations to a rent-to-own shed without prior written consent from the shed company. This usually includes adding shelves, equipment, and accessories, or placing signs on the shed. 

Can you convert a rent-to-own shed into a tiny home?

No. Typically rent-to-own shed contracts state that a shed can not be used as a dwelling. 

Can you keep animals in a rent-to-own shed?

No. Rent-to-own shed contracts typically state that animals can not be housed in the shed. Luckily, when the shed is put in your name at the end of the rental agreement, you can do whatever you want with it.

What happens if I can’t make my rent-to-own shed payments? (Can my RTO shed be repossessed?)

If you decide at any time during your rental agreement you no longer want to or can no longer afford to continue renting your shed, you can return it. Generally, in rent-to-own shed contracts, you agree that the shed company can retrieve the shed if you decide not to renew (continue) the rental agreement. At Esh’s Utility Buildings,  we will give you 30-180 days (depending on what percent of the total cost you have already paid) to reinstate the shed if you decide you want to continue to rent the shed. It’s best to contact your shed builder or rent-to-own company with specific questions about your rental agreement.


In conclusion, is it worth it to rent a shed?

Well, this depends on your situation. Rent-to-own sheds are more expensive in the long run than simply buying the shed in one payment. So, if you can swing the purchase of the shed from the beginning, then an RTO shed will not be worth it to you. 

However, if you need a temporary shed on your property, a rent–to–own shed is an excellent option. If you are debating renting a storage unit and a rent-to-own shed, then RTO sheds are the way to go. Also, if you need a shed on your property but cannot currently buy it with one payment, rent-to-own sheds offer a great way to buy a shed in affordable increments. If you’d like to rent a shed click here to learn more!


BURKESVILLE, Ky., Aug. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — For a second straight year, Esh’s Utility Buildings, a shed builder headquartered in Burkesville, KY, has been named to Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing privately-owned companies in the United States. The company was ranked #1533 on the list with a three-year revenue growth rate of 418% for the period from 2018-2021. Esh’s Utility Buildings was included on the Inc. 5000 list under their Kentucky state-registered business name, Gingerich Structures, LLC.

Founded in 1984, Esh’s Utility Buildings has experienced significant growth since being acquired by new ownership in 2019. Traditionally, the company’s product lines were focused on sheds, prefabricated garages, and other storage buildings. In recent years, they’ve expanded into additional categories, including cabin shells, children’s playhouses, horse run-ins, dog kennels, chicken coops, and more.

After strong 2020 sales during the lockdown phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was unclear how the prefabricated building industry would fare as the country returned to some sense of normalcy in 2021. As it turned out, the growth trajectory continued through the new year. “We have a great sales team that has worked very hard, along with a good marketing team,” says Chad Gingerich, CEO of Esh’s Utility Buildings. “[We also have] an organized team of leaders that are always hungry for more.”

Gingerich credits the company’s growth to team leadership and the ability to scale production quickly to meet high demand. He says strong marketing has also played an important role, particularly by reaching new customers online. The company’s website features a 3D configurator so visitors can create and save customized building designs. The company also lists pre-built inventory on its website, allowing customers to browse buildings by style, color, price, location, and more.

In addition to online shopping, Esh’s Utility Buildings has multiple brick-and-mortar locations where customers can enjoy the in-person buying experience. The company has sales lots throughout central Kentucky, including in Glasgow, Elizabethtown, and Burkesville. Locations in Tennessee include Lebanon and Woodbury. In addition to its own locations, the company also keeps buildings in stock with several other retailers across the region.

Looking forward, Gingerich hopes a combination of traditional values and new products will be the recipe for continued growth. “[Our goal is] to continue to innovate and provide a top quality product for our customers and to continue to scale upward as we do so.”

About Esh’s Utility Buildings

Esh’s Utility Buildings is a manufacturer and retailer of prefabricated sheds, garages, cabins, and other portable structures. For over 35 years, Esh’s Utility Buildings has been a leader in central Kentucky’s prefabricated building industry, focusing on customizable structures and detail-oriented construction. Esh’s Utility Buildings is headquartered in Burkesville, KY, and serves customers throughout central Kentucky and Tennessee. For more information, visit


Judson Hibner
Marketing and Sales Manager
(270) 864-3381

Source: Esh’s Utility Buildings


Wouldn’t you hate it if you were to walk into your shed just to be greeted by a cluttered mess of objects all over the place? I know I would, that’s why you need to keep your shed clean and organized. You can accomplish this by investing in some shed shelving units, so, here are some shed shelving ideas.

1. Shed Supply Shelf

Is your shed floor slowly becoming engulfed by screws, hammers, containers, and other supplies? Sounds like you can use a shed supply shelf! You can buy some pre-made shelves from a hardware store and install them or you can build them from scratch with some wood, brackets, and screws. This can be a great way to free up some space in your shed and keep your supplies organized. Check out some high-quality brackets at Rapid Shelves!

2. Shed Tool Racking

Are you tired of your shovel falling over because you left it leaning against your shed’s wall? Or maybe you don’t want your rake laying on the floor. Well, I have the solution for you, go and get yourself a tool rack! Shed tool racking will allow you to hang up your tools, conserving space and keeping them safe. Great for a garden shed!

3. Peg Board Shelves

If you need a place to keep your smaller tools like gardening tools, wrenches, hammers, etc. Then a peg board shelf is the right shed shelving unit for you. A peg board shelf is a board with holes in it that you can insert pegs into to hold objects. You can also install a shelf onto your pegboard for extra storage.

4. Shed Shelving Unit

If you want a more general storage solution you can use a basic shelving unit like a bookcase or shelf rack. You can use this shed shelving unit to store books, paint, plants, basically, anything that fits.

5. Shed Door Shelf

Have you used all the storage solutions we mentioned so far and need more space? Or maybe you just want something a little different. Whatever the case may be, you can install extra shelving on the interior of your shed door! This is a great way to conserve space and add storage at the same time.

6. Shed Storage Drawers

If shelves aren’t your thing, you have other options to fix your storage issues. A good example of this is drawers, you can use drawers to hold plenty of things. From screws for your home improvement projects to seeds for your garden, drawers can hold it all, as well as keep your shed a little more organized.

7. Wire Shed Shelving

Still want something different? Wire shelving could be a great choice! Wire shelving is good because it allows for light to shine through it and it also allows water and moisture to drip through it, unlike a regular wood or metal shelf where water can puddle up and damage the shelf. Wire shelving units are great if you know your shelf will be exposed to moisture.

8. Floating Shed Shelving

Looking for a sleeker, more modern look? Well, floating shelving may be the right answer for you! Floating shelving has no visible supports which causes the shelf to appear to float on the wall. This gives the shelf a very modern and minimalistic look, and the shelves themselves are inexpensive. Great for a livable shed!

9. Metal Shed Shelving

metal shelving for shed

If you plan on storing robust equipment on your shed shelving unit, then a metal shelve may be right for you. These shelves are capable of handling a heavier load than shelving made from other materials like wood. Not to mention that they are also easier to clean than other shelf materials.

10. Wooden Shed Shelving

Wood is a very common shelving material this is because wood is sturdy, attractive, and affordable. If you want a simple-looking shelf with good durability, wood is a great choice. Wooden shelves fit in with about any color scheme and add a nice, classy touch to its surroundings.

11. Plastic Shed Shelving

Plastic is a good choice when it comes to choosing shelving material, it’s inexpensive, durable, and recyclable. You can find plastic shelving online for as low as $20, making it one of the cheapest options on this list! Plastic is also not susceptible to rust or rot like metal or wood, and if you ever need to get rid of your plastic shelving, just recycle it!

12. Hanging Shed Shelving

Hanging shelves are shelves that are suspended from the ceiling or wall. These are unique shelves as they are suspended by a rope and are appealing to look at. Even though they look great, there are a few things you must consider before purchasing one. They can’t support as much weight as a regular shelf, and they shouldn’t be installed on imperfect walls.

13. Adjustable Shed Shelving

If you ever want to store something, a shelf shouldn’t be something to get in the way. Therefore, adjustable shelves were made. An adjustable shelf can be moved and adjusted to your liking. So, if you ever want to store something large in your shed and your adjustable shelving is in the way, you can just move the shelf without installing a new one!

14. Corner Shed Shelving

Are the shelves on your walls not providing enough storage space for you? Well don’t worry, corner shelves can help solve your problems. A corner shelf is exactly what it sounds like, a shelf for the corner of a room. Corner shelves can add a nice and sleek look while also providing extra storage space. These shelves would look great in a home or office, also check out our article on office shed ideas here!

15. Shed Shelving on Wheels

Are you constantly moving things around your shed? Maybe it’s to make space for your next building project or maybe just to fit different equipment. Regardless of the reason, nothing beats the versatility of a shelf on wheels. It keeps all your belongings safe and portable.

16. Ladder Shelves

Is a basic shelving unit not stylish enough for your taste? Maybe you should consider a ladder shelf. Ladder shelves are shelving units that resemble a ladder as they typically have incrementally sized boards with the largest shelf on the bottom and the smallest on the top and can also appear slanted for an aesthetic look. Definitely a great choice for both style and purpose.


Hopefully, you now have plenty of shed shelving ideas for the future, to help make your shed more efficient with storage as well as look more appealing. From hanging shelves to peg board shelves, the shed shelving ideas go on and on!


What are livable sheds?

A livable shed, also known as a shed home or shed house, is a shed that was converted into a living space. Basically, a shed with proper amenities for living like electricity, plumbing, insulation, etc.

Can you live in a shed?

There aren’t many obstacles in your way when it comes to living in a shed. The only major issue can be if your local regulations don’t permit it. For instance, in Australia, sheds are classified as a Class 10a building meaning it’s not habitable, but to live in them you must make them a “livable” Class 1a building by adding a shower, a sink, using the proper foundation, etc.

Another example of this is that in New York, there are building codes that state sheds must be a certain size and must have emergency exits. So just be sure to check your local codes and regulations before deciding to build a shed house. Here’s where you can find your state’s local codes and regulations.

Should you live in a shed?

Living in a shed can have many benefits, here are a few:


If you’re trying to find a place to live on a budget, a livable shed is a perfect solution for you! Shed homes can only cost a fraction of the price of a house! Instead of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for a house, you can make a shed livable for as low as $12,000. Shed prices also range from a few thousand to $10,000+, which means you can have a shed home for a total of only $17,000! Similarly, tiny house shells offer a savvy way to save money.


Given their small size, it’s no question that shed houses are portable. All you must do is load your shed onto the back of a trailer, and off you go! This allows for easy moving and extra flexibility in your life since you can take your home wherever you go. If portability is what you’re looking for, here’s a guide to buying a portable shed!

Reduced carbon footprint

Living in a shed home also allows you to be more environmentally friendly and leave a smaller carbon footprint. This is because shed houses are small, so it doesn’t cost much to heat or cool them, not to mention that you won’t need as many lights either because of their small size. This will help you save money on your utility bill as well.

Need more reasons to build a shed home? Click here!

Requirements for a livable shed and their costs


Nowadays, electricity is one of the biggest necessities in our everyday lives. From charging our phones to heating our homes to making sure we can see when it gets dark, life without electricity would be a struggle.

For your shed house, you’ll need to have outlets to charge your electronic devices, lights for when it gets dark, and an electric AC/heater to stay comfortable year-round. Depending on the distance from the main house, wiring type, size of the shed, how much stuff you’d like to power, and if you want to do it yourself, prices for providing power to your shed can vary, starting from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand.


Imagine sleeping outside in the middle of the Winter or Summer when the weather can get quite intense. Not only would this be unpleasant, but it can also be hazardous as you may face hypothermia or heat exhaustion.

You would want to insulate your shed especially if you will be living in it. This is because, without insulation, a shed only has thin walls which allow heat to transfer through itself easily. This means that extreme temperatures will have no problem making their way into your shed home unless you insulate your shed. Considering that insulation prices range from $.50 to $6.00+ per square foot, you can expect to pay $150-500+, depending on the size of your shed.


If you plan on living somewhere I’m sure being able to keep a proper hygiene routine is a must. You may also want to be able to wash your dishes after you eat. Therefore, you should consider installing a bathroom and a kitchen in your shed home. The water lines alone can cost you at least $1,000. Then you must consider the price of building a bathroom and a kitchen. Building a bathroom can run you $2,500 to $20,000+, and a kitchen can cost $5,000+.


Adding windows can be a great addition to your livable shed. Windows allow sunlight to shine into your shed house, sunlight has its own wide variety of benefits from boosting your serotonin levels to improving your sleep quality. Windows also give you the ability to open them and let the fresh breeze circulate throughout your cozy shed home. Window installation prices can vary depending on multiple things like the size of the window, the type of window, etc. You can expect to pay as low as $100 per window, all the way up to $1,200 per window.


Quality furniture can turn your livable shed into a shed home. Adding a bed can give you a comfortable place to sleep or take a nap. A couch can be the perfect place to read a book or accommodate guests you may invite over. A sofa can start around $500, a bed can run you $1,000, a dining table set can cost around $400, etc. I only listed the essentials, and we are looking at a total just shy of $2,000.


You may also want to consider adding some cosmetic items to your livable shed to add some life and character to your new home. You can buy a tv to keep you and your guests entertained, a painting or two to fix that blank space on the wall, a desk to get some work done, some books on a shelf to make it look like you read, and you can’t go wrong with a nice and soft rug! Depending on what you get your price can vary from $0 to around $1,000.


We hope you’ve gained some inspiration to go out and convert your shed into a livable shed/shed home, as well as now have a clearer understanding of the overall costs. From electricity to plumbing, converting your shed into a livable shed is not cheap, but it is cheaper than building or buying a house! Considering everything we covered today; you can expect to spend at least $12,000 (not including the shed’s price) to turn your shed into a livable shed. To get ideas on how to upgrade your livable shed with a porch, read this article. If you like the idea of tiny homes, check out this article! Also, here’s an article about 13 people who lived in a shed!

Check out some of our clients’ livable sheds and testimonials below:


Used Sheds

I’m sure you’ve heard of buying used cars before, but what about used sheds? Is it even a good idea? In this article, we give you all the information you need to find out if a used shed is right for you!

What is a used shed?

A used shed is a shed (a simple roofed structure, used for storage, shelter, or as a workshop) that was already purchased and used by someone. A lot of used sheds on the market are repo sheds.

What is shed repossession?

Shed repossession is when a shed is repossessed for incomplete payments, usually on a rent-to-own deal. Some shed manufacturers offer rent-to-own deals to people who cannot afford to buy a shed outright. This allows the buyer to make monthly payments on the shed to end up owning it after the payments are complete. However, if the customer returns the shed for whatever reason, the company will come and repossess the shed, right back to their sales lot. These sheds are also known as repo sheds.

Reasons to Buy a Used Shed


A used shed can be a great addition to your property. One reason for this is that used sheds are usually cheaper than their brand-new counterparts and, in some cases, can be cheaper than a shed kit, which is basically a bundle of all the materials needed to construct a shed. If you want to get the best bang for your buck, be sure to check out our article on outdoor shed costs!


Used sheds have many uses, you can use a used shed to keep your tools and equipment protected from the weather and wildlife you may find outside, you can also use it as an extra workspace if you need some peace and quiet out of the house to get some work done or if you just need a place that you won’t have a problem getting dirty every once in a while from a project you may be working on. You can even use a used shed to keep animals if it is large enough.


Used sheds take virtually no time to be set up. This is because they are already prebuilt and just need to be transported to the destination property and de-loaded from the truck onto their new home.


When you buy a brand-new shed or even a shed kit, you never really know what you’re getting until it’s already bought, built, and sitting on your property. However, with a used shed, you can go and have a look at the finished building on the seller’s lot. That way, you can make sure it fulfills all your expectations.

Reasons Not to Buy a Used Shed

Used Condition

When you buy something brand-new you have the luxury of being the first person to own it, this means it has no wear and tear, and you know the product is clean. Unfortunately, when you buy anything used, you don’t have these luxuries. You don’t always know if the previous owner cared for the shed or if he kept it clean.

Lack of Warranty

Most sheds, when purchased brand-new come with a warranty of some sort. Here at Esh’s, we offer a 10-year warranty from the date of manufacturing on our sheds. Typically, these warranties only apply to the initial owner, so reselling the shed will void the warranty and in turn, leave the new owner with no warranty. So, if something were to happen to the shed, the cost for repair would come out of the new owner’s pocket.


When you buy a brand-new shed, you don’t really have to worry about transportation as, most of the time, it is built on-site. However, if you purchase a used shed, you will have to pay out of pocket for transportation of the shed. These costs can range from a few hundred dollars all the way up to $1000 or even more. Besides the cost, another possible issue is that your used shed can accumulate some damage during the trip, from loose shingles to bumpy roads, transporting a used shed can be a nerve-racking process.

Lack of Customization

Brand-new sheds can be customized to your liking, from the material used to the color of the walls, there are plenty of options to choose from, as the shed still must be built. Unfortunately, used sheds don’t give you this option because it was already built, the most you can do is repaint them or change the doors and windows.

Where to buy used sheds?

You can buy used sheds in many places, these can include, buying them from someone in person, people can have a shed that they don’t use anymore that’s just sitting and collecting dust. Another place you can buy a used shed is online, here at Esh’s Utility Buildings, we have used sheds for sale as well as brand new ones. You can also find used sheds on other e-commerce sites like Craigslist and E-bay, however, they will charge you extra for transportation.

Can you sell a used shed?

Yes, you can sell a used shed in many places. A lot of shed companies will pay you a sum of money for your used shed. Another option is to list your used shed on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, E-bay, or any other e-commerce website.

Who buys used sheds?

Many different people are in the market for used sheds. Some shed companies will buy your used shed from you to either recycle its materials or resell it themselves. Also, people who don’t want to pay full price for a brand-new shed can also be potential customers of a used shed.

Here’s a quick summary of the pros and cons of used sheds:

Pros of used sheds:

Cons of used sheds:


So, now you know everything you need to know about used sheds. From the advantages of cheap pricing and simple setup to the drawbacks of cosmetic damage and transportation costs. We hope this article helped you to get a better understanding of used sheds and if they are right for you.


Regardless of your situation, if you need a place to store your vehicle(s), or if you run out of space in your basement and need some extra storage space, a garage can help you out tremendously. However, is a 20×20 garage the right size for you?

Is 20×20 a Good Size for a Garage?

How many square feet is a 20×20 garage?

20×20 garages are equal to 400 square feet. But you must be careful because depending on the way that the company measures the length and width of the garage, these measurements may be inaccurate. This may happen if they decide to measure from the corners of the roofs eves instead of the exterior wall corners, which can significantly decrease your square footage.

Is 20 feet deep enough for a garage?

20 feet is deep enough to fit one car lengthwise and still have space for some extra storage. Considering that the average car length is approximately 15 feet, and accounting for the 1 foot of space taken up by the walls, you end up with around 4 feet of space between the car and the back wall for you to use as possible storage. So long as you are parking an average size sedan your car will fit, if you have a bigger car, you may want to consider a lengthier garage.

Can you fit 2 cars in a 20×20 garage?

You can fit 2 cars in a 20×20 garage, so long as each wall is 6 inches thick or less, 20×20 garages will fit 2 average size cars, which are approximately 15 ft. long and 6 ft. wide, giving you a square footage of 90. So, 2 cars would be equal to 180 square feet of space which can easily fit in the 400 square feet of space within the garage. If your car is less than 18 feet long and 8 feet wide, you should be able to fit two cars with no issue.

Types of 20×20 Garages

20×20 Garage Kits

Prefab 20×20 Garages

Custom-Built 20×20 Garages

20×20 Garage Materials

20×20 Metal Garages

20×20 Wooden Garages

20×20 Vinyl Garages

How much does a 20×20 garage cost?

20×20 Garage Kit

A 20×20 garage kit is your cheapest option for a 20×20 garage, this is because a garage kit only includes the materials needed to put together the building and you need to do all the labor yourself. Prices begin at around $5,000.

Fully Prefabricated 20×20 Garage

A fully prefabricated 20×20 garage is your second cheapest option, this is because a fully prefabricated garage is already fully built before being placed on the property which saves you the labor but costs more than a garage kit, with prices starting at around $16,000.

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Partially Prefabricated 20×20 Garage

A partially prefabricated 20×20 garage is your third cheapest option, this is because the garage is partially built before being placed on the destination property, which creates the need for more labor, but also adds extra options for customizability. Prices begin at around $18,000.

Custom-Built 20×20 Garage

A custom-built 20×20 garage is going to be your most expensive option, this is because nothing is prefabricated and the whole garage is assembled on-site, which also allows for full customizability. Prices begin at around $20,000.


            To conclude, a 20×20 garage should be big enough for most people. Unless you are trying to store a limousine or a monster truck, you should have more than enough space for 2 cars and your equipment and other possessions.