Personally, I really loved the idea of having a garden shed in my small backyard, and until today, I’m really grateful that I have made that decision. Even though small, the shed I chose is spacious enough to gather all of my gardening essential tools without compromising the look of my backyard. My pick is a narrow metal shed because of the limited free space, however, keep in mind the list of home storage sheds and materials is huge. This gives you the freedom to select the right one for your outdoor area.
The Many Benefits of Having а Home Storage Shed
Aside from helping you stay organised, a shed of this kind can also keep all of your garden equipment and belongings safe and sound. Instead of keeping them in the garage, on the porch or lawn, now each and every tool and equipment will have its own place. This, on the other hand, will allow easy access to your belongings which will cut down the time of searching for the right tool.
If your designated shed space is quite large, you can invest in a larger home storage shed that you can use for keeping all of your essentials like your bicycles, gym equipment, and snow equipment. You can even use a part of it as a garage since today’s sheds are durable and sturdy enough to keep everything safe.
Speaking of which, what do you think – is it cheaper to build a shed or garage?! Well, it seems that these days, it’s a lot easier and more affordable to invest in an Australian shed than building a garage from scratch. That’s because their assembly is pretty easy, and you can find an array of sturdy and long-lasting sheds for sale made of tough and hard-wearing materials like metal which is ideal for being used as a garage.
What are the Most Common Storage Shed Materials?
Over the years, metal sheds have proven as one of the most durable and quality solutions. If you’re looking for something affordable and easy to install, metal home storage sheds are perfect for securing and storing all of your valuable items. Even though there are different types of metals used for them, the quality ones are shelters usually made of high-tensile steel able to withstand harsh elements.
Being pre-coated and protected, these protective cabins won’t rot, corrode or decay, offering long-lasting storage year around. Moreover, being made of metal, they don’t require pest control. They’re available in different sizes, shapes, designs, colours, and roof types allowing you to choose the perfect size for your needs. Their installation is super easy and can be done without professional help.
If you have more space than I do, I strongly recommend you choose a medium or larger model since they have proven as excellent at keeping things safe. In the end, you can even turn one corner of it in your escape nook or office. Even though made of metal, these cabin-like shelters allow for proper ventilation and insulation which reduces the chances of condensation.
Note: Stay away from the extremely cheap models since they’re usually made of low-quality metal that won’t last.
Wood is one of the oldest types of building materials used in the industry. It’s a natural material that allows for easy moulding into different shapes. Wood is also a great insulator and extremely durable material able to withstand the elements. The greatest disadvantage of wood, however, is that requires regular treatment – at least once a year in order to protect it from sun and water damage.
If not treated properly and regularly, your wooden cabin can rot and decay. Unlike metal, wood is prone to attracting pests so insect infestation is quite common with wooden cabins as well. When compared to metal, wood cabins also come with a shorter warranty which is another thing why metal sheds have become more popular.
Just like metal, plastic sheds require little to no maintenance at all which makes them an excellent choice for those of you who don’t have time to regularly clean and maintain your cabin. Unlike metal and wooden cabins, the plastic types allow being moved from one place to another which is great. They’re extremely easy to assemble and aren’t prone to rot, moisture, and corrosion.
So what’s the deal with them? Why aren’t they as popular as metal cabins? Well, the reason is pretty obvious, they aren’t as durable and strong as metal and wood cabins. Practice shows that even if they have a strong base, they still won’t be as secure as metal and wood cabins. Plus, plastic models can also be affected by extreme temperatures. Consequently, they can become brittle in extreme cold, and break and crack in extreme heat.
Taking into account that these sheds are light in weight and harder to fix and secure makes them the least protective option for your personal belongings in strong winds as well. That being said, it would be best to stick to the more secure option which is metal in this case since it has the same benefits as wood with the difference of being easier to maintain.