They don't forgive mistakes well. A slip with the drill can leave a hole in your shed. The panels are also thin and flimsy, and are hard to hold when assembling.
It can really help to see an example of one being built. It helps answer simple questions like how did they hold that panel there. What part goes first, etc.
So without any more babble, here is our guide to….
(This guide does not involve building a shed foundation)
The floor frame is where all of the wall panels slot in. So after you have built your foundation, , this is your first job.
Make sure that it is square by measuring diagonally from corner to corner. The measurements should be the same for the frame to be square. You can then fix the floor frame into your foundation.
Put the walls up and secure them together.
This can be fiddly because the panels are flimsy until they are all held together. It does help to have another person help you with this.
There will be braces that secure the walls so they stay together. This includes the door trim which will make the area around the door much stronger.
Install the gables (which are at the front and back of the shed), then install the roof beams. The roof beams will give you a strong foundation to install the roof panels on. They are also where you will screw your roof panels into.
The roof on metal storage sheds have center and side coverings. These need to be on to keep the water out successfully, and secure the roof.
The last thing you do is install the doors and any windows.
Thanks for reading. If you have any comments or constructive criticism, please leave a comment.
Metal sheds have been popular for a long time and sit in MANY BACKYARDS WORLDWIDE.
They are used in many factories and warehouses, because it is strong and cheap.
But they are NOT ALL BUILT TO THE SAME QUALITY, some metal sheds are better than others.
To make it easy, we've had an in depth look and found what they do well, and not so well. Choose from the metal shed reviews below and get started.
Thicker metal gives a shed better rigidity, but it is also strength and durability. It means that the shed is stronger and can take more punishment.
Manufacturers also can't easily fake thicker gauge metal, so when you look for a shed, judging them on the thickness of the panels is a good way to tell a quality shed.
Typically its the height of the shed that suffers when manufacturers are trying to save money. And although we all like a cheap shed, hitting your head is something you'd probably prefer to avoid.
Of course if your not fussed about your head, a shorter shed is a good way to save money.
One reason we buy a shed is to secure our stuff. And although metal is a tough material, some metal sheds can be easily broken into.
Cheaper metal sheds tend to have holes for a padlock, as opposed to an internal mechanism to lock the doors, which is a lot more secure.
Strength is important in any shed, especially if you live in areas prone to heavy snow fall. Some sheds are reinforced to deal with heavier snow loads, and some are not.
If strength is important to you, then there are reinforced metal sheds out there.
Like wood sheds, metal sheds have sat in many yards for years.
Maybe unfairly they have developed a reputation for being the cheaper option. And although they still are great value, recently they have had a face-lift or two.
Nowadays, the coatings and build quality are better than ever (generally). And metal sheds are seeing a resurgence in popularity, and not only in peoples yards.
Metal sheds are particularly popular with shed manufacturers, and metal is the choice material for large warehouses. But just because it is popular, does that make it a good material for the shed in your yard?
To answer that question we have put together a list of the pros and cons of metal sheds, so you can make up your own mind. Enjoy.
|Great value for money||Tough to modify|
|Long lasting (if installed properly)||Prone to rust and corrosion|
|Little maintenance required||Feel a little flimsy compared to others|
|Resists extreme temperatures||Appearance|
|Easy to Assemble|
|Small metal sheds are light enough to be moved|
Metal is a cheap shed material available, which makes it a popular choice with home owners worldwide.
Being metal though it does have its strengths. It will not rot, or be affected by the heat, excess sunlight or cold temperatures. This allows you to place a metal shed in fully exposed areas of your yard.
Metal is not used on its own much these days. It is coated in vinyl and or galvanized to make it long lasting. You can expect your metal shed to look good for 10+ years straight out of the box.
Metal sheds do not require painting, or sanding or pest control like wooden sheds do. The only maintenance issues are typically with rust and corrosion, which don’t require much action.
Metal is strong in the heat or cold which means it wont distort or warp under different conditions. Metal sheds can also be reinforced against strong winds, (typically an added extra.)
Metal sheds all come in pre-cut and pre-drilled kits, making instillation relatively easy. Although not all instructions are created equal, the assembly of metal sheds is doable for even occasional
If you are thinking of moving, or you are renting then a small metal shed can do the job. They are cheap and can be moved in the bed of a pickup quite easily.
Modifying a metal shed is not a DIYer’s job. It can require some serious tools such as welders, sheet folders and angle grinders. Because of this putting a window in a shed can be too hard for the average home owner, and either gets put in the too hard basket, or involves replacing the whole shed.
Although metal sheds are durable and are getting better at being long lasting, they are still susceptible to rust and corrosion. Rust looks terrible, it eats away at metal like a cancer and it’s inevitable when you have a shed exposed to the elements like most are.
Metal sheds selling point is usually the price. This focus on price can lead us to buy sheds because we can afford them, not because of their quality. Flimsyness is usually due to a thin gauge metal sheet being used to line the shed.
Metal sheds look clean but aren't the nicest looking sheds. To combat this, metal shed manufacturers are now lining the outside of their sheds with PVC or Vinyl coating which does enhance the appearance.