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Are you seeking a shed that is resistant to pests, fire and rot? If so, metal is an effective option for you to consider. Metal sheds are a cost efficient solution to storage, because the production process for metal is inexpensive. And the steel metal option is an environmentally friendly solution due to the recyclability of the material. With its sharp lines, and its easily cleaned and shiny surface, your metal shed will certainly offer a contemporary mark in any backyard landscape.
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Duramax WoodStore Combo Anthracite Shed with Off White Trim
Duramax WoodStore Combo Green Shed with Off White Trim
Duramax 8x4 Pent Roof Shed Dark Gray with Off White Trim
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Duramax 10x10 Eco Shed Ivory with Dark Gray Trim
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Duramax Imperial Metal Garage Off White Brown 6' Extension
Duramax Imperial Metal Garage Dark Gray 6' Extension
Duramax Imperial Metal Garage Off White Brown 12x20
Duramax Imperial Metal Garage Dark Gray with White Trim 12x20
Duramax Gable Top Insulated Building 13x10
Duramax Imperial Metal Garage Off White Brown 12x32
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Duramax Imperial Metal Garage Dark Gray with White Trim 12x32
Not for Sale.
Metal sheds are made from three different materials: either aluminum, hot dipped galvanized steel, or zinc electroplated steel. Hot dipped galvanized steel is processed by dipping the steel sheets into baths of molten zinc, while electroplated zinc is applied by dipping the steel sheets into a cold electrolytic bath. These processes result in significantly different finish qualities and coating thickness. Hot dipped galvanized steel has generally a thicker coating than zinc electroplating, and will ensure overall better weather resistance. Conversely, aluminum requires no coating to be weather resistant, but is typically less durable than steel. Whether coated or not, metal sheds are best for those who do not live in a highly precipitous area; too much rain, snow, and even wind can have adverse effects on the material. Those interested in metal sheds should also consider using them in low traffic areas, because they are susceptible to denting and other forms of damage.
Care and maintenance of your metal shed will be dependent on the particular type of material you choose; however, there are common care techniques that can typically be used across all options. This care should begin based on manufacturer's suggestion, or three months after your purchase and installation. To maintain the above described finishes, it is recommended to schedule waxing of the exterior surface of the shed. You can use spray-on car wax for this purpose, or employ a rust neutralizing spray. In between scheduled waxing, if you notice a scratch, it will be important to address this issue as soon as possible. You can fix a scratched area by cleaning and smooth it with a wire brush or emery paper, then wash the area, and re-apply touch-up paint and the sealant.
Beyond the exterior walls being cared for, it is important to keep the roof clear. By using a soft bristled broom, you can avoid scratches, to be sure that leaves and other objects do not pile on too heavily atop the metal shed. The sheds can become unsafe if they take on too much weight. Some metal sheds can be purchased with an optional roof strengthening kit to help prevent this from becoming an issue, and this is recommended for areas with heavy leaf and snow fall.
To ensure that any doors slide or swing open properly, you can use a lubricant such as silicone spray to help with continued mobility. (Really, anywhere that there are bolts and screws you can lubricate as necessary if mobility is needed. And checking these areas regardless is a smart option during your routine maintenance to make sure the structure remains fully supported.) And as with the rest of the structure, the doors are not especially wind resistant, so ensure you close and bolt them to prevent excessive swinging which can cause dents or breaks.
How you store items in the metal shed itself can also affect its overall longevity. For instance, it will be important to keep air movement around all the items, so try to avoid placing goods directly against the walls. Air flow will help prevent buildup of moisture and condensation which can rust and corrode the metal. Furthermore, to help avoid moisture, consider placing a plastic vapor barrier between the ground and the base of the shed, as well as avert any water that may flow towards the shed's base. Silicone caulking is always a useful option to help create watertight seals, but will need occasional maintenance along with other aspects of the shed. Due to the materials you may employ to maintain the metal shed's life and the items stored within, it is recommended to avoid storing chemicals and other combustibles in the metal shed. Ventilation is always an option, and even recommended. Metal, while a highly durable and protective storage solution, can easily retain heat. During the hotter times of the year, this could negatively affect items stored. Furthermore, because of heat concern, consider the placement of your shed in a shaded, flat area.
Metal is a great option for those seeking a clean appearance to store their non-temperature sensitive items. These sheds are durable, less expensive than other options, and practical solutions for general storage needs. Their appearance can add a contemporary pop to a landscaped garden, or offer industrial flare to a workshop. While they require routine maintenance, their strength is not to be underestimated, and can certainly serve a valuable storage purpose.
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