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Choosing the Right Shed for Your Garden

If you’re looking for a shed that is perfect for your garden, then this blog post will help you choose the right one. We’ll go over all the different types of sheds and what they are best suited for, as well as how to make sure it’s high quality. You’ll also find some helpful tips on how to build your DIY shed in case you want to save money.

A house, wooden fence and a garden couch with shed.

Types of Garden Sheds

Picking out a shed for your garden may seem simple. However, with so many choices, it can be overwhelming to determine which type of shed is the most suitable one based on your budget, space and needs. Sheds can be categorised based on their material, roof, features, size and more. To help you out, we’re listing the most common types below.

Based on material

Plastic sheds

With plastic sheds, you won’t have to deal with rust, staining or painting. These sheds are perfect if you don’t like to deal with tedious maintenance tasks. The occasional rinse with a hose or damp cloth will suffice. A high-quality plastic shed should also be able to resist fading as a result of exposure to the sun.

A plastic shed for your yard is a good idea if you intend to build it by yourself. Plastic sheds are more convenient to build compared to wooden or metal sheds, which require two people to construct. Another benefit of plastic sheds is they’re usually more affordable than metal types. Moreover, they’re lightweight, so you can move them anywhere in your garden. 

Wooden sheds

Wooden sheds are the most common type of garden shed. Compared to metal types, sheds made of wood are typically more convenient to assemble. Wood also has the advantage of being a material that is versatile and can be easily customised. You can paint it whatever colour you prefer. Furthermore, it’s an excellent natural insulator.

Wooden sheds are more likely to be warmer—and more comfortable—in the cold winter months and cooler in the summer months. You can enjoy spending time in a shed like this, particularly during winter. Since wooden sheds have more weight and provide durability, they can withstand even the harshest weather conditions. However, compared to plastic and metal types, wooden sheds require a higher level of maintenance and are more expensive.

Metal sheds

Known for its strength and durability, a metal shed provides fire and termite protection. It can be made of steel or galvanised steel. Avoid cheap sheds with thin panels, as these can be fragile and not worth your investment in the long run. Instead, opt for high-quality sheds that are more durable, rust-resistant and secure. Metal sheds are not your best option for home offices, as they are not breathable and comfortable to work in. They are, however, the perfect storage solution for valuable items.

Based on roof

Pent shed

A pent shed has a roof that slopes upward from the door. Its sloped roof design ensures that rainwater drips off the top and discharges into the ground. This type of shed tends to blend more into the surrounding landscape than other types. This means that it can fit seamlessly into your garden corner.

Reverse pent shed

This type of shed is similar to the pent shed in that it also has a sloped roof. However, the roof’s peak is located around the back instead of sloping upward from the door. The reverse pent shed provides extra headroom, creating a feeling of spaciousness and airiness. 

Apex shed

An apex shed features a traditional design. If a pent or reverse pent shed has a single sloping roof, an apex shed has two sloping sides. Both of these slopes meet at the centre of the shed, providing it with additional height. This makes it the right choice for you if you’re looking to store tall items in your shed.

Reverse apex shed

This type follows a similar design to an apex shed. However, its sides slope downward toward the front and the back rather than either side of the shed. Because it provides more space and lets you work inside it more comfortably, a reverse apex shed makes for an excellent workshop.

Based on features

Potting shed

Potting sheds have a large sliding window constructed from thin glass or plastic sloping down from the roof. The purpose of this window is to let light and heat into the shed. As its name implies, a potting shed houses potted plants and vegetables. It promotes the growth of plants and vegetables while preventing them from being damaged by the weather.

Lean-to shed

This type of shed leans against strong structures, such as houses. It has a single sloping roof. A shed like this is perfect if you don’t have much space available for a garden shed. Another benefit of building this type of shed is its lower costs. It’s also easy to construct and can withstand all types of weather.

Corner shed

Corner sheds are built in the corners of gardens. They are specifically designed as such so that you can make the most of your corner spaces. These sheds have wide fronts that make them easily accessible.

How to Build DIY Sheds

Here are some simple steps to help you build your DIY shed.

  1. Prep the ground. You must measure the exact space for the shed and ensure solid and level ground.
  2. Construct the shed’s perimeter.
  3. Prepare the foundation for your shed by laying several inches of gravel.
  4. Assemble the shed’s framework, which will help it maintain its shape.
  5. Construct the shed walls. Affix fence boards or wooden panels to the frame to form the building’s walls and floor.
  6. Build and attach the shed door.
  7. Construct and attach the shed roof.

Build Your Perfect Multi-Purpose Shed

Every shed has its advantages. Ultimately, your personal preferences and specific needs will help determine the right type of shed for you.

At Enterprise Works, we carry all the materials you’ll need to build your perfect shed. Learn more by contacting us today via phone or email.

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