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Building a Metal Storage Shed in 6 Steps

Metal sheds can be tough to install…

Arrow Hamlet Shed

The Arrow Hamlet is a standard metal shed. See more info here.

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)

Building a Metal Storage Shed in 6 Easy Steps

1/ Install the floor frame

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.

2/ Put the walls up

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.

3/ Secure the walls

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.

4/ Put the roof on

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.

5/ Make the roof watertight

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.

6/ Install the doors and windows

The last thing you do is install the doors and any windows.

An homeowner time lapse video that shows all the running around that you do building a shed!

Tips for building a metal shed

  1. Use a drill. If you have a helper, get them a drill to. Because there are a lot of screws.
  2. You will at a minimum need a drill, measuring tape, and ladder to complete this instillation.
  3. Make sure the surface/foundation is flat and level. The holes wont line up during assembly if you don't and it can lead to water entering the shed
  4. If you are finding water in your shed, its because something has not been put up properly. For a quick fix you can use silicone to plug the hole.

Thanks for reading. If you have any comments or constructive criticism, please leave a comment.

Metal Shed Reviews

metal shed reviewsMetal 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.

Enjoy.

Metal Shed Reviews

Arrow Brentwood 5 x 4 ft. Shed Review

An economical and serviceable option that tidies smaller yards with ease.

Arrow Free Standing Car Port, 10 by 20-Feet Review

A durable solution that will protect your pride and joy from the elements…

Arrow Hamlet HM Steel Storage Shed 10 x 8 ft. Review

A great value shed to clear out your garage or patio and get some space back.

Arrow Woodlake 6 x 5ft. Shed Review

Looking for a decent looking but inexpensive shed.... then you may have found your winner

Arrow Murryhill Vinyl Coated Shed Review

Great size and great value. All you need to do is find that dream car to restore...

Storboss Mountaineer MHD Storage Shed Review

Looking for a backyard shed/safe? Then say hello to the Storboss Mountaineer MHD Storage Shed.

What to Look for in a Metal Shed

The Gauge (Thickness) of the Metal

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.

Height of the Roof

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.

Security

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

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.

Click One to Get Started…


Arrow Brentwood 5 x 4 ft. Shed Review

An economical and serviceable option that tidies smaller yards with ease.

Arrow Free Standing Car Port, 10 by 20-Feet Review

A durable solution that will protect your pride and joy from the elements…

Arrow Hamlet HM Steel Storage Shed 10 x 8 ft. Review

A great value shed to clear out your garage or patio and get some space back.

Arrow Woodlake 6 x 5ft. Shed Review

Looking for a decent looking but inexpensive shed.... then you may have found your winner

Arrow Murryhill Vinyl Coated Shed Review

Great size and great value. All you need to do is find that dream car to restore...

Storboss Mountaineer MHD Storage Shed Review

Looking for a backyard shed/safe? Then say hello to the Storboss Mountaineer MHD Storage Shed.

The Pros And Cons of Metal Sheds

Looking to get the job done on time and on budget?

pros and cons of metal sheds

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.

ProsCons
Great value for moneyTough to modify
Long lasting (if installed properly)Prone to rust and corrosion
Little maintenance requiredFeel a little flimsy compared to others
Resists extreme temperaturesAppearance
Easy to Assemble
Small metal sheds are light enough to be moved

The PROS of Metal Sheds:

Great Value for Money

Metal is a cheap shed material available, which makes it a popular choice with home owners worldwide.

Long Lasting

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.

Little Maintenance Required

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.

Resists Extreme Temperatures

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.)

Easy to Assemble

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

Small Metal Sheds are Easy to Move

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.

The CONS of Metal Sheds:

Metal is Tough to Modify

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.

  • Tip – Buy a little larger than you need.

Prone to Rust and Corrosion

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.

  • Tip – When purchasing a tin shed is sure it is rust resistant and carries a warranty against rust.

Feels a Little Flimsy

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.

  • Tip – If you are able to compare in person or on the specification, also check the gauge of the metal being used. The thicker and heavier, the better.

Appearance

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.

  • Tip- Look for sheds with a coating on the outside, something that will resist the weather and keep the shed looking nice


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Metal Shed Reviews


Arrow Brentwood 5 x 4 ft. Shed Review

An economical and serviceable option that tidies smaller yards with ease.

Arrow Free Standing Car Port, 10 by 20-Feet Review

A durable solution that will protect your pride and joy from the elements…

Arrow Hamlet HM Steel Storage Shed 10 x 8 ft. Review

A great value shed to clear out your garage or patio and get some space back.

Arrow Woodlake 6 x 5ft. Shed Review

Looking for a decent looking but inexpensive shed.... then you may have found your winner

Arrow Murryhill Vinyl Coated Shed Review

Great size and great value. All you need to do is find that dream car to restore...

Storboss Mountaineer MHD Storage Shed Review

Looking for a backyard shed/safe? Then say hello to the Storboss Mountaineer MHD Storage Shed.