Metal Sheds Vs. Wood Sheds: Who is the Winner?

Published June 20, 2014 by Whirlwind Team

metal vs wood shedsStorage sheds are useful for a variety of purposes, from garden sheds and potting areas to lawn equipment storage and hobby shops. There are two mainstream options for outdoor sheds: wood and metal. Each one has its pros and cons, but with the increasing innovation and popularity of metal buildings, chances are a metal shed is your best option.

It is important to note: when we speak of metal sheds in this instance, we are not talking about the thin, easily dented, cheap metals sheds that are available at your local hardware supplier, but rather high-quality metal buildings that use a heavy gauge metal and durable protective coatings. These sheds are usually purchased directly from the manufacturer so they can be customized to your geography, climate and needs.

The Difference between Wood and Metal Sheds

Wooden sheds are the most traditional option. They can be completely customized to the size and shape that you want. Wood siding can be painted to any color you desire, or can be painted to match the existing paint scheme used for existing buildings on the property. Wood is a good insulator and provides a traditional aesthetic. Unfortunately, it is also susceptible to pests, moisture, and fire, which can make it more vulnerable to decay and will decrease its lifespan.

Wood buildings are more expensive to build from start to finish, and they require routine annual maintenance to protect them from the elements. These maintenance requirements add to their lifetime costs. For these reasons, metal sheds are the winner. They are cheaper to build, are much more durable and require less maintenance throughout their lifetime. Modern innovation in metal fabrication means you can choose colors and siding options that will keep the building in harmony with your surrounding architecture and landscape.

Advantages of a Metal Garden or Storage Shed

Affordable - Metal sheds are affordable. Because they are pre-fabricated, you are able to buy a "kit," which is easily assembled once it arrives. This cuts down significantly on your expenses for materials and labor. There are a wide range of designs and styles to choose from and because metal buildings are modular by nature, it is easy to add more storage space later on.

Durable - Your metal storage shed will be virtually impervious to fire, moisture, rot, mold, and pest damage. Make sure you select your building site carefully. Your shed should be located on an elevated area of your property with good drainage. If this isn't possible, take the necessary steps to add and amend the soil for adequate drainage. It is also recommended that you pour a concrete foundation. Your metal building will be easy to lock and secure from potential theft, and as long as you have selected materials with the proper protective coatings for your climate, a well-sealed building should remain water tight with minimal annual maintenance.

Low-Maintenance - Most metal building manufacturers have parts and roofing warranties that extend well beyond the norm. Consider that a traditional wood-framed building needs to be re-roofed every 15 years or so. Compare that with a metal building, which often has roof warranties of up to forty years. As long as you have selected high-quality materials and a building design that is adequate for your climate, your maintenance requirements and expenses should be minimal throughout the building's lifetime.

Aesthetics - Metal buildings have gotten a bad rap when it comes to their exterior appearance. It is true that, in the beginning, a metal building left much to the imagination. However, as their attributes have become more appealing to homeowners, businesses and the agricultural industry, metal building manufacturers have worked hard to create buildings that replicate more traditionally attractive building exteriors. Your metal building can be painted in a wide range of colors, and stone and brick veneers can be added for a more appealing look. Even metal roofing products have been engineered to resemble traditional shingles or tiles, so your metal garden shed or storage building can fit right in with your surrounding architecture.

Eco-Friendly - Finally, if sustainable building practices are important to you, you'll appreciate the green benefits of building with steel and metal. Many of the metal buildings components are made from pre- and post-consumer recycled products and the majority of the building can be recycled at the end of its lifespan. Metal buildings continue to get high ratings through LEED and other third-party green building certification programs.

If you haven't considered the advantages of a metal building before, contact Whirlwind Steel and learn more about his increasingly popular building option.

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