When one of our renters asked for a storage shed a few years ago, we opted to go with a resin shed instead of the more traditional metal sheds. Resin (sometimes known as high density polyethylene) sheds are the newest shed style on the market and quickly becoming popular with homeowners who much prefer them to the old style metal sheds.
Even though the resin sheds are two to three times the cost of a metal version, they have all kinds of great advantages. Here they are.
Resin sheds are super simple to assemble and don’t require fancy tools or specialty carpentry skills. We were able to assemble our resin shed in under 30 minutes using nothing more than a screwdriver. Metal sheds however are hard to do which is why most people order them already assembled.
Resin is also quite light, making it very easy to transport from your truck to its new location. Even assembled, resin sheds are light enough that they can be pushed around the patio or the deck to experiment to see where it might fit best.
Comes with a floor
Metal sheds are designed to be set on a concrete slab floor and in areas with winds, need to be anchored to the ground. Resin sheds come with their own floor and don’t require any anchoring.
No exterior maintenance
The resin material of the shed means that it is totally maintenance free (except for hosing it out once in a while). This is a huge time saver for us landlords since it means no fussing around with rust and no painting, ever. Contemporary resin sheds are also UV protected and stain-resistant.
Several of my neighbors have metal sheds and one thing they all have in common is a shallow roof pitch which makes the top of the shed a catch-all for leaves, pine needles, and other tree debris. Resin sheds have a much steeper roof which means that debris drops to the ground instead of accumulating on the roof where it can be hard to reach.
Metal sheds are very noisy, especially when opening the door or leaning tools against the wall. There is no noise with a resin shed which is great on properties with narrow lots since it means that you don’t have to worry about your renters disturbing the neighbors.
Hard to damage
Metal sheds are made of thin steel or aluminum which is super easy to dent. This isn’t a problem with a resin shed which is a good thing when it’s being used by tenants who might not handle it as carefully as an owner might.
Resin sheds are much more attractive than metal sheds with two toned colors, little windows and faux wood grain. Another nice feature is that owners can purchase accessory pieces to expand an existing shed or add features such as shelves or pegs. This option is not available with a metal shed.
As much as I prefer not buying anything made of plastic, a resin shed beats a metal shed for durability and easy maintenance. For rental properties, it’s the perfect solution.
Lifetime: Which shed material is best for you?
More by this contributor:
Five ways a yard can stretch your budget
Creative ways to hide a neighbor’s ugly back yard
9 fun (and free!) ways to dress up your backyard for summer