Purchasing a shed can be a great way to add much needed storage space to your living quarters. We’ve listed the pros and cons of each type of material to help you find which shed is best for you. A wooden shed is the most traditional of the three and can be customised to create a very specific size or shape.  They can be painted any colour to match your house or surroundings, and they can easily be dressed up with unique features such as trellising  or window flower boxes. Shelves and cabinets can be hung from the walls and hooks can be easily attached to hang garden tools.
Security on wooden sheds is usually poor and it is relatively easy for thieves to lever doors open or break glass windows to gain entry. To summarise, wooden sheds are the traditional choice and look attractive in an established garden, however security is a concern and they require ongoing maintenance to look good and stay dry.
Depending on where you shop and what manufacturer you are considering, plastic sheds may also be called resin sheds, vinyl sheds, or high-density polyethylene sheds. Plastic sheds are the newest type of sheds on the market and are becoming a popular choice for several reasons.
Plastic sheds are made of a vinyl material that makes the sheds lighter, yet stronger and more durable than wooden sheds.
They are basically maintenance free; are stain-resistant and will not rot or rust, and they never need painting or staining. Plastic sheds kits are available in a variety of sizes and from various manufacturers; the far east, USA and middle east are the home of the major producers. While plastic sheds are strong, they cannot bear much weight hanging from the walls as wooden or metal sheds can. These sheds are functional but have a “play house” type modern appearance which can be off putting, they cannot be painted and are no more secure than a wooden shed as the locking points are  plastic. Also they can deteriorate over time as the UV in sunlight breaks down the polymers in the plastic causing them to fade, crack and go brittle. To summarise; plastic sheds are easy to assemble and maintenance free, but poor security and “play house” styling can let them down. These are a good “all rounder”, although not as attractive as a wooden shed or as easy to assemble as a plastic version, they perform very well in all other areas.
Quality is the key word here, there is a huge difference in strength and performance between the cheap end of the metal shed market and the premium ranges. Due to the number of components you should normally set aside a day to construct a metal shed, but once assembled they require no maintenance, are fire resistant (unlike wooden or plastic sheds) and can outlast other sheds by many years (the best metal sheds have guarantees of 25 years). Metal sheds are not affected by insects or woodworm and are ideal for storing seed or animal feed as they are also rodent proof.
Without doubt the higher grade metal sheds offer unrivaled security, so if you have expensive gardening tools or machinery then this is the clear choice for you.


Over the years metals sheds have also become more attractive, although they will never achieve the wooden shed look they can blend into the environment (many manufacturers now produce green metal sheds). To summarise, metal sheds have very few downsides, however they can take a day to construct and the superior quality versions can be expensive. If you are interested in buying or building a new backyard shed the following question has probably popped up. One of the most obvious and first impressions a well-built wooden shed has is its attractive appearance that a simple and cheaper plastic or metal storage shed cannot mimic. Wood sheds are built in such a way that they look far more professional in design, no matter which way you look at them and, in some cases, they can be constructed to match the exact decor of the house should you take on a do-it-yourself project by following plans or hiring a contractor. A backyard shed made of wood also offers a more sturdy foundation and is not subject to toppling over in high winds unlike some smaller and lighter plastic sheds. Wood sheds come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes and also can accommodate more storage space over most plastic DIY storage sheds. You have the option to either buy a wood shed from a local Home Depot or Lowes, or as mentioned can even build one yourself from scratch from a storage shed plan. In the end, a wooden shed will always win over a plastic shed in terms of quality material, look and feel, and sturdiness. Plastic sheds also hold up better to the elements and are not subject to natural deterioration or damage from outdoor pests such as termites, carpenter ants, or carpenter bees. Sheds made of plastic are also light in weight which is a good thing for transporting from the store to home, or for later relocating in the yard.
These sheds also come in many sizes from small basic pool storage, to accommodating large outdoor equipment and furniture such as snow blowers, lawn mowers, and patio sets.
As far as looks are concerned they may not hold the same impressive design as a wood shed, but do come in a nice variety of multiple colors with the more modern ones moving away from the boring monochromatic look.
No matter what type of shed you go with, each will serve its own purpose depending on your requirements for budget, style, and durability. If you are someone who owns a garden or lawn, then you must know the importance of having some place to store the various gardening tools, equipments and other things. From garden tools to children toys and from fertilizers to pesticides, sheds can store all these things and can also double up for keeping bicycles, etc.  There are two main types of garden sheds-those made of plastic and those made of metal. Another point of difference between plastic and metal sheds is the difference in the maintenance costs. As far as assembling is concerned, plastic sheds are easier to assemble and can be quickly assembled.  You do not need a handyman or a builder to help you out to put together a shed made of plastic. Where on one hand metal sheds tend to be sturdier and durable, plastic sheds may not be that strong.  They are powerful enough to stand strong even during hurricanes, strong winds or rains but this feature may not be available in the case of plastic sheds.
Where on one hand, plastic sheds are available in many designs, patterns and qualities, metal sheds may be limited in choice.


Now that you know the differences, you can go for the shed depending upon your needs and requirements.
For additional strength and durability, some manufacturers also use integrated steel supports and a double wall resin panel construction.
The cheapest versions are manufactured from very thin panels and corrode quickly, whereas those at the high end of the market are very strong, rigid, extremely secure and have excellent corrosion resistance. Below we’ll quickly go over some basic information which should help guide you to make a better decision. Just take the simple fact that they usually cost hundreds of dollars less, in some cases thousands less depending on dimensions.
Wood sheds have to be built from treated wood along with rust-resistant bindings and will eventually need basic maintenance. However, as mentioned above, they do tend to be a bit shaky in high-gust thunderstorms, so creating an anchor point is a recommended. However the size of plastic shed do become limited once you are looking at dimensions over 12 by 16. A garden shed is a superb way to create storage for those kinds of items which you need to place outside or are useful for your garden. It is a fact that sheds made of plastic are easier to maintain because plastic is a weather-resistance material which can withstand both hot and cold temperatures.  Also, unlike metal, plastic sheds do not get rusted over time. Where on one hand, metal sheds appear more attractive, plastic sheds may lack on this point.  Its overall aesthetic value is not too high.
You can choose from many colors in the case of plastic sheds but you may need to get a metal shed painted to get a desired color. If any more stuff clutters the back yard you won’t be able to see any of that expensive lawn you put in two years ago.
The car barely fits into the garage for all the kids’ sports stuff and the other paraphernalia that has no where else to go. Your twelve year old is just getting over stepping on the garden rake and leaving a four inch welt in the middle of his forehead. The lawn mower got left out in the rain for the umpteenth time because you forgot to put it under the back porch during the last rain storm. Very adaptable in that you can add windows and shelving and put up wall hanging if you wish; 4. A certain amount of maintenance must be done such as treating the wood on a yearly basis; 2.



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