A garden shed is typically a simple, single-storey roofed structure in a garden or on an allotment that is used for storage, hobbies, or as a workshop. A Garden shed can have so many different uses that it can be difficult to decide what kind you need. Are you going to keep tools in it… or use it for a private office getaway? It's amazing how versatile these small buildings—an extension of your home you could say—really are. They come in so many sizes, shapes, colors and styles, that choosing the right one for you is almost as daunting as choosing the home you want to buy. Your garden shed can be used for just about anything. Only your imagination can limit what you do with your shed. And considering that you can build them out of just about any material, their versatility is beyond compare.
This question comes down to personal preference really. You can decide to build your shed from scratch or even use a pre-fabricated shed kit. No matter what you decide to use, you should be happy with your shed no matter what. Here are a few suggestions for building your shed.
Wooden shed: Wood is the traditional building material for a garden shed, and if you construct it from the right wood your shed will last a long time. Your shed can also be any size and any style when you construct it with timber. Wood sheds are best if you want to build a shed/workshop. The wood acts as an insulator that helps regulate temperature, which the other materials don’t do. More recently wood shed kits have become popular with DIYer’s. They can save time, and with a kit you don’t need a lot of tools on hand to put up a wooden shed. The drawback is that they can take the most time to construct, especially from plans. But if you do build it yourself, you can save yourself money and have a strong shed that will last you for many years.Wood sheds do require some maintenance such as painting and checking for rot. Although, these can be combated with purchasing the right wood for the job, and treating it correctly.
Plastic shed: These types of sheds are usually good for small storage items and they are more like garden cupboards than a true shed. These are great places to store bicycles and similar items. They come in a wide variety of sizes, from a small utility cupboard for storing smaller items outside, to 15 x 8 ft. sheds, and everything in between. Plastic sheds are good value sheds that are easy to install and maintain. Plastic sheds look neat, can be assembled by almost anyone and have little maintenance issues if installed correctly.
Metal shed: Metal sheds do the job all year round, and if installed correctly can stand up to some pretty harsh weather conditions. Using metal also means that the shed will not need painting or sanding or any maintenance really.This is why metal is also popular with professional shed, factory and warehouse building firms. With metal, they can easily put up a strong shed that will last. As far as looks goes, the metal shed can be the ugly duckling of the shed family. However, nowadays there are powder coated, or vinyl coated versions that look quite clean and neat when installed properly.
Lean to shed: If you are short on space constructing a shed connected to your house or an existing outbuilding can save on both time and cost. Lean to sheds only require three walls rather than four for the non-lean to variety.
Corner shed: If you are pressed for room in your garden but still want a place to keep all of your tools, you could use a small corner shed. A corner shed usually is no bigger than 6'x6' or 8'x8' and while they limit you on how you can renovate the interior, you still have plenty of room to add some pegboard and hang up your tools neatly.
Japanese style shed: For those who are looking for a small touch of the Orient or something to match a zen garden, a Japanese style shed looks like a miniature pagoda and can be used for a place to relax and simply unwind from the pressure of the day. They can be made with the traditional rice paper windows or with glass if you prefer.
The most important thing you need to keep in mind when choosing the right shed roof materials is that the material you choose must be able to protect your shed from any extremes in weather the area you live in is likely to encounter. At the same time, since you and your neighbors are going to have to look at your shed and its roof, the material you choose should be at least somewhat aesthetically appealing.
Bear in mind that it is important for you to understand that there are a number of shed roof materials for you to choose from including metal, asphalt shingles, rolls of roof felt, terracotta tiles, and more. One interesting thing worth noting, is that over the past few years there has been a major move from using natural materials such as cedar shakes towards using engineered roofing materials such as synthetic felts, sheet metals, and concrete tiles. There are several reasons behind this movement including cost, environmental concerns, and in many areas changes to local construction codes.
If you need further professional help, you can contact one of our many roofers at homify.