When you need extra outdoor storage, you should be considering differences in price and features between prefab sheds. Purchasing and installing a shed can be a significant investment. Dedicate some time to learn about the industry and the options that are available to you before jumping into this decision.
What is a Prefab Shed?
Choosing a prefab shed means buying a kit that is already designed and ready to install. Unlike new construction from scratch, you don’t need to worry about cutting and measuring materials, or acquiring installation hardware.
Since the same basic design is used for multiple prefab shed kits, the price is often lower compared to the cost of a custom design. The cost savings from this are passed down to you, the customer. Plus, you’ll also save money on labour since there’s no need to pay for custom design services, and the assembly of your building is faster than a custom build. While there are benefits that come with custom sheds, many customers find that they can save quite a bit of money and time by choosing a prefab solution instead.
Typically, a prefab shed is installed for the purpose of using the space for storage or equipment. Since the shed is already designed, customers like the quick results that accompany the fast construction. These sheds are designed with durability and performance in mind. Choose a metal prefab shed, and you can expect the structure to hold up for decades to come.
Prefab vs. Custom
Not all prefab sheds are created equal. If you want quality results, make sure you invest in materials that will maintain durability for years to come. Cutting corners on the pricing often results in lower-quality materials, leading to avoidable problems in the future.
It’s essential to consider the reputation and skills of the seller, as well as the engineering and durability of the prefab design. At Norsteel, we connect you with a professional building expert who will act as your advisor throughout the research, purchase, and construction phases.
With that said, here are some of the major differences between custom and prefab sheds:
- Prefab: Pre-designed layout, which means you will still have the ability to customize your building, but the extent of the customization may be limited in comparison to a fully custom build. A prefab shed of the same size is almost always more cost-effective compared to a similarly-sized custom design. These sheds come in a variety of shapes and sizes, which means that most customers can find a design that works for their individual needs. One of the most significant advantages of a prefab design is that these sheds come with everything needed for assembly and construction, and thus can be built quickly and efficiently.
- Custom: Some prefer custom sheds because they want full control of the design and layout of their outdoor storage space. You work with a designer to choose the size, layout, materials, and other elements of the structure. Custom tends to be more expensive than buying a prefab shed. Not only do you need to pay for the design services, but the cost of materials is often higher.
These are the major differences between custom and prefab sheds, but you’ll havea to consider how your building will be used to determine which is ultimately best for your circumstances. How will you be using this storage space? Where will it be installed? Asking these questions can help you identify your needs, which can help you reach your final decision.
Outdoor Storage Considerations
When installing a prefab shed for outdoor storage, consider how specific features and materials will impact the performance of your storage space. These are some of the most common concerns that you should address:
- Security: What will be stored in the shed? If you are keeping expensive equipment inside, then make sure the prefab shed is designed with adequate security. Wood and plastic sheds provide easy access for thieves. Metal tends to be more effective in preventing theft and loss.
- Damage: Weather conditions can cause wear and tear over time. Wood requires ongoing maintenance to protect the outside surface from sun and water damage. Eventually, wood can rot and warp because of the sun, snow, and rain. Plastic fades and cracks over time. Metal is the best choice to minimize damage and ensure the long-term durability of the shed.
- Maintenance: Consider the time and financial investments required for the long-term sustainability of your new shed. Metal requires minimal and occasional maintenance, while wood and plastic require repair and a higher degree of maintenance because of the wear and tear that will likely occur.
- Pests: Poorly built outdoor storage spaces can attract pests, including rodents and insects. Wood tends to pose the highest risk for pest infestation because bugs are attracted to the wood. Additionally, rodents can get inside more easily through scratching and digging.
- Strength: The overall strength of the prefab shed is an essential factor to consider, especially if you are planning to hang things from the ceiling or walls. Metal offers the durability and strength that is needed to prevent damage of the structure itself as well as the items being stored.
When choosing the materials and features for your prefab shed, it can be helpful to talk to an industry expert about the available options. Our team at Norsteel Buildings is here to answer your questions. We’ll help you compare the materials and features to ensure the outdoor storage space matches your needs.
Long-Term Durability of Metal
If a prefab shed is right for your needs, then metal is often the preferred material. These storage sheds hold up in all weather conditions and offer the secure, durable, and long-lasting space you need for your equipment.
Would you like to learn more about the pros and cons of metal prefab sheds? Talk to our professional team at Norsteel Buildings to learn about your options. You can contact us using our online form. Or, call at your convenience to talk to an industry expert: 1-866-971-7575.