If you find yourself looking around for portable storage building prices, you’re probably wondering how much a storage shed should cost. That’s an important question and one that you’ll find different answers for depending on who you ask.
The difficulty with setting an average price for storage buildings is that storage buildings are built using a wide range of methods and materials. So in order to talk about what a storage building should cost we first of all need to clarify what kind of storage building we’re talking about.
Portable shed prices will vary significantly based primarily on how the building is constructed. You can get cheap quality buildings for relatively little, but if you want a building that your grandchildren will be using, you’ll need to be willing to pay a higher price tag. (Click here to download shed prices, or keep on reading to learn more about how much a shed should cost)
Materials and Building Methods
The saying, “you get what you pay for” more often than not still holds true today. There are those rare cases when you might find a high quality product at a dirt cheap price, but that is the exception rather than the norm.
Common materials used for storage buildings are metal, vinyl, and wood.
Storage buildings built entirely of metal are often found at big box stores for low prices. These buildings often use minimal framing and are susceptible to dents and rust. A better alternative if you wish to have the metal look is to buy a wood building with metal siding and roofing. The exterior siding looks similar to an all metal building but the wood framing greatly increases the strength and durability of the building.
Vinyl (also know as plastic or resin) storage buildings are also found at big box stores. Many of these buildings are constructed entirely of plastic which usually does not hold up to many years of use. Here again, wood storage buildings can be built with vinyl siding which makes for a much stronger and longer lasting building.
You’ll notice that many of the inexpensive metal and vinyl buildings found at department stores have a roof that’s almost flat. This is done in an effort to save money. But if you live in an area with heavy snow it can spell disaster, especially considering that a cheap building has minimal interior framing for support. A flat roof is more susceptible to roof cave-ins and leakage.
Wood storage buildings offer superior strength and durability, especially if all wood that comes into contact with the ground is pressure treated. Wood framed outdoor buildings can have a wood, metal, or vinyl exterior. You can expect to pay more for a wood building but (if purchased from a reputable builder) wood buildings will outperform the cheaper metal and plastic buildings almost every time. For more info, read our article on exterior shed wall materials, which breaks down all the options in more detail.
What Does a Quality Constructed Storage Building Look Like
So how do you know if the building that you’re interested in is worth the money? Let’s examine the storage building features that set quality buildings apart from the cheap buildings you’ll find in big stores and online.