Different Types of Materials Used for Storage Sheds

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Fun fact: Did you know that Harley-Davidson, Disney, and Ikea were all started in a shed? So, maybe we should all put up sheds in our homes, and who knows, we might just stumble onto the next million-dollar idea. Sheds are generally used for outdoor storage and can store gardening tools and equipment or other items you don’t have the space for in the main house. Over the last two years, sheds have moved on from being used as storage to outdoor offices as we all adjusted to working from home due to the events brought down by the pandemic. 

You’d be surprised at how many people are passionate about them. There is even a Shed of the Year competition held in the United Kingdom every year where people showcase and show off their sheds. It may not make sense to us, but something about a small space that you can personalize however you want with no constraints and where you can retreat if you ever need a minute. The obsession with sheds, storage or otherwise, is making more and more sense now. No matter what you want to use a storage shed for, the construction material of a shed should be chosen carefully. 

Sheds come in all different sizes and specifications, and before you ask, yes, there are different types of materials a shed can be made from, each with its own benefits. Small sheds are sold as kits, where you can put them up yourself, and are usually easily constructible. Larger sheds include home features such as windows and heavy-duty doors and require construction that is a bit more complicated. 

Let’s look at the common materials that are used to construct sheds so you can make a calculated choice:


Metal sheds usually use galvanized steel, aluminum, or corrugated iron as their construction material. While these are termite- and fire-resistant, they are prone to rust and denting and are also subject to damage due to heavy snow and heavy winds, which will be a problem for storage sheds in Dubai, for example, given the fierce dust storms that can suddenly occur. However, they are a great choice if you’re looking for a long-term option that does not deteriorate easily and can be considered stronger than other materials.

Plastic sheds are currently the most popular choice as they are light, durable, resistant to insect damage, and cost-effective. They are made from heavy molded plastics such as PVC and have a long life. They are also easy to set up and take down, providing the option of expansion and additions. Check out this heavy-duty, good-quality plastic shed. This shed is made of resin and comes with a lockable handle. Of course, because plastic sheds cannot rot, they are perfect outdoor storage sheds for climates that change frequently or those that endure heavy rains.

Wood has been the traditional material of choice when building sheds. This is because they blend wonderfully into the background and look good doing so. However, wooden sheds are high-maintenance and are prone to rot and wood-boring insects such as termites. Maybe you can use sturdier wood to build them, such as cedar, but the problems will persist unless you treat the wood with preservatives and stains to extend its life. However, wooden sheds are preferred by many people over metal and plastic because wood can be worked with common tools. In contrast, plastic and metal require specialized tools to make modifications or changes. Wooden sheds also have the benefit of looking more appealing and adding a certain class to any garden or backyard.

Vinyl-sided sheds are fast becoming a popular choice currently. Because they are relatively inexpensive and require almost no maintenance, they are greatly preferred over the other materials used to build storage sheds. The vinyl panels protect the wood from the elements and ensure that the sheds are not subject to moisture damage from snow and rain. Vinyl-sided sheds also have more choices when it comes to color and style.

Although not a popular material to construct sheds, we would be remiss if we didn’t include it because, at one point, asbestos–cement sheds were all the rage. That is, of course, until we found out about the dreaded side effects that stem from prolonged exposure to asbestos. However, this type of shed was popular back in the day because it was hard-wearing and did not require much maintenance. If you don’t plan on spending too much time in your shed, this can still be a viable option.

So, what material do you think will fit your needs? If you’ve been long putting off your plans on setting up a storage shed, it’s time you picked the right material and built a highly functional and aesthetic shed for your backyard.

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