There are basically three shed types: wood, vinyl and metal. And there are common misconceptions among customers regarding all three. Wood sheds are generally considered the hardest and most costly kind of shed to preserve.
The most usual wood shed complaints are:
“You need to weatherproof and repaint every year.”
“Moisture decays the wood and you have to replace it.”
Or, our favorite: “It will not last as long as vinyl and metal.”
Those are much stronger arguments, but not true facts. Though you must effectively maintain wood sheds to maximize its life span in your yard, it is in fact the finest selection as an outdoor storage option– even in regards to maintenance.
The Low Upkeep Storage Option.
Wood and vinyl certainly win this battle. Though metal doesn’t require jobs like painting, metal sheds have no choice but to be replaced once they begin to rust (and it’s unavoidable due to humidity and other outdoor elements). Vinyl is a close 2nd, once it fractures, the cracks spread out, and your vinyl shed will need replacement as well.
Our Handy Home wood sheds have literally survived many of the infamous hurricanes of recent years! We had past clients send us images of their sheds, and they were still intact. Although metal sheds are the most affordable shed in the beginning, metal storage sheds can cost home owners much more in the long haul. Metal sheds are highly deceiving, since they are quickly dented and banged up by the wind…after many dents, it becomes structurally damaged and eventually unusable. Vinyl sheds can have the strength of wooden ones, however, once the material establishes cracks, it spreads out throughout the structure itself and becomes hardened and brittle.
All 3 shed kinds serve a similar function for your storage needs. The biggest distinction here is that unlike vinyl and metal, wood sheds are highly customization. You can add extra shelving, a loft space, or windows/skylight with ease. Not a lot of options with the other shed types.
Aesthetically, wood and vinyl are much more appealing than metal– which usually does not match any house design well. Vinyl sheds generally are nice-looking, however, its hard to personalize them to match your home. Wood sheds can be painted or shingled to resemble your house– and you can always make extra updates if you ever select to.
Vinyl sheds are the most pricey. So, if you’re looking to remain within a particular budget plan, these generally aren’t cost effective. Include in the fact that vinyl accessories, like shelves, need to be added– you can not easily diy with these. Metal sheds are the most affordable, however the life expectancy is extremely short in comparison to wood and vinyl sheds.
Wood Sheds Declares Victory in the Battle as the Ideal Outdoor Storage Solution…
Hands down, wood sheds wins the battle among shed classification. It’s easy to see why Handy Home sheds would be a smart investment!
Further Reference: Buyer’s Guide: Outdoor Storage Structures