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04 February 2020
Sheds can add a lot to a garden in terms of both storage and style. It can be a long process deciding whether to invest in a shed or not, and once you’ve made a decision you are faced with a number of other choices. There are a variety of different features, styles and materials to choose from when it comes to sheds. One of the hardest decisions to make will most likely be the material; at GBC we offer three materials: wood, metal and concrete. Each material has their own advantages and disadvantages which it is important to weigh up when making your decision. In the end your decision may be based on a number of different things such as appearance, customisation, durability and security. In order to help you make an informed decision, we have put together a guide to the different materials.
Generally, wood is the most popular choice for garden sheds in the UK. It is the most traditional choice and does add to the aesthetics of the whole garden. An advantage of wood is that it is fully customisable, and you can add and change things over the years pretty easily. You can even paint them if you wish. Because of the nature of the material, it is fairly easy to add a variety of storage options inside such as shelves and cabinets. Whilst wooden sheds look the part and offer flexible storage and customisation options, they do have some disadvantages to be considered. Wooden sheds tend to be a little more expensive than their counterparts and whilst wood is a very strong material it can be vulnerable to the elements. Extreme weather conditions can seriously damage wooden sheds and cause them to rot. Out of all the shed materials, wooden sheds generally require the most maintenance.
Metal sheds tend to be a popular choice, especially as a first-time shed purchase, as they offer a cheaper option. Metal sheds, whilst durable, can be quite lightweight so need to be anchored to the ground. They are available in a range of styles and colours yet unlike wooden sheds they aren’t as customisable. Metal sheds are popular as they do the job without having to splurge. Metal sheds are prone to rusting and denting depending on the weather and they do require a strong foundation, especially if you are planning to store heavy equipment in there.
Concrete sheds are the most durable type of shed and offer maximum security for your possessions. You can add storage inside as you would inside you home. They are less customisable over the years as they are a permanent fixture unlike wooden and metal sheds however you can choose to have windows and other options at purchase.
Whichever material you choose for your shed will come down to personal preference and taste, but it is worth knowing the pros and cons of each material so that you can make an informed decision.
Posted by Matt Jordan