Wood, Metal, Plastic: What Type of Shed Should You Choose?

Once you notice that your garage is full, it is time to look for something that will help you out. A garden shed will keep your backyard organized and ready for any occasion. Before purchasing a garden shed, it is very important to look into different factors since they can vary depending on the things you really need, making it a hard decision at first. Don’t worry. Here is a guide to help you make a wise decision:

Wooden Sheds

A wooden shed is the most common and popular of all the types of garden sheds. They can be great in appearance, giving you the choice to paint them in the way you want. This allows you to
match it with other elements in your backyard. If you care about the appearance of your backyard then this could be the best option for you. You can get creative and add unique features like window flower boxes, trellising and cupolas. A wooden shed comes with a floor surface, making it easier to install it anywhere you want. They can also be customized on the inside for additional storage.

On the downside, if it is not properly vanished, painted and stained, it can be more susceptible to insects, bugs, mould, mildew and other fungal infestation. It is more high-maintenance than metal and plastic sheds as well.


  • Great insulator
  • Appearance is up to you
  • Strong and Solid
  • Choose the size


  • High-maintenance
  • Prone to pests and rot
  • Weather and water can deteriorate wood


Metal sheds are made from steel, aluminium, or iron which helps with the durability of the shed. However, they are not as strong as wooden sheds. They require less maintenance since they come pre-painted and with a specific size or space. Metal sheds have to be placed or installed in flat, solid or concrete surfaces as most of them do not have floors. The material offers amazing and superior resistance to hot weather, fire resistance, insects, bugs and fungal growth.

If you live in a stormy area, it is important to consider buying an anchoring kit to make sure it stays in place. Such a thin material can also collapse with the weight of snow or debris. It is best to keep the roof free from snow or any debris to avoid damage. Metal sheds are prone to damaging and denting because of the light. If you won’t care for your metal shed properly, it will easily be damaged by rust and corrosion.


  • Low-maintenance
  • Fire resistance
  • Hot weather resistance
  • Long Lasting
  • Easy transportation
  • Rodent proof


  • Noisy when raining
  • Prone to rust and corrosion
  • Appearance
  • No floor included (most of them)
  • High maintenance in winter and stormy areas


Plastic sheds are made of high-quality plastic that make sheds more lightweight. It also offers more durability and security qualities than wooden sheds. These are available in different shapes and sizes. However, they are the easiest type of shed to build. Their structure resists moisture, humidity, fire, insect infestations, and rotting. Plastic sheds do not require too much maintenance because of its protective coats and treatments.


  • No maintenance
  • Durable
  • Resistant to weather and insects
  • Security


  • Appearance

We hope that this guide has helped you choose between wooden, metal or plastic sheds. Remember all the points we’ve discussed and you’re sure to make a wise decision.

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