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Guide to Sheds

Storage Sheds

Find out more about Storage Sheds

A storage shed is a term for a shed that is larger than standard garden sheds and is suitable for use in larger gardens and also for businesses that store outdoor equipment, such as garden centers or even small farms.

The range of storage sheds on the market today is much bigger than it has ever been before. If you are looking for a standard garden shed then your best bet is to check out your local garden center. Alternatively you could purchase shed kits over the internet or even download shed plans and build the whole shed from scratch yourself. In all these cases it is likely that you will be using wood as the main material.

Larger storage sheds tend to be made from metal, or specifically, galvanized steel. This steel is coated with anti rusting agents (typically zinc) to ensure that rusting is put off for as long as possible, but it is likely that this won't last indefinitely. These days larger storage sheds are so big that you might rather call the shed a small warehouse! Some metal sheds are designed to be used as a garage or a small workshop and if space is tight inside your main building but you have enough space outside, a good metal storage shed could well be one of your most cost effective ways of creating more storage (depending of course on exactly what you plan to keep in the building.

The advantages metal sheds over wood sheds exceed beyond the rusting element and are particularly related to larger sheds. Galvanized steel is much stronger than the majority of woods and certainly those that are used in shed building, therefore it is possible to build larger storage sheds from metal without sacrificing the stability of the building. Security is also tighter with a metal storage sheds so if you plan to keep valuable equipment in the shed this might be an important issue for you.

As an alternative to both wood and metal you might like to consider vinyl as the material for your shed. Vinyl storage sheds can be a hard or a soft material and is often used in modern window and door frames. Over the last few years many shed building companies have turned to vinyl as the material of the future. The benefits are simple: it doesn't rot, rust or warp and requires no maintenance. A simple wipe down every now and then will keep it looking in good condition. Like metal, it is possible to make larger sheds from vinyl than it is from wood, but the costs are significantly higher so you might need to think twice about it.

How much do they cost?

The cost of a storage sheds obviously depend on the size and material of the shed, it is impossible to generalize. Most companies require that you obtain a quote from them rather than finding a price from a website. This is because the majority of companies offer many options for each shed so it is impossible to have a set price list. This is particularly the case for larger sheds although some garden shed companies also operate in this manner.