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10 Ways to Save Your Flock by Winterizing Their Chicken Coop

As warm summer days wind down and you begin preparing for pumpkins, turkeys, and even snowmen, there’s one thing you can’t forget to do as a responsible chicken owner—preparing your chicken coop for winter. While many chicken breeds are hardy birds that can withstand cooler temperatures, if you don’t adequately prepare their home for winter’s worst conditions, you risk losing egg production and weaker birds becoming sick.

To keep your birds healthy over winter, you must take some time to ensure their beautiful coop is in good condition, food and water supplies are adequate, and there’s proper heating and ventilation. After doing these inspections, if you find that your current henhouse is not up to standards, visit Sun Rise Sheds in Redfield, Iowa, to explore all our custom chicken coop options!

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No New Neighbors: How to Keep Your Storage Shed Free from Critters

Chipmunks, bunnies, and groundhogs are cute animals to look at while they’re in their natural habitat, but not so much when they’re taking up residence in your backyard storage shed. Plus, other potentially dangerous animals, like skunks, wasps, and raccoons, may find protection in your storage building if you don’t take the proper precautions.

It starts with a high-quality shed, like the ones we sell here at Sun Rise Sheds. Then, keeping up with regular inspections to check for things like holes, leaks, or signs of animals, along with regular housekeeping, is the key to ensuring your outdoor shed remains critter-free.

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Steel or Aluminum: Which Shed Ramp is the Best One for You?

If you are frustrated with trying to get your lawnmower into your backyard shed without hassle, it’s time to consider purchasing a shed ramp. Or, perhaps you searched for “sheds for sale near me” and need a reliable manufacturer who can deliver a shed and ramp to your home for storage space in your backyard.  

Either way, it’s time to contact Sun Rise Sheds in Redfield, Iowa, to learn more about the aluminum and steel shed ramps now produced by our in-house professionals! 

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4 Things to Consider When Deciding on Shed Siding Options

When it comes to choosing the right outdoor storage shed, deciding between shed siding options can be tricky. It’s what you’ll see every time you look at your new shed, so you want it to look good. At the same time, it’s also what’s protecting your shed from sun, rain, snow, and whatever the weather throws at it. Your choice of siding is going to impact the function and durability of your shed.

So what is the best material for your outdoor shed? In this blog, we go over significant factors that impact your decision, as well as the most common shed siding options and the pros and cons of each.

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Outdoor Storage Sheds: Ten Tips You Need to Maximize Your Organization

Do you frequently have to tread carefully across the cluttered floor space of your outdoor storage shed? Has your garden shed turned into a dumping ground for all your miscellaneous lawn tools and equipment? If so, we get it—outdoor storage sheds are handy because you can house many garden tools, home improvement equipment, and landscaping items in a centrally located spot. But these storage spaces are also quick to become cluttered.

If you’re tired of stumbling over garden hoses and other equipment that’s strewn about your shed, we can help. In today’s blog from Sun Rise Sheds, we’ll explore ten helpful shed organization tips to help you rid the clutter, maximize your floor and wall space, and quickly find just what you’re looking for, transforming your outdoor shed from storage mess into storage success.

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How to Quickly Get an HOA Compliant Storage Shed

Have you been thinking about adding some extra storage to your backyard with a shed? Is your home a part of a homeowner’s association (HOA), and you’re unsure of their guidelines for outdoor storage sheds? If so, don’t worry—our team at Sun Rise Sheds has a few expert tips to help you speed along the process!

We understand how challenging working with your HOA can be, which is why we wanted to share a few tips with you to help smooth over the process as much as possible. Keep reading for more info, and when you’re ready, give us a call to help pick out the best shed for you.

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Deciding Between a Shingle or Metal Shed Roof: What You Need to Know

Whether you are purchasing a new shed or replacing the roof on an existing shed, you have options for the kind of roofing material to use. For sheds, the choice is generally either an asphalt shingle—such as the traditional three-tab shingles or upgraded Owens Corning® Oakridge® Architectural shingles we offer here at Sun Rise Sheds—or metal roofing.

Each option has benefits and limitations, affecting everything from durability, cost, maintenance, and environmental impact. Today’s blog post reviews the pros and cons you need to consider for both a shingle roof on your shed and metal roofing.

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FAQ: Do You Need a Building Permit for Shed Construction on Your Property?

There are lots of points to consider and questions to ask before you add a new premium pre-built storage shed to your property. Like, should you finance your structure? Is your homeowner’s association (HOA) going to make the process difficult for you? Or, will you need a building permit for your shed construction or installation?

In fact, we recently published a blog post covering most of the decision points you’ll need to have worked out before you schedule shed delivery. We encourage you to go back and check that out or get in touch with us here at Sun Rise Sheds with your specific questions.

One question we often hear from new shed shoppers is whether they’ll need a permit to build a structure, and if so, what are the typical costs associated with permitting.

The short answer? It depends.

Before you purchase your new shed, you’ll need to make a phone call or visit your local City Hall or government office to get specific info on building permit fees and rules. The good news is that this is not typically difficult to do. And, if you’re building a smaller-sized shed, you may not need to go through a formal permit process at all.

Let’s look at the rules for building “accessory structures”—aka a garden shed, storage shed, or another type of shed building—within the City of Des Moines, which is where many of our customers reside.

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Is Financing a Storage Shed Right for You?

In our recent blog post about why premium pre-built sheds are most homeowners’ best choice when adding a storage structure to your property, we showed how these high-quality outbuildings are an excellent investment.

After all, premium pre-built sheds that are designed to match your home, have utilities like water and power, and are of a substantial size, may make your property more desirable to would-be buyers when you’re looking to sell. By contrast, many cheaper prefab sheds that you can buy from your local home improvement center may actually detract from your property—which could make your HOA unhappy, among other issues.

But how do you go about buying a storage shed when you don’t have the cash available to purchase your new structure outright? Luckily, there are lots of financing strategies to help you make your backyard structure dreams come true. Of course, as with making any large household purchase, there are questions to ask yourself before signing any financial documents.

Today’s post highlights a few of those common-sense questions to help you decide your best shed purchasing option.

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The Best Ways to Make Your Storage Shed into a Beautiful Potting Shed

Potting sheds are the heart of any garden. It’s where new plants start, where you store tools, and a place where memories are made. Converting a storage shed into a potting shed can help provide you with the space you need to keep all of your gardening supplies, as well as a work area to help bring life to new plants. But there are a few necessary steps you should take when considering the conversion.

For example, do you already have a large enough shed? What are the design requirements for converting a potting shed? And, do you have enough storage space, or should you expand? Once you know the answers to these questions, you’ll have what you need to make your potting shed uniquely your own with ample space to perform your gardening tasks.

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