America is a country that was largely founded on steel as the country literally established a foundation made of steel during the Industrial Revolution. As a result, whenever you read the materials of anything – whether it is something as simple as the components of a child’s toy or as complex as what went into an automobile: words like aluminum, brass, cooper, iron, lead, stainless steel and titanium stick out.

Metal has a reputation for being extraordinarily durable and for good reason. Why, then, would it be any different with metal storage sheds?

It is important to get past the stereotypical outdoor storage unit that is likely composed of wood inside and out, painted and located in the backyard. Metal storage sheds can do the same thing as wood sheds and potentially more. And they will require less upkeep in the long run.

The saying goes that “you get what you pay for” and it most certainly applies to outdoor storage. The typical metal shed will cost more to buy and construct compared to a plastic or wood shed but has a longer shelf-life. Wood sheds are very susceptible to the weather as over time the sun dries out paint, rain or snow rots through wood. Metal is far more able to endure even the worst climates and is very stable.

When you ask yourself, ‘Wood or metal storage sheds?’ the first thing that should be considered is what exactly will you be housing under the structure? If your response is something like extra vehicles, heavy-machinery, boats, ATVs, lawn mowers or any expensive type of riding equipment, the answer is metal storage sheds. This is especially true if you are building a rather large storage unit that may also serve commercial purposes such as being a shop for your business.

Metal storage sheds are also very secure. They’re not easy to break into provided you install the appropriate level of locks and other security measures. They also may withstand a fallen tree branch or hail storm that viciously attacks the roof of the structure, whereas shingles could implode far easier. Therefore, not only is steel suitable for the wall of the unit but also the ceiling.

So what option are you going to select?

The good news is there are a variety of experts available to help with your final decision. The self-storage industry has exploded over the last decade and as a result, numerous companies have been established all over the country that specialize in building metal storage sheds and other types or facilities of that nature.