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January 16, 2020
Are you thinking about adding a shed to your property? The addition of a shed can open up space in your garage that was previously occupied by tools and supplies. Or, if those tools had been living outside, getting them into a shed will protect their condition and help them last much longer. Given the modest cost of a shed, this is an investment that will pay off many times over.
Two of the main materials for building a new shed are metal and vinyl. While each of these options has som enice advantages, we think you’ll find a metal shed to be the better pick in the long run. Let’s take a look at a few of the pros and cons related to this decision.
A “pro” for each of these options is the lack of maintenance. Both metal and vinyl sheds have very low maintenance requirements, which is surely something that you will appreciate as time goes by. When you buy your shed from a reputable supplier such as American Carports, Inc., you will receive a quality product that can largely be left alone and trusted to do its job.
You may want to simply wash the outside of your shed from time to time depending on where it’s located, but that’s about it. The only other maintenance point to keep in mind is that you’ll want to check for signs of animals on occasion, just to make sure no little critters are taking up residence in your shed.
It’s an unfortunate reality that you need to consider security when buying your next shed. You want to keep everything inside of the shed safe, which means keeping unwanted people outwith a secure lock and a door that is tough to pry open. On this point, you are likely to find much more success with a metal shed, as the structure of the shed is stronger and will put up a better fight against a burglar. Most vinyl sheds do have a spot on the front door for a lock, but that might not be enough to prevent tampering.
In some cases, you might find that it is difficult to properly assemble a new vinyl shed without creating some gaps and spaces. Even when these kinds of sheds are produced by good companies,there are still tolerance variances in the manufacturing process that can lead to difficulty with proper assembly. This is simply the nature of the material, and it’s something that buyers of vinyl sheds will need to deal with.
On the other hand, you can expect your metal shed to fit together tightly right from the start. It is easier for manufacturers to cut metal panels to the perfect dimensions, so the end result is a shed that is free from annoying gaps that compromise how it functions.
Yet another point that allows metal sheds to stand out above vinyl sheds is the way they are able to handle hot conditions. Yes, a metal shed is going to get warm when sitting out in the sun, but the structure itself will not be affected. That stands in contrast to a vinyl shed, which actually may warp. If you live in a climate where hot days area common occurrence in the summer, a vinyl shed probably is not going to be the right pick for you.
While beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, most would agree that a quality metal shed has a visual advantage over a vinyl shed of a similar shape and size. If you pick the right colors for your metal shed using our Build & Price Tool,it can blend naturally into your landscape without taking anything away from the other design choices you’ve made on your property. It’s hard to accomplish the same thing with a vinyl shed, so you may always feel that it stands out like a sore thumb.
We hope you consider the pros and cons of metal and vinyl sheds before deciding which structure is best for your property. Another note to keep in mind is that American Carports, Inc. offers fully customizable metal structures. Whether you want to build a small metal shed or a much larger building, you can create your perfect structure with our Build & Price Tool. Plus, thanks to the durable nature of our products, you can expect a shed ordered from American Carports, Inc. to stand strong on your property for years to come. Let’s get started on this project today!