Storage Shed Panels

Sheds are normally very simple structures constructed for various purposes such as gardening, preserving items, workshops among other uses. They serve as platforms that help make practices easier. For instance, a shed may be constructed for machinery, relaxation and outdoor living. Therefore, sheds differ greatly in the difficulty of their design, construction, shape, and size.

Shed panels are basically a constructed, manufactured and assembled material used to cover the roof and the body of sheds. The main types of shed construction panel materials are metal such as galvanized steel, for example, electrogalvanized steel and HDG steel. Polymers and resin such as plastics and polycarbonate and polyplorene resins. The last material used for panels is woods.   

Panel material

As it has been identified above and categorized into three; metal panel, polymer, and wooden panels. Therefore, depending on the material selected it is important for a constructor to understand his environment and the varying degrees of withstanding capabilities of the panels. This will help one to identify the perfect material for his environmental conditions.

Wooden panel

Wood a commonly used building material all over the world, because of its availability and cheapness. Wood provides more advantages that make it more desirable to work with; it also gives an attractive appearance and an adequate life if protected well from insects and weather conditions. Extending the shelf life of wood and timber is done under two main systems that help to dry wood, remove air and allow preservative to enter the wood.

The processes used are aimed at preventing further damage of woods by insects and eventually increasing the life of the wood. Thus the main two methods are; pressure impregnation is done to wood through the use of pressure to remove moisture and air from wood then force preservatives such as creosote into the wood.   

The open tank treatment method is used when wood is immersed into open tanks containing preservatives. The tank is then heated to almost boiling and held for about one to two hours then allowed to cool. The mechanism of this method allows the wood to expand and expel air and moisture, as the timber cools it contracts and creates a vacuum that sucks in preservative. Other methods of preserving wood include spray painting and coating of wood.   

Metal panels

This is the second most common material used for the construction of panels. The metal panel is used by a lot of constructors because of its physical and chemical characteristics that allow the panels to stay put for long. Additionally, using metals becomes useful in its ease of use and handling. The metal roof, for example, galvanized steel, and HDG steel offer its best characteristics to the builder. The material is an alloy of iron, steel, and carbon, therefore the alloy is first heated to the desired temperature. 

Heating serves a lot of functions such as hardening and changing the physical and chemical characteristics of metal alloy. The metal is left at a specific temperature to allow the outcome to have a specific characteristic then it is cool. The above characteristics make galvanized steel the perfect material to work with as it can be heated, folded, hardened and easily used to make structures. Using galvanized steel will allow the panel to have more life and a higher withstanding capability than that of the wood and polymers.   

Polymers and resins

This is the new category of panel material that is used for specific and decorative purposes. This includes increasing light and for breaking the monotony of building appearance. This is made by combining different polymers to produce the roof such as polymers combined to form resins. The material comes at different thicknesses used for various locations and based on sunlight intensity. An advantage of working with these polymers is that they are environmentally friendly thus avoids situations of environmental degradation. The only disadvantage is that they will get damaged by sun rays and intensity.

Characteristics of the materials

  • Strength- the ability of the materials to resist breaking, for instance, breakages from wind and other environmental factors such as tornados. A good example of a material based on the characteristic is wood.
  • Durability- this describes the ability of a material to withstand pressure, damage, and wear. It basically describes the life of material under multiple pressures such as wind, sunlight, heavy snow and rain.
  • Hardness- this also states of resistance to denting and wear. In the building, material hardness makes it difficult to work and handle specific materials.
  • Resistance- this is used in wood and metal material to describe the condition that the material withholds bending and bowing distortion. As such it becomes difficult to handle the material.
  • Tensile strength- the ability of a material to resist pulling forces working on opposite sides of the material at a horizontal line.
  • Brittleness- describes the conditions that material breaks easily with little bending or twisting.
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