Last Updated Aug 3, 2010 · Written by Craig Gibson
A garden shed is the perfect place to store gardening equipment, tools, or even outdoor furniture when it’s not being used. Two choices that you have when choosing your shed is timber or steel and each have their advantages. To learn about what may be best for you, just read on.
A timber shed is a beautiful addition to any garden as you get the look and charm that only natural timber can bring. Timber sheds can complement any style of home, from modern homes right through to heritage styles. Your timber shed can be as large or as small as you desire.
Timber sheds are made from quality timbers such as ecowood, treated pine, Baltic pine, and Western Red Cedar. There are timbers available to suit your budget. The timber does need to be protected against the elements, by staining, varnishing, oiling or painting it and this will need to be redone periodically. However, this is not a bad thing necessarily as it gives you the option to change the look of your shed as you see fit. The sheds can be prefabricated or custom built to your specifications. Prefabricated timber sheds are very easy to erect yourself or you have a professional do it for you. A professional can also build your shed from scratch.
Timber garden sheds generally have either pitched or flat roofs made from Colorbond but other materials such as tiles may be an option. You can include as many doors or windows as you like in your shed and you may even be able to install a skylight for extra natural light.
Steel garden sheds are a great choice as they are cost effective, extremely low in maintenance and can be designed to suit every style of home, no matter how traditional or modern the home is. You can choose from a small cupboard type shed right through to large sheds capable of holding multiple vehicles without a problem.
Steel garden sheds are generally made from Colorbond or Zincalume. The sheds can be left a metal colour or they can be powder coated to the colour of your choice. You can choose to make the shed all one colour or use a contrasting roof and trim colour. The range of colours means you can easily coordinate the shed with your house but be aware, should you ever paint your house. It is very difficult to easily change the colour of the shed as well. Like timber sheds, steel sheds are available in prefabricated kit form or they can be custom built. You can easily erect a prefab shed within a few hours but you can have a professional install your prefab or custom shed if you prefer.
Steel sheds generally have roofing made from the same material as the main shed body – that is Colorbond or Zincalume. The roofing can be pitched or flat and you have the ability to add skylights or clear panels if you wish. Doors and windows can be placed where you want within the steel shed if you are custom designing or they can be included as part of your prefab shed design.