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Lean to shed

A guide to lean to sheds

Are you looking for a lean to shed? Here is a quick guide that will help you better understand the process of ordering one.

The first thing that you need to do is to contact your county, ask the county if they need you to pull a permit and what the requirements are to pull it. When it comes to lean to sheds some counties may not even require a permit but make sure that they do not to avoid any problems later on. If a lean to shed is installed without a permit where a permit is required, the county will make you take it down and will also fine you depending on the amount of days that it has been up so make sure to contact them first. 

When a permit is required for a lean to shed, the county may ask for a copy of the “sealed blue prints” If that is the case make sure to let your sales director/rep. know; most companies provide them for free or at a discounted rate. In addition, if you are pouring concrete, it might be necessary to get a “site-specific drawing”. The site-specific drawing for the lean to shed will specify exactly how the slab needs to be poured, it will specify how thick it needs to be and if footers are needed, the size of the footers it needs.


NOTE: Some counties may require you to get your septic tank inspected and for you to submit a drawing of you land and where the lean to shed is going to be in relation to everything else, the drawing will also need to specify how far the lean to shed will be from the nearest property line or the nearest road.

Lean to shed Blue Print
Lean to shed blue print elevations

The next step is to get the quote for your lean to shed. When calling to get your quote have in mind that the lean to part of the shed will be 3 ft shorter than the main building. For example, if the main building has 12 ft walls then the lean to will be 9 ft at the lowest point; the standard pitch is 3/12. If your lean to is wider than 12’ ft then the lowest part will be even lower unless you get a custom pitch. A custom pitch will most likely not affect the over all cost that much but do talk to your rep. about it. Furthermore, after considering the size, you will have a couple of options, you will be able to select the metal of the frame, the standard and the best bang for your buck will be the 14 gauge 2 ½ x 2 ½ we do not recommend the lower quality 2 ¼ x 2 ¼ the 2 ½ is a little bit more expensive but it is comparable to the 12 gauge; you can also go with the 12 gauge if you want your building to have the highest quality meta: overall we recommend the 14 gauge 2 ½ x 2 ½

garage with 2 lean to sheds

After selecting the size and height of your lean to shed, you will need to select the doors on the main building. The doors on the main building of the lean to shed needs to be 2 ft shorter than the wall and they need 2 ft of space in between them to allow space for framework. For example, on a 10 ft height building you can only fit an 8 ft tall door, or in a 12 ft tall building you can add 10x10 doors. NOTE: you can not install 2 10x10 doors on a 21, 22, 23, 24 or 25 building, the building will need to be at least 26 ft to allow the 2 ft extra all around.

Windows on Lean to shed
a walk in door in lean to shed
roll up door on lean to shed

Selecting orientation of the ridges on the sheet metal on the roof and walls of your lean to shed: When selecting the roof types, we offer both horizontal and vertical sheets on both the roof and the walls. It is highly recommended to get the A frame vertical style as this style will have the ridges on the sheets running from the center on the building to the side which will make water run off on the sides. On the horizontal roofs, water tends to stay on the roof until it naturally dries or the water runs off from the back or side, it is only a couple of hundred dollars to upgrade to the vertical roof so we highly recommend it. When it comes to the sides, in our opinion it will be personal preference, some people like the way the vertical sides look and others prefer the horizontal. The horizontal will be the more affordable option an is the more popular selection, in the horizontal sides the 2 tones wainscoting will be free where as there would be an extra fee in the vertical sides.

Lean to shed on the left side

Finally, after selecting your size and doors, it is time to place your deposit, the deposit is usually a % of the total price of the lean to shed, most companies charge anywhere from 8% to 16%. Once the deposit is placed you will usually receive a copy of the generic blue prints or if site specific drawings are needed, they will be requested, site specific drawings will usually take around one week and a half to complete. You have to check with your rep. about the drawings and their policies as it is most companies policy to not submit a refund once drawings have been sent out, this is to prevent fraud as some customers place a deposit to get the drawings and once the drawings are sent out they cancel the order, expecting to get the drawings for free. In addition, once site specific drawings are requested, the deposit will no longer be refundable as in some cases the deposit is used to pay for these drawings.

Once you have your drawings and your slab is poured you will need to contact your rep. and let them know that your slab is ready. Once your rep. is notified it will take anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks for delivery talk to your rep. about lead times, he/she will have a better understanding of their calendar.

If you have any further questions about your lean to shed feel free to call us at 1 844 205 7476 or send us an email at you can also request a call by clicking on the request a quote button.

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