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Why Wood is the Best Material for Outdoor Storage


There are many different sheds made in three different materials: wood, resin and metal. And there are common misconceptions among consumers regarding all three.

Wood sheds are commonly considered the most difficult type of shed to maintain. The most common complaints are:

“You have to weatherproof and repaint it all the time.”

“Moisture rots the wood and you have to replace it.”

Or, our favorite: “It couldn’t last as long as resin and metal…those are much stronger.”

Though you should properly maintain wood sheds to maximize its time span in your backyard, it is actually the best choice as an outdoor storage solution —even in terms of maintenance.

Wood Resin Metal
Maintenance x x
Durability x x
Practicality x x x
Design x x
Overall cost x x

The Low Maintenance Storage Solution

Wood and resin definitely win this battle. Though metal doesn’t require tasks like painting, metal sheds have no choice but to be replaced once they start to rust (and it’s inevitable due to air moisture and other uncontrollable elements). Resin is a close second, but once it cracks, the cracks spread, and your resin shed will need replacement as well.


Our wood sheds have literally survived Hurricane Katrina! We had homeowners send us pictures (link to handy home photobucket) of their sheds, and they were still intact. Metal sheds are highly deceiving, because they are easily dented and banged up by the wind…after so many dents, it become structurally damaged and eventually unusable. Resin sheds can have the strength of wooden ones, but once the material develops cracks, it spreads throughout the structure itself.


All three shed types serve a similar purpose for your storage needs. The biggest difference here is that unlike resin and metal, wood sheds are highly customizable. You can add in additional shelving, a loft, windows or skylight with ease. Not so much with the other options.


Aesthetically, wood and resin are much more attractive than metal—which usually do not match any home design well. Resin shed typically are nice-looking, but you cannot simply customize them to match your home. Wooden sheds can be painted or shingled to closely resemble your home—and you can always make additional updates if you ever choose to.

 Overall Cost

Resin sheds are the most expensive. So if you’re looking to stay within a certain budget, these usually aren’t cost effective. Add in the fact that resin accessories, like shelves, have to be bought—you cannot do-it-yourself with these. Metal sheds are the cheapest, but the life span is very short in comparison to wood and resin sheds.

Wood Sheds Wins the Battle as the Ideal Outdoor Storage Solution…

Hands down, wood sheds wins the battle among shed types in every category. It’s easy to see why our sheds would be a wise investment!