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Best storage sheds 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated August 1, 2020
Best storage sheds of 2018
I have taken the initiative to educate you on the top three best storage sheds that you can buy this year. I am going to specify each good-to-buy feature as much as possible for your references. On that note, I review the three best storage sheds of 2018 to help you get value for your money. Not all storage sheds are created equal though.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this storage sheds win the first place?
The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing!
Why did this storage sheds come in second place?
Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery.
Why did this storage sheds take third place?
I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.
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Overlap Cladding—The Details
Whether talking about feathered edge (left) or square edge (right), overlap cladding is both the most common and the most popular.
Though overlap cladding isn’t necessarily the best type of cladding manufactured, it is economical and easy to build with.
Typically consisting of 8mm sawn-timber, slats are nailed together one over the other to create the “overlap” that gives this cladding its namesake.
At minimum, treat your overlapping cladding with a spirit-based solution to protect the wood from the elements and ensure your shed lasts.
You can also treat your shed with a water-based outdoor paint from Cuprinol Garden Shades. In addition to giving your shed a splash of colour, the paint will sufficiently protect it from the elements—however—the paint will need retouching every 12-months in order to guarantee sufficient sealing.
To obtain maximum protection, treat the overlap with a spirit-based solution first, and then go over it with a water-based paint—do know, however, that the paint colour does not always come out true when laid over spirit-treated timber.
Shiplap Cladding—The Details
Due to their similarities, there is often confusion between shiplap and T&G cladding.
What makes Shiplap cladding distinct is the small channel/groove that runs parallel with the timber. Though minor, this channel is actually hugely important as it directs precipitation away from the shed quickly and efficiently.
Shiplap cladding provides additional strength and aesthetic appeal thanks to its neat, interlocking panel system.
Tongue & Groove Cladding—The Details
An incredibly popular style due to its aesthetic and practical appeal, Tongue & Groove cladding is specially shaped to create a robust, interlocking exterior making sheds unbelievably sturdy—if valuable or weighty items are to be stored in your shed, this cladding is your best option.
Because the timber boards interlock, T&G cladding prevents water penetration and provides superior protection from the elements in all climates.
Thanks to a high, central ceiling an Apex roof provides users with a comfortable working space. Construction features two, separate sections forming a joint at the highest point to create an upside down V shape. some manufacturers create cheaper “Apex” roof models with a wider joint angle—thereby creating a lower ceiling—to save on material costs.
With low eaves, a high ceiling, and an angled shape, barn roofing encourages precipitation run off without compromising internal standing height. This variety of roofing is typically a feature of high-end sheds.
In this example (left) the doors don’t have diagonal cross-beams. This results in a lower rigidity and susceptibility to “sagging” over time.
Curved roofs are rare and—in the garden shed industry—considered “special”. It is most commonly associated with summerhouses.
This material—while highly resistant to the elements—is not exceedingly popular.
Note: Polypropylene roofing reduces build time by 66% and is UV stabilised to handle typical British weather. The material is maintenance free and acts as an insulator for the building.
Thicker = Stronger
More often than not, manufacturers will use the minimal amount of framing required in order to keep material costs low. Where relevant, manufactures will mention “extra-strong” framing when it’s relevant, particularly if it emphasises strength in an important part of the shed. : Framing is an extensive and complex topic when talking about sheds or garden buildings in general. We will be fully documenting the subject in greater detail over time. Again this is a major cost savings factor in shed manufacturing (and even delivery).
As the name suggests, pressure treated timber goes through a process that uses pressure to force chemical preservatives deep into the wood and grain.
The pressure treatment process helps deter rot and fungal decay, thereby increasing the lifespan of the timber.
As it has been treated during manufacturing, the timber does not require any additional sealing before or after shed construction.
Though shed manufacturers will often “guarantee” dip treated timber for up to years, it will need regular reapplication—at least once every 1months—to remain in good condition and avoid rot/decay.
Dip treated timber is less expensive to purchase than its pressure treated cousin, but preservation costs can mount up in the long run.
Floors and Doors
Most sheds come with a floor, but check with the individual retailer just to be sure.
Know that a garden shed should never be placed on the bare ground or lawn, as that will put the entire structure at risk of wet rot and insect infestation.
The most common type of door for large sheds (8’+ wide), the double door is another highly-traditional option. : The top of these double doors (left) reach the roof—this is an indicator of material-saving, cost-cutting behaviour from the manufacturer. Another sign?—low eaves a window that is flush with the roof.
Storage Sheds For Any Budget
Two story custom storage sheds can provide much needed storage for cars, truck, and tractors.
Outdoor had the perfect outdoor shed I was looking for. They came a prepared the land with perfect drainage. On the same afternoon the shed arrived, exact color and roofing. Within one hour the shed was installed. The quality of the shed is excellent.
We were in need of a shed to free up space in our garage. Saw 4-Outdoor as I was driving to dine on hard shell crabs. Got back home and checked out their products on the web. I saw many fine examples of what we were looking for. Drove our to business and spoke with Cindy, who helped me select a style. I brought back samples of our home siding and shingles. We were able to match our house with shed options. When site prep guys arrived they were able to prepare site to my request. The delivery of shed went without a hitch, placement was perfect. the quality of construction was excellent, and matched our house. We are very pleased with choosing 4-Outdoor for are shed. Thank you all.
Bike Storage Shed Sizes
Different manufacturers offer a variety of sizes of bike storage sheds and which one you purchase will depend in part on how many bicycles you are looking to store, how much room you have available in which to place the shed, and of course, your budget. Generally speaking, large bike storage sheds will be more expensive than small bike storage sheds, but bike storage shed prices can vary considerably depending on the material and manufacturer.
When looking for sizes of bike storage sheds, you’ll sometimes see them listed in cubic feet, meaning the cubic feet of storage they provide, and other times the actual dimensions will be listed. This may require you to do a bit of deciphering to do any type of size comparison.
Bike Storage Shed Options
There is a wide assortment of options when it comes to outfitting outdoor bike storage sheds. Some sheds will have hooks to hold related bicycle gear. Others may have shelves or compartments to hold items like helmets or gloves. Some sheds will have a single door that swings open while others will have dual doors that allow you to easily walk into the shed.
Wooden Bike Storage
You can get a wooden bike shed that is similar to the construction of a normal wooden shed, so this will be either overlap or tongue and groove construction.
A wooden bike shed will require a certain amount of maintenance over the years, such as staining or some wood preserving sealer being put on it. The beauty of a wooden shed, however, is that you can modify the size and style of it to meet your needs and it also looks right at home in any garden.
Metal Bike Storage
If wooden bike sheds sound like a little bit too much maintenance is required from you, then you can always look for a powder coated steel version instead. Although there are not as many metal or steel bicycle sheds on the market as wooden ones, they certainly do exist and are hard wearing and long lasting.
A powder coated steel bicycle storage shed requires no maintenance throughout the lifetime of the shed, but personally I don’t think it has quite the same aesthetic appeal that a wooden bike shed does. Another drawback of having a steel bike shed is that it is not that easy to install shelves inside it, so if you think you might want to make some adaptations to your shed, you may be better off choosing a wooden one.
Vinyl is the most popular material type for outdoor storage sheds these days because of its low maintenance requirements. If you are careful not to stack firewood against it and keep grass away from the edges, the durability of vinyl will ensure it holds its shape and color. Basic cleaning is generally adequate for man made sheds as opposed to wood and metal sheds which require much more regular maintenance.
The strongest and most durable material for sheds. Made from galvanised steel, metal sheds are a great choice if you want a secure unit for storage. Not as attractive as their wooden counterparts, they still make a good choice due to the fact they are resistant to rot and fire. Metal sheds are more lightweight than wooden sheds so can be moved more easily.
Often less expensive than metal sheds, plastic sheds are a great choice for anyone who wants a garden shed that is low maintenance. Strong but also lightweight, they can be easily moved around the garden into your preferred position. Some plastic sheds are also UV resistant which means they won’t fade in the sun and provide the perfect store for your gardening items.
Wooden sheds complement any garden and come in modern and traditional styles. Without treatment wooden sheds can be vulnerable to rot, rust and mildew so it’s important to apply a treatment or a wood preservative when purchasing a new wooden shed. Unlike other sheds, wooden sheds can be easily customised or painted to suit your garden style.
Sheds offer the perfect shelter for bikes, garden bike stores are usually wooden units which don’t take up too much space in your garden but will protect your bikes from any harsh weather which would otherwise damage the bikes if they were left out in all conditions. There are traditional apex bike storage sheds which are perfect for traditional gardens, as well as more modern styles such as Pent stores.
Treat yourself to a spa break and a dip in a hot tub, relaxing, unwinding and recharging your batteries in your very own garden spa built into your garden shed.
Backyard Bar Shed: Garden parties are made a lot more fun with the addition of a bar shed. Perfect for warm summer nights, you can entertain family and friends by showing off your cocktail making skills! Add in a makeshift bar, all your pub memorabilia stored in the loft, your drinks of choice and you’ve got yourself a private bar that you don’t have to queue at to get served.
Competitive rates with your budget in mind!
The first rule of shed club…
The first rule of bike storage is simple: don’t let people know you have a bike. A garage or bike shed is never going to be up there with Fort Knox in the security stakes, but it doesn’t need to be.
Choose your shed location carefully
The neighbours are friendly, and several are elderly so they are around during the day. The shed can be seen from several surrounding houses and is within range of a security light fitted with a movement sensor. When a car is parked in the driveway next to the shed, the door can’t be opened, providing extra security.
Work out the shed’s weaknesses
In this case, the door hinges are secured by small screws, the lock provided with the shed is extremely basic and the windows mean the contents are on display. Inside, there is nothing to lock your prized possession(s) to.
Toughen up the hinges
Add hasps and padlocks
The basic locks which come with most sheds are next to useless, so fit at least one hasp with a decent padlock. There is always a trade-off between increasing security and making it obvious you’ve got something to hide. Fit several hasps with high-end padlocks and you risk attracting unwanted attention, but rely on the in-built lock and you may regret it.
Here we’ve used a Powerlok from Squire, which has an 11mm shackle made of hardened boron alloy steel and a five-pin tumbler lock. It comes with a 10-year guarantee. Use different locks from different manufacturers to make a thief’s job that little bit harder. Again, using bolts to secure the hasps instead of screws will make them harder to break.
This alarm combines a PIR movement sensor…
They’re available from most DIY/hardware stores. This particular model combines a movement sensor with a door trigger and can be armed and disarmed using a key-fob remote control. The sensor is angled to cover the windows, so if anyone breaks the glass the alarm should sound.
Obscure the view through the windows
If a thief can see you have an expensive bike, they’re more likely to go through the effort of breaking into your shed rather than moving onto an easier target.
There are various ways to make the glass opaque. In this case we’ve gone for a can of spray-on glass frosting from a DIY store. The advantage of this method is that it can be washed off with warm water if needed. Other options include stick-on film sheets (difficult to apply without air bubbles but has the added advantage of preventing the glass from shattering if broken) and replacing the original windows with opaque glass.
Once applied, light can still flood in but it’s impossible to make out what is stored inside.
Consider securing the shed to the ground
In this case, the shed is large (5ft x 12ft) and heavy – it took six people to lift the roof into place – so it is unlikely thieves will be able to simply lift up one side to gain access. However, if you feel there is a risk of this happening to you, consider fixing the shed to the ground using L-brackets (also known as corner braces or angle brackets), screws and Rawl plugs.
Choose how to store your bike
Lean your bike against wall: The easy option, but the bike takes up valuable space and can be knocked over easily.
Use a wheel rack to hold bike up: Bike takes up just as much space, but isn’t as easy to knock over.
Hang from a hook horizontally: This frees up floor space but, depending on the height of the shed, you may only be able to fit one bike per wall. You can also buy ‘horizontal’ racks to use in the home.
Choose your lock
D-Locks (also known as U-Locks) are great for locking up your bike when you’re out and about because they’re relatively small and light. When it comes to shed security, weight doesn’t matter, so it’s a good idea to invest in a heavy-duty motorbike-style chain lock instead. Some of the best ones even come with a scaled down D-Lock instead of a padlock.
Lock it to something secure and immoveable
The solution, particularly for garages and sheds, is to fit a lock anchor. The best option is a heavy-duty floor anchor bolted into concrete, but even a wall anchor screwed into a wooden shed panel or fencepost will provide some extra security. Head to your local hardware store to pick one up.
Cheap wooden sheds, and some of the expensive ones, are made from soft, fast growing timber that soon starts to degrade. You will need to make regular checks for any structural damage to the walls or roof after any extreme weather and act quickly before the contents are damaged. Felt roofing requires more battens than are generally supplied, and sheds that are nailed or stapled together should have the fixings replaced with brass screws. Treat all timber with paint or stain at least every two years to help it last for the period of the guarantee.
If you need to store anything that could be damaged by rust or suffer from mildew in damp conditions you need to think hard about the material your shed is built from. When the air is cooler outside than it is inside and has above average humidity condensation will form. Steer clear of anything that is not a good insulator, steel in particular is a magnet for condensation, and plastic sheds also suffer badly. The condensation than adds to the humidity in the shed. It is unlikely that condensation will form on the inside of a wooden shed, but the wood does absorb any moisture which can keep contents damp and is ideal conditions for mildew.
Make sure there is good ventilation. Consider installing a fan to keep the air moving if the problem persists, condensation does not form in moving air.
Sustainability \any timber used should be sourced from responsibly manged forests. Other substances such as wood stain, metal and plastic have an environmental cost, particularly if they have to be replaced every few years.
What material is best? The options are wood, steel, brick, TPR and plastic.
New wood always looks smart, but it does need looking after. There is a huge range in prices for wooden sheds so you should find something to suit your budget. Try to avoid the cheapest, you would probably have to retrieve it from your neighbours’ garden after the first storm! Consider the limited lifespan and the high maintenance required. Wood breathes, that means it moves with the changing weather; doors and windows can become a problem to close or fasten. Hardwood sheds will overcome some of the problems associated with the softwood ones and will require less maintenance, but be prepared to spend mega money for the best hardwood shed.
If you are trying to keep costs down plastic could be an option. They’re not pretty, good for the environment or secure, but they are maintenace free. Expect it to last a few years unless there are any big storms or hot weather in the summer.
If you are confident in your DIY skills and fancy a challenge there are plenty of designs available fro free on the internet. You could end up with a bespoke shed ideal for your needs, or you could end up with something completely different! If you decide to take on a self build project prepare your budget carefully, then add at least 10% for the unexpected costs.
In addition to being more cost-effective and virtually hassle-free, our 12- and 14-gauge metal storage buildings are fully customizable for what you need now and easily expandable to grow with you later on. Choose from a variety of styles, colors, doors, and more depending on your intended use of metal shed kits for sale.
Versatile Customization Options
You can choose your steel shed of choice or build one from ground up with us. Carport Central offers unlimited customization options at very competitive prices. Our prices are among the best in the industry and we promise you a positive return on your investment for a lifetime storage shed.
Siting a Shed
Built entirely out of plastic resin, this compact storage shed is extremely weather- and rot-resistant.
Reduce the amount time spent maintaining the shed by specifying low-maintenance materials. You’ll pay extra for these all-weather materials, but they’ll save you time and trouble in the long run.
Providing proper ventilation inside and out makes for a healthier, longer-lasting shed. That’s because water is wood’s worst enemy. Given the right circumstance and enough time, excessive moisture can ravage even the best-built shed.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your storage sheds wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of storage sheds
- №1 — Keter Manor Large 6 x 8 ft. Resin Outdoor Backyard Garden Storage Shed
- №2 — Keter Fusion 7.5 ft. x 7.3 ft. Wood and Plastic Composite Outdoor Storage Shed
- №3 — Keter High Store 4.5 x 2.5 Vertical Outdoor Resin Storage Shed