How to Find the Right Small Garden Shed

When embarking on the quest for the ideal shed, investing time in thorough research is highly beneficial. It is prudent to avoid sheds that are inaccessible, prone to dampness, or lacking in durability, therefore understanding the distinctions between available options is paramount. 

In the following post, we undertake a comprehensive comparison of wooden sheds, metal sheds, and plastic sheds, shedding light on the expected costs associated with each. Additionally, valuable insights await below, providing expert guidance on crucial shed features to consider. 

Furthermore, detailed advice is offered on the construction and maintenance of garden sheds, ensuring their longevity and continued functionality for years ahead. Keep scrolling to uncover a wealth of wisdom on these essential aspects.

We have a range of sheds available across our site from a number of different categories, from the tongue and groove timber Woodlands range, to practical and durable metal sheds. For many, plastic sheds are a good option when looking for a shed on a budget. 

What to look for when buying a shed?

When purchasing a shed, it's essential to consider various factors, including size, material quality, weather resistance, and warranty coverage. Our extensive range of small garden sheds and workshops caters to diverse needs and preferences, offering options that meet the highest standards of craftsmanship and durability.

Which is better: Wooden, Metal or Plastic Sheds?

When it comes to choosing between wooden and plastic sheds, several considerations come into play. Wooden sheds are renowned for their timeless charm and durability, evoking a traditional aesthetic that complements any garden. Conversely, plastic sheds boast low maintenance requirements and exceptional resistance to the elements, making them an attractive option for those seeking convenience and longevity. At Norfolk Sheds, we offer a diverse range of both wooden and plastic sheds, ensuring you find the perfect match for your preferences and requirements.

What to look for when buying a wooden shed?

Firstly, there are many positives when choosing a wooden shed. There is plenty of choice, they are versatile and easy to repair. They also tend to deal well with temperature changes; with wooden sheds staying cool in warm weather and remaining warm in cool weather. 

However, there are some limitations with wooden sheds. They need to be treated regularly to ensure they keep moisture out and typically they are less secure than metal sheds. This said, safety and security of all sheds is key, with a higher number of break-ins reported in the last few years than ever before. Many wooden sheds have the option of additional security features such as external hinge locks or a door bar which prevents the door being forced inwards. 

As we alluded to above, wooden sheds can be found in a range of sizes which makes them an attractive option. 


What wood is best for sheds?

Although the upkeep of a wooden shed needs to be factored into the cost of owning one, if correctly preserved and regularly maintained, a wooden shed can last for a number of years. Wooden sheds are typically made from softwoods – usually pine (sometimes referred to as redwood or red deal) or spruce (white deal). Some are Larch or Douglas fir and, in theory, these should be slightly more resistant to rot. Most rot-resistant of all, are cedar sheds, but these are almost twice the price of pine ones. 

To keep a wooden shed in good condition and free from rot, you’ll need to give it a treatment every year. Doing so can be pricey, so you might consider picking a shed that’s been pressure treated. If you are looking for something more bespoke, then enquire about our custom shed-build service. We can build a shed that fits your specific needs and offer these sheds in a range of materials and finishes. 

What do I need to know before buying a metal shed?  

In comparison to wooden sheds, metal sheds are often viewed as a more affordable option. However, despite being a cheaper shed alternative, a metal shed is unlikely to outlast a wooden shed that is properly maintained. Many view metal sheds as a maintenance-free option. They are certainly less-susceptible to certain weathering and they won’t rot or get eaten by certain insects like wooden sheds. 

There are some issues with these though. They may rust over time and can be problematic if one is looking to use a metal shed as a workshop. This is due to how the temperature will change with the weather, metal sheds typically get much warmer in warmer weather. Therefore, ventilation must be considered to combat condensation and make the shed usable all-year round. Metal sheds are made from either steel or galvanised aluminium and can really vary in quality. Cheaper options made with thin panels can be extremely flimsy, while higher-quality metal sheds will be strong, less prone to rust and more secure. On the whole, once assembled, a bit of grease or lubricant on the door hinges , is the extent of the maintenance required. 

In the pursuit of the perfect small garden shed, diligent research and careful consideration are paramount, you can always give us a call. Steering clear of sheds prone to inaccessibility, dampness, or lacking in durability requires a nuanced understanding of available options. In our exploration, we've embarked on a comprehensive comparison of wooden, metal, and plastic sheds, shedding light on their respective costs and benefits. Additionally, we've delved into essential considerations when purchasing a shed, from size and material quality to weather resistance and warranty coverage. At Norfolk Sheds, our diverse range caters to varied needs and preferences, offering options crafted to the highest standards of durability and craftsmanship.

Ultimately, whether your preference leans towards the timeless charm of wooden sheds or the low-maintenance allure of plastic or metal alternatives, Norfolk Sheds stands ready to cater to your needs. With our commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and customer satisfaction, your search for the perfect small garden shed ends here.