Tips for Choosing the Right Material for a Home Shed

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A shed on your property can be just what you need for added storage or even as a workspace for hobbies that don't belong in the house, such as woodworking, refurbishing engines, and the like. When you're ready to choose a shed for your property, you might be surprised at the variety available, including the materials from which they're made. Usually the three most popular materials for sheds are wood, vinyl, and metal, so note a few of their differences as this will help you choose the best option for your home.


The advantage of wood is that it can be painted to match the color of your home, and it may look a bit more attractive than other materials. You can also repaint wood over the years for a fresh new look. The downside of wood is that it does need a coat of sealant, and even with this applied regularly, it may still chip or crack and also expand and shrink as it absorbs moisture and then dries out. This makes wood the material with the most maintenance required over the years.


The advantage of a vinyl shed is that it's virtually maintenance free, as it won't chip, crack, rot, or otherwise get damaged due to humidity or even strong storms. It's lightweight so it may be easy to put together a vinyl shed on your own, and vinyl can be stamped to look like wood grain. It's also easy to clean, as you can usually just power wash a vinyl shed or even use a garden hose to remove dirt and mud.

However, you may find limited colors with vinyl sheds and typically cannot repaint it on your own. Once you choose your vinyl shed, you may be "stuck" with the look until you buy a new one. Some homeowners also may feel that vinyl sheds seem a bit cheap and not as attractive as wood or metal.


Metal sheds are extremely durable and hold up under inclement weather and other potential damage. They may also have a very traditional look that homeowners enjoy and coordinate well with other metal outbuildings such as silos or carports. Metal is also easy to clean, and aluminum is lightweight so you may be able to put together an aluminum shed on your own. A metal shed is not as loud as some homeowners think, as they may come with an interior core made of a soundproofing foam. The downside is that, while metal can be powder coated a variety of colors, you typically cannot change that color on your own and would need a professional to add a new color if necessary.


20 June 2016

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