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Advice on Wooden and Metal Sheds

May 11, 2008
If you happen to have several pieces of garden equipment and want to make sure that they remain in good condition, then you need somewhere to store them. There are plenty of timber and metal sheds which are completely perfect for this purpose and depending on their size are not that expensive to purchase. As well as keeping all the necessary pieces of equipment for caring for your garden in good condition, you will be easily able to find what you want.

As you will soon discover when looking to purchase a shed there are a large number of different styles, shapes and sizes to select from. But which one you purchase will depend on a number of factors including the size of your garden and how much equipment and supplies you wish to store inside it. Certainly, there are many advantages to be gained from installing either a metal or timber shed in your garden.

A large number of people prefer to install sheds made from timber as they enhance the overall look of their gardens. But you should avoid those which are made from softwoods and instead go for those that are made from hardwood such as cedar. These are more expensive but they are unlikely to rot as easily as softwood ones can when it becomes exposed to the elements.

A timber shed certainly can enhance the look of your garden, but these also need to be well maintained if you want to prevent damage occurring to the items inside. Therefore you should carry out regular checks of the overall integrity of the shed (every 6 months should suffice). Plus after any major storms or strong winds it is a good idea to check the shed over, especially the roof.

Although metal sheds do not look as pleasing they do require far less maintenance. Sheds which have been made from galvanized steel do not rot, are totally weather proof and the chances of rodents actually taking residence up inside one are very limited. Plus unlike a shed made from timber these will never crack or warp and often will require no maintenance once they have been installed.

Another big advantage to be gained from owning a metal shed rather than a timber one is that they are much more difficult to gain access into. As long as yours is fitted with a good quality lock then actually breaking in to such a storage shed would prove to be somewhat difficult for any opportunistic thief.

When you are looking for a shed to use for storage in your garden it is important that you choose one which will provide you with ample space that everything can be stored in it, and can be reached easily. So try to go for as big a shed as your garden and budget will allow. However, you should be aware that if you purchase one that is more than 100 sq ft then you will need to confirm with your local authority what building permits are required for it.

Above we have shown some of the reasons for choosing either between timber and metal sheds for use as storage in your garden. If you are someone who wants to have a shed that is not going to ruin the look of their garden then a wooden one is probably the best option. However, if you want one for practical purposes and not have to worry about the costs of maintaining the shed once installed then a metal one is probably the best option for you.
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There are certainly a vast variety of garden sheds available to purchase online which can be used for a number of purposes in your garden. Metal sheds will last longer but may not look as nice as wood.
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