Pros Of Wooden-Sided Sheds:
Aesthetic Appeal: Wooden-sided sheds have a natural and rustic appearance that many people find visually appealing. They can enhance the overall look of your property and blend well with a garden or outdoor setting.
Durability: Well-constructed wooden sheds can be highly durable and long-lasting. Quality woods like cedar, redwood, or pressure-treated lumber are resistant to decay, insects, and weathering. With proper maintenance, wooden sheds can withstand various weather conditions for many years.
Customization Options: Wooden sheds offer a high degree of customization. They can be easily modified or expanded to fit specific needs, such as adding shelves, workbenches, or windows. You can also paint or stain the wood to match your preferred color scheme or style.
Insulation Properties: Wood is a natural insulator, which means wooden-sided sheds can provide better thermal insulation compared to sheds made of other materials like metal or plastic. This can be advantageous if you plan to use the shed for activities that require temperature control, such as a workshop or storage for temperature-sensitive items.
Eco-Friendly Choice: Wood is a renewable and biodegradable resource, making wooden-sided sheds an environmentally friendly option. By choosing sustainably sourced wood and opting for a natural finish, you can minimize your impact on the environment.
Cons of Wooden-Sided Sheds:
Maintenance Requirements*: Not all wooden sheds are created equal. Wooden siding is often associated with the necessity of more maintenance than other siding types.
*At Northwood Outdoor, our Amish builders use quality Duratemp siding which is exceptionally strong. Many of our customers report not needing to repaint this siding option for 15 years or more. As a result, our wooden sheds are actually are most popular sheds that we sell.
Vulnerability to Pests: While quality wood can be resistant to insects, there’s still a possibility of pests like termites or carpenter ants infesting wooden sheds. Regular inspections and preventive measures, such as treating the wood with insect repellents, are necessary to minimize the risk of pest damage.
Potential Decay and Rot*: Despite the durability of certain wood types, there is still a risk of decay and rot over time, particularly if the wood is not properly maintained. Exposure to moisture, humidity, and constant contact with the ground can accelerate the deterioration process, compromising the structural integrity of the shed.
*While no shed is 100% immune to rot and decay, the Duratemp siding that our Amish builders use is significantly more resistant to rot and decay than traditional wooden siding.