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Guide to Sheds

Vinyl Sheds

Find out more about Vinyl Sheds

A few years ago the only materials that were used to make sheds were wood and metal, however the advances made in many other materials over the last decade or so have greatly widened the materials used for all types of construction. Today vinyl sheds are becoming more and more popular and there are many advantages to using a vinyl shed in place of more traditional materials.

Vinyl, or polyvinyl chloride is a manmade material that can either be soft or rigid. In construction it is often used in window frames and doors and its main benefit is that it does not succumb to weathering in the way that wood and metal does. Furthermore the vinyl does not need to be treated and is therefore maintenance free, so it is highly likely that a shed made from vinyl will last you much longer than a shed made from wood, even if you look after it well and apply all the necessary treatments.

The only negative aspect of vinyl sheds is the actual appearance, vinyl is an artificial material and its appearance is often quite unnatural when compared to wood sheds for instance. However in most cases the benefits far outweigh this issue and if you feel comfortable with the appearance then vinyl sheds could represent your best option.

In terms of weathering prevention, vinyl sheds are streets ahead of any realistic alternatives. There is no rotting or rusting as occurs with wood and metal and the UV inhibitors that are applied to most vinyl sheds prevents the fading of color and the peeling of the actual material. In addition, vinyl is very easy to clean so you can keep your shed looking good for many years just by wiping it over occasionally.

As with all sheds it is highly recommended that you install a base which the shed will sit on. This creates a level platform for the shed and prevents the ground beneath from shifting and sinking, which could cause structural problems for your shed.

Your base should be built into the ground and shouldn't just sit on top. Some manufacturers of vinyl sheds also produce their own base systems that are designed to be used exclusively with their sheds (and sometimes with particular models so make sure that you buy the right base for your chosen shed). Like the shed itself, a vinyl base copes extremely well with weathering demands and is maintenance free, but the greatest benefit is that it is also portable, meaning that if you decide to change the position of the shed in the garden you can and you can take your shed with you if you move house.

Most vinyl sheds can be fully constructed within 7-8 hours (including the installation of a special vinyl base) providing you have someone to give you a helping hand. This is essential for certain aspects of the construction process and if this isn't possible you should think about having the shed professionally installed.