Wooden vs. Plastic Sheds: Which Suits You Best?

When deciding between a wooden or a vinyl shed, it comes down to your preference for appearance as well as level of maintenance.

Wooden Sheds

Wooden sheds, in many buyers’ eyes, have the aesthetic advantage over vinyl sheds. The natural structure can also get adapted over time with customized additions. Perhaps you have a wooden house; a wooden shed will seamlessly blend with your property, especially if you decide to match the paint color of your house and give your shed a custom coat.

In this way you have complete control over whether your shed stands out and becomes a characteristic of your property, or blends in with a more garden environment. Plus, wooden sheds come from a renewable resource.

On the other hand, wooden sheds require a certain level of upkeep. If you’re not able to maintain your shed with protective stains every couple of years and treating it regularly to prevent mold and mildew, the wood could begin to rot, crack, or swell, thus turning the once aesthetically pleasing shed into an eyesore.

Vinyl Sheds

Vinyl sheds have the advantage of being easy to maintain. Unlike wooden sheds, these structures are designed to withstand harsh weather; many ensure rainwater won’t get inside and they won’t attract insects, including termites. In the long run, if you don’t plan on closely maintaining your shed, vinyl may be a good option, as its look will remain fairly consistent year to year with minimal upkeep. And unlike other vinyl sheds, the ones we sell at Ricardo have a wooden base, ensuring you get a sturdy base without any of the upkeep wood traditionally requires.

However, vinyl sheds aren’t as easily adaptable to your needs; you couldn’t, for example, expand them as easily as wooden shed, or paint them a new color.

What Goes Best in Your Landscape?

If you’re a homeowner and think you’ll sell your property in the future, it’s also good to consider what’s best for the future. Will the vinyl shed look out of place against your wooden home? Would a wood shed add enough to the property value that it may be harder to get buyers in the future?

At Ricardo we have a variety of vinyl sheds to match your home, or wooden sheds to blend with your landscape. Once you’ve decided on the right fit for you—or if you need a bit more help in deciding—give us a call!