There are in general three different types of garden shed which are metal, wood and plastic. Most people rule out plastic sheds, they are the least popular, but ponder a while over whether to choose wood or metal. So here for you is a comparison.
Costs – Wooden sheds generally cost more than metal sheds due to the price of lumber. However wooden sheds last longer, are sturdier and fit better into a homeowner’s landscape designs from an aesthetic point of view.
Strength and Durability – If you are looking to buy a small storage shed that is only intended to store a few things, a metal shed may be a good solution for you. However, the larger the shed, the more important the construction will be. Wooden sheds are usually built with treated 2×4 lumber, therefore they can hold heavy loads such as snow with ease. The roofs on metal sheds cannot hold much weight, you could be putting your investment at risk of collapse.
Wooden sheds can also easily handle high winds and inclement weather due to their heavy weight and strong build. There have been tales of penny sized hail stones that have pierced through the walls of metal sheds. When it comes to strength and durability, wooden sheds are the best by far!
Maintenance – Since wooden sheds are treated to be rot, decay and insect resistant, there is no maintenance. Most metal sheds do not require much maintenance at first, however after time rust can develop and can weaken the shed. Metal sheds would then have to be restored and re-painted.
Security – Security is important, after all you have spent a lot of money building or buying your shed. Metal sheds are an easy target for vandalism, using a hammer or a kick, the metal doors can easily collapse. Believe it or not to break into a wooden shed, a criminal would need to bring a heavy duty saw.
Ease of Installation – Metal sheds are often easier to install. They only require your everyday hand tools such as a screwdriver, level, hammer, pliers and a wrench. To build a wooden shed, you would need nails, hammer, level and possibly a circular saw. While most sheds come primed, the buyer is often responsible for painting the wooden shed. Most metal sheds come painted.
Attractive Backyard Storage – Wooden sheds offer great looks and variety to any backyard. Metal sheds are usually in the shape of a square and are quite boxy. Also the designs of wood sheds allow more room inside so you can feel more comfortable as you move around.
Resistance to Marks and Dents – Metal sheds can be damaged although some minor dents can be hammered out. Wood can withstand most impacts.
Metal Sheds vs Wooden Sheds – While metal sheds do have a few advantages most people would probably use wood when building sheds or buy a wooden shed. They are visually pleasing, strong, maintenance free and will last for many years. When you buy wooden sheds, you get what you pay for.