Review Summary of the Rubbermaid Garden Shed
Really, Rubbermaid is like the Tupperware of outside I've decided.
Here's a bit more of an exploration into whether it's worth spending your money (albeit a relatively small amount of it) on a Rubbermaid garden shed.
Isn't it made of plastic?
Rubbermaid garden sheds are made of plastic. But strong plastic called resin (a synthetic). Some resins (and I'm not entirely sure if it's the one used by Rubbermaid) can be twice as strong as concrete and all are waterproof. And the structural foam floors are built to withstand some ridiculous amount of weight that one assumes you would never have in such a small space - unless you're keeping large quantities of iron barbells stored in the shed. In which case apparently you'd be just fine.
The reviews are positive about the sheds withstanding the elements, sun, rain, hot, cold and even heavy loads of snow. They don't seem to fade too easily, which is a bonus, although they also don't seem popular in the bright colours that one would be more concerned about fading. I know, I just hate it when my beiges fade too.
Do they come any bigger?
The Rubbermaid "garden shed" is an illusive creature. Really, they do exist. However, the more commonly seen "sheds" look more like hockey-equipment storage lockers for the typical Canadian family. You think I'm making a joke about stereotypes here but I'm not really. Despite their diminished appearance, they are actually a good size for lawnmowers, snowblowers and bikes, meaning that if you live in an area where shed construction is frowned upon by the local Disney community watch, you can probably still get away with one of these.
They do come in sizes around 7'x7'9" and a bit bigger, making them a pretty good option all around. They all can accommodate wooden shelving systems that slide into the panels, which is nifty - I think you can buy them or make them, but I'm sure they'd rather sell them to you.
What do the experts say?
I never knew a better expert than a peeved consumer! But there weren't too many to be found online for the Rubbermaid garden sheds, a generally good sign.
One reviewer said it withstood snow loads much better than the metal garden shed she'd had previously.
The only negative thoughts were that it wasn't as waterproof as one person would have liked, and as with other slide and lock systems of construction, it was prone to shifting, causing the doors to misalign.
The overwhelming majority thought it was pretty fantastic how easy it was to put together these sheds, and I think that's probably because they're about the construction level of a Fisher Price toy - hey, why not make it a family project?
I think you could probably use Fisher Price tools if you wanted for the construction - pliers and a screwdriver were all that were required for at least one of the models.
You can check out the Rubbermaid garden shed here
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