What Is the Best Type of Garden Shed to Buy?

Gardening is one of the most satisfying outdoor hobbies. Whether you grow your own veggies or venture into the garden just to mow the lawn, your tools and equipment all require a reliable, weatherproof shed to be stored in.

A garden shed can either be a wooden shed, metal shed or plastic shed. So you might be asking this now: which type of shed in the UK should I buy?

We, at Garden Buildings Direct, are helping you make this choice easier by rounding up our most popular garden sheds for sale. We’ve categorised them into three major types of materials so you can easily find one that works best for your garden.

3 Types of Garden Sheds

Plastic, metal and wooden sheds all have their benefits and flaws, and some suit certain spaces more than others. It’s essential to weigh up what you need in order to find the right one for your garden.

Metal Sheds

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BillyOh Partner Apex Metal Shed

Pros

Metal sheds are known for their durability and robust quality, making it an ideal choice if you wish to have a secure shed to store your valuable items.

They’re also designed to withstand the harsh elements and won’t suffer from, offering long-lasting garden storage all year round.

Considering metal is considered as a cheap shed material available on the market, metal sheds also make a great value for money. In fact, they are one of the popular choices for a most household not only in the UK but also worldwide.

Unlike their wooden and plastic counterparts, metal sheds are low maintenance. They do not require painting, or sanding or even pest control. Moreover, the installation is relatively easy.

Cons

In previous years, metal sheds were regarded as less attractive than their wooden counterparts. Still, nowadays, most metal sheds are designed to complement a garden, and some even have a woodgrain exterior.

Metal sheds do have their flaws, though. They are harder to modify than wooden sheds. It can require some crucial tools like welders, sheet folders and angle grinders.

In addition, although they do make for excellent outdoor storage, cheaper sheds can suffer from rust or corrosion. Tip: when purchasing one, make sure it’s rust-resistant and offers a warrant against rust.

For high-quality metal sheds with reasonable prices, check out our products here.

Wooden Sheds

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BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shed

Pros

Arguably the most popular garden shed, wooden sheds come in modern or traditional designs to suit most gardens and can be easily modified to add shelving or more storage. 

Wooden sheds are generally much easier to work with and assemble. Depending on how thick the timber, you can opt for domestic or heavy-duty use, the latter if wanting to use it as a workshop.

Another advantage is that timber is a natural insulator due to its air pockets within its cellular structure. If you’re looking for a storage area which you’re able to spend a lot of time in, especially during the colder months, then a wooden shed can be your best bet! Compared to metal or concrete ones, it will be much warmer in a wooden shed during the wintertime.

Plus, wooden sheds are quite heavy and solid. Thanks to their robust frame features, it can withstand any weather conditions, including strong winds.

Cons

The cons to wooden sheds are that they require regular treatment at least once every couple of years which can be costly. If not treated, wooden sheds can become susceptible to the elements, so it’s essential to keep them maintained.

Timber buildings also have their imperfections, and one of them is being prone to moisture, which can lead to warping and twisting, leaving the overall structure unusable. Another is that lumber can attract pests like termites, including rot. Rot occurs when water is stagnant and pools around uncovered timber.

You can opt for pressure treated options on some sheds or insulate them yourself, to allow it better to maintain its internal temperature during the cold months. If you don’t have enough time and resources to treat your wooden shed, we offer a pressure-treated option to most designs.

Pressure-treated – this kind of treatment is usually blasted with protective treatment before the timber is stacked and left to dry. This process not only offers maximum penetration, but it also provides longer-lasting protection than the dip-treating one.

Plastic Sheds

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BillyOh StoreMax Plastic Shed

Pros

Often less expensive than metal sheds, plastic shed designs are an excellent choice for anyone who wants a low maintenance garden building. Strong but also lightweight, they can be easily moved around the garden into your preferred position.

Some plastic sheds are also UV resistant, including our Ashford Plastic Garden Shed, which means they won’t fade in the sun and provide the perfect storage space for any of your gardening items.

Plastic is impermeable, meaning this kind of sheds are the perfect medium to keep out the rains, snow, and ice. Not only they offer durability and weather resistance, but they are also longer-lasting and require no maintenance, especially the higher-end ones. 

Lastly, they avoid issues such as rot or rust and are easy to assemble, making it a maintenance-free garden building.

Cons

The main disadvantage to a plastic shed over wooden and metal sheds is that they are not as secure and can be affected by extreme temperatures. The average shed is fully lockable with a hasp made for padlock, which most plastic sheds are lacking.

And while they are designed to provide protection from the rain, ice, and even snow, but not in strong winds due to its scarcity of poor wind protection. Customising plastic sheds can also be more tricky than with the other types. For instance, if the structure is not installed properly, the doors can be crooked or won’t close properly.

Top-Selling Heavy Duty Sheds

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BillyOh Apex Log Cabin Heavy Duty Shed 
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BillyOh Pent Log Cabin Heavy Duty Shed

The Best Garden Sheds

The garden sheds all offer the perfect space to store your tools, gardening equipment, and garden furniture. Once you’ve decided which type of shed is best suited for your garden needs, you can take a look at each shed in more detail. Take a closer look at our most popular sheds in detail below.

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The BillyOh Partner Apex Metal Shed is a popular choice due to its durability and reliable design. The shed offers simple, easy storage for any garden and requires no treatment at home. If you’re looking for a low maintenance building which will keep your gardening tools and equipment safely secure, the Partner Apex is an ideal choice. The traditional apex roof and green exterior complement most gardens. You’ll also receive a steel foundation kit as standard.

Features

  • Galvanised Steel Construction
  • Fire, Rust and Corrosion Resistant
  • Steel Foundation Kit Included
  • Windowless Design for Security
  • No Treatment Required

BillyOh Partner Woodgrain Pent Roof Metal Shed

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If you’re looking for compact garden storage for your modern garden, the BillyOh Partner Woodgrain Pent Roof Metal Shed comes up trumps. Constructed with a galvanised steel coating, the shed offers great weather protection and is easy to assemble. The compact size means the metal shed is perfect for smaller gardens.

Features

  • Galvanised Steel Coating
  • Modern Pent Roof Design
  • Compact Size
  • Fire Resistant
  • Easy Installation

BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shedbest-type-garden-shed-buy-8-billyoh-master-t&g-apex-shed

This wooden shed has a traditional, apex design which complements the look of any garden. If you want a reliable, cheap shed for garden storage, the BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shed could be a perfect choice. The T&G double doors allow easy access in and out of the shed and make it simple to manoeuvre large or bulky items.

Features

  • Tongue and Groove Double Door
  • Traditional Apex Design
  • Base Coat Treated
  • Heavy Duty Options for Roof
  • Strong 11mm T&G Construction

BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Pent Shed

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The BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Pent Shed combine modern design with reliable construction. The T&G shiplap offers good durability for the building, while its double doors allow you to access the shed easily. You can upgrade the shed floor to various thicknesses for domestic to heavy-duty use.

Features

  • Strong 11mm Tongue and Groove Shiplap Cladding
  • Base Coat Treated
  • Double Doors
  • Heavy Duty Floor Options
  • Windowless

BillyOh StoreMax Plastic Shedbest-type-garden-shed-buy-10-billyoh-storemax-plastic-shed

This BillyOh StoreMax is a reliable plastic shed for any garden. The classic design means it will complement most gardens and the long-lasting vinyl cladding adds complete weather protection for your garden storage. The wide double doors make accessing your tools easy. If you’re looking for a garden shed which will look after itself for years and years, the StoreMax is a great choice.

Features

  • Traditional Apex Style
  • Galvanised Steel Structure
  • Wide, Lockable Double Doors
  • Foundation Kit Included
  • Fire, Rot and Rust Resistant

BillyOh Woodbridge Outdoor Plastic Shed

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If you need plastic storage with vast interior space, the BillyOh Woodbridge Outdoor Plastic Shed is a great option. It works best in a spacious garden with a lot of gardening tools, equipment, and furniture to store.

Features

  • Fire Retardant Vinyl (no rust, rot or mildew)
  • Maintenance-Free
  • Wide Double Doors and Integrated Skylight
  • Strong Galvanised Steel Structure
  • Foundation Kit Included

BillyOh Apex Log Cabin Windowless Heavy Duty Shed

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If you’re looking for a heavy-duty shed to store your valuable gardening tools and equipment, this shed is a great choice. The 19mm interlocking boards give the shed great weather protection, and a windowless design provides security for the building, keeping items out of sight. The BillyOh Apex Log Cabin Windowless Heavy Duty Shed is available in a range of sizes to suit all gardens.

Features

  • Strong Interlocking 19mm Log Thickness
  • Windowless Design for Added Security
  • Traditional Apex Roof
  • Sizes to Suit All Gardens

BillyOh Pent Log Cabin Windowless Heavy Duty Shed

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This shed is a more modern alternative to the Apex version above. The 19mm interlocking boards provide you with a weather-resistant shed that is long-lasting. A windowless design provides security for the building, keeping items safely out of sight. The BillyOh Pent Log Cabin Windowless Heavy Duty Shed comes in varied sizes to suit most gardens.

Features

  • Modern Pent Roof
  • Strong Interlocking 19mm Log Thickness
  • Windowless Design for Added Security
  • Sizes to Suit All Gardens

Every type of shed has something different to offer, so it’s important to compare them in order to find the right one for you before you buy a garden shed. These are just some of the wide range of sheds we sell, so check our website for more high-quality garden sheds. Each type of shed also offers different possibilities and potential projects, such as a wooden shed becoming a garden bar!

Take a look at a few of our customer stories to find out how much they are enjoying their new sheds:
BillyOh Master T&G Pent Shed Stories
BillyOh Master Apex Stories
BO Master Apex Shed Stories
BO Storer Overlap Shed Stories

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