Traditionally built using wood, storage sheds are light backyard structures primarily used for housing vehicles, tools, or other valuable items. Besides storing, homeowners often use these mini buildings to carry out light manufacturing work or even hobbies like gardening. Today’s storage sheds are available in a wide variety of materials and designs.  


Storage shed made from different materials

Wood based

Besides wood, other materials used for storage sheds are metal, plywood, steel, Rubbermaid, and vinyl. Each of these materials has both advantages and disadvantages. For example, cedarwood is the favored material because of its visual appeal. Even so, it is not as durable as pressure-treated wood and costs a little bit more. Pressure-treated wood goes through a chemical process for protection from and pest and to extend its durability.

Plywood and particle wood are also very popular storage shed sidings materials. Regardless, they do not do well with moisture. Frequent exposure to wet and dry conditions can eventually result in warping. It is, for this reason, you should avoid the use of plywood in places with frequent exposure to rain.

Other alternatives besides wood materials

Though vinyl is one of the less attractive options, they have the advantage of being maintenance-free.

Like vinyl, metal sidings are not so visually appealing. Aluminum is a good substitute for metal siding that is light, long-lasting and has a nice look when anodized. Other materials include vinyl coated steel, polyvinyl chloride, and Rubbermaid. Both are maintenance-free, requiring no treatment for rust, rot, pest, and paint.

When selecting siding materials, the design of the main building siding should be factored in. Having siding materials with clashing features can be visually pleasing to look at.

Professional Installation or Do It Yourself Kits?

Storage sheds can be installed by a professional or be self-assembled. Sheds that are meant for self-assembly generally come with instructions and numbered parts for easy assembly. Constructing these types of sheds can be an overall satisfying experience and can save money.

Accessories & Size

Storage sheds usually come in standard sizes like 8′ X 6′, 10′ X 8, 10′ X 14′, 12′ X 24′, 12′ X 30′, 12′ X 10′, etc. larger units have the added benefits of having a double door. A bigger entrance and a good foundation are key for those who want to store contents like smaller construction equipment. Shutter, windows, and weathervanes are a few other accessories that come with a storage shed. By utilizing vertical space, you can further customize the inside with shelves and hooks to increase storage capacity.

Building Codes & Laws

They may be specific requirements and limitation when constructing a shed such as building permits, building codes, deed restriction, zoning ordinance, etc. It is very important to go through these before commencing construction so as to avoid future problems.

Price range

Storage sheds come in various colors, shapes, sizes, and patterns. Therefore, allowing easy customization to suits one’s personal preference. Smaller sheds better known as tool sheds start off with a price tag of 300 and up. A larger barn shed meant for housing vehicles, boats, and larger contents can go upwards of $4000 depending on the material, size, and accessories.