Companies that sell sheds also generally sell storage containers and garages. In some cases, the shed or garage could be built on site.
It is also common for sheds to be sold in kit form, and some DIY enthusiasts may attempt to build a structure. Plans are often available on the internet. Large sheds are often treated like other buildings. Some sheds are portable, and can easily be moved. These generally take the form of a large metal or vinyl box.
Although sheds are traditionally made of wood, other materials are now more commonly used, due to climate and other issues with outdoor buildings. Carports generally have a wooden frame and a metal or plastic roof. Salesmen need to advise customers on the best material, size and style. This depends on climate and both available and needed space. Wooden barn style sheds are popular in higher end development and are generally fixed. However, these barns are very expensive. Smaller units are more common. Sheds that are used as a storage facility are sold in bulk.
The demand for custom sheds is strong from customers and developers, who may order sheds to match their houses.
Companies also sell various accessories. Locks and padlocks are essential. So are tool bins, shelves and cabinets. Specialist equipment for wine storage is a niche, but a worthy one. Garages are used to store cars and often have storage space for automotive tools. Larger sheds may be used to store unused furniture, or outdoor furniture in the winter. Sometimes, sheds are furnished and used as home offices. All of these uses require various accessories.
Salesmen need to be aware of all of these various needs and how to fulfill them. The simple garden shed may be a place to store tools, or it may be an extension of the home.