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4 Things to Consider When Deciding on Shed Siding Options

When it comes to choosing the right outdoor storage shed, deciding between shed siding options can be tricky. It’s what you’ll see every time you look at your new shed, so you want it to look good. At the same time, it’s also what’s protecting your shed from sun, rain, snow, and whatever the weather throws at it. Your choice of siding is going to impact the function and durability of your shed.

So what is the best material for your outdoor shed? In this blog, we go over significant factors that impact your decision, as well as the most common shed siding options and the pros and cons of each.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Shed Siding

Aesthetics

Plain and simple, the shed siding option you choose impacts the overall look of your building. Do you like the look of a classic wooden shed, or is a modern metal shed more your style? Consider color as well. Some types of shed siding come in various color options, while others are more limited. Most homeowners choose an outdoor shed that coordinates well with the style and color of their home.

Durability

Your outdoor shed is—don’t forget—outdoors. You want a shed that’s built to withstand the elements wherever you live. For example, if you live in a particularly wet climate, you may choose to avoid wood siding, which is susceptible to rot, or metal siding, which can be prone to rust. Most quality shed siding options have long-term warranties, so you know they are built to last.

Maintenance

While siding options for sheds are pretty durable in general, some require more maintenance than others to keep them looking and functioning at their best. Before deciding on your shed siding, consider how much painting, cleaning, and repairing you’re prepared to do and factor that into your decision.

Budget

Of course, shed pricing is always a factor, but going with the cheapest siding option for your shed may not be the best choice if you want a shed that will last. At Sun Rise Sheds, we offer various shed siding options at different price points to fit your needs. We also offer financing options so you can get the shed of your dreams without breaking the bank.

Comparing Our Shed Siding Options

At Sun Rise Sheds, we offer three primary options for your shed siding: engineered wood siding, vinyl siding, and metal siding. Here is some information to help you decide which is best for you.

Engineered Wood Shed Siding 

Engineered wood siding provides the look and beauty of natural wood with more durability and less maintenance. It’s made of actual wood strands and fibers, bonded together with resin and pressed into boards that look remarkably similar to natural wood. 

We use LP® SmartSide® panel siding as the standard option for our sheds. It has a 50-year product warranty and is treated with a unique solution that helps protect against fungal decay and termite damage. Our engineered wood siding comes in 24 different color options that will last for years before you need to repaint, although you should clean and inspect it annually.

Pros:

  • Beautiful, natural wood aesthetic
  • Highly durable with a 50-year warranty
  • Wide variety of colors

Cons:

  • Requires annual maintenance and may need to be repainted every 5-7 years

Vinyl Shed Siding

If you’re looking for an outdoor shed that’s practically maintenance-free, vinyl is the way to go. Vinyl is highly durable. You don’t need to worry about rotting, cracking, flaking, or insect damage and it will stand up to even the harshest weather. Plus, it never needs to be painted.

Our vinyl siding carries a lifetime warranty and comes in four different colors, but note that it can be expensive to repair if it does get damaged.

Pros:

  • Exceptionally durable with a lifetime warranty
  • Almost zero maintenance
  • Never needs to be painted

Cons:

  • Repairs can be expensive
  • Limited color options

Metal Shed Siding

Metal is a high quality shed siding option that is also extremely low maintenance. Metal sheds are strong, durable, and resistant to weather, fire, and insects. However, they tend to look more industrial than wood or vinyl sheds, and you need to be cautious to protect them against rust.

We sheet the walls and roof of our sheds with OSB and use steel panels over that to prevent both heat and condensation in your shed. It’s available in 24 colors and carries a 40-year warranty.

Pros:

  • Low maintenance
  • Good durability with a 40-year warranty

Cons:

  • Susceptible to rusting
  • Less aesthetically pleasing than wood or vinyl

Need Help Deciding on the Best Shed Siding Option?

Take a look at all our shed options for even more ways to customize your perfect shed. Or, skip the tough decisions and take a look at our in-stock sheds for sale. If you’re still feeling stuck, don’t worry. We’re here to help you identify the perfect outdoor storage shed for your needs and environment. Visit our showroom in Redfield, Iowa, or contact us today to find the shed of your dreams.