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When it comes to building a shed / building, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is the choice of materials. Two popular options are metal and wood. Each material has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, and in this article, we’ll dive deep into the comparison between these two options. By the end, you’ll have a clear understanding of which material suits your needs and preferences the best. Martin Buildings sells Legacy Wood Sheds from an 8 wide to 14 wide and Top of the Line TOL Buildings from carports to very large sheds / shops. A few of our most popular sizes are 24×31, 20×21 and 30×51. We do not sell small metal sheds for many reasons related to quality, durability, etc.
What is your Intended Use for Your Building
Most importantly what are your needs? What will the building be used for? This will direct the options that you have. If you need a large door or larger building to get a tractor or larger items into that will require a metal building. If you are looking to store boxes, Christmas items, tools, lawn mowers, etc. you should lean to a wood building. If planning for a Man caves, She Sheds, Workshop, Studio, etc. both options could work for you. We like to listen and help the customer to consider all the options and find the best solution for them.
Pros and Cons of Metal Sheds
Metal sheds offer several benefits, including their strength, resistance to pests, and fire resistance. Metal buildings can also be built to your specific needs in many different sizes. However, they can be prone to rust and may not be as visually appealing as wood sheds. Make sure you purchase a metal shed with a good rust warranty. Additionally, metal sheds can get quite hot in sunny weather, making temperature control an important consideration. It is very important to understand some of the issues with condensation. There are materials to help reduce or prevent moisture issues. Check out your options with a dealer who cares about quality and provides you with the best options for your needs.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Wood Sheds
Wood sheds have a natural, classic look that many find appealing. They are also easier to customize (shelves, lofts, side lofts, workbenches, electrical options, and more) and can be painted or stained to match your home’s aesthetics. However, wood sheds require more maintenance and many are susceptible to rot, pests, and the effects of weather. Know what you are buying. All wood sheds are not built the same. Legacy Sheds are built with top quality materials with great craftsmanship. Legacy uses LP Smart Siding and Haley Paint designed for the storage building industry to give you the best durability. They are built to last.
Durability and Longevity
When it comes to durability, metal sheds often have the upper hand. They are resistant to pests, won’t rot, and can withstand harsh weather conditions. Wood sheds, while durable, require regular maintenance to ensure they last as long as possible. Just know that all wood sheds are not built the same. Legacy Sheds are built with top quality materials with great craftsmanship. They are built to last.
Aesthetic Appeal and Customizability
Wood sheds win in the aesthetic department. They have a warm, inviting appearance that blends well with outdoor surroundings. Moreover, wood sheds can be customized with various finishes, colors, and architectural details, offering a higher level of personalization compared to metal sheds. Find the right company that takes pride in their craftsmanship and serving the customer. We are very blessed to have two great partners, Legacy Sheds and TOL Buildings who focus on quality and give us the opportunity to help the customer get what they want.
Metal sheds require minimal maintenance. They don’t need to be painted or stained, and they are less susceptible to damage from pests and rot. On the other hand most wood sheds demand regular upkeep, including painting, sealing, and treating for pests and water damage. Again, select the right company that uses quality materials (paints, siding, flooring, roofing, etc.) to hold up and last. That again is why we partner with Legacy Sheds and TOL Buildings.
There is very little difference in the cost per square foot between our metal buildings with concrete flooring and wood buildings. This may vary a little depending on monthly sales. Metal buildings require a few more steps to get your land prepped and concrete poured whereas there are very few things to do for a wood shed if your land is relatively level.
Insulation and Temperature Control
Wood naturally offers better insulation than metal. This means that wood sheds are generally more comfortable in extreme weather conditions. Legacy Sheds have a large ridge vent to help with air circulation. Metal sheds can become excessively hot in the sun or chilly in the cold, which might limit their functionality. We strongly recommend you use the right type of roof insulation on all metal buildings to prevent issues with condensation as explained earlier. There are many materials that we offer and/or suggest to make your building more comfortable and energy efficient.
Metal sheds are often considered more secure due to their sturdy construction. They can be more difficult to break into compared to wood sheds. However, adding security features like reinforced locks and windows can enhance the security of both types.
They are both simple and easy for the customer. Metal buildings are installed on top of a concrete pad, gravel, or the ground. We work with the customer to make sure this is done correctly. These buildings are constructed according to customer-specific needs, built at the plant, and erected on the customers site in a very timely manner. TOL Buildings are anchored and certified for 140-155 mph winds. The Legacy Wood Sheds are often easier and quicker to install. They are selected from our inventory or built to customer specific needs and delivered and set up on the customer’s lot in a very timely manner. The Legacy Sheds are anchored and rated for 150 mph winds. Both the wood and metal buildings are delivered and installed by our professional contractors.
Wood sheds might have a slight edge in terms of resale value. Their timeless appeal and customizable nature can make them more attractive to potential buyers. They are also more portable and can be easily moved and reset at another location. However, the overall resale value also depends on factors like the shed’s condition and the local real estate market.
Choosing the Right Material for Your Location
Consider your local climate when deciding between metal and wood sheds. If you live in an area with harsh weather conditions, a metal shed’s durability might be more suitable. On the other hand, if aesthetics and customization are your priorities, wood sheds might be the way to go.
Factors to Consider Before Making Your Decision
Before finalizing your decision, assess your budget, aesthetic preferences, maintenance capabilities, HAO requirements, and the shed’s intended use. Take your time to research and compare the pros and cons of each material to make an informed choice. Visit us at Martin Buildings, we want to help you purchase the right building, not a problem.
In the end, the choice between a metal shed and a wood shed boils down to your specific needs and priorities. Metal sheds offer durability and low maintenance, while wood sheds provide customization and aesthetic appeal. By evaluating the factors discussed in this article and consulting with us at Martin Buildings, you’ll be well-equipped to make the right decision for your shed project.