Our Exterior Shed Wall Material Recommendation
And the winner (in our opinion) is…engineered wood! At DuraStor Structures, we’ve found engineered wood to be the best exterior shed wall material for two main reasons:
Engineered wood holds up to the weather about as well as any other product. LP SmartSide, the engineered wood brand we use on our storage sheds, comes with a 5/50-year warranty. That’s compared to a typical 50-year warranty on vinyl siding, 40-year warranty on metal panels, 30-year warranty on fiber cement and less or nothing on T1-11.
Besides carrying an industry-leading warranty, LP SmartSide withstands impacts better than any other shed wall material (with the possible exception of vinyl). And because it’s designed to be painted, the color choices are much wider than with any of the other products (except T1-11).
All the exterior shed wall materials we listed cost roughly $1.00-$1.50/square foot at a typical home improvement store. However, once extra costs are figured in, like labor or plywood sheathing under vinyl siding, engineered wood really begins to shine. Once total costs are calculated, engineered wood typically cost quite a bit less than both vinyl and metal, the other two products that come close in terms of durability.
So, all things considered, we believe an engineered wood product, like LP SmartSide, is the best choice for exterior shed wall material. To see examples of sheds with engineered wood siding, check out our prefab storage shed inventory!