Take a moment and picture a shed in your mind. Now here’s a question to consider – does the shed you’ve pictured have any windows?
Many modern sheds do have windows, but it’s perfectly possible to buy a shed that doesn’t have them. Many people don’t give too much thought to this aspect of buying a shed, instead preferring to get one with windows. But is this really such a good idea?
While it might surprise you, there are some good reasons why you may want to opt for a shed that doesn’t come with windows. We’ll explore the benefits below.
Better security and privacy
Having a good solid lock on your shed door is one thing. Having windows is quite another. Would-be thieves can peer into them to see what you have inside. If they see anything they want, they will be more likely to take the time to break in.
Furthermore, whether your windows are fixed in place or are capable of opening, they cannot be secured by a lock in the same way doors can. Consider what you are going to keep in your shed before you focus on whether it’s a good idea to have windows or not.
Easier to maintain
Maintenance is something to consider whenever you buy a shed. Wooden sheds require the most maintenance, but this isn’t necessarily a reason to buy something else.
However, any sort of shed that has a window will likely require a little more maintenance than one which doesn’t have any. You will have to make sure it can open and close properly at all times, not to mention treating the inside of the window frame if it is a wooden shed. If it rains while you have the window open, the rain could get into the wood, causing it to swell and eventually to rot.
Similarly, window latches can break or be damaged. Even fixed windows can sometime need repairing if the frame starts to rot (again, it’s possible with an aging wooden shed). If you opt for a shed that doesn’t have windows, this is one less hassle to consider.
Better for storage
Shed storage can be a bugbear when you have windows to consider. They certainly let plenty of light in, but they also take away a portion of wall space. You can get storage units that only go up to window height, but these will still restrict the amount of storage you can use without covering up the window.
Opting for no windows also means you have a chance to use more wall space. This could be for shelves mounted on shed walls if you have a wooden one, or for hooks to hang things on.
Again, thinking about the various items you want to store in your shed will help you determine whether having windows would simply lose you storage space, or whether it’s worth having them to shed light on the contents.
Windowless options available in all finishes
The great thing about windowless sheds is that you have your choice of finish to buy yours in. You’ve certainly got a great range of wooden sheds to look at, but that’s not all. You can also choose from a wide range of metal sheds. It’s possible to get these with windows, but they are more usually supplied without them. This means you’ve got plenty of sizes and styles to choose from – not to mention the benefit of having lots of nice prices to benefit from too. These can all be secured with a good-quality padlock to keep the door or doors securely closed.
And yes, you do also have a range of plastic sheds to consider. Again, these tend to be produced without windows, so you do get an impressive selection to choose from. The main perk to mention with plastic sheds is that some of them are designed to include a skylight or two. This gives you the chance to enjoy a nice degree of light inside the shed when you are using it, and yet no one can see in. This is made possible through the use of polycarbonate panels. They let in light but cannot be seen through, offering the best of both worlds. You do also have the perk of not having to worry about a lack of wall space with a plastic shed.
Which shed is right for you?
As you can see, the question of whether you should get a windowless shed or not really depends on the type of shed you are looking for. If you want to have one that is able to provide a greater degree of security and less hassle with maintenance, then yes, a windowless shed might be just the thing. Take a look through the options before you make your choice, so you can be sure of getting the right one for you.