Choosing the Right
Material For Your Mini Shed

If you don’t have enough storage space or need a separate workspace, adding a small shed can be a great solution. Building a mini shed is an excellent investment for both homeowners and business owners. But it’s important to learn about the industry so you can invest in a shed that will hold up for many years.


Storage sheds come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with the option to custom-design the specs to match your unique needs. There are many online resources with blueprints and building instructions, but it can be costly and time-consuming to build a shed from scratch. Instead, many people find it easier to purchase a mini shed and either install it themselves, or have a contractor do it.


With the right team, your mini shed can be installed in a day or two, without the headache of a do-it-yourself project. First, you will need to select the materials, colours, and design features for your new shed. Our team will then deliver all the necessary equipment and building materials so you can get started on your shed right away!

Pros & Cons: Plastic, Wood, and Metal

As you learn more about the industry, you’ll find sellers who offer sheds in various materials: plastic, wood, and metal. The materials you choose will have a long-term impact on the performance and durability of the structure. So, take a bit of time to research your options before finalizing the design of your mini shed.


Here are a few things you need to know about these common materials:

Wood Sheds

Wood is the traditional material used for mini sheds. When homeowners choose a DIY approach, they often choose wood because it’s easier to work with when someone doesn’t have formal training in the industry.


The outside of a wooden shed can be painted and designed to make it stylish. Often, the goal is to match the appearance of the shed to the colours and design themes on the main building. Inside, wood sheds have exposed beams and an unfinished appearance.


Even though wood is versatile, there are some notable drawbacks to using this material for mini shed construction. For example, wood can attract insects and be challenging to clean if nests or infestations occur. Additionally, wood is vulnerable in harsh weather, resulting in deterioration and rotting that can happen over time. The risk of rotting is higher if the shed is improperly built or designed with low-quality materials.


It’s necessary to repaint a woodshed regularly since the paint will fade and peel over time. This process can be time-consuming to sand the surface and re-paint the exterior of the shed every few years.

Wooden Shed

Plastic Sheds

Materials used for plastic sheds include vinyl, resin, or high-density polyethylene. These materials are typically lighter in weight compared to wood and metal, but the plastic can be strong and durable in all weather conditions. Sometimes, plastic sheds are reinforced using double-wall construction and integrated steel supports.


The advantage of plastic over wood is that the materials require little maintenance. You don’t need to worry about rusting or rotting because of weather conditions. Also, there is no need to paint or refinish the surface. The plastic is built to last, ensuring long-term durability for many years. Over time, the sunlight can deteriorate the plastic, causing the surface to fade and crack.


One drawback of a plastic mini shed is that the plastic can’t hold much weight hanging from the ceiling or walls. Some people don’t like the appearance of these sheds because the plastic looks more like a “playhouse” than a functional structure.

Plastic Shed

Metal Sheds

Metal is a great choice if you are looking for a material that meets all requirements for durability and quality. One of the most notable benefits of metal is that these sheds offer better security than the features offered with wood or plastic sheds.


Metal sheds are a smart investment because the material outlasts wood and plastic. Metal stays strong in all weather conditions, is fire resistant, and requires little to no maintenance. Additionally, solid construction ensures that metal sheds are rodent-proof and insect resistant. You don’t need to worry about potential damage to the shed walls because of insect infestations.


Keep in mind that there is a big difference in the quality of a cheap metal shed kit compared to the services offered by a more professional team like Norsteel. Cheap kits come with thin panels that often corrode over time. On the other hand, high-end metal sheds are made with rigid, strong metal that is corrosion-resistant.


Higher grade metal sheds offer security and quality that is unmatched compared to other shed materials. If you want to protect your tools or equipment, then a metal mini shed is the industry's top choice. This superior quality costs a bit more compared to cheaper alternatives in the industry. But the extra cost is an excellent investment because of the long-term durability that comes from a well-built mini shed.

Mini Shed Top Choice: Metal Materials

Metal storage sheds offer a variety of benefits that aren’t available from wood or plastic. At first, it might be tempting to invest in wood because of the lower upfront cost. But the long-term costs can add up for maintenance and repair work on wood sheds. Installing the right shed gives you the advantage of protecting your equipment and avoiding expensive repair or replacement costs in the future.


When you look at the overall value of this investment, it’s easy to see that metal is the material of choice for mini shed design. We offer pre-engineered steel that is designed to provide the best functionality and durability features that you need. The value and strength of these materials provide the lasting quality that you need in the future.


If you have questions about mini shed design, then Norsteel Buildings is here to help. We provide a personalized experience for our clients. Reach out to learn more about available building applications. You can contact us online or call if you have questions or comments: 1-866-971-7575.

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Norsteel Editorial Team