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Guide to Sheds

Metal Sheds

Find out more about Metal Sheds

Metal is the most common alternative to wood in the shed industry and has been tried and tested over many years. Although metal can rust if not looked after it doesn't require the same attention that wood does in order to prevent it from rotting and so is relatively maintenance free. In addition there is less chance of leaking particularly from the rain but also from moisture seeping in through the bottom of the shed, although if a base has been properly constructed this shouldn't happen anyway.

Metal sheds come in all kinds of sizes although the designs are usually more limited than wood sheds. Wood is by far more pleasing on the eye than metal and is therefore more suitable to some of the 'fantasy' style sheds that look more like miniature cottages than a shed to keep your lawn mower in. A metal shed is exactly that, a place to keep things and whilst some shed designs look smart and well designed they are not pretending to be something that they are not.

The range of sizes of metal sheds, however, is even bigger than with wooden sheds. Usually the metal used in metal sheds is galvanized steel and as a material it is much stronger than wood. Therefore metal sheds can be much larger than wooden sheds and can even be big enough to be used as a garage or workshop. On more sophisticated models it is possible to safely install an electrical supply, although it is highly recommended that you have this done professionally rather than merely feeding a wire from a socket in your house to a light bulb in the shed.

Most good metal sheds are treated to help prevent rusting. This is a very important safety issue and you should make sure that any shed that you are thinking about buying does have an anti-rusting coating. You might also want to think about the security issues regarding the shed. Metal sheds can be locked more securely than wooden sheds so if you will be placing expensive equipment in your shed then metal will probably be your best bet.

You should also research whether the items you hope to store in a metal shed will be safe to be kept inside one: in hot climates a metal shed can heat up considerably which could create a hazard if flammable and explodable chemicals are stored in the shed. Even if there is little chance of this happening you might not be insured if an accident does occur so check it out now before you buy.

As with any building, you are advised to obtain permission from your local authority if necessary. For smaller sheds this is unlikely to be necessary but authorization will probably need to be granted in order to install large sheds (garage sized, for instance) on your premises.