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Suncast Horizontal Storage Sheds

Suncast Horizontal Storage Sheds Put Under the Magnifying Glass

RESIN SHEDS HAVE COME a long way over the last 10 years.

Who can say no to a shed that is virtually maintenance free, looks quite nice and easy to put together?

Because of this, they are now one of the most popular choices for homeowners wanting a little extra storage space. But do the pros outweigh the cons? And what makes Suncast Horizontal Storage Sheds different from the rest?

In this article, we take a deep look into one of the most popular brands for outdoor horizontal storage. We go through the 5 main reasons that make their sheds different from others.

1. The Resin

Modern Resins Are Made to Last

One of the most common reasons given for not buying a resin shed has long been that the resin materials. In the past they simply could not hold up to being left out in all types of weather for long periods of time. This idea was not something that was dreamed up by a few disgruntled buyers. It was in fact based on a lot of truth.Keter_Store_Shed

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This being said, the earliest forms of resin and plastics used in the construction of sheds did not hold up as well as they were advertised to do. That was then, this is now.

Resin Materials

The newer resins are impervious to summer's highest temperatures and winter's coldest freezes, along with the sun's UV rays that can cause fading, cracking, and warping. For years these were the bane of resin sheds as the materials many other companies used.

What I have found after having a Suncast horizontal storage shed out on my back deck for several years, is that the colors have faded just a little. But, the resin materials have held up exceptionally well. It hits the high 90s all summer long and plunges below freezing for a large part of the winter season where I live, so the resin gets a real workout.

2. The Shed Walls

A Double thickness barrier between your equipment and the outside

The problem with many resin sheds is that they are made with using a single-wall construction method. This means that all there is between what you are storing inside and the outside world is a single thin layer of plastic. This same thin layer of plastic also has to support the roof and any snow weight that might accumulate.

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Every Suncast horizontal storage shed is built using double wall construction. The walls are 1 1/2-inches thick. Double wall construction stronger and more capable of supporting the weight of the roof and any snow accumulation without letting you down. As a side note, the air gap between the two layers of plastic also adds a little insulation to help protect your possessions.

With two layers of plastic, if your mower slings a rock, there is less of a chance it might puncture both layers and damage something inside.

3. The Hardware

No Plastic Locks or Latches

The only real hardware on most horizontal sheds are the hinges used to hang the doors and any latches or locking mechanisms. Some low-budget brands use plastic hardware because not only does it cost less, but it can also be molded into a wide variety of beautiful shapes. Plastic or resin hinges simply can not hold up to continuous load bearing and movement such as would be seen when being used to hold up shed doors.

This same basic principle holds for plastic latches and locking mechanisms. But, even if they do hold up, any thief can cut through them in a few seconds with a good sharp knife. Suncast horizontal storage sheds use all metal hardware for the hinges and locking/latching mechanisms to ensure you never have to worry about them breaking or being cut.

4. Strong Assembly

Snap Together vs Bolt Together Assembly

There are two methods of assembly commonly used in resin storage sheds, the first is snapping the pieces together until they form a relatively sturdy complete assembly. The other involves bolting all the pieces together one piece at a time to create a strong and supportive structure.

While snap together might seem like a good idea as assembly take very little time, the entire project can take as little as a couple of hours. However, this type of assembly is not particularly strong in many cases and may come apart in high winds.

By choosing to use a bolt-together construction method, Suncast is able to offer a complete line of storage sheds that use this type of construction. Providing you have taken the time to secure your shed to the ground, bolting it together ensures it will far more able to hold up to high winds, heavy rains, and larger snow loads. By virtue of the Suncast engineering department, assemble is still relatively easy and requires a minimum of skill and a few hand tools.

5. The Shed Floor

At the Bottom of it All

At the bottom of your shed should be a reinforced plastic floor that can handle your heavier loads. All Suncast horizontal storage sheds come with a reinforced resin floor designed to take on the weight of your heavier loads. This may not seem very important when you are first looking at horizontal storage sheds, especially if you are putting yours out on a deck or patio.

But once you start loading your shed with everything you plan to keep in it and that cheap thin floor starts to bow or crack, you will only end up regretting that decision. With a Suncast horizontal storage shed, the floor is fully reinforced so that you can store things like your smoker, a lawnmower, several bicycles, potting soil in bags, or just about anything else you can think of.

Here are Five Different Suncast Horizontal Sheds for You to Consider

Now that you know what makes Suncast the leader in horizontal storage sheds, let's take a quick look at five of their best sellers.

Suncast BMS4900D Glidetop Slide Lid Shed

Suncast BMS4900D Glidetop Slide Lid ShedSUNCAST Glidetop Slide Lid Shed

As with all Suncast horizontal storage sheds, this one is made using heavy duty resin double wall construction. Along with the double doors on one end, it also features a sliding roof that permits walk-in access. The floor has been reinforced so that it can support the weight of your lawn tractor along with anything else you need to put in it. At 52x58x60 inches, you can store several bicycles in this shed with room to spare.

Pros Cons
Heavy-duty resin double wall construction The plastic bolts tend to break
Heavy-duty reinforced floor Must be placed on a foundation
Fast-easy construction Some issues with missing pieces in the box

Suncast BMS2500 Horizontal Storage Shed

Suncast_horizontal_storageSUNCAST BMS2500 Horizontal Storage Shed

This shed features a 3-door locking system for extra security. The easy-lift lid uses a prop-rod to hold it open and make accessing the double doors easier. The walls and roof are built from heavy-duty resin double wall construction that can handle anything Mother Nature and your kids can throw at it. Easy bolt-together assembly creates a strong structure in less than a couple of hours.

Pros Cons
Easy bolt-together assembly Must be placed on a foundation for best support
Reinforced floor May not hold up to high winds
Panels line up easily Top may warp and not lie flat

Suncast BMS3200 Horizontal StorageShed

Suncast_BMS3200_Horizontal_Storage_ShedSUNCAST BMS3200 Horizontal Storage Shed

Made from durable 1 1/2-inch thick double wall resin construction, this horizontal shed offers double doors that measure 46 3/4-inches wide, plenty of room for you to get your mower or bikes in and out. The sturdy doors use all metal hardware to ensure they continue to work for many years. The sturdy floor is fully reinforced to handle heavier loads and assembly is simple with a few hand tools.

Pros Cons
Extra-wide doors Plastic screws may break
1 1/2-inch thick resin double wall construction Missing hardware
Fast Easy Assembly Some issues with gaps in finished product

Suncast BMS3400 34 cu. ft. Horizontal ShedSuncast_BMS3400_Horizontal_Shed

SUNCAST BMS3400 Horizontal Shed

This Suncast horizontal shed offers a full 34 cubic feet of storage space and measures 53×32-1/2×45-1/2″, which is plenty of room for a mower, a couple of bikes, your potting soil, pots, and miscellaneous tools. The double doors have a built-in hasp to help keep thieves at bay. The floor is reinforced to help support heavier items and the resin material used in the construction will resist the sun's UV rays and both extremes of temperature.

Pros Cons
Hasp for padlock built-in Quality control issues
Reinforced floor Roof uses plastic hinges
46 1/4″ wide doors Door may not stay closed

Suncast BMS4700 The Stow-Away Horizontal Storage Shed

Suncast_BMS4700_The_Stow-Away_Horizontal_Storage_ShedSUNCAST BMS4700 The Stow-Away Horizontal Storage Shed

This is a massive horizontal storage shed measuring a massive 70 cubic feet. The easy-open lid is equipped with a pair of gas shocks to help lift and keep it up. You can fit two huge 96-gallon trash cans inside. Built right here in the U.S., this shed measures 5 ft. 5-1/2 in. W x 3 ft. 2-1/2 in. D x 4 ft. 1-1/2 in. on the inside. The reinforced floor features a built-in ramp that lets you easily roll heavier items in and out.

Pros Cons
Massive 70-cu.ft. storage capacity Challenging assembly
Plenty of rooms for your bikes or mower Must be placed on a flat surface or foundation
Heavy-duty resin double wall construction Instructions hard to follow

Other Options

What if a resin Suncast horizontal storage shed doesn't seem like it will meet with your needs? There is another more expensive option you might want to consider. There are several different types of wood horizontal storage sheds worth considering such as this one:

Leisure Season Large Horizontal Refuse Storage Shed

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Leisure Season Large Horizontal Refuse Storage Shed

This horizontal storage shed features tongue and groove all-wood construction with three doors for easy access. All hardware used in the construction is rated for outdoor use. It measures 61 x 36 inches on the inside, 47 inches at the front, and 51 inches at the back. The lid is designed to stay in place without assistance and the doors are lockable to help keep out stray critters.

Pros Cons
Weather resistant all-wood construction Long construction time
Acrylic-coated hardware No floor
Strong tongue and groove construction Flimsier than it looks

Conclusion

When it comes to resin horizontal storage sheds, Suncast is one of the leaders in the field. The heavy-duty 1 1/2-inch double resin wall construction is resistant. Resistant to the sun's UV rays, extremes in temperature, and your kids. I have had mine for several years and highly recommend any of those listed above. Also remember is that any resin shed you buy must be installed on a foundation or other sturdy flat surface.

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The 10 Cheapest Plastic Garden Sheds Online

The 10 Cheapest Plastic Garden Sheds Online

Plastic Garden Sheds in Yard Setting

These cheap plastic garden sheds will surely fit your budget...

WHEN YOU START searching for a shed to put out in your backyard, one of the first things you are likely to notice (or at least for me it was), is that there are so many to choose from.

This leads to a lot of questions ranging from what size, do you order a kit or a complete ready to use shed, what materials should your shed be made from?

From then most expensive wooden sheds to the cheapest plastic sheds, there are plenty of high quality sheds to choose from.

Today we are looking at several of the top low-cost plastic sheds on the market.

1. Suncast BMS6810D Everett Storage Shed 6 X 8

Let the Sun Shine In

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SUNCAST BMS6810D Everett Storage Shed

If you are planning to add a shed to your garden or backyard as a place to get away from it all or an art studio, the Everett might be just what you are looking for.

Not only does the Everett offer a window on each side of the shed, it also comes with a built-in skylight for even more natural lighting.

If you live in an area where it snows a lot, you will find the steel reinforced roof panels are more than up to the job.

All of the panels are designed to be bolted together for added strength and are made from one of the toughest plastic resins on the market.

When you add in double doors, you can't go wrong with this spacious shed with its reinforced floor.

PROS

CONS

Short assembly time, approx. 2 hours even for someone with little to no experience

Lots of brackets to figure out during assembly which can be confusing and slow down the process

Very stable thanks to the double wall construction, which is good for windy/snowy climates

Some parts are not labeled with part numbers, again this can slow down assembly

Bolt together assembly instead of snap fit adds to the overall strength

Some sheds are shipped with the wrong parts and customer service is rated as poor

2. Suncast BMS7400 Molded Resin Storage Shed

Heavy-Duty Walls for Added Strength

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The Cascade is another exceptional low-cost plastic shed from Suncast. This shed is built with double side walls for added durability and strength, ideal for colder areas with plenty of snow.

Topping it off is a shingle-style plastic roof that has been reinforced with steel for added load carrying capacity. Each of the double doors has a window and metal handles for added security.

The panels are designed to interlock instead of requiring you to spend hours putting it together with nuts and bolts. This may be one of the simplest plastic sheds on the market to put together and is a good choice for anyone without construction experience.

pros

cons

Interlocking pieces not only make the Cascade easy to assemble but also create a strong finished product

If you don't have the base perfectly level, the doors may not line up or stay closed properly

Can be assembled in less than 5 hours by one or two people quite easily

Some of the assembly holes do not line up properly, making assembly of certain parts properly

Priced well below some of its competitors yet offers higher overall quality

The instruction manual is poorly laid out, making it hard to follow

3. Keter Factor Large 8 x 11 ft. Resin Outdoor Shed

Low-Cost, Easy to Assemble, Spacious, the Perfect Blend

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Inside the multiple boxes containing your Keter Factor shed is everything you are going to need to put together this spacious 8 x 11 shed. As long as you have a little building experience, you should be able to put this handy shed together in an afternoon.

Despite being one of the cheapest plastic sheds in its class, the Factor comes with a plastic floor that doesn't need a foundation for support.

If you live in an area where it rains a lot, you are so to love the extended roofline.

Your neighbors and HOA are sure to appreciate the natural wood-like texture. The snap-together design makes it easy for the least experienced builder to put this shed together.

pros

cons

Easy to assemble in an afternoon with a minimum of tools and experience

Snap together assembly is a very tight fit, you may need to use Vaseline or some other form of silicone lube to help snap the pieces together

Doors have double handle that can be secured using a padlock

Holes and some parts have excess flashing that has to be removed

Can be placed directly on the ground as it has a built in plastic floor

Plastic floor has a lot of give which may not be suitable for heavy load storage unless you are willing to add a wood or concrete foundation

4. Keter Manor Large 4 x 6 ft. Resin Garden Shed

Much More Room on the Inside

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At 113.2 cubic feet of space, the Keter Manor is one of the most spacious 4 x 6-foot plastic sheds on the market today.

Inside you will find tons of room for garden tools, a lawn mower, a workbench, and more. Keter has their own super-strong fade-resistant plastic resin that is guaranteed to never rot, rust, peel, or dent. This resin is made to take on the desert heat and the arctic cold without cracking.

The Manor is an excellent way to add a significant amount of storage space to your backyard and it's completely waterproof and impervious to all types of weather.

pros

cons

Gable ventilation lets out the fumes and smells from things like your lawn mower or weed trimmer

Despite its size, the Manor only has a single door that is not big enough for a riding lawn mower

Has a single fixed window that lets in natural light so you don't have to install any kind of lighting

There are no pre-drilled holes in the panels, you have to drill them yourself as you assemble the shed

Superior quality and heavy duty resin materials make the Manor a very good deal for your money

The corrugated resin parts seem to be flimsy but only until your shed is fully assembled

5. Suncast BMS4900D Glidetop Slide Lid Shed

Low Profile Storage for Your Backyard

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Not everyone wants the entire neighborhood to see their shed, in fact, some HOAs don’t allow you to have any type of structure, besides your house and garage, that sticks up above the fence.

The Glidetop shed is the perfect solution as this low profile shed measures only 52 inches tall. At this height, the Glidetop will slide under many decks out of the way.

The sliding roof lets you open the doors and walk right in with your lawn mower, bikes, or tools. The floor has been fully reinforced to support the weight of your lawn tractor.

pros

cons

Sliding roof for ease of access

The plastic assembly screws are flimsy

Low profile keeps shed out of sight

Must be assembled on a flat location

Strong reinforced floor

The plastic padlock loops are not very secure

6. Lifetime 6418 Outdoor Storage Shed, 8 by 5 Feet

Pitched Roof has Trusses for Added Strength

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When you are looking for an easy to build, convenient shed with plenty of room for the family bikes, the lawn mower, and your favorite garden tools, this 8 x 5 shed may be just what you need.

At 6 feet 8 inches tall there is plenty of headroom. The trusses give the high pitched roof is perfect for areas where it snows or rains a lot.

While you should place this shed on a concrete, wood, asphalt, or gravel surface for a longer life. The special high-density polyethylene material used for the floor will not crack, peel, or chip.

The high arched doors make moving your biggest items in and out easy and feature an internal locking mechanism.

pros

cons

High-density polyethylene floor is slip and stain resistant

Assembly process is more complicated than most plastic sheds

Steeply pitched roof lets rain and snow slide off easily

Needs to have a good solid level foundation

Steel-reinforced doors for added security

The plastic seems to be overly flimsy

7. Suncast BMS3200 Horizontal Storage Shed

Easy to Use Front Opening Storage with a Lifting Lid

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At just over 4 feet tall, this shed is perfect for those who live in with a strict HOA that doesn't allow you to have a standard storage shed. The shed features double wall construction for added strength and security.

While it may be short in stature the dual front doors and lifting lid make it easy for you to get in and out of this shed. There are built-in shelf supports designed for a single wooden shelf that you have to supply.

Thanks to a set of easy to read instructions and parts that are well-labeled, most people can put this shed together in approximately 15 to 30 minutes.

This shed is the perfect size to fit on your deck or back porch.

pros

cons

Easy to assemble

Doors do not seem to close securely

Everything fits together very snugly

Latching mechanism is weak

Tight fit ensures shed is watertight

You have to lift the lid to open the front doors

8. Fusion Wood and Plastic Composite Shed

Wood-Composite is Designed Not to Rot

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When you want a shed that plastic shed that is going to blend into your backyard, this one from Fusion, available in two colors, may be just what you are looking for.

The 7.5 ft. by 7 ft. size makes it one of the larger of the cheapest plastic sheds and offers plenty of room for a large number of tools and your entire family's bikes.

Yet despite its large size, it is still small enough to sit on a patio, deck or one of the corners of your backyard. It also features a full-length skylight for plenty of natural light.

The wood-composite material used by Keter is revolutionary new material is extremely strong and resistant to pests and rot.

pros

cons

Wood Composite Material is resistant to rot/pests

Some pieces are poorly made and require extra trim parts to cover any gaps

Relatively easy to assemble

Has over 300 screws to assemble

Natural wood look fits into any yard nicely

Doors have been known to fall off

9. Rubbermaid Plastic Large Outdoor Storage Shed

Quality Leak-Proof Storage for Your Garden Tools

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This inexpensive double wall shed is ideal for storing a large number of items at a full 159 cubic feet of space. The floor is impact resistant and durable to help keep everything inside.

This is the perfect shed for storing lawn mowers, garden equipment, adult and child bicycles, and many other smaller but heavy items.

Unlike metal sheds, this one will not rust or rot and will remain watertight and impervious to rain and snow.

Rubbermaid also offers wall anchors that can be used with this shed that let you install storage options like pegboard, shelving, and racks for added capacity.

Two people can easily assemble this shed with common household tools.

pros

cons

Easy assembly with 2 people and common tools

Plastic may warp when exposed to high temps

High strength impact resistant floor

Steel bar front support challenging to install

Double-wall construction for added strength

Plastic door hinges are weak

10. Duramax 30114 Vinyl Shed with Foundation

No Foundation Needed for this Big Shed

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Start with a solid heavy duty floor, add in double doors, and a single window and you have a recipe for success in one of the best cheapest plastic sheds on the market.

The sidewalls stand a full 71 inches tall, perfect for the over 6-foot crowd and for giving you plenty of storage space. The shed is constructed using metal frames and vinyl panels for added strength and durability.

While most plastic sheds are made to remain the color they arrive in, this one is made to be painted to suit your tastes or needs.

The heavy duty construction and materials make this shed a great choice for those who live in the snow belt.

pros

cons

Steel reinforced vinyl panels add a lot of extra strength to the shed

Challenging to assemble, requires some experience and quite a few hand tools

Doors are double wall for added security and have a place to secure your shed with a padlock

Walls are single wall which makes them flimsy in appearance

Wind tested to 115 mpg snow load tested at 1000 or 20 lbs./sq. ft.

Poorly written assembly manual, it takes someone with a lot of experience to decipher them properly

Other Options

Not everyone has the space for a horizontal shed or simply wants something that doesn’t take up quite as much space in their backyard. If none of the horizontal sheds above seem to be exactly what you are looking for, here are a couple of optional style sheds that might do the job.

1. The YardStash IV: Heavy Duty Outdoor Shed Tent

Long Term Fully Portable Storage

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What do you do when you have no room for a permanent structure like a plastic shed, but still need a place to stash your bikes, lawn mower, and other gear? Why not grab a storage tent like this one?

It is made from a heavy duty vinyl tarp and fiberglass poles that are completely impervious to the weather. This storage tent can be put up in ten minutes and used all year around.

It is tear-proof, weatherproof, and UV proof for a long life. Features a Velcro panel in the back that lets you secure your bikes or lawn mower to a fence pole for added security and heavy duty eyelets to secure it to the ground.

pros

cons

Lightweight and easily portable

Can be blown away by high winds

Takes 10 minutes to set up

Takes 2 people to set up quickly

Industrial grade tarp is completely weatherproof

Not very secure, you need to have a post to secure things to

2. Shed & Storage Series Shed-in-a-Box®

Easy Up Storage for your Backyard

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When you don’t have the time or skill to build a wooden or plastic shed for your storage needs, this tent style shed might be just what you are looking for.

At 6 x 6 x 6 feet it offers plenty of storage space under a triple layer ripstop fabric cover. The frame is made from high-grade steel that has been powder coated to resist corrosion, chipping, and peeling.

 The seams are heat sealed instead of sewn to provide better water resistance. The Ratchet-Tite™ cover tensioning system is designed to keep the fabric covering tight and hold everything together.

pros

cons

Plenty of room inside

Material has a short life span in extreme heat

Frame is strong once assembled

Replacement covers are very expensive

Most of the front panel is a wide roll-up style door

Instruction manual hard to follow

Final Thoughts

While these are only a small sampling of the many different plastic sheds on the market, they do seem to represent the best cheap plastic sheds out there.

After spending many hours researching the various sheds, I found the Lifetime 6418 Outdoor Storage Shed to be the best of them.

In fact, I have one of these sitting in my backyard and it has so far made it through a couple of hot summers and heavy winter snows without a problem.

I also love the metal door handles as they let me lock my bike securely inside and the fact it didn’t cost me a fortune or several weeks to build.

I hope you have enjoyed reading the information I have put together here on the best cheap plastic sheds; they are a great way to put a shed in your backyard on a budget

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Assembling a Plastic Shed Kit

PLASTIC SHEDS CAN BE TOUGH to assemble with bad instructions. So to make it easier we have found videos about assembling plastic sheds about the 4 large manufacturers.

If you are having trouble building a plastic shed, then look below for your manufacturer, and watch the video.

By the way if you haven't got a plastic shed to put in your backyard yet, take a look at the best picks of cheap plastic sheds and the most popular 6×4 plastic sheds and 8×6 plastic sheds

Lifetime

Rubbermaid

Keter

Suncast

Plastic sheds are a great easy solution. They are easy to own and easy to assemble.

Building a plastic shed should take you and a helper less than one day to construct. It also doesn't require many tools, and is non-DIY friendly.

Tips for building your plastic shed kit

  • Use your own, or borrow an electric drill. Many manufacturers say to use a screwdriver only, but electric drills with clutches are safe, and save a lot of time.
  • Count your pieces as soon as you get them. It's not uncommon for some kits to go without enough screws or bolts.
  • Use dish soap or WD40 to help stubborn joins go together
  • Sometimes using a block of wood under the wall joins can help them go in easier
  • Don't leave your plastic panels around in the sun. The heat can make them expand so they wont fit when you try to assemble them. On hot days leave the shed parts in the shade.
  • Plastic can also contract in the cold. So do not install the shed in very cold weather.
  • You will need to fasten plastic sheds to their foundation if you expect windy conditions. If they are tall, they can blow over. The best way to anchor them is drill them into the concrete or timber base. If your shed is sitting on gravel or sand, then a few large stakes pushed through holes in the floor will hold the shed.

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Plastic Shed Reviews

Plastic Shed Reviews

Plastic sheds are an easy, carefree solution to your storage problems.

They go up easy and have plenty of features that you want in a shed, like windows, vents, wide floors etc.

But they aren't all made the same. There are some good ones, and some not so good ones.

So to help you find the best plastic shed for you, we have looked at them depth, and found what they do well, and not so well. Just click one to get started… Enjoy.

Plastic Shed Reviews

Suncast BMS4900 Glidetop Slide Lid Shed

This solution is large enough for your equipment, but small enough not to get your council or HOA involved. A long lasting, easy to assemble storage solution.  

The Suncast Cedar and Resin Hybrid Shed

This shed offers the best of both worlds, its easy to assemble while being strong and good looking.

Rubbermaid Horizontal Storage Shed Review

The Rubbermaid Horizontal Storage Shed, is great way to tidy up your yard on a small footprint.

Lifetime 6446 15-by-8 Foot Outdoor Storage Shed Review

A large shed, great for keeping your tools and equipment clean and dry, and keeping pests and the weather out.

10×10 Suncast Storage Shed Review

A versatile shed that can be adapted for many uses, thanks to its universal and plain design

Suncast 98 Cubic Foot Shed Review

98 Cubic feet of easy, out of the way storage. Great for tiny yards, patios and balconies.

We have also found the best picks of cheap plastic sheds and the most popular 6×4 plastic sheds and 8×6 plastic sheds

5 Things to Look for in a Plastic Shed

What's Included vs Added Extras

Plastic sheds are great, they come all finished and they don't require much experience to put them up.

But plastic sheds tend to have their own accessories. You can't just bolt a wood shelf to the wall, you need to buy the manufacturers special shelves with attachments.

In this way they have you over a barrel, so its important to look before you get one. How much the accessories are going to cost you.

Read Reviews about Assembly

It's hard to tell whether something is easy to put up or not if you only read the brochure. These days its easy to read reviews and find people who already own the plastic shed your looking at.

It's worth the 5 minutes to find out what you can expect when the shed gets delivered to your property.

Reinforced with Steel?

Plastic is maintenance free and easy to clean, but by itself it is not very strong. Most of the plastic sheds available are reinforced with steel, but it is important to check that the walls, roof and doors are reinforced.

Is it Lockable?

Good plastic sheds have internal locking mechanisms and built in systems.

A Warranty

Some homeowners receive their shed with pieces that are bent or warped.

It is good to know that there is a good customer service phone line available and they will send you the parts you need.

Click One to Get Started…

Suncast BMS4900 Glidetop Slide Lid Shed

This solution is large enough for your equipment, but small enough not to get your council or HOA involved. A long lasting, easy to assemble storage solution.  

The Suncast Cedar and Resin Hybrid Shed

This shed offers the best of both worlds, its easy to assemble while being strong and good looking.

Rubbermaid Horizontal Storage Shed Review

The Rubbermaid Horizontal Storage Shed, is great way to tidy up your yard on a small footprint.

Lifetime 6446 15-by-8 Foot Outdoor Storage Shed Review

A large shed, great for keeping your tools and equipment clean and dry, and keeping pests and the weather out.

10×10 Suncast Storage Shed Review

A versatile shed that can be adapted for many uses, thanks to its universal and plain design

Suncast 98 Cubic Foot Shed Review

98 Cubic feet of easy, out of the way storage. Great for tiny yards, patios and balconies.

The Pros and Cons of a Plastic Shed

Set and Forget with Plastic…

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Plastic/Resin Sheds are Available Here

Every part of a plastic shed is designed for a purpose. Take for example the traditional outside look, it is no mistake it is to keep the HOA or council happy. The included plastic floor allows easy cleaning, and the windows and light colored interior keeps the shed from being dark and dingy.

Even the plastic is designed and specifically chosen. The plastic that sheds are built from is different to shopping bag plastic or drink bottle plastic. It is a high density, quite hard and also UV resistant plastic specifically designed for outdoor use.

For these reasons, plastic is becoming quite popular with home owners. It's a specifically designed solution to meet your needs.

But even though they are custom made for the job, we weren't sure if they were the best sheds… so we made this list of pros and cons. Enjoy.

ProsCons
Maintenance freeSecurity
Long lifeStrength
Plastic is water and weatherproofExtreme temperatures
Looks greatAssembly can be tricky
Plastic sheds are easy to assembleCustomizing can be expensive or impossible
Value for moneyRestricted size
Well made with good design

The PROS of a Plastic Shed:

Maintenance Free:

No rot, no rust, no problems! Plastic sheds biggest selling point is that they don’t require much maintenance, if at all. You never have to paint, sand or treat them for pests. They are also easy to clean with soapy water and a brush, or a pressure washer

If you build a wooden or metal shed for your backyard, there is no end to the amount of maintenance you are committing yourself to. Both wood and metal must be kept painted and properly sealed to keep the weather at bay

With Wood, if you don't keep a fresh coat of paint and where necessary new shingles in place, the wood will rot and the metal will rust. Certainly not what you want when you build a garden shed where you be storing your valuable items

Plastic, on the other hand, does not rust, rot, or suffer any other ill effects of the weather. In fact, beyond the occasional rinse down with your garden hose, most plastic sheds require absolutely no maintenance whatsoever. You can keep using them year after year with no worries

Long Life

Plastic sheds are made to stand the test of time. Many owners speak of how their sheds have been around for years and still look good. Water does not affect the plastic like other materials so in areas with a lot of water, plastic sheds can outlast their competitors.

Shed manufacturers are also getting better at making the resin which now does not fade easily. The plastic on a good shed is also quite thick, which insulates your items from the weather outside.

The good manufacturers will guarantee their sheds for long periods (10 years), to give you piece of mind

Plastic is Water and Weatherproof

By its very nature, plastic is impermeable, this means that plastic is the perfect medium to keep out the rains, snow, and ice.

Thus a plastic shed may be the perfect way to keep everything you place inside it perfectly dry, no matter what the weather outside might be doing. While early plastic sheds were susceptible to extremes in climate, some would become brittle and crack when exposed to freezing temperatures or sag under extreme heat

And although it's still not 100% resistant to harsh weather, today's plastic sheds are made with newer materials that are much more resistant to extremes in climate

Looks Great

Plastic sheds look great. Shed manufacturers tend to make them look like they are from a storybook, some with shutters and imitation slate roofs. They are neat and suit every yard. Some reviewers believe that the shed improves their whole properties appearance

Plastic Sheds Are Easy to Assemble

Unless you are a contractor or have extensive construction experience, you may find building a wood shed to be beyond your skills. Even if you do have the skills needed to build a wooden or metal shed from scratch, you may find building one can take more hours than you have to spare.

Plastic sheds, on the other hand, come in no more than a few pieces that are very easy to put together. While most require some type of screw or fastener to assemble, many newer ones, especially in the 8 x 6 size simply snap together. Most newer 8 x 6 plastic sheds can be put together in no more than a few hours at best, some can be built in less than an hour

Value for Money

Plastic sheds are priced well, especially the larger ones. They give a lot of storage for the dollars spent. And although they do need a good foundation, they come with a floor which metal and wood sheds typically don’t. This will save you some money.

Well-made with Good Design

A lot of effort goes into producing a plastic shed and that means the design is thought out. The shape of the sheds along with their usability is very good.

The design features can include windows, reinforced floors, good looking door handles with integrated locks, high pitched roofs, and imitation siding so your shed fits in with its surroundings.

The CONS of a Plastic Shed:

Security

One of the biggest concerns most people express about using a plastic shed in their backyard concerns how they are supposed to secure it and keep everything safe inside. The average shed is fully lockable as they include a hasp made just for a padlock

However, when you are looking at the various brands of plastic sheds, you need to pay close attention to the amount of force it is likely to take for someone to break the lock off or force the door open

One more thing you may want to consider is how much replacement parts or repairs are going to cost if someone does break into your shed

Tip –

  • Look for sheds that are reinforced with steel, and have steel locking mechanisms. Many of the sheds do.

Strength

While plastic sheds are designed to offer plenty of protection against rain, ice, and snow, they do suffer from poor wind protection.

By its very nature, plastic is quite lightweight, making it quite easy for your plastic shed to be blown over. More importantly, if your shed is one that has been snapped together, the wind may not only knock your shed over but also break it apart.

Plastic sheds that have been properly designed are strong enough to resist the effects of the wind and should also be firmly anchored to the ground for added protection

Tip –

  • Look for plastic sheds that have steel reinforced walls and roofs

Extreme temperatures

Plastic sheds do not like extreme temperatures. At the very least in the direct heat they become quite hot, but at worst the heat can buckle the panels, leaving gaps for rain and pests to enter.

In the extreme cold, the plastic can contract which will leave gaps for any snow or water to get in the shed too. Manufacturers are getting better with this, although some reviewers are still having issues.

Tip –

  • Under heat the plastic will conform to the shape around it, so it must be installed correctly. Also, when placing the shed, keep it out of extreme weather such as direct sun in heat waves.

Assembly can be tricky

Putting a plastic shed together can be tricky if all the parts don’t line up. If it’s not installed properly, the doors can be lopsided or won’t close properly.

Tip –

  • Plastic sheds must be installed on a flat, level foundation. There is typically no forgiveness in doors and joints, so a small bump or incline can throw your shed out quite a bit. If the shed isn’t installed properly, it can throw everything else out.
  • Use WD40 or dish soap on the bottom of the walls over the piece that has to click in. It will make it much easier.
  • Plastic heats up so if you leave it in the sun as you construct it, some parts might not fit due to their expansion.
  • If left in the heat, the plastic will expand easily. If you are building the shed, leave the pieces in the shade until you need them. Once together, the shed will be strong and sturdy.
  • The shed must be well fastened if you expect Windy conditions.

Customizing can be expensive or impossible

Yes you can customize a plastic shed, but it's not straight forward. You have two options, buy the ‘official' extras sold by the manufacturer – which tend to be expensive, or make your own out of some plywood.

If you end up making your own, double check where you are fixing has enough support to hold what you want.

TIP –

  • Look for existing cavities and places for shelves
  • Search for your shed on Amazon or your local hardware store to find their storage range. Even if you don't plan on using their equipment it can be a good place to generate ideas

Restricted size

Most people buy a plastic shed because it is convenient and affordable, on top of this, the average 8 x 6 plastic shed is perfect for gardens that lack the space for any other type of shed

While it might seem as though this size of plastic shed offers the perfect solution, you have to consider whether or not this type of shed is truly going to offer you enough storage space for all of your gear

Bear in mind that most plastic sheds are not made to bolt shelving to the walls. If anything, you may have enough room to add floor standing shelves, which will, of course, take up valuable floor space

TIP –

  • The largest plastic shed I have seen is 15×8 foot. If your thinking of going larger than this, then try a wood or metal shed

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