Outbuilders’ Sheds Versus Rubbermaid Sheds

Outbuilders’ Sheds Versus Rubbermaid Sheds is a topic we rarely hear in Central Oregon, but we should address the differences because there are actually quite a few. Rubbermaid is not just a shed maker, rather a huge manufacturer of all types of household goods. They are called Rubbermaid because in the 30’s they made rubber kitchen products. You are buying plastic sheds. Plastic versus wood

You can purchase Rubbermaid sheds at places like Home Depot or Lowes or online. These are moderate kits where you can put them together with a drill or hand tools. They look nice and are really cheap but there are limitations to going in this direction. Cheap doesn’t necessarily mean it is good for Central Oregon. Our climate is rugged, dry and changes rapidly overnight. Here are some issues you could experience if you buy a plastic shed:

Strength & Temperatures

Plastic sheds are lightweight and can collapse during storms. With extreme cold or heat, plastic can contract or be made brittle. This can leave gaps which could cause leaks or give pests a place to rest. During shipping, the plastic is exposed to extreme elements. Semi-truck trailers can reach oven cooking temperatures and since it’s not a perishable item, the kits are not refrigerated so when you open it up, it can be warped.


Rubbermaid sheds are easy to break into. Depending on the area you live in, this is a good thing to think about when purchasing a plastic shed. Consider what you will be storing inside your Rubbermaid shed. Tools and gardening equipment are the first to go as they are easy to sell at pawn shops.


If you are into expanding your shed or adding shelves, a plastic shed isn’t really ideal. For example, you cannot drill screws into the walls as the screws will pop right through and be exposed to the elements. You would need to drill holes and use nuts and bolts to lock the shelve into the wall. But good luck putting heavy items onto the shelf. The plastic simply cannot hold shelves that have paint cans or gas cans. They are not designed to hold shelves.

This article is not designed to discourage you from purchasing a plastic shed. Plastic sheds have their use and are perfect for certain situations. Central Oregon’s climate demands a more durable and rugged shed designed from wood or steel. If price is what you are after, then by all means, go for plastic. It’s 1/7th cheaper. But keep in mind that it is just a temporary solution until you purchase a wood or metal shed.

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