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Arrow Shed FAQ's

Arrow Sheds FAQ's

Q. Do all supplies and parts come with the shed?

A. Everything to assemble your shed, except for the necessary tools, which you provide, comes in one or two cartons. Any accessory you have ordered from Arrow, such as a floor kit, base kit, shelving or anchor kit, will be separately packaged. (An anchor kit is included in the Homestead model.)

Q. It appears parts are missing. What should I do?

A. We take great care to ensure that you receive all required parts, which are listed in the instruction manual. If you have completely unpacked the shipping carton(s), inventoried all the parts before starting and believe something is missing or damaged, please contact Arrow Customer Service at 1-800-851-1085 (press 1) or e-mail [email protected]

Q. What tools do I need to assemble the building?

A. Required tools include: No. 2 Phillips screwdriver, pliers, work gloves, safety glasses, utility knife or scissors, carpenter's level, tape measure and stepladder. Using a magnetic-tipped cordless screwdriver could speed up assembly time by 40%. If you use one, you may want to have an extra battery available.

Q. Can I assemble a shed by myself?

A. No. At least two people are required to assemble a shed of any size – at least one to position parts or panels, and one to handle fasteners and tools. On larger sheds, you may wish to have even more assistance.

Q. How long will it take to assemble the building?

A. Assembly time depends on a variety of factors, including roof design, tools available, DIY skill and the pace at which you work. Guidelines for each shed assembly are approximate AFTER completion of the base, and assume two or more people working on the assembly. Generally, you should plan on at least one day working with someone who can assist you; again, after constructing the base. Refer to the clock icons on each product page for time estimates.

Q. How do I decide where to put my shed?

A. The key to a successful assembly is to make sure the shed will be square and level when built. The shed can be assembled directly onto level ground (grass or dirt). If you have location options, choose one that is already flat, with good drainage to control moisture. If you don't have a flat, well-drained area, you need to prepare the space. Level the area using cinder blocks, concrete, crushed gravel or other sturdy materials. Once level with good drainage, construct your base. Using a carpenter's level, make sure your base is level and free of bumps or ridges to provide good support for your building.

Q. What if I can't finish my building in one session?

A. If weather conditions change so that it becomes windy or rainy, it is recommended that you stop assembly until conditions improve. This is for your safety and for protection of the shed panels. But do not leave your unfinished construction without first temporarily anchoring the corners of the shed to your base and placing weights, such as patio blocks or sandbags, on the floor frame. Failure to anchor the building if you leave it while partially assembled could result in irreparable damage or personal injury if the building collapses.
Note: Most instruction manuals provide a warning note at the beginning of the installation step for corner panels, stating that the remainder of the building assembly requires many hours and more than one person. Do not continue beyond this point if you do not have enough time or help to complete the assembly that day. A partially assembled building can be severely damaged by even light winds.

Q. Do I need to anchor my building?

A. Yes! Fully assembled buildings should be anchored using a permanent anchoring system. If you need to leave your building before it is completely assembled, you will need to temporarily anchor the corners of the shed to your base, and place weights, such as patio blocks or sandbags, on top of the floor frame.

Q. How do I temporarily anchor my building before it's fully assembled?

A. An incomplete building must be anchored before breaking for any period of time to prevent possible damage.
• If the building is on a wood base, secure the frame with wood screws in the corners
• If the building is on a concrete base, temporarily anchor the frame in the corners
• Use patio blocks or sandbags on top of the floor frame as weights
• Secure the floor frame to the ground with ground augers or rope the frame in the corners to the ground

Q. Why don't you include a base, floor frame or anchoring kit with the shed?

A. We don't include them because you have a number of options from which to choose. You can learn more about these kits by visiting the Accessorize section of this Web site. Our online instruction manual specifies options for constructing a base, and for choosing an anchoring and floor framing system. Both base preparation and anchoring kit are necessary for shed assembly.


Q. What is the difference between a base kit and a floor frame kit?

A. Both kits consist of a framework that keeps your stored items safely off the ground. The base kit is a framework that is assembled PRIOR to assembling your shed – a first step. It helps to create a square and level base upon which you can begin construction. The base framework must be finished with flooring, using wood, patio blocks or crushed gravel, or it can be used as a form for pouring a concrete floor. If you are not using an Arrow base kit, you will still need to prepare a base that is square and level. Our instruction manual specifies options. Our floor frame kit is a framework that slots into your completed shed – a last step – and provides an ideal framework for finishing with 5/8” exterior-grade plywood. It should not be used as a form for concrete. However, a floor frame can be constructed on top of a concrete base. You may choose to use either kit or none at all; whatever you choose, keep in mind that a square and level base must be prepared prior to shed assembly.

Q. What kind of base do I use?

A. You can:
• Use an Arrow Base Kit
• Pour a concrete slab
• Build a wood deck/floor (use exterior-grade plywood)
• Use patio blocks
• Build on crushed gravel, dirt or grass
Arrow provides a base kit accessory that is an option for most building sizes. If you are building a wood deck/floor, an Arrow floor frame kit on top of your base assembles in minutes and provides a floor frame suitable for a 5/8" exterior-grade plywood floor (not included). A continuous unbroken plastic vapor barrier with a thickness of 6 mil. between the ground and the building's base also is recommended.

Q. How should I measure for my base?

A. While shed dimensions are provided in "nominal" size, nominal sizes are roof-edge measurements rounded to the nearest foot. These are not the measurements to use for constructing the shed base. So, carefully check the exact, recommended base size in the specifications for your shed model.

Q. How do I control condensation and prevent water from leaking in?

A. To prevent or minimize leakage, install a continuous, unbroken plastic vapor barrier with a thickness of 6 mil. between exposed ground surface and the building's base. Make sure that all weather stripping and washers are used throughout the assembly process. Make sure that the weather-stripping tape adheres to the panels when installing it along the main ridge beam. Do not stretch it. Apply it directly off the roll onto clean panels. Ensure that all washers are flush with the panels and do not over-tighten screws, as this can crack the washers. Silicone caulking may be used to create watertight seals at the washers and throughout the building.
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Q. How do I align the holes in the wall panels with the holes in the floor frame?

A. Make sure that the shed is level and square, with the correct floor frame size, and that the corner panels are installed correctly. Line up the large hole in the panel with the small holes in the floor frame. An awl can be used to help align the holes.

Q. How do I align the holes in the roof panels with the holes in the roof beam and side wall angles?

A. Your building must be level and square in order for the holes to align. It must be square at both the top and bottom. Check that the building is square by measuring diagonally. The two diagonal measurements will be equal. If your building is out of square, carefully rock and push the shed until it is square. Also, try loosening the roof beams to give more play and flexibility. Non-alignment can also occur if your building is not level. You can raise corners and shim under them to make it level. Check that the panels are installed in the proper location. The building should not be permanently anchored until the complete unit is assembled; otherwise, you will not be able to make adjustments for squareness during assembly. Do not attach the bottom of the roof panels to the side wall angles until all the roof panels are up.
Note: If you have to stop assembly for any reason before it is complete, do not leave your unfinished construction without first temporarily anchoring the corners of the shed to your base and placing weights, such as patio blocks or sandbags, on the floor frame.

Q. How do I ensure that the doors on the building will hang level?

A. Make sure that the door track has been correctly installed, with the long leg on top and the short leg on the bottom. Check that the door slides are straddling the upper and lower legs of the door track assembly, putting the door slide only halfway in the track. Also, the rounded end of the door slide should be at the bottom and the square end at the 

Q. What if the rear wall angle and channels are too large to fit inside of the rear wall panels?

A. Check the dimensions of wall assemblies. They should be slightly smaller than the floor frames. Lay the assemblies on top of the rear floor frame and pull them up to the top of the wall panels causing the corner panels to stand erect and not lean inward. Caution: Be careful to not scratch the panels on the way up.


Q. The wide rib always overlaps the crimped rib. Is there ever an exception?

A. This sequence is to be followed through the assembly process. However, this will typically happen once on the rear and once on each side wall (vertical wall units only) where there will be either two crimped ribs overlapping or two wide ribs overlapping. This may give it a tighter fit, but it will work.

Q. What kind of customer support is available?

A. Our instruction manuals contain step-by-step assembly illustrations and guide you from preparation through assembly to care and maintenance of your finished building. Each part is marked with a factory number for easy identification. In addition, our assembly animation (click here to watch in English or Spanish) provides helpful tips. But if you need to reach someone at Arrow, you can contact Arrow Customer Service, toll free, at 1-800-851-1085 (press 1) or via e-mail at [email protected] Careful preparation and reading our Assembly Tips also will be helpful.

Q. Can the building be painted?

A. The buildings can be painted with an exterior-grade paint designed for use on steel. Contact your local paint supplier for recommendations.

Q. I heard that rust might be an issue with steel; is it?

A. While steel can rust, with proper care this should not be an issue. For a long-lasting finish, periodically clean the exterior surface and apply spray-on car wax. Touch up scratches as soon as you notice them by immediately cleaning the area with a wire brush or emery paper, washing it and applying touch-up paint. This will minimize rust and maintain your shed's attractive appearance for years.

Q. How do I take care of dents in my shed?

A. Proper selection of shed size, including a sufficient door-opening width, and proper placement of your shed should minimize the possibility of damage. If a dent does occur, carefully push the dent out from the opposite side. If the paint has been scratched or removed, touch up the area as soon as you notice it. Immediately clean the area with a wire brush or emery paper, wash it and apply touch-up paint. This will minimize rust and maintain your shed's attractive appearance for years.













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Shop our full line of Arrow sheds and utility storage buildings. Arrow sheds and buildings come in galvanized metal and vinyl coated galvanized steel options. Arrow gives you the diversity to choose your cost effective storage solution with metal sheds and vinyl coated steel sheds. Arrow sheds meet every type of backyard storage need whether it be small, medium, large or extra large! Our Arrow shelters come in sizes ranging from a small 5'x4' garden shed to a whopping 14'x31' utility building and everything in between. Buy an Arrow brand shed and get the lowest costing storage solution our online store has to offer! All Arrow kits are made in the USA and backed by a 12 or 15 year warranty! For helpful information and answers to frequently asked questions about our shed kits read articles about our sheds.

Why choose to buy an Arrow brand shed for your new steel storage shed?
1. No cutting or drilling! Everything is pre-cut and pre-drilled. No carpentry skills needed!
2. Easy assembly! Assemble with common household tools. Step by step illustrated assembly manual included.
3. Strong & Durable! All Arrow sheds are built from hot dipped galvanized steel.
4. Choose your finish! Double baked-on polyester enamel or vinyl coated (5 times thicker than normal paint).
5. Optional shelving, flooring, work bench, anchors and roof strengthening kits let you build your own shed package.
6. Optional floor framing kit gives you the flexibility to save even more money!
7. All Arrow products are backed by 12 and 15 year manufacturer warranties!
If you have questions about our Arrow storage buildings please contact us and we will do our best to assist you!

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Shed Preparation List

Before You Begin

Preparation is key to a successful shed selection and assembly.
Check Zoning and Building Regulations: Check local building codes regarding footings, location, severe-weather preparedness, and other requirements. Also, confirm that sheds are permitted with homeowners’ or community associations, or your landlord, if applicable.


Read All Your Assembly Instructions: Thoroughly read through the instruction manual, which can be found inside the hardware bag.


Need Additional Help? Check Out Our Manuals Library: Manuals are also available on this Web site. To view or download a manual, you will need your model number located on a white sticker on the gable section inside your building. DO NOT REMOVE THIS STICKER. Write this number down, as you also will need it to register your product online or to provide to Arrow Customer Service, in the event you need to contact a representative.



Prep For Assembly

Lay Out All Parts: Be sure that your Arrow shed kit is complete. Lay out all the pieces on a tarp for easy viewing and familiarize yourself with the hardware and fasteners. This will make assembly easier.


Note that all shed parts are numbered and pre-drilled for easy assembly. But if a part is missing or damaged, please fill out a Customer Service web form. Or, if you prefer, contact our Customer Service department by email at [email protected] or call us at 1-800-851-1085.


Check the Weather Forecast: While not always accurate, it can help you determine the best time for assembly. It is important to assemble on a calm day(s) when no wind or rain is anticipated.


Don’t Assemble Alone: Have at least one other person lined up to work with you so that one of you can do the fastening and the other can do the positioning and holding of panels. Make sure that you both have set aside the required time and be clear on each participant’s role.

Prepare Your Base

Whether your base is dirt, concrete, crushed gravel, wood or patio blocks, it MUST be square and level. Consider using an Arrow base kit(available for the majority of Arrow sheds), which is self-squaring. For more information, review our more detailed Arrow Shed Preparation and Assembly Checklist.

Control Condensation

Provide a well-drained base, such as crushed rock or gravel to help prevent moisture from permeating into the shed through the base.


Provide for adequate ground water drainage away from the shed’s base.


Divert rain and melting snow accumulations away from the shed’s base.


Install a continuous unbroken plastic vapor barrier with a thickness of 6 mil., such as a plastic sheet (purchased separately), between exposed ground surface and the building’s base.


For more tips on controlling condensation and choosing a location for assembly, check out our Arrow Shed Preparation and Assembly Checklist.

Flooring & Anchoring

The instruction manual outlines options for constructing a level, square base for your shed.


A floor frame is optional but recommended. Check out our floor frames here.


A temporary anchoring system should be in place every time you leave the assembly area – whether you break for one hour or several days.


A permanent anchoring system must be ready to be put in place as soon as your shed is fully assembled. Need anchors for your building? See our selection of anchors here.


Must wear work gloves and safety glasses


In addition, everyone should wear long sleeves

Basic Tools

MUST have No. 2 Phillips screwdriver; we strongly recommend one with a magnetic tip


Step ladder


Utility knife or scissors




Carpenter’s level


Tape measure

Optional Tools

Wrench/nut driver


Cordless screwdriver with magnetic tip (strongly recommended)


Extra battery for cordless screwdriver




String (for measuring diagonals to square the frame; when the diagonals are of equal measure, the base is square)


The first few steps in your instruction manual show how to join related parts to make the sub-assemblies. These assemblies can be completed in advance so that you can maximize your daylight hours on assembly day.


Take your time. Complete each step.


All shed parts are numbered and pre-drilled for ease of assembly.


For their safety, keep children and pets away from your worksite.


Never concentrate your total weight on the roof. When using a stepladder, make sure it is fully open and on even ground before climbing on it.


Use weather-stripping where instructed during the assembly process. Make sure that the weather-stripping tape adheres to the panels. Do not stretch it. Apply it directly off the roll onto clean panels.


Make sure that all washers are used where instructed during the assembly process. Ensure that all washers are flush with the panels and do not over-tighten screws, as this can crack the washers.


If the weather changes and becomes rainy or windy, stop building and immediately temporarily anchor your shed for completion on a calm, clear day. Do this by securing the corners of the shed to your base and placing weights, such as patio blocks or sandbags, on the floor frame.


Note: If you live in a region that experiences snow accumulation, install our roof strengthening kit during assembly. If you wait till a later time, you will have to remove and then reattach the roof panels for proper installation.


Add Arrow shelving and tool hanging racks. You can find these in our accessories section as well as organization tips in our blog.


Wash off inked part numbers on coated panels with soap and water.


Add silicone caulking for watertight seals at the washers and throughout the building.


Treat your clean shed with spray-on car wax and follow our care and maintenance tips to maximize shed life and maintain appearance.

Quick Assembly Tips

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Here are some steps you should take to ensure your Arrow garage, carport or shed will be assembled safely and securely.

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Arrow Vinyl Murryhill vt1224 12X24

by Donald Ward

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Arrow Vinyl Murryhill vt1224 12X24

I bought the shed online for approx.$2,000 from Betty Mills(very nice company). The shed is already becoming useful as I can get some things out of the house which needed to be outside.It is actually a nice looking shed now that it is built and complete.

The shed construction was challenging with patience needed but was built in about one week. Two men for 2 days and then one man for 3 more(8 hours per day).

I didn't change the date on the camera so this was actually built in April 2010.

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Arrow Claremore 10’x14’ steel shed

by Kara
(Christoval, Texas)

Arrow Claremore 10’x14’

Arrow Claremore 10’x14’

We recently purchased an Arrow Claremore 10’x14’ steel shed for use behind our house as a general storage shed.

The instructions were relatively clear (sometimes the text was confusing but the pictures helped clarify) and it was reasonably easy to assemble. My husband is a carpenter and we had a drill on hand to use for assembly and it took us approximately 7-8 hours (with help from me about half the time, and including building a wooden frame/plywood floor). You definitely should have a ladder, drill (or two), and nut driver on hand.

It came securely packaged in a cardboard box strapped to a pallet and it was easy to assemble out of the box since they stacked the parts in the order you would need them. The assembly was a little frustrating because there were LOTS of small screws, washers, nuts, and bolts and sometimes the holes didn’t always line up perfectly but overall it went together well. We did have some areas where the metal bent when we accidentally applied pressure (think installing roof panels and trying to reach the furthest screw) but we were able to pop it back out without puncturing the metal or damaging the paint.

We planned to seal up all the open edges, but a few thunderstorms came along before we had a chance and were pleased to see that it didn’t leak at all. There was some moisture along the inside edge where the frame attaches to the floor where the water seeped in, but I expect that to be resolved once we apply a bead of silicone around the outside.

Overall we’re very satisfied with the shed. For us it was the perfect combination of price, size, and quality.

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Arrow Lindale LX1014 (10'x14')

by Jerry

My Arrow shed

My Arrow shed

I will never buy another Arrow shed.

Instructions were vague. Sheet metal was thin enough to see through (okay, not quite, since I have calmed somewhat), holes did not align even after shimming and sliding base. Roof very difficult to assemble (gable design). Very time-consuming assembly, which I did not complete. Bent flimsy panel, became frustrated, pushed the whole mess to the ground and ran over it with my tractor.

Shame on you, Arrow, for offering such an inferior product and design. And shame on me for falling for it.

I will now do what I should've: build something substantial.

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