Wooden Sheds v Concrete Sheds

If you are thinking of buying your next shed then why not have a look into a concrete shed.  

How much will a concrete shed cost me ?

For a start a concrete shed is going to be one of the most expensive sheds you could buy. After looking around on the internet i spotted a 4ft x 4ft concrete shed priced at £1800. with a standard 6ft x 4ft version around the £2500 mark. No doubt you could shop around and find something slightly cheaper but with the price of concrete going up all the time these prices could change and be even higher in the future.   

Why choose concrete over another material?

If you are purely using the shed to store items such as garden tools, plant pots, hosehold goods then a wooden shed is much cheaper and will give you the same results i.e somewhere watertight and protected. Some people use a garden shed as an alternative space for a hobby or as a workspace. If you intend to have electricity in your shed and use it for such things as a model railway show  or run your business from your computer all year round, you can readily do this inside a concrete shed. If you want that permanence from the shed, this is a good way to get it.

The advantages of a concrete shed

Concrete last much longer than wood so this is a distinct advantage. Oftentimes, the exterior can be finished with pebbledash, which looks good and requires no maintenance. You can also paint the inside walls many times over with out the worry of shrinkage and rotting

Another great advantage is the added security a concrete shed offers comared to a wooden shed. The solidity of the material makes it far harder for anyone to gain access to its contents. If you fit a solid door with a superior lock and bolt, you shouldn’t need to worry about anyone breaking into your concrete shed.

The secure nature of the building also extends to its imperviousness to fire. If a wooden shed caught light for any reason, i.e. a BBQ going out of control, it would likely go up in flames very quickly. That won’t happen with a concrete shed.

The solid nature of the structure also makes it the ideal pick for an outdoor office, a hobby studio, or even somewhere to store a motorbike. When the building is properly lined and insulated, it will provide warmth and security all year round.

The disadvantages of a concrete shed

Cost is obviously a big factor here. However, if you have good reason to buy a concrete shed rather than a wooden or metal one, that cost does allow you to get the shed you need. For instance, you might be able to offset some or all the cost of the shed if you intend to use it as an office.

Another factor to bear in mind is the difficulty of putting it together. Since concrete panels are heavy, it is usually best to hire professionals to construct it for you. That adds to the overall cost. It does however ensure the shed is put together properly so it won’t let water in or suffer from weak joints between the concrete panels.

Some of the cheaper concrete sheds also fail to hide the fact they’re made from concrete. This might be a disadvantage unless you are not too worried by the appearance. Furthermore, it can be difficult to put shelves and hooks up. If you want to do this, it may not be practical to get a concrete shed.

Clearly, you should consider what you are going to use the shed for, how much you can afford to spend, and what you wish the finished product to look like. There may be circumstances where you might want such a shed, but you cannot stretch your budget to accommodate it. Additionally, if you know you will need hanging storage, this may cancel the idea of getting one to start with.