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Shed Materials What Is The Best Material

Shed materials

Storage sheds can be built from materials that might not be practical for larger buildings. Of course, they can be built from standard building materials as well. I have seen brick and stone buildings built for the sole purpose of storage, and while that is nice if it fits your overall look, and you are willing to spend the money, it is not necessary in most cases. There are cheaper materials available which can be coordinated with most other building materials and landscapes.

Plastic sheds

Plastic sheds can be molded, or extruded. Plastic sheds offer a measure of style and versatility, as well as an added level of durability for the shed buyer, and they can be watertight. The earliest plastic models suffered from ultraviolet rays which produced some brittleness and powdering, but newer generations have suffered much less from this problem. Plastic sheds can be made as horizontal boxes for storing small equipment like patio and pool tools, as well as standard gardening tools. They can be vertical buildings more akin to standard storage buildings as well.

Vinyl sheds

Vinyl sheds, are closely related to plastic sheds in material, and wood sheds in construction. They work well for common uses, and can be built to match most home siding without interfering with the overall aesthetic.

Wooden sheds

Wood sheds are excellent as garden sheds. They can fit into all types of surroundings from ultra modern to aged Japanese tea rooms for more detailed gardens, and as long as they are properly maintained, they will last a lifetime. Do not underestimate the need for maintenance. You should be prepared to clean and reseal the building once a year, or at least every 18 months.

Steel shed with window and roll up door

Metal sheds

Metal sheds are durable and last a long time with little maintenance. Of the different types available, steel sheds with galvanized primed and painted sheet steel are some of the best values on the market. Many have as much as a 25 year warranty on rust through, and most will last much longer without problems. Minimum maintenance can easily expand the life of such buildings beyond that of their users.

Shed plans are easily available, so are kits, or if you are not the do it yourself type, the prices for such buildings are already pretty low.

What is the best shed material for you?

The best shed material for you and your shed depends mostly on what you want and need, and it’s intended use.  Do a little research, and find out what will work best in your situation before you jump in. You can find a lot of information right here on this site.

Storage Shed Tips: Getting The Most From Your Storage Building

Insulated utility building

Your storage shed can be a handy place to toss a few things inside to get them out of the way, but if that is all you do with your building you are missing out on a good opportunity to improve your quality of life. With just a little creative thought and work, sheds can make your life a lot easier and less frustrating.

With that in mind, we thought we would offer a few tips on getting the most from your storage shed.

  1. If you plan to use your utility building for storage, adding shelves or a loft will give you a lot of extra space without taking up more floor space. It can be done pretty easily with pre-built shelf kits, or just a little ingenuity on your part. Two 2×4’s screwed to the studs with a piece of plywood for a shelf or loft is really all you need for storing light materials like Christmas decorations.
  2. Leave some space for aisles. This can save you a lot of frustration when you decide that you actually need that old TV in the very back corner for a video game monitor.
  3. On the subject of boxes, color coding them before you store them, and keeping a list in the shed can be really helpful when you need something. You can get some colored adhesive dots, and put a number on each to match your list.
  4. If tool storage space is what you need, consider magnetic strips for steel handled items, or installing a pegboard with pegs for them. For larger tools like rakes and shovels, a peg system works well, and, in a pinch, a small 30 gallon drum, or heavy trash receptacle can be used to keep them with the handle down so that you have less tangling. A section or two of large PVC pipe can also be attached to a wall stud with the top about 3′ from the floor to get similar results.
  5. If you are going to store heavier lawn equipment like gasoline powered mowers, consider buying, or building a ramp to make getting them inside easier. Ramps are cheap and easy to build, and whatever effort you put forth to get one, will be save a thousand times over, and you will have fewer backaches.
  6. If you plan to do light work, like sharpening tools, or potting plants in your storage shed, you can easily install a work bench in most shed types, and most dealers will build one for you for a small fee as well.
  7. If your sheds purpose is as a garden shed, adding a slatted potting bench can be a very valuable addition. Some extra shelves for holding plants as you pot them, or let them harden off will maximize it’s usefulness.
  8. Adding an electric line to your storage shed can give you that little bit of extra light you need to do your work or find your stuff. Be sure to follow local ordinances with all electrical installations. Even if your local ordinances won’t allow you to wire your shed for electricity, or if you want to be more environmentally friendly, you can still have lighting by purchasing a solar powered lighting unit. There are many available.

This is not an all inclusive list, and I am betting that you can come up with more ideas to maximize the benefits of your storage shed. Just be creative, think outside the box, and you can find other ways to use your storage building to solve some of your chronic and frustrating common problems without spending an arm and a leg.