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Metal Sheds : buying & maintenance tips


Putting a shed in your backyard adds valuable storage space. Once you decide to install a shed, your next decision needs to be what type of shed to purchase. One of the most popular types are metal sheds, since they are lightweight, low maintenance and easy to install. You can also consider wooden sheds, but these require more maintenance over time and take more time and effort to install.

There are a number of benefits to selecting a metal shed over a wood shed. Metal sheds are easy to assemble and can be purchased either completely pre-constructed or you can purchase metal shed kits that can be assembled directly on-site with minimal effort. Metal storage shed kits come with all of the components needed to construct a complete metal storage shed, along with detailed directions, and all the homeowner needs to do is to follow the step by step instructions. If you are really handy and have a bit more time on your hands, you can save even more money by finding metal shed plans online and then purchasing the required materials needed to construct the shed from scratch.

When looking for sheds, whether they’re large metal sheds or small ones, a worthwhile feature to consider is getting a model that has fiberglass siding on it. This protects the shed from the elements and also helps it to resist dents.  While dents in and of themselves are not a major problem, you just need to be cautious so that if a dent occurs, or even a large scratch, you repair it quickly so that rust doesn’t form around the exposed metal. This can easily be done by covering the portion of the shed with a sealer, or paint. If the area is small, you can even cover the area with a little nail polish.

While shopping for sheds you may see some advertised as metal garden sheds and others as metal storage sheds. There is basically no difference between the two, although some may have slightly different features than others. A metal garden shed can easily be used for storage, just as a metal storage shed can be used for potting plants, holding landscape supplies or other similar items.

Another thing to keep in mind either way is to make sure that your shed has vents to allow air to circulate throughout the shed. This is important whether you are using the shed for storage only or will be spending time inside to pot plants or perform other tasks. Most metal sheds do come standard with vents, but if you are building a metal shed on your own, this is an important point to keep in mind. By allowing air to circulate freely in the shed, it helps remove some of the heat and humidity that can build up. When too much heat and humidity builds up inside the shed, condensation can occur, and any moisture can over time lead to rust.

The main thing when it comes to maintenance of your metal shed is just to make sure it stays free of any type of water and that you repair dents or scratches with paint or a sealer so that rust does not develop. It is useful to also occasionally leave the doors to the shed open to allow more air circulation and to alleviate any moisture build up.  Other than the potential for rust, there is nothing that really needs to be done to keep a metal shed in good condition.

You can find metal sheds for sale in a number of places. Carport1 specialize in selling custom metal sheds that are built to last. You can find an affordable range with a wide variety of metal sheds online at Carport1. We offer free delivery & installation on types of metal sheds and other outdoors storage buildings.

Metal sheds by Carport1 offer a great option to homeowners that need extra storage space but do not want the extra upkeep required by wooden sheds. They are lightweight, easy to install and virtually maintenance free.

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