If you have a requirement for a new shed it is advisable to carry out a little research prior to purchase so that you end up with the right size, material and design to meet your specific storage requirements. As such this article will look at the numerous aspect of choosing a new shed and go onto make a comparison of the key differences between a metal and timber.Selecting the Right Shed
If you are replacing an existing shed then you will probably have a pretty good idea what you are looking for however if you are purchasing a new shed for the first time then it is strongly advisable to consider the following points.
- What are you storing inside?
- How much maintenance work do you want to have to do in the future?
- What level of security do you require?
The amount of internal space you require will largely be determined by what you are planning on keeping inside the shed. For example if you only need a small space to secure garden tools then a simple 4 x 2 metal garden storage unit will prove ideal. In comparison if you need to have a larger space to work in (for planting bulbs or for carrying out DIY projects inside) then a better option will be to go for a design such as a 16 x 8 timber workshop. In either case before selecting a design think about your specific requirements and how you need to utilise the space.
This is often overlooked by homeowners however is an important factor when making any purchasing decision. For example if you do not want to have to paint or stain timber every few years to protect it from the elements then it is advisable to select a metal shed design as these are normally made from rust resistant steel.
Regardless of the material you choose if you are storing high value items such as lawnmowers, bikes and power tools inside then it is strongly advisable to select a design that does not feature any windows (as these are a weak point and easy to force entry through) as well as selecting a design with a lockable latch fitting.
So now we have looked at some of the considerations you should make when choosing a new shed we will now look at the key difference between metal and timber designs.
Timber is by far the most popular material for shed construction as it is relatively cheap, easy to work into a number of designs and if maintained correctly can last for many years. Available in numerous sizes and styles they generally fall into 2 main categories
Apex Sheds - This is the traditional design that features a pitched roof. Available in a selection of sizes they offer the maximum amount of storage space to be created from the smallest possible ground footprint because the space within the roof can be utilised.
Pent Sheds - Whilst this design is not as popular due to the mono pitch roof they are in fact ideal where the shed needs to fit against a boundary wall or fence.
Construction - Cheap timber design are normally constructed from overlapped timber boards built onto a framework. Whilst these are very affordable due to the limited thickness of the timber used to built the structure they are nowhere near as rigid as a more expensive shiplap construction as this features tongue and groove boards and a heavier duty framework.
Assembly -Timber garden sheds are normally pretty easy to assemble as they are a flat pack construction consisting of the base, 4 side panels to form the walls and 2 roof sections. As such it is possible to achieve professional results in only a couple of hours making them perfect for DIY assembly.
Whilst timber is still by far the most popular material there has been a significant increase in the demand for metal sheds over the last few years as homeowners become more switched on to their low maintenance benefits. However with a more limited selection of designs and sizes to choose from they will not suit everyone’s tastes or storage requirements.
Available Designs – Sheds constructed from metal are available in the traditional apex and pent designs but tend to be manufactured in smaller sizes up to 10 x 6 meaning they will not be suitable for storing large items inside.
Construction – As a general rule of thumb a metal shed is constructed from thin sheets of metal secured to an internal framework using self tapping screws. Due to this limited thickness the panels are easily dented when assembling the structure so special care should be taken to avoid damage.
Assembly - Unlike timber designs that feature minimal components a metal shed is built from numerous parts a bit like a giant mechano set. For this reason they can seem more daunting to erect and can often require holes being drilled if panels do not line up correctly. As such expect installation to take at least twice as long as a similar sized timber design.
To conclude, now we have looked at the various aspect of both metal and timber you should be able to make an informed purchasing decision as to which material is going to best suit your individual garden storage requirements.
This informative article has been provided by Garden Storage Online, a leading UK resource for all your garden storage requirements.