Timber Shed or Steel Shed: Which One?

Garden sheds are often a backyard necessity. They’re a place to store all of your garden tools, a workshop where you can lose yourself in a project, or merely an escape if you need a moment of quiet. Most commonly, garden sheds are made of timber or steel. The question is, which one is right for you? Well, to answer this question you need to consider a range of factors.


A shed is usually a practical investment, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be stylish too. When choosing between a steel shed and a timber one, it is worth considering the aesthetic of your yard. Do you have a modern backyard with chic statement lighting? Have you styled your yard with more rustic vibes? Is it mostly lawn area or do you have elaborate gardens and landscaping?

Think about the elements of your yard and the overall design theme. Try to picture a shed in the space and the type of material that would fit in the best. A timber garden shed can provide quaint, country vibes, especially if it is complemented with a little verandah or pebbled pathway. On the other hand, a powder-coated steel shed in a suitable colour may be a better match for your yard’s colour pallet.


The design of your shed is important (after all, you are the one who has to look at it), however, there are some practical considerations that cannot be ignored. The environment is one of those things. If you place the wrong type of shed in an exposed area or use the wrong kind of material, you risk your shed blowing down or being damaged.

While timber sheds can be more visually pleasing, steel sheds are often more durable. They can withstand exposed areas and don’t require much maintenance, unlike timber sheds where the wood may need treatment in the future. If your shed is going to be placed in an open area that will be exposed to severe weather, you may be better opting for a steel framed shed designed to withstand this kind of pressure. However, if your backyard is quite protected, you can take your pick!


Cost should always be factored into your decision. If you’re going to make a purchase, you want to know how much it costs! That being said, this is unlikely to be the deciding factor when it comes to choosing between timber and steel. The price of your shed will be impacted more by the size and style than it will by the material. To determine the cost of your shed, it is important to do your research and obtain quotes from reputable providers.

At Steel Chief, we are more than happy to provide you with pricing information so that you can make an informed decision.

Timber or steel is very much a personal preference, and both are good options for a garden shed. Contact us at Steel Chief for more details so that you can find the perfect shed for your backyard.