There are two materials used for shed construction that stand out above the rest – metal and wood. Chances are, if you build a new shed, you are going to use one of these two materials. Deciding which one to use can be tricky, but we’d like to offer some advice in this article to help guide your decision.
At American Carports, Inc., we deal in metal sheds. If you decide that a metal shed is going to be the best for your needs, you’ll have no trouble finding the right option here on our site. Through the use of our Build & Price tool, you can quickly and easily customize one of our shed designs exactly to your specifications. If you’d like any help, just contact us and we’ll be glad to assist.
Two Fundamentally Different Choices
This isn’t a case where you are splitting hairs between the two types of buildings when making your choices. Rather, these are dramatically different options that vary in almost every way. Wood is the traditional choice, of course, and many people continue to choose wood simply because it has been used as a building material for centuries. Metal doesn’t have such a long history, and some people are slower to give it a chance, as a result.
Don’t make the mistake of ruling out metal before you look into the details. As you will see in the points below, metal tends to beat out wood when you do a practical, logical comparison between the two.
Metal is Less Expensive
This is a great place to start. When buying a new shed, you are almost certainly going to pay far less with metal than with wood. In fact, a wood shed could even be twice as expensive depending on the details of your project. No one has an unlimited budget, so finishing this project while keeping more money in your pocket is a huge selling point.
Another cost element to consider is site prep work before your shed is constructed. With wood, you may need to have a formal foundation poured, which is an additional cost. You could choose to do the same with metal, but it may not be necessary. Doing less prep work will shorten the timeline to finish the project and will save you money at the same time.
Easily Customizable Designs
When you work with American Carports, Inc., you will find that you can easily customize the design of your shed to suit your plans for the space. Thanks to the strength and relatively light weight of metal, many different types of designs are possible. That’s not really the case with wood. It’s harder to create a custom design for a wooden shed, which will cause many more limitations on your creativity.
Avoid Costly Ongoing Maintenance
Another issue with wood sheds is the ongoing maintenance they require. As an organic material, wood needs more care over the years than a metal structure. That maintenance can be time consuming and expensive. It’s easy to overlook future maintenance requirements when thinking about building a new shed, but you’ll thank yourself later for considering this point now.
With a metal shed, you’ll have very little to worry about in terms of maintenance. You’ll probably want to wash down the shed from time to time to clean it up and make it look great, but that’s about it. There just isn’t much to do with a metal shed, and that leads to a lower cost of ownership and a better experience overall.
Enjoy the Versatile Appearance of Metal
With a wood shed, you pretty much know what the finished product is going to look like. That’s not to say wood sheds can’t be beautiful – they certainly can be. But thanks to the color options and customization possibilities with metal, you can easily craft a finished product that is suited to your tastes. Whether you want to feature a bright and bold color with a contrasting shade for the trim, or you want to play it safe and keep things subtle, metal makes it all possible.
Metal is the Easy Winner
We are proud to sell metal sheds because we firmly believe they are a better option than wood for most people. Between the affordable nature of a metal structure, the flexibility of design, the ease of maintenance, and more, you’ll be happy with your choice for years to come.
Order from American Carports, Inc.
If you’re ready to add a shed to your property, order from American Carports, Inc. today. You can design one to fit your exact needs using our Build & Price Tool. If you have any questions, our team is happy to assist you and make suggestions. We look forward to serving you!