What Is the Best Type of Garden Shed to Buy?

Gardening is one of the most satisfying outdoor hobbies. Whether you grow your own veggies or venture into the garden just to mow the lawn, your tools and equipment all require a reliable, weatherproof shed to be stored in.

A garden shed can either be a wooden shed, metal shed or plastic shed. So you might be asking this now: which type of shed in the UK should I buy?

We, at Garden Buildings Direct, are helping you make this choice easier by rounding up our most popular garden sheds for sale. We’ve categorised them into three major types of materials so you can easily find one that works best for your garden.

3 Types of Garden Sheds

Plastic, metal and wooden sheds all have their benefits and flaws, and some suit certain spaces more than others. It’s essential to weigh up what you need in order to find the right one for your garden.

Metal Sheds

BillyOh Partner Apex Metal Shed


Metal sheds are renowned for being durable and strong, which is ideal if you want a secure shed to store your valuable tools. They’re also hardwearing against the elements and won’t suffer from rot, offering long-lasting garden storage all year round.


In previous years, metal sheds were regarded as less attractive than their wooden counterparts, but nowadays, most metal sheds are designed to complement a garden, and some even have a woodgrain exterior. Metal sheds do have their flaws, though. They are harder to modify than wooden sheds, and cheaper sheds can suffer from rust or corrosion, although they do make for excellent outdoor storage.

Wooden Sheds

BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shed


Arguably the most popular garden shed, wooden sheds come in modern or traditional designs to suit most gardens and can be easily modified to add shelving or more storage. Wooden sheds are generally much easier to work with and assemble. Depending on how thick the timber, you can opt for domestic or heavy-duty use, the latter if wanting to use it as a workshop.


The cons to wooden sheds are that they require regular treatment at least once every couple of years which can be costly. If not treated, wooden sheds can become susceptible to the elements, so it’s important to keep them maintained. You can also opt for pressure treated options on some sheds, which means they don’t require treatment at home. You can also opt to insulate your wooden shed yourself, in order to allow it to better maintain its internal temperature during the cold months.

Plastic Sheds

BillyOh StoreMax Plastic Shed


Choosing a plastic shed has a number of benefits, such as being the most affordable storage option and offer durability and weather resistance. Higher-end plastic sheds can cost more are longer-lasting and require no maintenance. They also avoid issues such as rot or rust and are easy to assemble.


The main disadvantage to a plastic shed over wooden and metal sheds is that they are not as secure and can be affected by extreme temperatures. Customising plastic sheds can also be more tricky than with the other types.

Top-Selling Heavy Duty Sheds

BillyOh Apex Log Cabin Heavy Duty Shed 

BillyOh Pent Log Cabin Heavy Duty Shed

The Best Garden Sheds

The garden sheds all offer the perfect space to store your tools, gardening equipment, and garden furniture. Once you’ve decided which type of shed is best suited for your garden needs, you can take a look at each shed in more detail. Take a closer look at our most popular sheds in detail below.

BillyOh Partner Apex Metal Shedbest-type-garden-shed-buy-6-billyoh-partner-apex-metal-shed

The BillyOh Partner Apex Metal Shed is a popular choice due to its durability and reliable design. The shed offers simple, easy storage for any garden and requires no treatment at home. If you’re looking for a low maintenance building which will keep your gardening tools and equipment safely secure, the Partner Apex is an ideal choice. The traditional apex roof and green exterior complement most gardens. You’ll also receive a steel foundation kit as standard.


  • Galvanised Steel Construction
  • Fire, Rust and Corrosion Resistant
  • Steel Foundation Kit Included
  • Windowless Design for Security
  • No Treatment Required

BillyOh Partner Woodgrain Pent Roof Metal Shed


If you’re looking for compact garden storage for your modern garden, the BillyOh Partner Woodgrain Pent Roof Metal Shed comes up trumps. Constructed with a galvanised steel coating, the shed offers great weather protection and is easy to assemble. The compact size means the metal shed is perfect for smaller gardens.


  • Galvanised Steel Coating
  • Modern Pent Roof Design
  • Compact Size
  • Fire Resistant
  • Easy Installation

BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shedbest-type-garden-shed-buy-8-billyoh-master-t&g-apex-shed

This wooden shed has a traditional, apex design which complements the look of any garden. If you want a reliable, cheap shed for garden storage, the BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shed could be a perfect choice. The T&G double doors allow easy access in and out of the shed and make it simple to manoeuvre large or bulky items.


  • Tongue and Groove Double Door
  • Traditional Apex Design
  • Base Coat Treated
  • Heavy Duty Options for Roof
  • Strong 11mm T&G Construction

BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Pent Shed


The BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Pent Shed combines a modern design with reliable construction. The T&G shiplap offers good durability for the building, while its double doors allow you to access the shed easily. You can upgrade the shed floor to various thicknesses for domestic to heavy-duty use.


  • Strong 11mm Tongue and Groove Shiplap Cladding
  • Base Coat Treated
  • Double Doors
  • Heavy Duty Floor Options
  • Windowless

BillyOh StoreMax Plastic Shedbest-type-garden-shed-buy-10-billyoh-storemax-plastic-shed

This BillyOh StoreMax is a reliable plastic shed for any garden. The classic design means it will complement most gardens and the long-lasting vinyl cladding adds complete weather protection for your garden storage. The wide double doors make accessing your tools easy. If you’re looking for a garden shed which will look after itself for years and years, the StoreMax is a great choice.


  • Traditional Apex Style
  • Galvanised Steel Structure
  • Wide, Lockable Double Doors
  • Foundation Kit Included
  • Fire, Rot and Rust Resistant

BillyOh Woodbridge Outdoor Plastic Shed


If you need plastic storage with vast interior space, the BillyOh Woodbridge Outdoor Plastic Shed is a great option. It works best in a spacious garden with a lot of gardening tools, equipment, and furniture to store.


  • Fire Retardant Vinyl (no rust, rot or mildew)
  • Maintenance-Free
  • Wide Double Doors and Integrated Skylight
  • Strong Galvanised Steel Structure
  • Foundation Kit Included

BillyOh Apex Log Cabin Windowless Heavy Duty Shed


If you’re looking for a heavy-duty shed to store your valuable gardening tools and equipment, this shed is a great choice. The 19mm interlocking boards give the shed great weather protection, and a windowless design provides security for the building, keeping items out of sight. The BillyOh Apex Log Cabin Windowless Heavy Duty Shed is available in a range of sizes to suit all gardens.


  • Strong Interlocking 19mm Log Thickness
  • Windowless Design for Added Security
  • Traditional Apex Roof
  • Sizes to Suit All Gardens

BillyOh Pent Log Cabin Windowless Heavy Duty Shed


This shed is a more modern alternative to the Apex version above. The 19mm interlocking boards provide you with a weather-resistant shed that is long-lasting. A windowless design provides security for the building, keeping items safely out of sight. The BillyOh Pent Log Cabin Windowless Heavy Duty Shed comes in varied sizes to suit most gardens.


  • Modern Pent Roof
  • Strong Interlocking 19mm Log Thickness
  • Windowless Design for Added Security
  • Sizes to Suit All Gardens

Every type of shed has something different to offer, so it’s important to compare them in order to find the right one for you before you buy a garden shed. These are just some of the wide range of sheds we sell, so check our website for more high-quality garden sheds. Each type of shed also offers different possibilities and potential projects, such as a wooden shed becoming a garden bar!

Take a look at a few of our customer stories to find out how much they are enjoying their new sheds:
BillyOh Master T&G Pent Shed Stories
BillyOh Master Apex Stories
BO Master Apex Shed Stories
BO Storer Overlap Shed Stories

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