How to Choose a Metal Shed for Your Garden

We all know that Metal sheds offer the best all round security for your garden. Not only are they sturdy and secure, they also require very little maintenance as compared to a wooden garden shed. But be careful, don’t just go for the cheapest one as you will get what you pay for!

When choosing a metal shed for your garden it’s a good idea to check the following areas:

Does the shed have an integral base? A metal shed with no base is no use as a thief can lift up the shed (even if bolted down) and simply crawl under the side to get inside.

How does the unit lock? If Hasps and staples are used, then a thief will just knock the hasp and staple clean off the door without touching the padlock. Look for a secure locking mechanism and any security accreditation, such as from the Loss Prevention Certification Board.

How is the unit assembled? Most imported sheds are flat packed and are self-assembly as it helps to keep the costs down. However, the shed panels are designed to be screwed together from the outside. This opens up the shed to forced entry, as all a thief needs to break in is a screwdriver. The thief will simply unscrew the door or panel to gain entry.

British made or import? UK manufacturers generally offer better quality products as the BSI often forces manufacturers to adhere to certain standards. Although imported sheds may be cheaper, they tend to be poorly finished, with sharp edges and screws that stick out which is a potential hazard with young children.

Metal Shed Accessories? When buying a shed – think about how to maximise the space within – Does the shed offer shelves or hooks? As well as larger items, your shed may need to accommodate helmets, shoes, jackets, sports equipment, cycles, tools etc.

What sort of metal are they made from? All metal isn’t the same. First, look for galvanised steel. This is a process the steel is put through to make it rustproof. Galvanised products normally have a warranty, (5 or 10 years) against perforation from rust. It also means that it is more sturdy and wont easily be bent or kicked in.

Check the weight of the unit. A heavy shed can’t be tipped over compared to a light weight wooden or metal shed which can be kicked over.

Have you checked the gauge of the steel? If the shed is made from corrugated metal it will offer very little resistance to forced entry. Corrugated sheds are historically made from very thin metal – (it has to be to add all those bends). And as anybody who has ever climbed on an old garage roof will tell you, corrugated roofs bend under body weight – making it dangerous and not very secure.

Is the Unit Certified? If you can get a product with a Loss Prevention Certification Board certificate you are pretty much guaranteed the shed will be very safe and secure. Sheds with such accreditation will have reinforced doors, hinges and floors and can often get you a reduction on your insurance.

So – we hope these questions make you consider your options carefully before you decide on the right metal shed for your garden!