What’s better: a steel, wooden or plastic shed?

So, what exactly is better? A steel shed? A wooden design? Plastic? We discuss this and more in our latest blog

Wooden, steel and plastic sheds are all popular backyard storage systems, as they have been in the gardens of millions for as long as we can remember. Often being utilized as a workshop or a storage unit for your gardening tools or equipment due to their sheer size, homeowners often have plenty of options available to them when choosing a shed for their needs. Sheds vary in size, structure and most importantly cost. Generally, sheds are built of a single room structure with a door. If you are torn between steel, plastic and wooden sheds, here’s why you should opt for the best option: steel.

Wooden Sheds

Though wooden sheds are considered the most popular of the three types, they’re incredibly susceptible to water damage and weathering. This type of shed is mostly ideal for a child playhouse. Wood easily blends in to most backyard surroundings, so this is why it’s usually a popular choice amongst homeowners and gardeners, simply for its aesthetical value.

Wooden sheds aren’t exactly cheap; they can be the most expensive of all three options. Wooden sheds also offer other drawbacks too. Out of the three, if it’s not properly stained or varnished, wood is the most susceptible from insect, termite and mold infestation. Wooden sheds requires a whole lot more maintenance compared to their steel or plastic counterparts. If you live in an area that has monsoon season, be aware that this will weaken the wood’s condition, making them easily susceptible to rotting.

Plastic Sheds

The plastic shed is the most cost effective of the three, yet you’re sacrificing cost for cheap design and durability. The only real benefit of a plastic shed is the benefits it holds towards plants (as plastic is commonly used for greenhouses). Plastic sheds can actually withstand the problems that wooden sheds owners usually encounter as the structure of plastic doesn’t crumble to such ailments. The structure resists moisture, insect infestations and rotting.

The limited style changes of the plastic shed’s limits the design and it’s seen as one of its main drawbacks. Most homeowners sacrifice its withstanding of weathering problems to favour a wooden shed’s aesthetic value.

An example of a plastic shed
An example of a plastic shed

Steel Sheds

Steel sheds are made from steel, obviously, yet they can also be made from aluminium and iron. These attributes are attached to their longevity and durability to damages, weather, mold and more. Due to its material structure, steel sheds are amazingly adept to being fire and termite proof, whilst offering superior resistance to bugs, mildew, mold and fungal growth. It’s seen as the most safe bet in terms of security as the strength and durability of the shed is viewed as a good investment through its offer of high safety standards compared to its counterparts. Shed’s are often targeted more than homes due to their valuable contents like garden equipment – lawn mower, water pumps, etc and steel sheds are fantastic at defending such break in attempts.

The only downside of a steel shed is that without treatment, it can be susceptible to moisture, yet this is down to lack of care for the shed itself. A proper treatment of the shed will allow for a design and structure that can defend against pretty much all of the things that damage both wooden and plastic sheds. It is recommended to properly treat your metal sheds and it will be with you for life. Steel structures are a fantastic addition to any household, as many builders even offer to custom build these items to fit your needs and space.

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How to do a spring clean of the garden shed

The spring clean is always important, but do you do it for your garden shed?

Spring cleaning is a term that can confuse many. It fills your mind with images of rooms cluttered with “rubbish” that needs to go. Windows get thrown open, rugs and linens are washing and hung out to dry as the sun shines down for your cleaning activities. Right? Well, sort of. The phrase “spring cleaning” is originally thought to have come from Europe, where homes and castles alike would open their windows in the early spring to welcome the warm air to pass through their homes whilst a deep clean from the previous months would take place. As most of these homes were heated via fires, soot and dust was bound to accumulate during the cold winters that batter their homes as the heat would be turned up. It’s actually a tradition in Scotland to “spring clean” on December 31st in order to prepare their homes for the coming year and all that it has to offer.

The airing out process is a healthy way to de-clutter all of the things we collect over the year. Most notably all of the old things that are filling up your garden shed! The first thing to do is to simply empty the shed of all that it holds; your garden tools, the kids bikes, everything! If the weather’s good enough, maybe you should consider cleaning up the tools too?

It's always good to give the garden shed a clean out!
It’s always good to give the garden shed a clean out!

Having bags for your rubbish at the ready is vital in order to quickly get rid of what you don’t need. The more time you spend clearing out your shed, the more time you’ll have pondering on whether or not that 12 year old pair of shears might come in handy soon, rust and all. Remember that things like fertilisers, paint and chemicals should all be disposed of the proper way, so don’t just chuck all of these into black bags and hope for the best.

Once the shed is emptied of its contents, give it a thorough clean out. A good old thorough sweeping should get ride of most of the debris that will no doubt be collected over the cold winter months. The windows can be cleaned, simply, with a mixture of vinegar and water. Any cleaning product you use should be fine, just be sure to give the shed time to air out as trying to store everything back in quickly may do more bad than good for your shed. Check the quality of the roof and floor, particularly checking the walls for any gaps that may have found their way into the shed. Finding it early on and dealing with the problem as soon as is much better for the overall health of the shed.

After your cleaning work on the tools and equipment that the shed houses is completed and your tools are ready for the work that they will vigorously carry out in the coming weeks, start placing them back into the shed. If you use shelving units in your shed, be sure to clean these down, regardless of what they hold. Get into a mind frame of cleanliness for your shed and the reorganisation will be easy! The little bits and bobs should be restored into your shed first, as this will allow for the larger items to be stored quickly.

By doing this in the early spring, it ensures that your gardening equipment is going to be kept in tip top condition for the hard work they’re going to face in the coming weeks. It’s always good to have a clean out and start a fresh!