What Is The Best Material For A Shed?

What Is The Best Material For A Shed?


When you buy a garden shed for your property, you can store all your garden tools and garden equipment.

Not only that, but it can also be a beautiful addition to your landscaping.

With so many options on the market, and lots of different materials, how do you choose the right one for you?

Here are some of the pros and cons of each to help you decide.

Plastic Sheds

Pros
  • Easy to build
Plastic sheds are usually very easy to make. They come flat-pack style and you just need to clip all the pieces together.

As opposed to wood which can be really heavy, you may be able to construct it yourself or with the help of one other person.
  • Affordable
Buying a plastic shed is an affordable alternative to wood. This affordability comes down to the fact that they’re not usually custom-made and the material itself is cheaper.

This means you have the option to buy a larger size plastic shed for the same cost as a smaller wooden shed.
  • Low Maintenance
Most plastic sheds will be UV-resistant which means they won’t fade in the sun. They’re the perfect storage solution while also being weather-resistant.

Plastic is also a material that is impermeable which means it won’t be damaged by rain and snow, very warm weather, or strong wings.

The only maintenance you might need is the occasional hose down.

Cons
  • Visual Appeal
No matter how you look at it, a plastic shed will never be as attractive as a wooden shed if that’s what you want.

The design of plastic sheds has improved a lot over the last few years and there are wood-effect options available that can be a cheaper alternative. It completely depends on your personal preference.
  • Weight-bearing capability
With a plastic shed, you need to bear in mind that it may not be able to hold the weight of wood or metal. You should therefore think about what you plan on storing in it when making your decision on the material you want.


Wooden Sheds

Pros
  • Visual appeal
There’s nothing quite like a wooden shed for attractiveness when compared to alternatives like metal and plastic.

There are so many options available on the market that there’s something to suit every garden type. There are plenty of traditional options on the market and more modern alternatives.
  • Customisability
One of the reasons why a wooden shed is so appealing is that it can be customised to suit the needs of the owner.

This can be size, shape, windows, doors, etc.

They can also be easily painted to match the other colours in the garden or house and made to look as pretty or stylish as you like.
  • Easy to repair
Wooden sheds are generally easy to repair if something breaks. Single wooden slats can be replaced as and when necessary which removes the need for replacing the whole shed so regularly.
  • Durability
Wooden sheds are heavy and solid. This makes them robust enough to withstand bad weather and the general wear and tear that comes with use.

A well-treated wooden shed can last upwards of 15 years.

Cons
  • Maintenance
If you want to get the most out of your wooden garden shed, it needs to be treated at least every couple of years to make sure it stays in the best possible condition.

This can be costly to do but is a necessary evil. Failure to do so may mean you end up having to buy a new shed much more frequently than you want or need to.
  • Rot
Wooden sheds are susceptible to rot and decay.

As wood tends to retain moisture, it becomes a breeding ground for decay and the process is accelerated.

You’ll need to make sure your wooden shed is treated for rot to avoid any irreversible damage.
  • Insect Damage
Insect damage is also a consideration if you’re thinking about buying a wooden shed.

Creatures like termites can eat away at the wood if given the opportunity. Again regular maintenance should help to keep this at bay.


Metal Sheds

Pros
  • Highly durable
Metal sheds are easy to put together, and the most durable material of shed you can buy.

If you have expensive equipment that you’re looking to protect then you may consider purchasing a metal shed.
  • Rot & insect resistant
With a metal shed, you don’t need to worry about things like rot and decay.

They’re designed to be hardwearing, offering you long-lasting storage for the whole year round without worry.

In fact, most sheds these days are rust and rot resistant.
  • Most affordable
Metal is a cheaper material than wood which makes them excellent value for money.

This is what makes then such a popular choice amongst shed owners worldwide.

Cons
  • Easily dented
While metal sheds are durable, the material itself can be quite thin. This means they are easily dented which can affect how they look.
  • Visual appeal
Many people are put off having a metal shed because it doesn’t have the same aesthetic as a wooden alternative.

There are ways of making them look neater and not so industrial, but they will never have the charm of a wooden shed.

Professional Choice Sheds can help you to choose the right shed for your needs.

Get in touch and let’s discuss your options.