March 16, 2018

Resin Sheds – Pros and Cons

Resin sheds are becoming quite popular as an additional storage option. Their durability and portability, combined with their relatively low price tag, make them a viable choice for homeowners looking for a garden shed. However, there are pros and cons to consider before making your choice to buy a resin shed. Depending on the purpose you have in mind for your shed, resin may or may not be your best option. If you like to know more about wooden shed options, contact Classic Buildings. Find out how easy it is to “Rent-To-Own” your own wooden garden shed.

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What is Resin?

natural resin
Natural Resin on an almond tree – Author: Yintan; Source: Wikipedia: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

Natural resins are organic liquid substances that are secreted from various plants.They are transparent or translucent and are a yellowish brown colour. In modern industry, natural resins have been almost completely replaced by synthetic resins which have some of the same physical properties that natural resins have, but they are chemically different. They are used to make many products today and it is hard to tell the difference between resin and plastic. While resin is similar to a plant-based substance, plastic, on the other hand, is made from petroleum chemicals.

resin storage shed
Source: Palram Storage shed

Resin Sheds

Resin shed is just another name to use when referring to a plastic or vinyl shed. Resin sheds are the newest type of garden shed and they are becoming quite popular for specific purposes.

Best Uses For Resin Sheds

Hotter Climates: Resin sheds are a great option for warmer climate areas where insects are a problem. The plastic material makes them resistant to the damaging effects of insects.

Humid Climates: Resin sheds are also a good option for people living in really humid or wet climates as the material is highly resistant to moisture. They will not rust like a metal shed will and they are less susceptible to mold or mildew than a wooden shed.

Portability: If you are planning on relocating your shed multiple times, then one made from resin is a great choice as it is much lighter and easier to move than a wooden or metal shed.

manor shed
Source: Keter Manor shed

What Resin Sheds Are Not Good For

Extra Accommodation: If you are wanting to use your shed as a temporary granny flat or for additional accommodation for visiting friends or relatives, a resin shed is probably not your best option. A wooden shed offers a much more pleasing place for overnight guests and can be insulated for chillier evenings.

Hanging Storage: If you would like to have lots of extra shelving for storage installed on the walls of your shed, then a resin shed is probably not your best choice as the walls cannot support a large amount of excess weight.

The Pros of Resin Sheds

Low Maintenance: Resin sheds are almost maintenance free. They can usually be cleaned using a low-pressure garden hose (higher pressure cleaners can damage the surface) and a soft bristle brush. If the surface still isn’t clean, you can use water mixed with mild detergents. Make sure you thoroughly rinse the panels when you are finished.

Durability: Even though resin sheds are relatively light, they are really highly durable. Their sturdy material will not crack easily. They are also UV protected so they will not fade; you will not have to paint them.

Inexpensive: If you are on a budget, you will find that resin sheds are quite reasonably priced. You could purchase a smaller one for as little as $300. A larger one can run anywhere from $700 to $5,000 or more depending on the size and if you choose to add accessories.

Suncast shed
Source: Suncast resin storage shed

The Cons of Resin Sheds

Can Become Stained: Resin sheds can become stained by oil, ink, grease, tar, or other household chemicals. Make sure you remove the stains with a synthetic turpentine oil or another mineral spirit.

Can’t Support Heavy Hanging Objects: Even though resin sheds are highly durable, they cannot bear as much weight hanging from the walls as a wooden shed can. If you need to hang heavier items on your walls, then you may be better investing in a wooden shed.

Limited Choice of Colors: With a resin shed, you are limited to the small assortment of colors that the manufacturer offers. Furthermore, resin sheds cannot be painted, stained, or shingled to match the color of your home exactly. If you like the versatility of being able to change the color of your shed after a few years, then a wooden shed would be a better option for you.

Limited Customization: Resin sheds come in pre-determined sizes and styles. There is very limited or no room for customization. Some kits may come with the choice of purchasing an expansion kit to give you more size options, or additions such as skylights, windows, lighting, shelving, and peg strips, but that is about as far as you can go with customization. If you would like a truly unique design, then you probably should look at a wooden shed.

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Resin Sheds

Best Resin Sheds To Buy

The following are the best resin/plastic sheds that you can buy according to Best Review.com, an independent product review website. The writers purchase the products they review “with their own funds and they don’t accept anything from product manufacturers.”

Lifetime – 8 Foot Wide Outdoor Storage Shed

resin shed by Lifetime
Source: Lifetime shed

The reviewers found that this shed by Lifetime was better than all the others when they considered its features, durability, space, and appearance. The one negative they found was that it was difficult to assemble.

Suncast – Glidetop Slide Lid Shed

Suncast Shed
Source: Suncast shed

This shed by Suncast had some really nice features but the reviewers found that the quality was a concern for owners, particularly when you consider its price.

Keter – Store-It-Out MIDI Outdoor Resin Horizontal Storage Shed

Keter shed
Source: Keter shed

The reviewers found that this shed’s design by Keter was a great space saver and it was versatile, durable and practical. It also cost less than some larger, higher-end sheds.

Quality Wooden Sheds By Classic Buildings

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If you are looking to purchase a custom-crafted wooden garden shed, contact Classic Buildings or visit the location nearest to you.

Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes permit requirements depend on the size of your shed.

Classic Buildings has locations throughout the Midwest, including various Missouri cities (St. Louis, Arnold, Columbia, St. Charles, Rolla, Linn, Springfield, Jefferson City, Kansas City, and Washington Missouri). We are located in Swansea, Illinois and Kansas and deliver throughout the Midwest, and, in some cases, nationwide!

If you would like to take a look at Classic Buildings’ storage sheds, check out our brochure, or visit one of our locations to see our sheds firsthand! 

“It was a pleasure working with confident and qualified people. The workmanship and materials are second to none…I would recommend Classic Buildings to anyone who requires a building for storage, recreation, or whatever your needs are.” – Mike Dinello
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  • I am interested in the resin shed. I live in Northern Mn. How are the sheds in cold weather.

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