MetroSHED FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

What Are the Dimensions?

Standard sized MetroSHEDs all have an interior depth of 8′ and a height of 7′. Lengths vary from 7′ to 26′, though the most common length is 13′. MetroSHEDs can easily be joined together to create larger structures. The way flooring and roofing materials are used makes the option of joining MetroSHEDs very easy.

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What is the MetroSHED Made of?

MetroSHEDs are made only from premium building materials. We use premium grade pressure treated wood for the foundation “boxes” on which the entire MetroSHED sits, premium grade UV protected polycarbonate roofing panels, premium grade wall panels, industrial strength metal fasteners and hurricane graded sliding glass doors. Our support beams for the walls, doors and roofing are made from premium grade rough cedar. Cedar is used for its abilities to withstand the elements and its great looks.

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Is the MetroSHED Weatherproof?

The MetroSHED is weatherproof and is suitable for hot and cold climates. We use materials that are not as affected by weather conditions to absolutely minimize expansion and shrinkage issues. Caulking wall panel and roofing joints ensure a weatherproof structure. For additional longevity many customers seal, stain or paint their MetroSHED to match their residence.

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What is the Price of a MetroSHED?

See the MetroSHED Order Form page Prices do not include on site assembly assistance. Prices exclude delivery. The MetroSHED kit includes all necessary building materials and hardware, and comes ready to decorate. Check out the MetroSHED website or possible “demo” units that can drastically reduce the cost of owning a MetroSHED.

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What is the MetroSHED Installation Process?

MetroSHEDs are simple to install, but the weight of the wall panels and doors make it a process you may wish to have someone help you with. Each wall panel weighs 85 lbs and each double-glazed glass door weighs 240 lbs. To make installation a simple process we do offer a pre-assembled package where the beams, walls and floor boxes are all pre-assembled – cutting the install time in half. MetroSHEDs can be installed in anywhere from 4 hours to 2 days depending on your confidence level. Roof top installations take anywhere from 1 to 3 days depending on the site and accessibility. Prior to delivery we ask that have a level area ready for the assembly of the MetroSHED. MetroSHED representatives are happy to help with any questions you may have with regard to placement and installation. A couple important factors – where is the sun / is there a slope / what is the use of the MetroSHED / how long will you spend in the MetroSHED / is it for storage / will it be attached to an existing building etc.

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Do I Need a Building Permit?

Most counties will allow a temporary garden storage “shed” structure up to 120 Sq. Ft. – though some counties allow less, and some allow more. Permits are required for any structure with permanent plumbing and/or permanent electrical wiring. MetroSHED cannot be held responsible for building permits, restrictions and codes in your county, please consult with your local building code office if you are not sure whether you need a permit or not. Given the numerous code variations with respect to plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems, it is the purchaser’s responsibility to ensure that they choose and install the systems based on local building codes.

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Can the MetroSHED be Heated and / or Air Conditioned?

Yes, you can easily power a heating unit or air conditioning unit. There are several new units from established manufacturers that will not adversely affect the overall look of your MetroSHED. The best units are called Mini-Split Ductless Units – manufacturers of these units include Panasonic, Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Samsung and LG. They are usually remote controlled and sit just 10″ off any wall panel within the MetroSHED. We always recommend having a licensed professional install these types of units to maximize efficiency. We recommend the use of Mini-Split units as they are available in heat, ac or heat and ac models and are famous for running extremely quietly…in fact the Panasonic unit is called “WhisperBreeze.”

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What are the Options for a MetroSHED?

Please visit the order form page

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How Can I Order a MetroSHED and How Soon Will I Receive it?

Please complete the order form, sign and fax back to a MetroSHED representative. MetroSHED representatives will contact you shortly thereafter to confirm the order and schedule a delivery time. We are happy to work around your schedule and we aim to deliver your MetroSHED as soon as possible once the order is received. We work on a strict first come first served basis. We try to keep stock of all MetroSHEDs to ensure a fast turnaround time. Many times we can deliver within just one week of the order being taken.

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Is the MetroSHED Insulated?

All wall panels come with foam core insulation. Insulated doors are available and recommended for extreme hot or cold climates. Floor insulation can be easily added to the foundation boxes provided and insulation can be added to the roof between the beams if desired.

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How do I Hook Up Electricity in my MetroSHED?

It is as simple as running an extension cable from your main residence to your MetroSHED, thus avoiding the requirement for an onsite electrician. The cable can run from your home to your MetroSHED overhead or underground. (Please be sure to use outdoor appropriate extension cables.) The electrical kits we provide are pre-wired and simply drop into the floor of the MetroSHED any way you like. We don’t place the electrical kits in the MetorShed prior to delivery to allow you to set up your MetroSHED with your specific needs in mind. The electrical kits supplied are standard 15 amp electrical outlets found in average homes so that you can plug anything into them such as a phone or T.V, and they also power lighting, heating, and air conditioning. It is not necessary to hire an electrician but if you are uncomfortable determining your needs or how to install anything, consult an electrician. The cost of an electrician will vary from state to state and would take approximately two to three hours to complete depending on the source of power supply and your location.

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What Type of Roof Should I Put on my MetroSHED?

The roof you choose should depend on your use of the MetroSHED. If you are using the MetroSHED as a pool or sunroom, a clear roof may be a good choice. The clear roof tends to make the MetroSHED warmer. If the MetroSHED will be used on a daily basis a clear roof is not recommended. A tinted or white roofing panel is the best solution for hotter climates.

The roofing panels used are made of UV protected poly carbonated material that is extremely durable and strong. No building experience is necessary to install or to put up the roofing brackets. The roof is made of a supporting grid system screwed at every 8 inches, rather than the typical 12 inches or 18 inches, creating extra strength and a deeper roof pitch that can handle significant snow loads. We also provide metal strappings for the roof beams to make the joints more secure. At first glance the roof appears flat but it is actually pitched a quarter inch per foot to the back to prevent water damage and water buildup. The pitch of the MetroSHED roof allows for easy water run off. Also, the roof has no overhang which means that there is no uplift for winds.

You may even choose to add shingles, tiles, or a different type of roof to make your MetroSHED look more like your home (especially if attaching the MetroSHED to your residence) or to make your MetroSHED unique to you. The process of adding a different type of roof than that provided is very simple. You may choose to attach your selection to the plywood without putting the polycarbonate roof on top. Feel free to call with any questions about this process.

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What Kind of Door Should I Put on my MetroSHED?

The doors that MetroSHED uses are made of a tempered glass that you can also order double-glazed. A double-glazed door has an argon gas between the panels that reflects sunrays and keeps the MetroSHED cooler. The doors come in several colors. White, bronze, or aluminum finishes are available for the frames surrounding the sliding glass. Most customers choose white doors with a white roof or bronze doors with a tinted roof. French doors can also be used instead of the sliding glass doors. Any standard 6′ x 6’8” door can be used. New styles of french doors are available with internal blinds between the panes of glass and may be a great source of shade and privacy. The doors can be placed on any side of the MetroSHED and side walls can be replaced with glass without damaging the structural integrity. All of the doors we use are rated for 150 mph winds. New advances in technology are always improving the stability of these doors for stronger wind conditions.

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Will the Wood Parts of the MetroSHED Warp if Installed in Dry or Wet Climates?

Wood does warp and change shape depending on the moisture in the atmosphere. Never install a MetroSHED in wet weather conditions and avoid storage of MetroSHED parts for any extended length of time. Once building is complete the warping of any wood parts is no more a problem than traditional construction. The shape and construction of the MetroSHED will greatly reduce any kind of warping or shape changing.

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What Type of Foundation is Necessary?

The MetroSHED is designed to sit directly on any level area of land. A concrete foundation is not necessary and the shed may sit on level gravel. If you plan on placing the shed in an area of grass, it is a good idea to put down a rubber-roofing sheet before putting together your shed. These are available at your local home improvement store.

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How do I Install Plumbing in my MetroSHED?

You can place a bathroom or kitchen within the shed with the appropriate permits from your local authority. You can place a full kitchen or bathroom into the MetroSHED and have it run from the same plumbing as your main residence, although, this can become costly depending on the distance between your main residence and the placement of your MetroSHED. There are several systems, depending on price, that can solve waste and water treatment issues without the need for plumbing. One option used in remote areas is to use a marine bathroom.

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Where Should I Place my MetroSHED?

Depending on your use of the MetroSHED it can be placed anywhere and can even be attached to your pre-existing home. If you choose to attach your MetroSHED to an exsisting home, you must first get an approved permit. Depending upon the existing material of the main residence, it is a simple process to attach the MetroSHED. In some cases a frame might be necessary to attach the MetorShed to a home. When choosing the position of your MetroSHED, be conscious of the sun placement for optimal enjoyment. (Many artists prefer a south facing unit).

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Can I Put the MetroSHED on my Roof?

Rooftop placement can be simple as long as the roof the MetroSHED is being place on is structurally sound enough to handle the weight of the shed (approx. 2000 lbs). Depending on the roof, concrete bolts can be used or the structure can be screwed into the roof beams to attach the MetroSHED to the roof. Also, depending on the MetroSHED placement, it may be secure without any attachments due to the weight of the structure.

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Can a Solar Powered System be Installed on the Roof of the MetroSHED?

Solar panels can be attached to the MetroSHED roof though care is needed to ensure that once attached any drilled holes are sealed correctly to prevent leakage.

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Are the Materials Used Environmentally Friendly?

MetroSHED uses FSC certified wood from a replenished forest and lumber source. Toxic free glues are used in the plywood.

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How Can I Use my MetroSHED?

Use your imagination and the options are endless. MetroSHEDs have been purchased for many different uses, the most common uses being home office, art studios, pool houses, and guest suites. Once your MetroSHED is installed, you can use it to suit your needs. Some buyers opt . to create a unique living space by adding siding and a different roof; others simply paint the outside walls. If you want to use one side of your MetroSHED to conceal your lawn equipment and the other as a home office, attaching simple dividing walls or wall panels is a quick solution. This way you can conceal storage yet use the other half as livable space. We can supply you with extra walls if necessary but the symmetrical design of the shed allows easy modification by putting up any kind of wall panel. Two standard 8×13 MetroSHEDs can even be joined together side to side or back-to-back to create a larger structure. This is more inexpensive than having a custom shed designed for you. If you are looking for a much larger living space look for our MetroCabin or feel free to call with any questions.

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How do I Insure my MetroSHED?

Most homeowner’s insurance policies automatically cover a garden/outbuilding up to 5% of the value of your home. Always check with your insurance agent for specifics.

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How Much Money Do I Save by Buying Pre-Fab?

There are several factors that create significant savings in time and money. All architectural design fees are included in the purchase price, kits are manufactured in mass production thus saving labor costs on production, and detailed plans and instructions reduce money and time that would be necessary for a contractor to install the MetroSHED. MetroSHED parts are purchased, cut, and assembled in Florida due to less expensive materials and availability of lumber. In CA and NY, in particular, customers would struggle to purchase just the materials for the cost of a complete MetroSHED kit.

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Where Can I See a MetroSHED?

Our satisfied customers are using MetroSHEDs in many major cities. The prototype is always available for viewing in FL by appointment only. Please call for details or to arrange an appointment.

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Can I Get Drawings of the MetroSHED?

We provide enough detailed specifications of the MetroSHED online. As I’m sure you can appreciate, there is considerable time and effort put into these plans and complete and detailed assembly plans will only be provided after the purchase of a MetroSHED.

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What Should I do if I Install my Roof Improperly and it is Now Leaking?

First, Don’t panic! MetroSHED has found a wonderful company called, Ames Research Laboratories, Inc.. They have created the quickest, cheapest, and easiest solution for damage to roofs resulting in leakage. Their product is a liquidized rubber that expands and contracts, available in several varieties. We recommend using the Peel and Stick Seam Tape and then coating the roof with the Maximum Stretch or Snow Coat roof coating. One gallon of coating covers a roof up to 100 square feet. For further questions, contact Pete at 1-888-345-0809 or visit their website. They are extremely helpful!

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Still have more questions? Call customer service: 818-357-4000