How to insulate your metal shed

Whether you have recently built your metal shed, or it has been in your back yard for years, it is worthwhile to insulate it.

By insulating your steel shed, you are preventing condensation from building up – something that creates mould and rust. Furthermore, insulating the shed will increase the interior temperature in winter and reduce the temperature during summer, so that that you won’t have to use any electrical heating or cooling equipment.

While it is possible to insulate your shed with reflective insulation or fiberglass, this guide will show you how to insulate your space using foam board. The material is flexible, and can seal all cavities and spaces within the structure’s walls.

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Preventing Condensation in Your Steel Shed

There are a number of benefits of having a steel shed as opposed to having a wooden one.

One of the main benefits is the low maintenance, however, a big concern is the amount of condensation that builds up in metal sheds. There are a few simple steps that can help you keep condensation from becoming a major problem for your metal shed.

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How to Clean Mildew from Your Steel Shed

Mildew will produce a green discolouration on surfaces that are often exposed to water and liquids. Something unavoidable in Britain.

Mildew is commonly seen on exteriors including roofs and shed sidings. It is a natural, and common, occurrence, but it is unsightly and can often rub off onto your clothing if you happen to brush past a surface covered in mildew.

In saying this, mildew can easily be removed from steel sheds, siding and roofs.

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Top Shed Buying Tips

When looking for a shed for your garden or allotment, you are going to be on the look at for the best value for your money.

With the following techniques, we are showing you how to find the best shed for its use!

Choosing a Metal Shed

Metal sheds are will not rot or burn down in comparison to their counterparts of wooden sheds. They can also be painted in a variety of colours which can be suited to a garden colour scheme or just general preference.

Steel sheds have many benefits; they are incredibly sturdy and robust, offer safety and high security and much more.

Choosing the right size

We recommend if you have enough room, to purchase a shed that is 6ft x 8ft which will allow the installation of a work bench along the one side.

When seeking a shed for a confined area, be sure to take the exact dimensions of this area to your shed supplierso that can assist you with a shed that is suitable.

Choosing the sturdiness of the shed

A poorly-manufactured shed is likely of sag and develop distorted sides and possibly a door that won’t shut properly.

A tip for checking sturdiness is by pushing against the middle panels of each of the walls inside your shed and feel a resistance.

Choosing the weatherproofed shed

If a shed is lacking a weather bar (strip of wood) placed over the top of a door and at the bottom of the door, there are likely to be leaks. Weather bars deflect the water from seeping into your shed.

Windows are prone to rot towards their bottom unless they have sloping sills with a drip groove. A drip groove has a cut beneatht he sill to allow water to drip to the ground.

Avoid choosing a shed that has many gaps – letting light in means they are more likely to let rain in.

Lifelong Steel Sheds have a variety of metal sheds available that can be tailored for your needs.

Choosing the best steel garden sheds

If you are considering buying a metal shed and you are seeking advice, you’ve come to the right place!

A high-quality metal garden shed holds many beneficial qualities compared to traditional wooden garden sheds. Steel sheds are secure storage products and some offer additional security features such as drill-resistant locks and multi-point locking systems.

Steel sheds are commonly used in places of education including schools, colleges, and sports clubs in order to store costly equipment.

In order to withstand the British climate, a well-made shed can have a couple of methods applied in order to protect the steel underneath. Hot dipped galvanised steel is able to withstand even the toughest conditions for years on end. However, steel that has received and electroplated coat is likely to lead to corrosion of the steel that is underneath.

Lifelong Steel Sheds provide you with high quality steel garden sheds for a number of uses!

History of garden sheds

Sheds were first heard in the UK towards the end of the fifteenth century, from a printer named William Caxton.

It is believed that sheds have Anglo-Saxon roots and that they were used throughout villages in the country for many years. William Caxton left behind documents that explained what they were used to store: tools, even live animals.

From then on, the shed grew to be an essential feature for households around Europe but was most popular during the Victorian era. Ladies would set up their own greenhouses, workshops and potting sheds in the garden to where they were about to sit out of the house.

Between the first and second World War, a variety of companies’ interest sparked in sheds thus they started selling pre-assembled packs to the masses. To begin with, the structures were basic, sturdy, and notably inexpensive compared to their Victorian ancestors. Sheds quickly became the storage house that were the quick and easy way to obtain that additional extra space to their gardens, as well as adding more value to their properties; at the same time, the uses for sheds expanded.

Sheds, to this day, remain easy to maintain and build and convenient for storage.

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Buying a garden shed: tips

You’ve decided to purchase a garden shed, however, you aren’t too sure which is suitable for your garden.

We’ve compiled a selection of tips in order to help you select the best shed for your garden or allotment.

What material?

First of all you will want to choose what type of shed you want for your garden, the most popular are wooden and steel sheds. Wooden sheds are made from softwoods like pine or spruce.

Steel sheds are incredibly robust, haven’t the threat of burning down and are resistant to rot. They are customisable by colour and can slot into any part of a garden.

Plastic sheds are not uncommon; they are relatively maintenance free and are easily assembled. Aesthetically, they may not meet the quality standard’s for some people.

What size?

Depending on the space that is available, it is recommended that you choose a shed that is at least 6ft x 8ft. This is a suitable size shed for working as the wise spaced flooring allows for a work bench to be placed along one side.

If you’re choosing a shed for a relatively small space, ensure that you are aware of the precise dimensions.


Over time, a feeble shed could possibly experience a sagging roof, distorted sides, alongside a door that may not close properly.

You can check the sturdiness of a shed by walking inside the shed and jumping in the centre of the floor, also pushing against the centre of the of the side panels and roof panels – you should feel a firm resistance which will indicate its sturdiness.

With these tips, we hope you can find a shed that is suitable to you needs!

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Top advantages of steel sheds

There has been an increase in the demand for garden sheds in the UK, along with it, the best material to use for the shed.

Wood and steel are the most popular materials for building sheds: below are the top advantages of steel sheds.

The first advantage of steel sheds that many of you may know is that they are a lot cheaper than their wooden counterparts. Budget can be a defining factor in many acquisitions leading metal sheds to be the most sought-after storage option within the UK.

Steel sheds are delivered in lightweight packages enabling easy transport, many companies also provide the products flat-packed, giving consumers the opportunity to manoeuvre the package about the house and garden before assembling.

Although light, steel sheds are incredibly sturdy and highly durable. Steel sheds can last in a fine condition for a decade or so, before needing to be refurbished.
Their durability is another advantageous factor because manufacturers are able to offer long warranties, the average in the UK lasting for 10-20 years.

Steel sheds require very little maintenance; to prevent any condensation damage, you can see our tips and advice, here.

One other advantage of steel sheds is that many do not require any foundations, they can be assembled on any available flat surface, however, much larger steel sheds might need foundations to help anchor the structures down.

Wooden sheds may pose a threat to your household  because of the potential fire hazards. With steel sheds, this threat is unlikely as metal is natural a fire retardant, requiring exceedingly high temperatures to begin melting.

An active or passive ventilation system will come built in with your steel shed, either featuring a fan or requiring a panel on the roof of your shed to be opened.
Ventilation is vital for your steel shed as it will air out the shed, thus preventing condensation.

For aesthetic purposes, steel sheds can be customised to suit an individual’s preferences, varying colour and maybe added stencils.
Wooden sheds, prior to painting, will need a number of treatments and will need to be repainted each year, whereas steel varieties will only require maintenance every five years or so.

In summary, steel sheds are considerably cheaper and more customisable that other shed materials and have numerous advantages.
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