She Shed Fire

She Shed on Fire: Protect Your Outdoor Storage Building

We’ve all seen the commercial showing Victor and Cheryl standing outside watching Cheryl’s She Shed burn to the ground. Cheryl’s on the phone with Zachary, her State Farm agent, waiting to find out if her building is covered. Thankfully, it is.

What about your She Shed? Or garage, garage, pool house, or plain ol’ storage building? Are you doing all you can to protect your investment in a sound structure, whatever you may use it for? Whether fire, storm, or flood, here are a few ways to protect your outdoor storage building.

Know what the warranty covers

The first line of defense when it comes to protecting your outdoor storage building is your warranty. Shed warranties vary from one company to the next and cover everything from nothing to, well, everything. And all that’s in between.

When you’re shopping for a new shed, ask questions. Does the warranty cover materials and workmanship? What about accidents? If it were hit by lightning, as Cheryl’s She Shed was, would your warranty cover it? 

You also want to know how long the warranty lasts. If the siding started buckling after a year, you need to know if the company will fix it. What about three years? Is it still covered? This may vary not just from company to company but from one building line to another within the same company. For instance, Ulrich Lifestyle offers a longer warranty period for their Limited Series buildings than they do for their Select Series.

Properly maintain your building

The second best way to protect your outdoor storage building is proper maintenance. Make sure the ground drains properly so that water doesn’t enter the building. If hail tears the shingles, replace them. Wash the vinyl siding, fix the torn screen, do the things that responsible homeowners do.

Shed maintenance will include different tasks depending on the season of the year. For instance, in the fall you’ll want to remove any wet or damp recreational equipment like life preservers and fishing poles. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to empty all the contents and sweep out the inside. You’ll also want to rake leaves and debris away from the building, inspect the roof before the first snow, and check the doors and windows for gaps or leaks.

In spring, you’ll again want to inspect for leaks in the roof, give it a fresh coat of paint inside and out or scrub the siding, and repair any tears in your screens.

Protect your outdoor storage building with homeowner’s insurance

Many homeowners never give their insurance a second thought after purchasing it. Yet, unless you update your policy when you make home improvements or add items like a woodstove, you may find yourself underinsured.

“When you make significant improvements to your home,” says Stacy Webb, sales executive with Bankers Insurance in Staunton, Virginia, “it’s always a good rule of thumb to let your agent know.” The same goes for adding or replacing an outdoor storage building.

Webb says that most people have coverage that includes extras like private structures up to 10 percent of the coverage for the home. For instance, if your home is covered for $300,000, your contents and outdoor buildings would be covered for up to $30,000. The contents of your shed are covered under the policy’s provision for the contents of your home, according to Webb.

“There’s an exception to that,” he says, “that you need to check on. That is the limits for one particular item.” If your policy sets limits on the coverage of any one particular item, and you own something that exceeds those limits, then you need to have them added, or scheduled to, the policy. An example often found in outdoor storage buildings would be a zero-turn lawnmower. If your ‘one particular item’ limit is $2,500 and your mower cost $6,000, you want to schedule it separately on your policy.

Renters face a different set of circumstances. You may rent your home and the landlord gave permission for you to erect a She Shed in the backyard. Just as the landlord’s insurance won’t cover the contents of your rented home, it won’t cover your shed either. “If you have a renter’s policy,” says Webb, “let your agent know you’re adding a shed.”

Adding an outdoor storage building, gazebo, or garage to your property is a big investment. Protect that investment so you can enjoy it for years to come. Whether you use it as a garage, to store lawn equipment, or as a She Shed getaway, you’ll be glad you did.

If you have any questions on shed warranties, contact an Ulrich Lifestyle storage professional. Whether potting shed or She Shed, they have the options to suit your needs.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest

Be an Ulrich Insider

Be the first to hear about new products and specials by becoming an Ulrich Insider. Plus, stay in the loop with helpful tips and ideas for your lifestyle needs, wants, and dreams.

© 2022 Ulrich Lifestyle Structures LLC. – All Rights Reserved.  |  Privacy Policy

Find Locations

Ulrich is the nationwide manufacturer and retailer of Storage Sheds, Garages, and Cabins. Find an Ulrich Retail Location near you.

Ready to Get Started?

Contact Your Designer

Get Started

Free Design Consultation

Raving Fan

Our Proven Process™ will make you a Raving Fan from Discovery to Installation.

  • Complete a feedback survey to ensure we met your expectations
  • Become an Ulrich Showcase Customer
  • Have your project highlighted on Ulrich TV
  • Submit to win our “Most Improved Lifestyle” award – quarterly
  • Years of memories knowing your invest is back by Ulrich’s best-in-class warranty

Installation

Once your building nears the end of production, your delivery date is confirmed or adjusted for weather complications. Your installation team conveys your delivery window on the day of install. Your building is placed exactly as planned and all accessory items are installed. Final touches and inspections are done to ensure your building is level and ready for you to move in. Once final payment is collected, all keys and documents are left with you, and your “Raving Fan Guarantee” coverage period begins – after which your warranty will start.

  • Confirming your delivery date
  • Onsite Install (or assembly) occurs and final touches (leveling, doors square, ramp installed, etc) and inspection after installation
  • Collect final payment, then hand you the keys & documents
  • Our “Raving Fan Guarantee™” starts and is in place for 2-weeks

The installed solution will be as purchased or a mutually agreed plan will be in place by noon the next business day from install.

  • Your warranty starts after “Raving Fan Guarantee™”

Production

Your design plans are reviewed in detail and then handed off to our production team. Any permits are submitted for review. Pending permit approval, your delivery date is then scheduled and materials are then prepped in our environment controlled facility (safe from the elements).

  • Internal order review and confirmation
  • Project site inspection virtual (or in person as needed)
  • Permits submitted / approved
    • If required, CAD and other engineered docs are drawn and certified at customer’s expense
  • Materials ordered and prepared – change order fees apply at this point
  • Order is checked prior to production completion / onsite build date

Design

Together, we custom design the best solution using our unique process to ensure a Smart Value investment for your lifestyle. 

  • Complete the “Deep Dive Process” to clearly identify all factors and details about the usage, positioning, delivery method, permit requirements, and amenities of your structure
  • Create the blueprint of your perfect structure to precisely fit your property and lifestyle
  • Confirm that this structure is truly your perfect / dream structure and place deposit / sign documents
  • OUR PROMISE: If your structure is permitted and cannot get approved, we will refund you the deposit less any 3rd party fees

Discovery

This is where we sit down and talk about the specifics of your project – including your needs, dreams, wants, and project investment goals as you learn about our proven process and our 3-uniques.

  • Overview of the Ulrich Proven Process to clarify your expectations
  • Project site overview
  • Learn about your needs, dreams, wants, and budget
  • Lifestyle usage and long term goals
  • Identify any known local building codes / HOA restrictions
  • Direct to the perfect team member to design your structure

Discovery

This is where we sit down and talk about the specifics of your project – including your needs, dreams, wants, and project investment goals as you learn about our proven process and our 3-uniques.

  • Overview of the Ulrich Proven Process to clarify your expectations
  • Project site overview
  • Learn about your needs, dreams, wants, and budget
  • Lifestyle usage and long term goals
  • Identify any known local building codes / HOA restrictions
  • Direct to the perfect team member to design your structure

We Can't
Wait To Talk!

Thanks for requesting a qoute! We'll be in touch soon. In the meantime, could you share a bit more about what you're looking for so we can help you better?

Let's Get You A Custom Quote

Configurable sheds start as low as $35,000 in your area, but we'll need a little more information to give you a custom quote.

Let's Start Designing Your Shed!

The next step is to have a no-obligation discovery call with our shed design consultants so we can start customizing your shed design.