The first thing you should decide on is whether you want a metal or a wooden shed. It’s a question of maintenance: wooden sheds will require more looking after than metal ones.
The trade-off is between heat and costs. Generally speaking, a wooden potting shed will be warmer than a metal one, as timber is a natural insulator.
On the other hand, metal needs less upkeep over time than wood does. This doesn’t mean you should neglect your metal shed though! It just means that you won’t need to treat it annually, nor pay for any felt for the roof.
If you decide that wood is the best material, we offer the option of a pressure treated shed for longevity. Pressure treatment is an industrial process which involves soaking the wood in liquid preservatives. The chemicals soak deep into the wood, providing the building with long-lasting protection against rot and decay. The Planthouse Potting Shed is pressure treated as standard, as is another of our new buildings, the Switch. We’ve included the treatment while still keeping managing to keep the price low.
It will endure for several years without the need for maintenance. If you have to opt for a non-pressure-treated shed, you’ll have to treat it annually. Make sure you purchase some wood preservative from a hardware store.
You’ll need to apply it to all exposed wooden surfaces, both inside and out, every year. If you take good care of your shed, it’ll last for a very long time.