Metal garden sheds can be an excellent 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 you pay your money and take your choice as they say. There are very few summer houses available made from metal.
Most metal sheds are made from galvanised steel to stop them from 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, making the steel rustproof. With electroplating, an electric current is passed through the steel putting a very thin rustproof 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 they are more fire-resistant than wooden or plastic garden sheds. It’s possible that a metal shed would have prevented a fire from spreading from a bin to a garden shed in North Baddesley. Three vehicles, a container, 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 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 and being strong these metal sheds are certainly worth considering for your peace of mind.
DIY is seen as being a male obsession, but more and more women are turning to this activity to save money, to ensure that job gets down and for the satisfaction, it can give them.
From my childhood back in the ’60s, it was my mum who did the decorating around the house as my Dad ran his butcher’s shop. Although we had a garden shed, a concrete shed in those days in our council house. I don’t think my Dad knew what it was for. I think that was his excuse. I think that metal sheds are a great choice, certainly when close to the house. Nowadays concrete sheds, available from this website, are becoming more popular as they are much stronger than the standard inexpensive metal sheds but can be somewhat more expensive. They are also far better than the cheap feather edge or overlap sheds sold for a few hundred pounds on the web these days. These types of buildings are also used as secure motorbike sheds or cycle storage where they excel.
You may find these cheaply made buildings may be OK for a couple of winters if you are lucky, but you will find after the second winter the roof would have given way because cheap man-made materials had been used, such as chipboard, OSB board, or sheet material (it’s described as sheet material but is chipboard or OSB board and the reason is described like this because those shed makers don’t want you to know they are using inferior, unsuitable materials).
B&Q which run You Can Do It classes have experienced a 400% increase in women enrolling in its courses. Where they can learn skills such as wallpapering, painting, changing a radiator right through to laying floors. In the last two years, over 23,000 women had signed up for these classes.
With 15 B&Q centres around the country where these classes take place and, following this success, they have introduced Kids Can Do It courses as well. The top courses are plastering (which I have no idea about and would not try), wall tiling, changing taps, and wallpaper hanging.
With this development, women are also buying their own sheds so that their tools can be stored. They are also used in their DIY activities where a clear working area is required. This means that more men are being moved out of their domain and women taking over. This is not altogether a bad thing as women are equal to these tasks and taking over these DIY activities can only be a good thing. Men and I count myself in this area, have every good intention of doing that little job, and I’m always saying I will do that in the morning. And that morning never seems to come round.
Tesco also reported an increase of 300% in women buying home improvement items such as paintbrushes etc. over the past decade. The figures have raised from 20% in 2000 to 60% nowadays. And the reason for this appears to be the recession where there is less money to be spent on home improvements.
However, it is crucial that all the equipment and tools bought should be locked away, and the range of Safestore metal sheds offer excellent protection from thieves. This will ensure that when the next job comes around, all these items can be retrieved from the shed for the next job. Besides DIY the garden is also receiving a boost from the ‘stronger’ sex as garden trowels, and secateurs sales are up. How do they know? It’s because the rise in these garden tools is mainly in pink garden tools. And the chances of a man using pink garden shears has to be very low – unless you know better!
Written By Robin - Expert in Garden Buildings For 42 Years.
Hi, I'm Robin Antill, founder of 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, and I use my expertise gained over 42 years in the garden buildings industry to understand that each customer is different. With my manufacturing, retailing and customer service experience my articles help people choose their ideal shed, garden workshop, summerhouse, log cabin or garden office needs to suit their requirement and that is key to satisfaction. And what do I do when I'm not writing? You may find me following Grimsby Town Football Club or riding roller coasters
- so plenty of 'ups and downs' in my life.