Choosing Outdoor Storage for Your Garden

There are a variety of different types of outdoor storage, but it can sometimes be difficult to decide which type of storage unit to choose. This will depend on many factors, such as price, durability, size and appearance. Here is a quick guide to the main types of outdoor storage available to you.

Wooden

Wooden sheds are the most common and traditional storage units found in gardens, these sheds appeal because they blend well into garden surroundings and can be painted any colour/colours that you choose. Wooden garden sheds can be as understated or extravagant as you choose and are easy to transform. These can be bought flat pack, ready to built or are simple and easy to design yourself.

The main problem associated with wooden outdoor storage is that this can often rot and leak, if not regularly maintained. Wooden sheds need regular maintenance because moisture content can change the wood. Wooden sheds will need repainting every 2-3 years and regularly coating with a wood protector.

Metal

Metal storage units can be slightly more expensive that wooden ones, however they are offer sturdier and stronger storage for your items and are almost maintenance free, besides the occasional wipe down and oil of hinges. Metal storage units are also available in larger sizes than wood ones, available in sizes similar to a garage. A problem with metal sheds is if they are not made from galvanised steel, these sheds will most likely rust. If you are considering a metal shed, it is important to check the material that your metal shed is made from. Asgard have a wide range of metal garden sheds available, made from strong galvanised steel and supplied with a 10 year anti- perforation warranty. In terms of security, metal garden sheds are generally stronger than wood or plastic and they are also much more secure, providing peace of mind and the best in garden security.

Plastic

Plastic storage units require minimal maintenance, however these may not be as durable as a wooden or metal storage unit and plastic sheds are generally a lot smaller. Most plastic sheds available are made from uPVC, a light material that can sometimes suffer if exposed in the sun for too long. The effects of this would be the plastic becoming brittle or the colour fading. Another disadvantage of plastic storage units is that they do struggle to blend into the natural surroundings of a garden.

If you are trying to choose an outdoor storage unit for your home, you need to take into consideration the amount of maintenance you are prepared to do, what features are most important to you, what sort of budget you are on and most importantly what kind of look you are going for.

Donna J. Seymour