Wood and vinyl each have their own set of selling points. We’ll look at those in a moment.
But first, one thing to keep in mind is that our wood and vinyl sheds are built to the same spec’s. They look different from the outside, but structurally they are identical. That means that they are all built with…
- pressure-treated floor structure
- 2×4 studs and rafters, 16″ on-center
- double-plate on top of stud wall
- radiant barrier roof sheathing
- and so on.
These are all standard on a top-quality shed whether wood or vinyl. But let’s look at a few questions that people frequently ask concerning wood or vinyl sheds.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’Which siding is lower maintenance?‘ tags=”] Vinyl is lower maintenance, though you will want to keep it washed. Wood needs to be painted every 7-10 years.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’Which siding is more secure, wood or vinyl?‘ tags=”] In reality, both are very secure. It’s not impossible for vinyl siding to blow off, but unless you have a hurricane it is highly unlikely. And if we have a hurricane, you have probably got bigger problems to deal with.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’How often do I need to wash vinyl siding?‘ tags=”] It really depends on the climate and environment. If you get a lot of blowing dust, or are in an industrial area where a lot of soot accumulates, or are in a wet climate where mold tends to grow, you will need to wash it more often. A rule of thumb, however, is every 1-3 years. And that depends on how picky you are about how your shed looks.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’Will vinyl crack or blow off in the wind?‘ tags=”] Yes and no. Vinyl can crack, but (especially when it is new) it is really pretty resilient. It becomes more brittle as it ages, however, and a hammer or a stone launched by your mower can definitely crack it. It is very unlikely that vinyl will blow off in the wind, as long as it has been installed correctly.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’How long will paint last?‘ tags=”] The worst enemy of paint is sun. A good paint may last 7-10 years, or more if your shed is in a shady spot. Byler Barns uses Sherwin-Williams SuperPaint®, which comes with a limited lifetime warranty. The Sherwin-Williams experts give it about 20 years.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’Will paint fade or chip?‘ tags=”] Yes, eventually it will fade. Sun is hard on paint, and over the years paint will lose a bit of its color. But as long as it’s not peeling or bubbling, it will still be completely weather resistant. Paint can chip if it is hit by a sharp rock at high speeds, but it can also fairly easily be touched up.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’Is wood or vinyl better in my situation?‘ tags=”] That really depends. Read on for more information. But remember two things:
- Both paint and vinyl can make a very high quality shed.
- Ultimately, you are probably getting the shed not primarily for how it looks, but for what it does.
|vertical look||horizontal look|
|can change color anytime you want||can’t be painted|
|needs repainting every 7-10 years||never needs painting|
|lasts indefinitely if kept painted||lasts indefinitely if not broken or cracked|
|flying things may chip paint, but won’t damage siding||flying things may crack or poke a hole in vinyl|
|holds up better to trimmer||more easily damaged by trimmer|
|almost infinite selection of colors||fewer colors to choose from|
|less expensive to buy||less expensive to maintain|
|usually regarded as more authentic, visually appealing||tries to look like wood|
|may blend better with garden or backyard||can match the vinyl siding on your house|
|one layer of siding–wood sheathing that is then painted||2 layers of siding–the wood sheathing, covered by vinyl|
|come with wood double doors||come with metal doors|
- How much, and what kind of maintenance are you OK with?
- Do you want to match your house, or complement it with something contrasting?
- Do you think you may want to change colors?
- Does your HOA have a code you need to follow?
- Do you just simply like one better than the other?
Again, just remember that both are great products, each with its own set of advantages. On this question of wood vs. vinyl sheds, there’s usually no single right-or-wrong answer. Our design consultants have had years of experience helping people make these sorts of decisions, and any of them from any of our sales lots they will be glad to sit down and help you to think through the issues.