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What to Look for When Building a Metal Shed
This entry was posted on August 6, 2019.
There are plenty of reasons to look towards metal when building a shed whether it's by the garden or to increase your storage space for tools, for the lawnmower, for the other things that are suddenly cluttering out the garage. While there are plenty of options, one that is often overlooked is the role of metal in creating a high quality shed that gets the job done and stands up against the elements over time.
The first question to ask is whether you are looking at metal is the type of mental and a mild steel sheet would be perfect for this and then you need to look for the shed roof or if you are looking at a shed constructed fully out of metal.
The Full Metal Build
This is definitely the less common option. You usually see this in rural areas where keeping things cheap is important, and where having some climate control is less important. The most common form of this is to have revealed wood posts, open walls, and metal ceiling. In other cases it is an inexpensive homestead set up to create some make-shift walls out of metal roofing. This can be tempting to save money but generally speaking - don't do it. That's not worth it.
Building A Quality Metal Shed Roof
Going with sheet metal for a shed roof is a great idea, and has many advantages over shingles. When done properly this deflects rain easily, reflects sunlight off of the shed, and a metal roof topping a wood shed can look really good. There's also much less upkeep as you don't have to worry about fixing shingles or replacing the entire thing because a little bit of wood rots.
First make sure to get a good shed design. If you have a reliable set of blueprints, making sure you get the right metal roofing will be much easier. Modern sheet metal is much better than the old fashioned aluminum as the metal is designed so it doesn't contract and expand with changing temperatures.
You're going to be putting the metal on a wood frame, so be sure to measure out how much you'll need, keeping in mind on each side you will want the metal to go a bit further than the wood to keep rain water or snow off of the wood underneath. This will help extend the life of the shed.
Start with the outside sections and work your way in. This is crucial since the edges need to be set up the way you want them to get that little bit of protective overhang, and once one side is lined up work all the way over from there. If you need to cut a sheet of metal at some point, lengthwise cuts can be made with a utility knife before folding the metal back and forth, wriggling it until it comes apart.
Most of the process is very straight forward once you have the original base setup on the edge and you're moving your way in - but keep in mind that the ridge cap can be a bit tricky. Make sure you have enough to run the full length. While it is possible to gerry-rig a full piece with a partially cut piece if it is needed, this can cause a potential area of weakness for pests, debris, or water to wear down over time.
If you follow the plans and watch out for these common trip ups, before too long you will have a great looking wood shed with a protective metal roof (Pro Tip: metal isn't just in its normal color, it also comes in green and white in many locations so choose one that blends in) that will be the envy of the neighborhood as it lasts for years to come!