Enhancing Your Yard: Choosing the Right Type of Garden Shed

When you finally realise that you desperately need a garden shed on your property, you have a bit of homework before you make a purchase. Yes, there are a wide-range of prices. Certainly, there are more “affordable” options when it comes to garden sheds, but don’t just opt for the most budget product. You have your property and gardening needs, the quality of the shed, the size of the shed, the potential of warranty, potential permit concerns, and the decision of what kind of wood you’d like to use.

Choosing the Right Type of Garden Shed

You may be surprised to learn that there is a major Internet company which offers not only the most comprehensive information and shed sales, but also offer voucher codes like: http://whatshed.co.uk/voucher-codes-for-gardenbuildingsdirect-co-uk/. The ability to include a code or voucher into your final expense makes choosing a shed all that easier. You’re going to be able to find a shed that will suit your needs in the aforementioned areas.      

Size Matters

When deciding what size of shed to purchase, you must consider what your needs are – what do you need to store now? What will you need to store in the future? For example, if you only have a flower garden, but aspire to begin a fruit or veg garden, you’re going to need different kinds of supplies. It’s critical that you be forward thinking in your assessment. How much space for a shed do you have on your property? Where do you plan on putting it? Does your city or town have permit issues based on the size of the shed – meaning, some areas may be able to have up to a 10 x 10 shed, but require a permit for anything larger. Here are sizes of shed available for purchase:

  • 8 x 8 Sheds
  • 10 x 8 Sheds
  • 10 x 10 Sheds
  • 10 x 12 Sheds
  • 10 x 14 Sheds
  • 10 x 16 Sheds
  • 12 x 8 Sheds
  • 12 x 10 Sheds
  • 12 x 12 Sheds
  • 12 x 16 Sheds
  • 12 x 20 Sheds
  • 12 x 24 Sheds
  • 16 x 10 Sheds
  • 16 x 16 Sheds
  • 16 x 20 Sheds
  • 16 x 24 Sheds


Sheds are available primarily in wood, metal or plastic.

Wood – Wood is the most traditional choice. It can be protected, stained or painted. And if you opt for the latter, you can coordinate the paint theme with that of your house or barn. It’s easy to customise a wood shed, with any particular charming additions, including windows, flower boxes or cupolas. You can add interior shelves or cabinets, built-in lofts for additional storage. Wood, as strong as it is, can attract bugs and be vulnerable to harsh weather and water. If you paint it, you have to re-paint it every five years, because paint chips.

Plastic – Depending on where you’re from or where you live, this type of shed is also called resin sheds, vinyl sheds or high-density polyethylene sheds. These sheds are lighter than wood, and also considered by some to be stronger. Some of the sheds are supported with steel or a double wall. These are also said to be low-maintenance; they are stain resistance, UV-protected and won’t rust, rot, fade or crack. You don’t paint or stain them as you would metal and wood sheds.

Metal – Metal sheds are often the choice of first-time shed buyers (they’re the least expensive option) and are made of galvanised aluminium or steel. Some believe that a metal shed is not as strong as a wood or plastic shed. You can, however, paint metal sheds, but to keep them looking “fresh,” you have to repaint often. Metal sheds are nearly always floorless.

There are home design websites online that offer some helpful tips about garden sheds. You’ll even find one that says that: “Garden Sheds: They’ve Never Looked  So Good”.

Keep these tips in mind when choosing a shed to add to your yard or garden.

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