Steel Frame vs Wood Frame Storage Buildings and Sheds

Chapter 5: What Is The Difference In Framing? Wood vs. Steel

Steel Frame vs Wood Frame Storage Buildings and Sheds

For most customers, a storage building's frame material is one of the most important decision factors. Customarily, steel frame construction is considerably more expensive than that of traditional wood framing; however, Leonard has been improving its steel bending and welding processes for over 50+ years. To this end, Leonard has driven the costs down so that the two are now comparable. Take a look below to see the advantages of both. Also, be sure to read more about siding and roof materials, which tend to be the primary cost drivers.
Whether you choose wood or steel, you will find that Leonard places a premium on strength and durability.

Wood frame storage building

Some people find wood frame storage buildings easier to modify post-delivery. Hanging wall finishes (paneling / sheet rock), shelving, or built-in cabinetry to wood frames is similar to adding it to your home. If you plan to insulate the building post delivery, you will find that normal house insulation fits nicely into the 2"x 4" walls. In some cases, neighborhood covenants or zoning statutes require wood frame structures, although, usually, these regulations only apply to the exterior material of storage buildings. Wood buildings also have a little sturdier feel due to their weight; however, the steel frame buildings offer a little more structural strength.

Steel frame storage building

People who buy Leonard's steel framed storage buildings typically do so because of the cleaner interior look and the strength per pound which they provide. The lighter but stronger frame is easier to move and holds up nicely even when relocated multiple times. Because the fame is made of galvanized steel it is naturally pest proof and resistant to moisture. This combination of strength and durability have earned Leonard's steel framed buildings a reputation for being the toughest portable building on the market.
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welding of steel frame shed
Leonard steel frame storage buildings use a cage construction scheme with single piece bent bows. All joints are skillfully hand welded to provide extraordinary strength. These 1"x1" metal tubes are placed on 24" centers and joined by interior cross members.

See examples of the frames under extreme stress.

The strength of Leonard's steel frame cage system

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Leonard shed holding up to a tree falling on it
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Shed Buying Guide

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1.Getting Started on Your storage building or shed project

Start by answering this question "How do I plan to use the shed?" It is not always as obvious as it seems. It is worth examining because anticipating all

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2. Selecting the size of your storage building or shed

When selecting a size for your backyard storage building, there are several questions to ask yourself. Use this list as you start your research

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3. Choosing the best building or shed shape

The shape of the shed will affect the cost, look, usefulness, and possibly the placement. Leonard offers 3 distinct storage building shapes.

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4. Understanding Proper Floor construction of storage buildings, sheds

Sturdy pressure treated 4"x6" skids are notched so that the 2”x6” pressure treated joists

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5. Steel Frame vs Wood Frame Storage Buildings and Sheds

For most customers, a storage building's frame material is one of the most important decision factors.

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6. Choosing from storage shed siding materials

When it comes to choosing the right siding material for our shed there a number of factors to consider. Do you have an HOA?


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7. Storage Shed and Utility Building Roof Material Options

Leonard offers the widest selection of roofing material in the industry: Standard Shingle, Architectural Shingle, Corrugated Metal, Heavy Duty Metal Panel, and Cedar Shake.

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8. Choosing the right color(s) for your Storage Building or Shed

The siding and trim material of your storage building or shed will determine the available options for color. Siding materials are broken into four groups

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9. How much does a shed cost?

Sheds come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. All of these affect costs in different ways.

10. Why Rent-To-Own Sheds Win every time over Storage Units

We Americans love our stuff. We love activities that involve tools, memorabilia, boats, bikes, holiday decorations, and hobby supplies.

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11. Should You Choose a Shed Kit vs A Custom Built Shed from a Manufacture?

Shed kits are quite popular for promising new sheds for an unbeatable price. For just a few hours of work, you can get a great storage building. But is that the best option?

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12. How is a storage building or shed delivered?

Leonard offers FREE Delivery. Your shed will be delivered to your backyard, blocked & leveled, and set up for you to start moving your stuff in simply.


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13. Free Site-Check

If you don't think a shed will fit in your backyard. We are here to help.