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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.

Steel Storage Buildings Building Materials

Steel Storage Buildings Building Materials

The type of material used for a storage building or any type of portable utility building will largely determine the long-term durability of that building. It has been our experience that steel storage buildings provide the best longevity, and any extra cost above the other building materials is offset by that longevity. Steel storage buildings will actually cost less in the long run!

Comparing steel storage buildings with other materials

Have you ever taken a close look at storage buildings that have been around for a few years in an irrigated, or otherwise damp and humid back yard? I am willing to bet that their condition is dependent on one particular aspect of their construction, the materials they were built with! Sure, there may be other factors, like the craftsmanship that went into the building, and the design of the structure, but all other things being equal, the material is the key to longevity.

Composite shingles

Let’s start at the top. A building built with composite shingles will almost always have a few missing after a year or so. They get lifted by the wind, moisture and debris settles between them, and eventually, they will age and break off with the next big gust. If this condition persists, anything inside will suffer, including the floors.

Wood siding

The material used for the walls of the building is another critical factor. Wood, or wood composite materials may look great initially, but will alternately absorb moisture, and dry out continually. This loosens the grip of the fasteners and the seals. It eventually causes problems with the paint. It also causes problems with the material itself, and will eventually lead to rot and decay. If you have one of these, the best way to maintain the building is to clean, reseal, and paint it about once a year, or every 18 months. The average cost for such a project is about $500.00 per year!


Doors are also important. Wood or composite doors have the same problems as wood or composite siding, plus, they are heavy, and with all the moisture problems, they eventually sag. This type of material will inevitably allow moisture to get to the floor of the entry, rotting away several inches of flooring at this critical point.

Plastics and vinyl

Plastics and vinyls suffer from ultraviolet light, even the ones that are uv coated. They also have other problems, like sensitivity to heat and cold. These materials will warp and undulate with changing temperatures, and will eventually develop a coat of unattractive powder on their surfaces. After a while, they will become brittle and crack with the first sharp blow they receive.

Floors and framing

The inside flooring and the frame of the structure are important as well. It should be of the best material available, and as long as it is structurally sound, it will be fine, that is, if moisture is kept from invading it. That is the function of the shell of the building, the roof, and walls, and openings. If these are made of the right materials, no moisture can get inside to cause damage.

What is the best building material?

Steel sheds

So, what is the best material for covering a utility building? That’s easy, metal siding and roofing! The best metal for the job is galvanized and painted steel. The best door covering materials? Light weight metals like aluminum!

What to look for in a storage building

Look for quality utility buildings manufactured with the finest wood framing materials, protected by galvanized, enamel coated steel panels, from manufactures who offer long term warranties on the material and workmanship. We suggest metal clad, double sealed doors, which will prevent the door area rot so common on other types of buildings. If you choose a roll up, or garage type door, ask about the warranty for this as well.

Steel storage buildings and maintenance

Maintenance? That is the beautiful part about steel storage buildings. They are virtually maintenance free, and that gives you a longer lasting building, that looks better, keeps your possessions safe, and won’t cost you hundreds of dollars a year for cleaning, painting, and sealing! The building should be kept clean, free of debris, and checked periodically for things like loose screws, and door and window operation. This will add to the buildings life expectancy.

Other options

For sheer practicality, steel coverings are the best materials for the money, but there are situations where other types of materials are warranted. If you want a Japanese style tea room, or some type of rustic look, wood will be your best option. Permanent additions to the home landscape might call for a brick or stone building. Matching the siding of your vinyl covered home might make vinyl a good choice. Modern steel storage buildings come in a wide variety of colors, which will match almost anything on your property, so you should have no problem with color continuity.