How to choose a metal shed
What to look for when buying a metal shed
Metal sheds offer the best all round security. Beware though, you do get what you pay for in this area. A cheap metal shed is actually worse than a wooden one!
When choosing metal sheds it's a good idea to check the following:
Does it have an integral base?
A metal shed with no base is no use. A thief will lift the shed (even if bolted down) and simply crawl under the side.
How does it lock?
Hasp and staples are next to useless. In the same way as with a wooden shed. A thief will just knock the hasp and staple clean off the door without touching the padlock.
How is the unit fixed together?
So many imported sheds are self-assembly, which helps to keep the costs down. BUT they are often screwed together from the outside. All a thief needs is a screwdriver. The thief then just unscrews the door or panel to gain entry.
British made or import?
UK manufacturers generally offer better quality products as the BSI often forces manufacturers to adhere to certain standards, imports are cheap for a reason, they tend to be poorly finished, with sharp edges and screws that stick out.
Metal Shed Accessories
As well as larger items, your shed may need to accommodate helmets, shoes, jackets, sports equipment, cycles, tools etc. Does the shed offer shelves or hooks? The alternative is to keep them in the house!
What sort of metal are they made from?
All metal isn't the same. First, look for galvanised steel. This is a process the steel is put through to make it rustproof. Galvanised products normally have a warranty, (5 or 10 years) against perforation from rust. Find out about galvanised metal sheds here.
Check the weight of the unit.
A heavy shed can't be tipped over. A lightweight wooden or metal shed can be kicked over.
Check the gauge of the steel?
If the shed is made from corrugated metal it will offer very little resistance to forced entry. Corrugated sheds are historically made from very thin metal (it has to be to add all those bends). As anybody who has ever climbed on an old garage roof will tell you, corrugated roofs bend under body weight.
If you can get a product with a Loss Prevention Certification Board (LCPB) certificate you are pretty much guaranteed the shed will be very secure. Sheds with such accreditation will have reinforced doors, hinges and floors and can often get you a reduction on your insurance. Do check the certification though. Some less than honest shed makers will provide you with a weak corrugated shed and supply you with, eg, an LCPB bike lock inside the shed. Genuine LCPB sheds will cost you £600 plus, so do you really need this much security? If your bike is only worth £250, it's more expense than you need to consider: for £8000 worth of jet ski equipment, or a top end carbon bike it is more of a worthwhile purchase.