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What wood should you use for a garden shed?

Building your own shed can be a very rewarding and fun process, without costing a fortune. When choosing the right wood for your shed, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

Durability over style

It is key to choose a good timber that will be sturdy and offer protection. T1-11 plywood is always an economical and easy to use option for siding. 

As well as being easy to install, T1-11 plywood is durable and will last just as long as your shed does providing you maintain it well. By making siding out of plywood rather than slats or shingles, it won’t swell or shrink down the line. 

Ensure you get a solid trim 

Regardless of your choice for siding, you will still have to trim the edges and corners of the shed with a decent, weather resistant wood. Species such as Redwood and Cedar tend to last better and weather well, making them an excellent choice for trim.


If you are planning on painting your shed, you may want to consider PVC trim boards as an alternative to the wood species mentioned above. PVC trim is a more low-maintenance option and can be left as it is or painted along with the rest of the shed.