Consult with the paint store for advice on suitable paints for your metal shed. Choose paint colors that suit your garden decor. Generally, browns and greens help the shed "fade" into the surrounding garden, shrubs and trees. Paint the shed the same color as your house to tie the two buildings together. Hide unsightly items such as firewood or a lumber pile behind the shed, or move it to another location. A common homeowner's dilemma is the metal shed in the back yard. It is a practical, utilitarian structure that allows you to store all the garden tools, the lawn mower and perhaps a bicycle or two. Unfortunately, a basic metal shed is just plain ugly. An industrious homeowner, however, can transform that ugly blotch in the landscape into a decorative element in the garden in just one weekend. With the addition of paint, planters, trellises, plants and decorative elements such as faux windows, new doors and solar lights, an ugly metal shed becomes a statement of garden decor ingenuity.
1. Solar pergolas, gazebos & patio covers: A quick guide
When you think of solar power for the home, solar panels on the roof is what immediately comes to mind. But there are many other places you can put your panels to produce solar energy for your home. Some of the more popular alternatives available in 2021 are ground-mounted solar panels and solar carports. Another approach is to go for solar structures on the patio or in the garden, which are often referred to as 'solar pergolas' or 'solar gazebos.' Read on to learn exactly what solar pergolas and solar gazebos are and whether they make sense for you. What are solar pergolas, solar gazebos, and solar patio covers? They all refer to solar-energy producing structures built on your outdoor patio or backyard. They can be built upon existing structures on your property, or be custom-built with solar energy production in mind. You could use a small structure if you are just looking for enough energy to power outdoor lighting. But with a bigger setup, you could place enough solar panels for a 5 kW solar system or even a 10 kW solar system. A system of that size is usually enough to power your house as well as sell excess electricity back to the grid. Are solar lights and solar umbrellas different from solar pergolas, solar gazebos and solar patio covers? Yes, they are. You have probably seen solar lights and solar umbrellas, which are popular in people's backyards these days. Solar lights are smaller devices that use solar cells, which are either built-in or attached as a small accompanying unit. The cells charge an internal battery during the day and then power lights at night. There are many different types: solar path lights, solar spotlights, solar ambient lights, etc. Solar umbrellas, meanwhile, are patio umbrellas with inbuilt solar cells that power attached lights and sometimes even a USB charging station. Solar lights and solar umbrellas have limited power-producing capacity are not built-up structures like solar pergolas, gazebos and patio covers. Which is better? Rooftop solar vs. solar pergolas, gazebos and patio covers For most houses, the rooftop is the place with maximum surface area and highest exposure to the sun. It is usually also convenient to mount solar panels there, as minimal construction or modification is required. These factors are why roof-mounted solar panels have remained the most popular option for homeowners. However, in many instances, your roof might not the right place to put your panels. Here are some of them: Space constraints: Your roof does not have space for the number of solar panels your require. (Not what this figure is? Calculate the sq. ft. required for solar panels here). Shade: Obstructions like surrounding buildings or trees might block direct sunlight from hitting your roof. Unfavorable angle or positioning: You will not produce maximum power unless your roof faces south. The roof angle, or pitch, also needs to be at the right level (30 to 45 degrees) to work best. Aesthetics: Maybe you just do not like the way they would look on top of your house... Ground-mounted solar panels are one alternative to consider. But they have one big disadvantage: they require substantial amounts of real estate, space that you can not use for anything else. This is where the solar pergola, solar gazebo or solar patio cover-as well as the solar carport- enter the picture. They are all dual-use structures, so they are more space efficient than a ground-mounted setup. You might already have one of these structures out back, which you might easily be able to adapt or modify to hold solar panels. Otherwise, if you are building one of these structures from ground-up, you can go for a designed-for-purpose structure that looks looks great and is optimized for maximum solar energy production. Of course, opting for a whole new structure means adding construction costs to the cost of solar panels. Solar pergolas, gazebos, and patio covers are just one of the routes you can take to go solar. If you can not or do not want to put solar panels on your roof, you could use them in order to gain all the benefits from going solar. To see if they are right for you, find a local solar installer who can assess your property and provide recommendations.
2. outdoor solar lights - not working after being flooded?
I will politely disagree with the answer above. A bright white basking light is the best way to provide daytime heat for a bearded dragon. I have seen it for years, in many dragons, some over 8 years old. As for the specific bulb, most of the "specialized" reptile basking lights are halogen spotlights or floodlights. There is really very little difference in those and the halogen floodlights and spotlights you buy at the hardware store. There are some differences in the exact colour temperatures, but there are some differences in all bulbs, each "reptile" bulb from the other, etc. .. and they all work fine. You do still need a high output UVB bulb, and this can not be replaced with any other bulb. The halogen floodlights will not provide UVB, (neither will the halogen "reptile" basking lights, btw.) The only type of "all in one" basking lights that also provide UVB are called Mercury vapor bulbs. And they are usually pricey, and fragile, (they typically burn out easily). So, The halogens WILL NOT work for UVB needs
3. Can i keep my solar lights outside all winter long even when it snows?
You can certainly leave them out, but Ni-Cad and Ni-MH batteries, the kind of cells your lights will have in them, tend to not work well in the cold, so I doubt they will work well until the warm weather comes around. You will find they work great once they thaw out; in fact, a clever trick some people use to extend the life of rechargeables is to store them in the fridge in a Zip-Loc bag. Solar cells, light bulbs, and LEDs will not be damaged by the cold. Most battery technology does not work well in the cold, actually; that's one of the reasons it's so bloody hard to get your car started in a Prairie winter.