Storage Building Options
Storage buildings are used for a number of applications from airplane hangars to garden sheds and many are available in building kits for DIY assembly. Three of the most commonly used building materials in storage buildings are as follows:
Steel is a favorite for more heavy-duty purposes such as storing machinery, airplanes and hazardous materials. It is also commonly used in self-storage facilities. This is because it is one of the strongest materials available and can withstand high wind speeds, severe snow loads and other extreme weather. Steel can take a battering and still last for years with very little structural maintenance. Some steel storage buildings may be susceptible to rust however; most steel siding panels are coated in an aluminum compound to prevent this. There are also options for reinforcing steel against vandalism and fire. Most reputable steel building manufacturers offer a 25 year warranty.
Wood is still the most popular material for smaller storage buildings such as garden sheds and some larger applications such as with pole barns. This is because it is a fairly strong, durable and attractive material for an affordable price. Wood is, however, a high maintenance material that needs to be re-coated annually. It is also prone to rot when it is exposed to moisture over a period of time. Cedar is commonly used as a siding as it contains a natural resin that helps prevent rotting.
Vinyl is a plastic made from PVC resin and is the favorite choice after wood. This is because it tends to be less maintenance than wood, as it doesn't fade or flake, requiring less re-coating. Vinyl can be made to look like wood but is more dangerous in a fire as it releases toxic fumes when heated. Vinyl is not very strong and is easily damaged in severe weather such as wind or hail. While it may be a fairly durable material it is still prone to rot, mold and mildew if moisture gets in under the siding.