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A Guide to Buying the Right Shed

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Buying a shed can be a big commitment and a bit overwhelming with all the options. This guide should help you figure out what type of shed would be best for you.


The most common materials for sheds are wood, plastic or metal. All of these are excellent options but all come with their own advantages and disadvantages. 

Having a wooden shed is the most traditional looking, it is a strong material that can come in all sorts of shapes, colours and sizes. However, this material can also be quite difficult to clean and can attract unwanted bugs.

Metal is a popular option due to its low price point, however, it is cheaper for a reason. In stormy weathers, this type of shed won’t hold as well as plastic or wood so getting an anchoring kit could help prevent this. Metal sheds are generally not as attractive as wood or plastic, however, they do come in many different colours and can be painted as long as you maintain them properly.

Plastic sheds are the newest on the market and becoming increasingly popular. This material is made so it is lighter, stronger and more durable than wood and metal. However, this material can not support as much weight hanging from the ceiling and they are arguably not as appealing as the other two materials since they replicate the designs of a children’s playhouse.


Before you get your shed you should consider what you are using it for. This will determine what kind of size you will need, maybe it is to store some old stuff that won’t fit in the house, or maybe you just need somewhere to store some gardening tools. Now you know what you need it for, it is time to decide where you want it and check that it will actually fit in your garden.


A lot of the time it’s only wooden sheds that come with a base, metal and plastic shed bases are often sold separately to the actual shed itself. In order to have a solid foundation, regardless of what your base is made from, it needs to be off the ground to avoid any soil or wetness.


On sheds, there are two main roof types, apex and pent roofs. The main difference between the two is the slopes, on an apex roof meet right in the middle and slope down either side, this is the roof you most commonly see. A pent roof allows you to have more height in the shed, not just in the middle. This roof consists of just one slope with the highest post at the door as you walk in.

For more information on sheds then give our team a call on 0116 2312876 and they will be able to answer any of your questions and advise you on the best shed for you.

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