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The Pros and Cons of Fabric Sheds

Canvas, Polyethylene, Polyester, and Fabric

pros and cons of fabric shedsSheds that are canvas, polyethylene or have a fabric cover we have called fabric sheds. They are more like tents, as they have a frame, and a cloth like lining.

The technologies involved in fabric covers are well developed. You can buy them with anti-fungal agents, UV resistance, even ‘anti-aging’.

But for us, they are not in the same category as wood, metal or even plastic. They are different and serve a different purpose.

But if they do suit your needs, then they are a quick and inexpensive solution. And to make it easier to make an informed decision, we have listed the PROS and CONS of fabric sheds.

PROSCONS
The Cheapest ShedFabric Will Eventually Tear
Easiest AssemblyWeakest Shed Material
No Need for a FoundationCan Get Wet Inside
Great Temporary SolutionMakes Noise in the Wind
Good for CampingNo Real Security

The PROS of a Fabric Shed:

The Cheapest Shed

Fabric sheds are popular because they are the cheapest solution per square foot. They provide shelter and will cover your things for the best price.

Easiest Assembly

If its something easy to put up then fabric is a great choice. It shouldn’t take more than an hour to put up a fabric shed and it can typically be done with one person.

No Need for a Foundation

Because they basically are storage tents, fabric sheds get fixed down just like camping tents do. With pegs, augers and string. This means they can go pretty much anywhere without any hassle. Even on a concrete slab they can be weighed down with bricks and other heavy items.

Great Temporary Solution

Because they are easy to assemble, they are a great temporary solution. They don’t leave marks and they fold up small enough to fit in the trunk of your car. This makes them portable and great for a quick fix.

Good for Camping

All of the above reasons make fabric sheds good for camping. If its your motorbike, or ATV that you want to protect when you’re not using it, a fabric shed will do the trick. And it’s easy to disassemble and take home when you’re done.

The CONS of a Fabric Shed:

Fabric Will Eventually Tear

Because it moves in the wind and is not rigid, the lining will eventually tear. Some homeowners say they can get about 5 years out of their fabric shed, but it could be less depending on the weather and conditions it is exposed to.

Weakest Shed Material

Fabric sheds don’t deal with abuse of any kind. Such as knocks or bumps. They can stretch and tear if your not careful.

Can Get Wet Inside

Fabric sheds don’t typically come with a built in floor. This is an issue in areas prone to heavy rain. It will mean that the ground inside the shed will get wet. This really limits fabric sheds because you can only really put things that are okay outside in them. Like your motorbike or riding mower.

Makes Noise in the Wind

It’s not well known but if you have a fabric shed and its windy, the shed can be a little noisey. It is especially bad when the shed sits outside your bedroom window.

No Real Security

Fabric sheds have zips on them to open and close them. No room for a padlock there. But they can also be cut open with a sharp knife. At least if someone is going to break into a metal or wooden shed they would need to make some noise. If security is an issue, then we suggest stay away from fabric.

Fabric Shed Reviews

ShelterLogic Round Style Storage Shed Review

A quick and easy way to keep the weather from your equipment, and one of the stronger fabric sheds available.

Caravan Canopy 10 x 10 Review

A quality shelter, that you can set up in 5 minutes, adjust the height yourself and enjoy on a nice day.

The Pros and Cons of a Plastic Shed

Set and Forget with Plastic…

pros and cons of a plastic shed

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

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.

The Pros and Cons of Wood Sheds

The tradition and beauty of wood…

We do love wood sheds. The rustic and classic look enhances any backyard, and adds value to any home.

We can't put our finger on it exactly, but there is something special about wood. Maybe its because wood is a natural product and every piece isn't perfect. Or maybe its the character of wood, with every piece being different.

Either way, we believe that wood is a great material for building sheds… But in order to be fair, we have put together this pros and cons of wood sheds list…

Enjoy.

PROSCONS
Traditional Shed MaterialWood has Imperfections
Wood is a Great InsulatorRequires some Maintenance
Appearance is Up to YouWood is Prone to Pests and Rot
Create a Custom SizeAssembly Time
Very Strong and Solid

The PROS of a Wood Shed:

Traditional Shed Material

Using lumber is the traditional way to build a shed. Wood sheds have been around for a long time, and is still heavily used as a shed building material because of its looks, strength and versatility. It's also a renewable resource, and environmentally friendly, if that stuff floats your boat.

Wood is a Great Insulator

If you plan on spending much time in your shed, its better off being a wood shed. Lumber is a great insulator meaning that it resists the outside temperatures, leaving the inside of the shed more pleasant than a metal, fabric or plastic one.

Appearance is Up to You

Want your shed the same color as your house? No problems. Being able to choose how your shed looks is great, especially if your HOA has certain rules on colors.

Wood sheds are also relatively easy to work on, so if you want to put a window in later, or extend your shed you can do it. You can customize a wood shed this way, where you can't with other types of sheds.

Create a Custom Size

Just like the appearance the shed size is also up to you. This works well if you need a shed to fit a particular space, or you need to put something in particular in it. You can build a wooden shed to fit in all circumstances.

Very Strong and Solid

Wood is heavy, and when a shed is put together it can be quite heavy and solid. The frame is strong and takes the weight, but the sidings provide the lateral strength which really stiffens up the walls of the shed. This means that in strong winds, it isn't going anywhere.

The CONS of a Wood Shed:

Wood has Imperfections

Movement is caused by the moisture going into and coming out of the wood. This can lead to warping, twisting and bowing which, in the most extreme cases can leave timber unusable.

Tip –

  • Be sure to purchase Kiln Dried wood. This is where the lumber is heated to get all of the moisture out, which prevents it from moving. It is typically denoted by the letters ‘KD’ at the lumberyard.

Requires some Maintenance

Wood sheds require the most maintenance out of all of the shed materials. They need to be finished (painted or varnished) every so often, and parts replaced when they rot, break, or move to the point where they don't fit anymore.

Tip –

  • If you are using roof shingles, make sure they are rated to at least 20 years. It can be costly and time consuming to re-roof your shed.
  • Paint your sidings on both sides before you put them up, this will seal them and create a barrier against rot, and also stop them from moving.

Wood is Prone to Pests and Rot

Lumber is a natural product and can attract pests such as termites but also rot. Rot happens when water is stagnant and pools around uncovered timber.

Tip –

  • Be sure to buy timbers that are naturally resistant to pests and rot such as red cedar.
  • It is best to also buy pressure treated lumber for your decking, base and frame. Pressure treated lumber is treated with chemical substances and preservatives to prevent decay and insect pests from eating it. More information is available on pressure treating here.
  • To avoid rot, paint or varnish all of your lumber and keep the water out and away from the base of your shed.

Assembly Time

Building a shed out of wood is the longest route to building a shed. Simply because you are doing everything yourself.

Tip –

  • If time is of concern to you, look at wood shed kits available from Amazon, Costco and all good hardware chains. They include pre-cut panels which will save you time.

Wood Shed Reviews


Rowlinson Wallstore Wooden Outdoor/Garden Lockable Storage Unit

This handsome storage shed that protects your garden equipment from the elements, at a great price.

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.

Leisure Season Horizontal Refuse Shed

Keeping your yard tidy has never looked smarter. Originally designed for bins, this shed is also a good size for bikes, or a washer dryer combo.

Fast Framer Universal Storage Shed Framing Kit Review

Looking for a helping hand in constructing your sheds timber frame? Then this framing kit might be just what you need.

Basic 10×10 Storage Shed Kit by E-Z Frames Review

If your not confident in using a nail gun or miter saw then this shed kit is a great help to put up your frame.
Classic Wood Saltbox 8x8

Classic Wood Saltbox Shed Review

Saltbox sheds have a classic look that is unmistakable. This one is no exception...

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.