How to Know Which Material Is Best for Your Shed

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Do you have things you want to remove from the house but do not want to throw away just yet? Do you have storage space indoors, but you prefer to store some objects outside? Or did you just begin a new hobby but don’t know where to mess around with your paraphernalia? If you have these concerns, then you surely need a shed. 

Before buying or building a shed for your house, you should identify the best materials you need. There are specific materials that will make for a sturdy shed you can use for as long as you need it. 

Without further ado, here are the shed materials and why you should choose them:

Wooden Sheds

Let’s begin with why a wooden shed is a great choice. Wooden sheds can be easily customized in terms of size, storage, and interior. You can make it into any color you want through the use of paint. This characteristic of a wooden shed makes it easier for homeowners to create or modify it according to the style of their house and surroundings. Wooden sheds are so standard because they are undoubtedly strong and durable.

However, building a wood shed also has its downsides. Surprisingly, wood is more expensive than resin material or metal. It is also vulnerable to destructive factors such as strong wind, bugs, and water. Although paint can add a layer of protection, you can expect it to peel sooner or later, which needs repainting and maintenance from time to time. 

Resin Sheds

Resin sheds are also known as plastic sheds, vinyl sheds, or high-density polyethylene sheds in the market. Compared to wooden sheds, resin sheds are significantly more durable because manufacturers added metal support to their structures or made them double-walled. This type of shed is available in various sizes and can be extended and modified through available kits. The kits are cheaper than their wooden counterparts and are easier to assemble without more tools and knowledge in carpentry. Aside from that, resin sheds allow add ons that can be easily installed without wires and drilling. Lastly, resin is the best material for shed interior walls. 

On the other hand, since the resin is a lightweight material, it cannot hold heavy things on its walls or ceilings. You cannot also paint it to adjust to your exterior because the material is not made for wooden paints. It is also more expensive compared to metal sheds. 

Metal Sheds

Metal sheds are the most common type for first-time shed owners, and they are also the cheapest way to build a shed. Unfortunately, they are not made to be as attractive as the wooden and resin sheds. That’s why it’s available in fewer options in terms of size and shape. You can choose different colors of metal sheds, but you’d need to repaint them more frequently to prevent them from rusting. 

Metal sheds are not as durable as wood and resin, so if you choose metal as your material, you will need an anchoring kit to make sure the shed will resist strong winds. When purchasing a metal shed, consider where you will install it because metal sheds do not have flooring. Therefore, it won’t be ideal for installing right on top of gravel. It is also worth considering that metal kits are difficult to customize because of the nature of metal that can easily dent. 


Sheds are the best structure to build if you need an extension of your home for storage or a different activity that can’t be done indoors. Whether you want to use it for your decluttering needs or as a working space, you need to consider the material you will choose, depending on your house, your needs, and your location. 

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