Metal garden sheds can be a great option for providing extra storage in your garden and can accommodate all sorts of gardening items such as bikes, sporting equipment, large toys as well as all your garden tools. Some firms suggest you can store work files and papers in metal garden sheds but that is not good advice as these should go in an insulated garden shed or outside store such as these metal ones from 1st Choice Leisure Buildings.
The metal sheds can store items from your loft or basement and this would create extra storage space in your house, maybe, for more leisurely pursuits. Depending on the metal shed you buy they are from quite strong through to extremely strong. However the cost can vary quite a lot from the two extremes but, as they say, you pay your money and take your choice. There are very few summer houses available made from metal.
Most metal sheds are made from galvanised steel to stop it rotting. However, you need to be aware there are two ways to galvanise steel. The best is for the steel to be hot dipped galvanised as this ensures the most penetration into the steel. The cheaper option is electroplated steel.
The difference is that hot-dipped galvanised sheds have zinc, effectively added to the steel, which makes the steel rust proof. With electroplating, an electric current is passed through the steel putting a very thin rust proof layer on the outside of the steel. This means it is very easy for this to be scratched off leaving the metal exposed. You can see a range of metal garden sheds here where all are hot dipped galvanised.
The one plus on all metal garden sheds is that are more fire resistant than wooden or plastic garden sheds. It’s possible that a metal shed would have prevented a fire spreading from a bin to a garden shed in North Baddesley. Three vehicles, a bin, a fence and a shed was damaged, possibly by arsonists, in the Hampshire town, in the early hours of the morning.
Nearby firefighters had been called out to a car fire which had started when a van caught light. This then spread to a Ford Focus nearby and was also damaged. They had to use breathing apparatus and used hose reel jets to put out the fire but it had already spread to the nearby garden shed.
If the homeowner had had a metal garden shed, certainly one from the SafeStore range of metal garden sheds, or the Capital Steel Industrial Workshops then their valuables are likely to have been saved. Being fire resistant as well as being strong these metal sheds are certainly worth considering for peace of mind.