There are a number of options when it comes to buying a new garden shed. Whilst store bought sheds were once the most popular option, in the current day we are seeing a lot more people looking to design your own shed, or prefabricated sheds. The reason for this switch in terms of the popularity, is that people want much more control over the kind of shed which they have, the size of the shed and the dimensions of the shed so that it can provide them with what they are looking for in their backyard or garden.

Contrary to what many think, there are some key differences between these two shed types, which is what we are going to break down for you today.

Prefab Sheds

Prefab sheds come in a range of creative designs and they are delivered to the property ready to simply be erected. Many prefab sheds will come with untreated wood flooring, as well as the joists required to put the shed up. Generally speaking these sheds are used as storage sheds and as general garden sheds.

Custom Sheds

The reason why many people love custom sheds is that they can be designed to fit with any need that the customer has. These sheds can be created to all kinds of sizes and dimensions to fit the space which they have in mind. Additionally the customer can add certain storage options to a custom shed, and they are usually unique to the person who is buying it.

Weighing Up The Difference

The key difference which you will find between these two shed types is the price. Custom sheds can cost anywhere between $3,000 – $6,000 whereas a prefabricated shed could be bought for between $1,500 – $3,000. For that money you will not only get a uniquely designed shed, but usually you will find that the shed itself is a far better quality product.

When it comes to getting the shed up quickly however, prefab sheds are the perfect option and they can be up within hours of delivery. A custom shed on the other hand could take days to build and will often require the support of professional shed builders. In terms of durability a custom shed can last for 25 years or more. Conversely a prefabricated shed will last for 15 – 20 years. Both of these lifespans do depend on the level of maintenance which you give to the shed during that time.

Ultimately those who prefer to design your own shed are those who are looking for a garden shed which they are going to use regularly or for a very specific purpose. Those who are looking for something a little more basic will be just fine with a prefab shed. Additionally those who buy custom sheds will often opt to do so if their landscape is uneven or has a strange shape.

The choice will come down to how much you plan on using the shed, what you will be using it for and ultimately the budget which you have to play with.