Both metal and fabric garages can be used to store the same above-mentioned items. However, they are also larger structures that are additionally designed to store motor vehicles ranging from cars and SUVs to vans and pick-up trucks.
How you enter each type of garage is also different. While a fabric garage does have a zippered front door, some models also include a zippered back door for easy drive-through capability. A metal garage has a traditional roll-up front door for vehicle access, and a secured rear door for easy access to stored items.
In general, garages offer more headroom than sheds. While some extra tall sheds do exist, usually it’s harder to work and move around in a backyard storage
shed, and it’s also tougher to stack items high. Also, based on the height of a garage ceiling and the traditional roll-up door, it can be easier to back a ride-on mower into a garage than into most sheds.
How Much Room do you Have for a Storage Shed or a Garage?
It’s not necessarily about the size of your yard: the amount of room you have will determine if a shed or a garage is the best storage solution for you. Your backyard may be a half acre, but if most of that is woods or a non-flat surface, your options could be limited to a shed. It also depends on what else you use your backyard for.
In general, a 12x12 ft. metal shed will suit a backyard with a lot of space
, while an 8x10 ft. metal shed would work with less backyard space. If your backyard has tight space, you could get a lean-to style shed that leans up against your house or your fence. Also, if you are limited to putting a unit on a deck or patio, there are smaller outdoor storage sheds
that can fit the bill.
If space is not an issue, then a garage of any size should do the trick. You can get a metal garage as small as 12x10 ft., as large as 12x100 ft., and many lengths in between.
For both a garages and storage sheds, it’s important that you have enough room to easily gain access. The rule of thumb is that if you put either near a fence or a property line, leave at least 18 to 24 inches of space on each side or the rear. This guarantees easy access installation of both garages and sheds as well as any future maintenance.
Also, if you plan to use a shed or a garage to store a riding lawn mower or a motor vehicle, then you’ll need space in front of the unit to drive it in. Also, consider the doors of your shed. If it has swinging doors, then you will need room for them to properly open.
What Do You Need to Store?
How do you plan to use your backyard storage shed
or garage? Will you use it to store an ATV, a motorcycle, or a riding mower? Is it for storage of products you don’t use regularly, such as lawn furniture, sports equipment, holiday décor, or seasonal clothing?
Little things can add up. No matter what you plan to store, it’s always good to plan for expansion. For example, if you think you’ll need a 4x3 ft. shed for a few gardening tools and a watering cans, and you have the space, you should consider upsizing to a 5x4 ft. or a 6x4 ft. unit. That way, you’ll have the room you need if you want to also store a spreader, a lawn mower, rakes, and other landscape items. If you’re planning to use a shed to store a motorcycle, ATV, or woodworking tools, you may want to go with a garage instead. This will allow you enough room to also use the unit as a workshop.
Is it for Temporary or Permanent Storage?
Do you plan to use a shed or a garage for year-round storage, or will it be used as temporary swing space while you renovate your home? Is the shed or garage going to be used on residential property, will it be used at a place of business?
Fabric garages and sheds can be excellent alternatives to off-site self-storage facility. Temporary storage solutions provide a portable, reliable, and low-maintenance storage space
for your valuables and belongings.