FAQs About Storage Sheds: Windows and Doors Edition

Most American families have more than they can comfortably fit in their homes’ storage spaces. Whether you have gardening and lawn care equipment, sporting goods, or holiday decorations, there’s little doubt that your household has items that need somewhere to go when they are not in use. If you’re lucky, you have a shed in your lawn that can be used for all of your family’s storage needs. 

Just like houses, though, sheds sometimes need new windows and doors. As you read this guide, you will see frequently asked questions regarding windows and doors that are designed specifically for sheds. Hopefully, this guide will help you understand more about how to purchase the right windows and doors for your family’s storage space. 

Should I get custom or retrofitted styles?

The first thing you need to think about, especially if you’re putting new doors and windows in an existing structure, is whether you want to have a Carolina contractor retrofit your new models to fit the openings you already have or whether you want to invest in custom made products. This is important because your shed may not have standard-sized door and window openings. If you opt to have everything retrofitted to work together, you are likely to spend less money, but you may experience decreased energy efficiency in the long run. 

What types of windows are the best choice? 

The window models that you can pick from when it comes to renovating or building a shed will depend largely on the nature of your project. If, for example, you are ordering a mass-produced shed style, you will probably have a limited number of window options from which you can choose. If, however, you are having a one-of-a-kind shed built on your Carolina property, you can select any window models you like. It is, however, important to keep in mind that certain window styles are more effective in sheds than others. 

It is, for instance, crucial to select durable window frames, such as those made of vinyl or aluminum, since they are likely to be subjected to the elements regularly. Furthermore, it is wise to pick fixed window panes (i.e. they cannot open) to deter would-be burglars from breaking into your shed and stealing whatever you are storing. If, however, you are going to be doing jobs, such as auto repairs or painting projects, that may require a cross breeze from time to time, you may have to purchase operable windows. 

What potential issues should I be aware of? 

Shed windows function exactly like standard residential windows for the most part. The main things you should be aware of are that sheds are often less-sturdily constructed than homes, so your windows and doors could be more prone to leaking and that retrofitted windows and doors may allow air leaks. These issues are not guaranteed to occur, but it is good to know there is the potential for them. 

At Hatch Homes, we enjoy handling window installation jobs for homeowners throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. If you are planning to have new windows installed in a shed soon, give us a call to discuss our service offerings. We look forward to working with you and to giving you a safe, secure shed you can count on for years to come. 

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