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Buying vs Building a Shed: Pros & Cons

Buying vs Building a Shed: Pros & Cons

Are you ready to add a shed to your property? With the addition of a shed, you’ll gain a new indoor space that is perfectly suited for storage, projects, or just about anything else you can imagine. But how should you create this new shed? In this post, we’re going to explore the pros and cons of buying vs building a shed to help you make your decision.

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The DIY Experience

For many people, there is a strong urge to take on a shed building project as a DIY job. But just because you can do it doesn’t make it the right decision. We encourage you to think through all of the relevant points before deciding how you will proceed.

Pros of Building Your Shed

Let’s imagine that you are going to construct your own shed. In general terms, there are a few “pros” that will be associated with this project:

  • Custom design. When you build your own shed, you can customize it to meet your needs and expectations.
  • Work on your own timeline. You don’t have to coordinate with a contractor or anyone else for the project, since you’ll be doing the work. Simply purchase all the materials and get started at any time.
  • Satisfaction. It can be fun to build your own shed, and you may feel proud knowing you created it from the ground up all on your own.

Cons of Building Your Shed

Of course, there are also some “cons” of building your own shed:

  • Longer project. Most likely, it will take you longer from start to finish when building on your own. You do get to work on your own timeline, but the completion date will be farther into the future for most people.
  • Materials can be costly. Buying everything you need to build a shed can be quite expensive, especially since you will likely be building with wood. Any cost savings you enjoy by doing the work yourself are likely to be offset by how much it costs to purchase materials.
  • Skills required. This is not a job that everyone will be able to handle. And, even if you do have all the skills and experience you need, you’ll also have to collect all the right tools.

Pros of Buying a Shed

Rather than donning a tool belt and getting to work, you could opt to simply purchase a shed and have it installed. Let’s look at some of the notable advantages of buying a shed:

  • The project is quick. In many cases – especially when you order from American Steel Carports, Inc.—you will be able to order your shed and have it installed on a very quick timeline.
  • Metal options. There are many advantages to constructing a metal shed rather than wood, but it’s hard to build a metal shed as a DIY project. When you buy your shed, you can choose metal and enjoy performance benefits like low maintenance and impressive durability.
  • Affordable project. Ordering a metal shed allows you to add this indoor space to your property without busting the bank.
  • Custom design. With the Build & Price tool offered by American Steel Carports, Inc., you can easily design your shed on our site to make sure it meets your specifications perfectly.

Cons of Buying a Shed

The drawbacks to buying a new shed are limited, but there are a couple of “cons” we can point out:

  • Costs are upfront. When you buy a shed, you’ll pay for it all upfront. While this may not be a con to some, building a shed allows you more flexibility to purchase items as you go.
  • Stock design. This is only a problem if you shop with a supplier other than American Steel Carports, Inc. Some shed suppliers require you to shop from just a few stock designs that they have available. To get a custom design while still having the shed built for you, be sure to work with us on this project!

Purchase a Shed from American Steel Carports, Inc.!

We hope these pros and cons of buying vs building a shed has helped you make your decision! If you’re ready to purchase a custom metal shed, start designing with our Build & Price tool today. If you have any questions, contact our team at American Steel Carports, Inc. for assistance.


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