Repair or Replace a Damaged Shed? 3 Factors to Consider

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While the material that a shed is made out of plays a huge role in how long the structure can last, proper maintenance is just as important. However, no matter what your shed is made of and how much care you put into it, it will deteriorate over time as it’s exposed to the elements and regular use. 

When the time comes that your shed requires repair, you might end up asking yourself whether or not it would be better to replace the entire thing. To decide which one is the correct action to take, here are a few considerations to make:

1. The quality

The quality of your shed will typically tell you how long your shed is expected to last. For instance, quality sheds can last over twenty years with proper care. However, cheaper sheds will have significantly shorter—fifteen years if you’re lucky.

When determining whether to repair or replace your shed, learn the difference between the type of shed you have versus other types of sheds. If it’s of poor quality, for instance, then a replacement might be the best option.

2. The age

If your shed has been around for many years and is reaching the end of its life, repairs tend to become more and more common. There comes a point where there are just so many repairs to be done, you would end up spending more on the shed than replacing the entire thing. If this is the case with your shed, replacing is the more cost-effective solution.

On the other hand, if your shed is relatively new, repairing it with the right techniques will ensure that problems are kept at bay.

3. The problem

The specific problem the shed has also plays a role in determining whether a repair or a replacement is required.

For instance, if your shed has damaged windows, lost a few of its shingles, or that the door trim has been bruised, you are much better off opting for repairs. After all, these can easily be fixed, while problems like a damaged door trim is more a cosmetic thing.

However, if your shed has been dealing with wall and roof leaks or that there is a severe case of mold infestation, replacing the entire unit might be the better option. That is because, while these problems are still repairable, they leave the shed more vulnerable. In other words, they have already compromised the shed, making it much more prone to further damage, which, as you know, costs money to fix.

Before you go for either repairing or replacing, check the problem thoroughly. If it is anything like a small or cosmetic problem, fix it. Otherwise, have it replaced.


To summarize, whether your shed is better off repaired or replaced depends on the three factors above. To give you an idea, if your shed is nearing the end of its lifetime, the problems keep on coming, and it is becoming too expensive to keep repairing, replacing the entire unit is a better investment.

While building a new shed in itself is quite costly, it is much cheaper in the long run. Plus, it will serve you better than a half-working shed, and no one wants to be under the roof of something that is seemingly going to collapse at any moment.

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