The cookie settings on this website are adjusted to allow all cookies so that you have the very best experience. Tuindeco have a new metal shed range for this year and this will join many other brands of metal sheds on the market. With this in mind before I promote and sell this new range of metal sheds I’m writing this post to make you a little more informed, and, to offer you some advice on all metal sheds. Towards the end of the post I will then walk through the installation of one of Tuindeco’s metal sheds which has some nice features setting it apart from others. You will be able to apply this advice to many other similar metal sheds and be armed with a little more information than is currently available online.
So, a good number of benefits here and reason enough to look at metal sheds as a solution to your own requirements. Cost and Security are two major factors with metal sheds and you must realise that not all metal sheds are going to be secure just because they are made of metal.
In the marketplace you will find one or two companies that list these sheds as security sheds and in my experience they are. But, these are expensive sheds and rightly so with the material that is in them often they are over 1mm in thickness and have special security locks. If it is security that is your motivation then you need to look at these companies and perhaps do not need to read any further as I am not referring here to security based sheds. Do not think for one moment that a shed at this size under ?600 is going to be secure and despite what the seller tells you do not believe it. Metal sheds with a low price are designed for storage and price, they are not designed for security, do not be mislead. If simple storage and cost is your requirement then there a lots of sheds on the market including ours. Most metal sheds are bought online or from a catalogue these days and most companies are quite limited with the information they provide for several reasons. Within the industry metal sheds are regarded as a high volume product and a retailer expects to sell high volumes. Don’t just base your decision on the price, understand that there are differences not immediately obvious of which I will try to explain a little more.
All metal sheds designed for storage and budget use the similar thickness metal sheet, ours have a thickness of 0.25mm which is actually thicker than a lot of metal sheds. Increased number of folds in this metal shed sees an increase in strength and resistance to denting.
Metal shed folds – this is a picture of the roof of the new metal shed I recently installed, you can see the number of large folds which create the main strength, in between are small folds which add to the rigidity despite the thickness of the hot dipped rolled steel galvanised sheet used. So, when you’re looking for a metal shed scrutinise the pictures from the supplier or ask the retailer about the folds in the steel panels.
All metal sheds will be fixed using a combination of nuts and bolts and self tapping screws.
If you can, try to find a metal shed that is supplied with Stainless steel screws and bolts.
Stainless steel screws and plastic washers to ensure a good seal without the need to silicon each fitting.
A very important area that differs quite widely with metal sheds is the strength of roof support. If a roof is specified for strength you would hope to find features such as the picture below.
Tuindeco metal sheds come with substantial roof supports, also supplied is galvanised brackets transferring the weight to the top rail. Many metal sheds will only have a single center support so it maybe worth checking the strength of the roof before committing to a purchase. Like our log cabins, A Tuindeco metal shed is first built on the metal base rail that runs around the perimeter of the shed. In your research you are very likely to find that other companies will have this as an option and charge extra for it. Metal sheds have the advantage that they can be fitted to any surface so long as it is flat and a floor put in afterwards. Also, if you haven’t done one before or are not experienced with plan reading, sometimes the instructions can leave you scratching your head for a while until you have figured out a particular point.
No matter which suppliers shed you choose the metal panels will ALL have sharp edges and they will cut you!
Don’t try to install in a wind, I did with this build and it made it considerably harder with a greater risk of bending panels while it is unsupported. This is pretty much the same as installing a log cabin or a timber shed but with a metal one there are a lot of screws to fix. I admit to being sceptical as metal sheds are tricky things but I really do think this is a good shed when compared to everything else I have been involved in over the years.


Like any fitting process I always like to arrange the parts so I know what I have to deal with. One thing that pleased me was how well everything was numbered and straightforward to identify, other sheds I have installed took a little longer as parts need to be identified solely from the drawings. I was very pleased though, for the majority of the build, it all lined up nicely, you do sometimes have to pull the panels a little or send a screw through slightly at an angle but it all worked very well, I was pretty smug with the shed and enjoying the build, so far so good! According to the instructions they asked for the first two panels to be placed as shown, it then asked for two to the back opposite these. I worked around the building rather than opposing sides as per the instructions, this was so I could stabilise it better against the wind. Up to this point everything had worked well, the holes had lined up but as I mentioned sometimes you have to pull the panel, handling the screws is also very fiddly.
Then, a slight disappointment I did find two holes that were not correct this was the only time on the whole of the build and was the fascia strip that covers the front sliding rail. I had hoped everything would be perfect but I did find one hole that needed drilling as it was out by a few mm.
Once the top rails where installed the whole shed became a lot more stable and I was able to relax a little with the wind. The apexes are made up of two parts and these screwed down into the top rail, again I had no problems with holes aligning. Fitting the roof panels was pretty straight forward and actually aided by the strength of the roof as I was able to lean on it to some extent. When I fitted the ridge cap it did have a very slight bow upwards so I added an additional screw in the center, I also had the same with the leading edge trims so you might want to consider this. Up to this point the instructions were very good, despite this I still cocked up a few times as I didn’t pay enough attention. The completed shed after about six hours of work, a couple of cuts and a small amount of frustration caused by fiddly screws. And finally after a bit of swearing, a smattering of frustration and some cuts on my hand I was pleased with the finished metal shed. One small thing to note is that several of the panels has a protective plastic film on them. In hindsight this was wrong as it’s a real bugger to get off when all screwed together.
If you choosing a metal shed for simple storage on a budget you can’t go too wrong with them. NOT a security shed – despite being made of metal, do not buy this type of shed thinking it has more security over a wooden one. Type of packaging – to ensure it arrives safely and you can store it until ready to install. This entry was posted in Metal sheds and tagged metal shed fitting, metal sheds, metals shed advice by Richard. If you continue without changing your cookie settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on our website.
In a previous job I gained a lot of experience with these types of building and we sold all of the brands available.
I remember a few customers being disappointed with the shed or that it was not what they were expecting. My installation guide of a metal shed towards the end will also give you a reasonable overview on what to expect when you install yourself. In fact at the office have a parcel drop box made by one of those companies and it is indeed very secure and very strong.
Tuindeco specified a thicker metal than usual but it still seems pretty thin doesn’t it? If you can find out the thickness of the steel this will help some of your decision process, but …. I personally prefer self tapping screws used the most as it makes installation a lot easier and more secure with less likelihood of nuts coming loose.
All Tuindeco metal sheds comes with stainless steel self tapping screws and bolts as well as plastic washers to help create a good seal.
This is something that should be considered when you are deciding on which metal shed is for you.
This is the new Tuindeco metal shed I installed and I was very impressed with the roof structure. Please be-aware that they are quite light and will need to be fixed to the base if you are not using a foundation kit flooded with concrete.
If you are installing a larger shed which is going to run into two days make sure you support all the panels fully before leaving them overnight. I also need to make sure the product I am selling is a good quality or if a customer experiences it as less in their opinion I can at least defend it based on my experience of the comparable products available.


All metal sheds will be similar and this maybe helpful for you even if you have not bought one of ours.
A very strong box which is highly reinforced which should see our metal shed arrive safely and enable you to store it safely before installation. This was one of my biggest concerns with these new sheds and one of the reasons why I wanted to put one together myself before we promote them.
If I had done this I would have needed more helpers or support such was the wind on the installation day.
The instructions will show you which way these go and will show you to install them before you put the rail on. When you are fitting the roof supports keep an eye on the bracket supports, I installed the side ones wrong and had to take them off again.
Each side for this size shed is made up of two roof panels, the second roof panel did need pulling a little.
It’s not shown on the instructions and perhaps considered unnecessary but as I had lots of screws and bolts left over it was my own enhancement.
When I started to do the door I did scratch my head at first but this is how it should go if you end up at the same head scratching moment. A ventilated gable is very important in metal sheds to stop the build up of condensation which they can suffer if a damp proof membrane is not used or the concrete allowed to dry out properly.
Overall though I think it’s a  cut above the rest of the comparable models in the same price range. I liked the colour as well, it blends in nicely and I can see it quite unobtrusive in the garden. I left most of it on during the install thinking this would be a good thing and help to protect it from me scratching it. Certainly ours I think is very good value for money with features that takes it above what others are offering.
This can be limited with the use of a damp proof membrane on installation and making sure you buy a shed with ventilated gables, other factors can influence this and I will follow up on this is another post. However, if you would like to, you can change your settings at any time using the Change cookie settings link in the Special menu. I was almost at the beginning of metal sheds in the UK and at one point was with the largest retailer of them.
This is hugely unusual as I have rarely seen a retailer even mention this and it should be a consideration. I haven’t seen this much support or depth of rafters in any other metal shed I have installed in my time.
In addition until you add the plastic protective tips (supplied with a Tuindeco Metal Shed) there will be screw tips showing inside and these are also sharp until covered (if supplied). Transportation and storage of metal sheds has always been a problem for every supplier but this appears to be solved with this packaging. Some of these steel rails also form the foundation kit that I haven’t yet installed and were left over at the end of the build. At this point I chose to ignore the instructions and worked around the building as I could stabile it better.
I may have made a mistake working around the building as on the opposite side to this picture a panel was overlapped wrongly and flared slightly. As it was on the fascia though this was then covered by another panel and not seen so not really a problem. If you make a mistake with which way they go in you can take them out again – as I had to do when fitting the doors later – Doh! The top, middle and supporting rails are all installed inside the panel and not the outside as I first thought.
Other sheds are green or blue or any myriad of colours and combination but this does hide itself well. I remember in my previous job complaints over a heavy winter of collapsed roofs, it’s not at all uncommon.
The problem comes that the screws and bolts are small so you do need to remove your gloves sometimes but keep in mind always they can bite! When you install keep an eye on the instruction schematics and where the overlaps of panels should be.
At this point it’s a good idea to square it properly and fix down to your base if you have one at this point. I left them out until the end as you can then use the holes to hold the bolts for the roof supports and I didn’t need a helper which freed him up to make a cup of tea.



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