What to Include When Choosing a Rural Shed

When choosing a rural shed, you need to ensure it's the right one for your particular use; a shed for a homeowner in the city may be needed just to store lawn care equipment, but for a farmer, that shed may double as a barn, storage for a tractor, and many other such uses. Note a few tips for what to include when choosing a rural shed so you don't overlook any features that will make you happy with your choice for years to come.


If your shed will be used for cattle, keep in mind that they produce quite a bit of methane gas and are exposed to bacterial agents from their waste and other debris, so they need lots of ventilation. A roof fan may not be sufficient for removing old and stale air in the shed. Instead, opt for very large windows if you won't have an open wall with a gate on one side. It can also be good to note the prevailing winds in your area and opt for windows on the opposite sides of the shed; those winds will get very cold in wintertime and very hot in summertime. You can check a weather map for information on the direction of most winds on your property and then choose the shed design and its location accordingly.

Ventilation for humidity

A humid interior is not good for any reason you might use your shed; it can be very unhealthy for livestock and will allow moisture to settle onto tractors and other equipment, leading to rust. Windows may not remove humidity, but a roof fan will create the air currents needed to pull that extra moisture out of the shed. This is especially important for steel sheds, which can rust, and wood sheds, which can absorb moisture and then expand and chip or hold mould and mildew.


Whether or not to have a concrete pad installed for your shed depends on its use. It can be good for allowing you to wash and rinse away animal waste and feed residue and for catching dripping oil from tractors and other equipment, which you don't want to just seep into the ground. However, if you need a shed just as a work space or for storage of feed and other such items, you may not need to invest in a concrete flooring, but you might put down a more affordable gravel, instead.