Metal Shed guide

Are you looking for an excellent, simple-to-use, and cost-effective storage space? A metal shed is a great option. In this post, we’re going to show you:

  • Why choose a metal shed
  • The most common sizes
  • Extra options you can choose
  • An idea of the prices you can expect

Let’s get started.

Why Choose a Metal Storage Shed?

A sturdy storage shed is an excellent addition to any property. Here are the major reasons to choose a metal shed over other options:

  • They are cost-effective. Metal sheds are less expensive per square foot than other choices.
  • Metal storage sheds can be assembled quickly, usually by a single person.
  • Outdoor metal storage buildings suffer less weather damage, making them last longer.

Metal buildings save money during installation, require less maintenance, and offer more options than other materials

Common Sizes of Metal Sheds

Metal sheds and their sizes can vary depending on their intended use, or the material used. A backyard shed is usually one of a few sizes:

  • Many people build a simple 8×10 metal shed for outdoor storage for their gardening tools. Kits for these sheds are available for delivery. You can assemble them in your yard with little trouble.
  • A 12×16 metal storage shed is over twice as big. Many people use the extra storage space as a small shop, motorcycle garage, or upgrade them to an outdoor office.
  • If you want to park a car in your new shed, then it should be at least 12×20. It will also need a strong floor frame and locking doors.

Of course, there is a vast range of sizes and options available for purchase. If you need a specific size or shape, then you can buy one or have a kit designed for you

Common Materials for Metal Storage Sheds

Galvanized steel is one of the best metal sheds out there as a means of preventing significant rust build-up. You can also use aluminum sheds, especially for smaller projects. Steel is heavier and more heat- and rust-resistant, but may also be more expensive.

If you are building a simple lean-to in your garden, then an aluminum storage shed is probably a great choice.

A larger project, such as a garage for your car or a larger building for a business expansion, will need to have a durable foundation and use more permanent materials such as concrete, steel or galvanized steel.

Steel Storage Shed Options and Features

When it comes to your prefabricated shed, there are many options. Whatever your plans, you can buy a kit or work with a professional like Champion Buildings to design, build and customize your prefabrication solution.

Let’s cover a few choices available to you:

  • Add a patio to create level access or an outdoor working surface.
  • Install windows to bring natural light into the room.
  • Include an extra door for entry without opening the main doors on a large shed.
  • Build a reinforced floor to support more weight for cars or heavy equipment.
  • Vents and insulation can be added if heating and air conditioning are needed.

You can choose as many of these as you want for your shed. There are also accessories you can add. They include painted siding, chimneys for wood-burning stoves, and fuse boxes for a full electrical installation.

Installation Process for Metal Shed

Most metal sheds follow the same installation process. While they are easy to assemble, you should always follow the manufacturer’s directions to get the best results.

Here are the steps for installing a shed:

  • Prepare the site. Remove any debris and level the ground.
  • Build the foundation. Small sheds without a full floor could skip this step. Larger sheds or full metal buildings will require a proper foundation.
  • Construct the wall and roof frames. Assembling the shed will go much faster if you assemble the frames on the ground first.
  • Put the frames together. The side walls and doors will go up first, then the roof frames will be added.
  • Add the siding. Metal siding gets screwed or bolted onto the frames.

From this point, you can finish the project by adding your accessories. Water, electricity, and the internet can be added at this point. If insulation is desired, it will be installed prior to other infrastructure

How Much Does a Metal Shed Cost?

The price of a metal shed obviously depends on the size and options you choose. However, we can give you a rough guide. Metal buildings range from $10-25 per square foot. Larger buildings to suit a business or industry can be even less per square foot.

There are factors that affect the price of your building:

  • Size – Larger buildings cost more in total, but less per square foot.
  • Material – Steel and aluminum are the main options and aluminum is usually less expensive.
  • Metal Prices – The cost of metal goes up and down regularly. Plan your building to lock in a specific price.
  • Complexity – Larger buildings with I-beam supports and complex shapes will cost more.

You can add construction costs to the cost per square foot. While you can build a metal shed on your own, a larger building will probably require the services of a full construction crew

Explore Options with A Professional

There are many choices for metal sheds on the market. If you’re looking for something larger, contact our team at Champion Buildings. We firmly believe in erecting quality, cost-efficient steel and metal buildings for commercial, and agricultural purposes. All of our buildings are:

  • 100% Made in the USA, Commercial Grade Steel
  • Prefabricated with All Steel Frames
  • Use High Strength Bolts
  • Have optional 24 gauge Standing Seam Roof
  • Clear Span (up to 150′)
  • Available with a variety of Metal Building Accessories
  • Available with a large color selection of walls, roof, and Trims

For more information or to purchase your metal building contact Champion Buildings by phone or fill out our contact form!