Backyard sheds come in all shapes and sizes. You can’t just build any random shed in your backyard because it might not be suitable for your needs.
If you need a shed for storage, how many items are you going to store? What kind of items are you storing? How much space do you need?
These are the basic questions that you need to ask yourself first before choosing a shed. Once you know all this information, determine what type of material and structural design will be best for your shed.
The right choices will depend on the type of property and the level of durability that you want to give to your shed.
Metal sheds consist of a metal frame with thin sheet metal for the siding, making them extremely durable.
This building material will consist of either corrugated iron, galvanised steel, or aluminium.
If your site frequently endures bad weather conditions like heavy winds and rain, then a metal shed will give excellent protection to the items you have in storage.
Metal sheds are also relatively inexpensive, depending on the type of metal you use. The only downside is that they are not the most attractive sheds.
Vinyl Sided Sheds
Vinyl-sided sheds will give you the least amount of durability compared to any other type of shed. Vinyl is a very flimsy material that does not offer adequate protection against impact and severe weather conditions.
However, there are two reasons that some homeowners still choose vinyl for their sheds.
Vinyl is very inexpensive and is easy to install yourself. If you are on a budget and don’t want to spend a lot of money on materials and labour, then vinyl may be the best type of shed for your needs.
Wooden sheds are popular because they are attractive and provide the most natural look in any outdoor setting. It is easy to customise wooden sheds into any shape or size that you want.
The type of wood that you use will determine the shed’s durability. For example, cedar is a durable wood that offers ample protection against water damage.
Regardless of the type of lumber you choose, wooden sheds will require the most maintenance.
You need to regularly stain the wood and treat it with preservatives to prevent all kinds of environmental threats – including water, insects, mould and more – from damaging it.
When maintained, wooden sheds are susceptible to damage from rain, fungus, UV rays, insects and humidity.
Bricks are not usually chosen as the primary material for shed construction, but they can offer a few benefits. For instance, a homeowner with a brick house might want a matching brick shed.
Another reason to choose brick is the old-fashioned durability it offers against harsh weather conditions.
It is also not difficult to build a brick shed yourself if you have the necessary supplies and application tools.
For people who want durability for their shed at a lower price than sheet metal, plastic is a great alternative.
You could make a shed out of heavy moulded plastics like polyethene or polyvinyl chloride. This will give your shed protection against UV lighting and high impact winds. Plus, insects and mould are not attracted to plastic sheds, so there are no worries there, either.
Options and Accessories
Are you using the shed as a workplace? Then you might want to consider adding a workbench and pegboard to the interior.
If the shed is being used for storage, then build shelves on the walls so that you can store as many smaller items as possible without crowding the floor with boxes.
Also, if you have a disability or plan to move heavy objects in and out of the shed regularly, then you might want to build an outer ramp which leads to the door.
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