When it comes to storage, most homeowners know that space seems to disappear in the blink of an eye. Basements, garages and attics fill up quickly, especially when a family starts to grow. Storage sheds are an ideal option for creating instant space that keeps items safe, dry and out of the way. They can be built do match the home, and when properly maintained, can last for decades.
What Kinds of Sheds Are the Best?
If you’ve run out of storage space and are considering an outdoor shed, you may be asking yourself what kind of shed is best for you. The answer isn’t necessarily black and white, so we’ve put together this list to help you make a decision:
Vinyl Outdoor Storage Sheds – When Size and Budget Matter
Vinyl sheds come in a variety of sizes ranging from a storage locker to a small room. Vinyl sheds can be insulated, they stand up to weather, and keep insects at bay. They are extremely low-maintenance, as they receive UV-coating to prevent fading and wearing and can be cleaned with a power washer or a hose.
Vinyl sheds are less expensive than wood sheds when compared dollar-for dollar. These sheds do require a level concrete or wooden foundation, however, and it is often wise to hire a contractor to build the foundation of the shed, which can increase the total cost of ownership.
Metal Sheds – The Best Shed for the Budget-Conscious Homeowner
Metal shed kits come in a variety of colors, sizes and styles, but they cannot be customized to the degree of other sheds. Because they have limited customization options, metal sheds are typically the least expensive material.
These sheds are easy to erect, and most homeowners can construct a metal building on their own when they purchase a full kit. All of the pieces needed for installation are included, and the metal is pre-cut, so no additional sawing or sanding is required.
Metal sheds are quite durable and stand up to standard, seasonal changes in weather. However, metal sheds are not ideal for locations that receive heavy snowfall, heavy annual rainfall or experience extremely high winds.
Wooden Sheds – The Best All-Around Shed When Budget is Not a Concern
Wooden sheds are the most customizable type of shed and offer a significant step up in terms of quality and durability over other materials. Homeowners have a variety of options when it comes to window size and placement, roof style, indoor layout, and wood sheds can be painted to create a 100% match to the home, making them the most versatile of all materials.
Wood storage sheds can be constructed in ranch style, loft style, barn style and more. They can be made from a variety of martials ranging from wafer-board to cedar siding. Wood sheds can insulated and the indoor floor plan can be completely customized with shelving and racks. Some homeowners may shy away from wood, thinking that it cannot withstand weather or weight, but when properly treated and cared for, wood storage sheds can last a lifetime.
Choosing the Best Kind of Shed
No single shed option is right for every homeowner. Budget, size, and individual priorities will always come into play when choosing a storage shed. Before making a purchase, it can help to speak with an expert. If you need help determining what kind of shed is best for your unique circumstances, call us at 1-800-245-1577 or download the eBook, “How to Select the Right Shed for Your Backyard” by clicking below.