How to Choose Siding for Your Shed

When building a shed, the type of siding you select is essential for its longevity and structural integrity. Whether you want to use its interior to increase storage for seasonal items or create an outdoor studio, consider these four factors to help determine the right siding for the exterior of your custom-built shed:

1. Durability

Your shed siding should be durable and withstand a range of weather conditions, including strong winds and heavy rain. Steel siding can provide strength and protection against the elements. Composite cladding and vinyl siding are also known for their durability and are designed to not buckle or warp with seasonal changes.  

2. Aesthetics

Choose a siding type that complements your home and backyard aesthetics. Consider color, texture, and style to ensure your shed looks visually appealing. An easy option is to match the siding style and color to your home exterior. Alternatively, step away from traditional clapboard siding and add character with vertical board and batten or vinyl shakes and scallops

3. Maintenance

If you want to build a low-maintenance shed, vinyl and steel are excellent choices. Choose a vinyl siding with a realistic woodgrain to achieve authentic wood beauty without the upkeep. Steel siding resists mildew and fungus growth and, like vinyl siding, will never require caulking or painting. 

4. Cost

Siding costs can vary greatly depending on the material and size of your shed. Consider long-term maintenance costs when making your decision. Vinyl siding has a reputation as a budget-friendly option with a high return on investment. Insulated vinyl siding may cost more than regular vinyl siding, but it may be beneficial if your shed doubles as a living space.