Potential Problems With Improvised Home Storage Sheds

3 March 2016
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What do you do if you need to store a few items, but don't have enough room in your house? Some people solve this problem by building outdoor storage sheds using easy-to-find building materials. While such a move may save you money in the long run, it does have its disadvantages depending on what you want to store. The common construction materials for these sheds include wood, plastic, and metal. Read on to learn why they may not be perfect for storing your goods:


Wood is one of the common materials for building sheds; maybe it's because it's easy to work with and can be customized into specific sizes and shapes. Unfortunately, many people do not finish the interiors of their wooden sheds. The raw wood then becomes accessible and attractive to bugs (such as termites), which may destroy not only the wood but also your stored items.

Another danger to wooden sheds comes in the form of harsh weather elements. Water and ice or snow can damage your shed or seep through the beams and damage your stored items. The risk is greater with DIY constructed sheds that may not have adequate waterproofing qualities.


Apart from wood, metal is also a common construction material for outdoor storage sheds. While metal doesn't rot or deteriorate like wood, it also has its fair share of problems. For example, moisture may lead to rusting, and rust spreads, which means other metallic objects in your storage may begin rusting too. These can damage your stored items such as picture frames, screwdrivers, toolbox and any item made from metal.


These days, you can talk about construction without talking about plastic, which is available in different forms such as high-density polyethylene or vinyl. As you know, plastic doesn't rot like wood or rust like metal, so you don't have to worry about those threats. Considering all its advantages, plastic sheds seem to offer the best bet among the three materials discussed here.

Unfortunately, they are probably the least secure storage sheds compared to wood and metal. You don't need sophisticated materials to break into a plastic shed. This rules it out of the running for storing valuable items.

You don't have to worry about these problems if the items you wish to store aren't too valuable or delicate. However, if you want to store goods that can be damaged by weather or stolen, then your best bet is to hire a custom-built storage place. Such storage places are built with all these dangers in mind so you will collect your stored items in the same condition they were in during storage. 

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