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Top Ten Reasons for Choosing a Metal Garden Shed

If you are planning on buying garden shed there is plenty of choice available. In fact, there are so many different options out there you might be feeling like you don’t know where to start. Once you have thought about the size you need and where you plan to put it, the next thing you might want to think about is the material.

When you talk about a garden shed,  people will often think of a typical wooden structure, but that is not the only option. Metal sheds are becoming increasingly popular and here are some of the reasons why:


1. Value for Money

One of the first things that you will notice is that metal sheds come with a considerably lower price tag compared to a wooden shed. If your budget is limited (and whose isn’t) then a metal shed may be more within your price range. This is particularly important if you know that you need a large shed but are having to compromise because of the costs. By opting for the metal version you will probably find that you will get a more spacious shed for the same amount of money.


2. Easier to Assemble

Metal sheds are generally lighter than the timber versions. This means makes them easier to assemble as the pieces can be lifted and manoeuvred with less effort from delivery to putting the final pieces in place. You don’t need to have any special  woodworking skills to put your metal shed together. Most come with all the fitting and fixings you require for assembly as part of the package.


3. Easier to Move

If, after a few years, you decide to rearrange the layout of your garden, you might be glad that you chose a metal shed. Your shed will be lighter than a timber shed of the same size. This means it will be easier to move if you ever find that you need to move it to another location.


4. Hardwearing and Durable

Metal and steel sheds are not prone to dampness or rot, or many of the other issues that can cause serious damage to wooden sheds. As a result they last longer, particularly if you chose one which is made from galvanised steel. You can expect your metal shed to last you 10 -20 years before you need to replace it.


5. Less Need for a Foundation

Most metal sheds do not require foundations to be laid. This can save you preparation time and money. You will need a foundation for a larger shed, but many of these come with a metal base which provides adequate stability for most uses. If you do need additional stability the shed can be attached to a simple concrete foundation. This would generally apply to the larger constructions.


6. Peace of Mind

Because manufacturers have confidence in their durability steel sheds often come with extended warranties and guarantees.  In addition, they have the advantage of being more able to withstand damage from storms, accidents or even vandalism


7. Fireproof

Metal is also more able to withstand fire than either wood or plastic. A shed made mostly from plastic will quickly melt due to the heat of the fire. Wood is of course highly flammable and can even cause the fire to spread..


8. Good ventilation

A garden shed can make an idea workspace as well as a storage space. If you plan to work or spend periods of time in the shed you will need to make sure it is well ventilated. Fortunately, steel sheds come with good ventilation built into the design. This may be in the form of air vents or built-in fans.


9. Easier to Maintain

The galvanised outer layer provides protection to keep the shed in top condition meaning that very little maintenance is required. You can also paint the shed to match your garden décor and add a bit of character. Choose a good quality specialist metal paint for a hard wearing finish that will last.

While a timber shed needs to be repainted every year,  you can expect to repaint your metal shed once every five years and no further external treatment should be needed.


10. More secure

A steel shed offers more security for the important thing you store inside. The doors are usually fitted with reinforced hinges which make it harder for thieves to break in. The level of security varies depending on the shed you chose. If keeping your valuables such as golf clubs is important to you, it is well worth investing in a higher quality shed which will come with thicker and therefore stronger hinges, for greater peace of mind.