Buying the perfect shed starts with choosing the right material. Sheds come in three types of materials: wood, plastic (resin or vinyl), and metal. All three types have pros and cons. This guide will help you discover what type of shed best suits your needs and budget. Get help to select the right shed for you today from Classic Buildings.

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Plastic Sheds vs Metal Sheds vs Wooden Sheds

What type of shed is best for you will depend on your requirements. In general, we find wooden sheds tend to be the best option for most people. Review the content below to see what type of shed is best for your unique needs and desires.

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Wooden Sheds

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+ Most Visually Attractive Option

Wooden sheds are considered the most attractive and the most customizable.

+ Widest Variety Of Designs And Sizes

Wooden sheds come in a variety of shapes and sizes, often with different window and door styles.

+ Easy To Customize

You can easily shingle or paint your wooden shed to match your house. Wooden sheds make a beautiful addition to your backyard. Wooden sheds are also easy to work with. You can add in shelves or hooks with relative ease. It is relatively simple to install a window or extend a wooden shed on your own.

+ Very Strong & Durable

A high-quality wooden shed is also extremely strong and durable. A well-built shed will have a sturdy frame able to withstand even the strongest winds.

 

 – Require Small Amount Of Maintenance

Unlike metal and plastic sheds, wooden sheds do require some maintenance. To keep your wooden shed in good condition, it needs to be painted or varnished every once in a while. This only needs to be done after a number of years.

 – Requires Insect Resistant Wood

Insects may decide your shed looks like a good home, and parts might break or rot and eventually need to be replaced. Buying a high quality shed made from a naturally insect and rot resistant wood, such as red cedar, will help your wooden shed last longer.

Price

Smaller, simple wooden sheds range in price from $900.00 – $2000.00. Larger wooden sheds range in price from $2500.00 – $4000.00.

 

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Plastic Sheds

Plastic sheds are made from a variety of materials. Some plastic sheds are vinyl, others are made from polyethylene (the most common type of plastic) or other resin materials. Vinyl and other resin sheds look almost identical. Therefore, many people lump them together. However, there are some differences. Plastic sheds made from vinyl are fire retardant, while plastic sheds made from other materials are not. Vinyl sheds tend to be more durable. Vinyl sheds do not crack easily and are more weather resistant. They can usually withstand extremes better than other plastic sheds.

+ Easy Cleaning

Both vinyl and other plastic sheds are relatively maintenance free. Cleaning your plastic shed is easy – just use soap and water.

+ Rot, Insect, and Rust Resistant

You never have to paint it, sand it, or treat it with insect repellant. They are incredibly durable.

+ Easy To Move

It’s easy to move and transport a plastic shed, as they generally weigh less than their metal or wood counterparts.

 

– Less Sturdy

Plastic sheds also have some downsides. Though durable, they are not as strong as metal or wooden sheds. Buying a vinyl shed will ensure a stronger frame, though it may still be weaker than metal or wood.

– Less Customizable

Plastic sheds may be difficult to customize. Though possible, customizing a plastic shed means drilling holes directly through the plastic. Plastic sheds cannot bear as much weight on their walls as a wooden shed, limiting the amount of shelves or hooks you can add on. Plastic sheds are becoming more visually appealing, however, you cannot change or add shingles, paint, or customize the exterior to match your house.

Pricing

Plastic sheds tend to be well priced, even for larger sizes. Smaller sheds range in price from $300.00 – 600.00. Larger plastic sheds can range anywhere from $700.00 – $1500.00, depending on their size.

 

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Metal Sheds

+ Durable

Metal sheds are durable. They do not rot and are insect resistant. Metal sheds aren’t affected by extreme cold or excessive heat. You can place them in direct sunlight or severe cold conditions without any consequences.

+ Requires No Maintenance

Like plastic sheds, metal sheds require little maintenance. A metal shed does not require painting, sanding, or treatment for insects.

 

 – Hard To Customize

Metal sheds are the hardest to customize, often requiring heavy-duty tools the average homeowner does not have.

 – Prone To Rust

Metal sheds are also prone to rust and corrosion. Rust is not pretty, and if left untreated, rust can wear down a shed and leave its contents exposed.

 – Often Not Very Sturdy

Though metal sheds are durable through all kinds of weather, they sometimes seem flimsy.

– Visually Unappealing

Because of their material, metal sheds are not aesthetically pleasing. They are made to get the job done, not to impress. Though some manufacturers try to enhance their appearance, even with these enhancements they are still the least attractive shed type.

Price

Metal sheds are the cheapest option, usually ranging in price from $300.00-700.00 for a medium sized shed.

 

Metal Shed Ideas

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Conclusion

In conclusion, wood sheds are the best choice when you want a shed to look nice and have a specific or unique use for it in mind, plastic sheds are best when you will be needing to move the shed frequently or you have insect problems on your property and metal sheds are best when you are not a tight budget.

 

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