Although metal stores can hold a wide range of goods including cushions, children's toys and other items that need shelter from the elements, there are plastic and wooden varieties that will provide exactly the same service. Where metal stores really come into their own is the protection of valuable goods and the prevention of theft.

Secure metal bicycle storage
Secure Metal Bicycle Storage

Secure metal storage, with impressive specifications including integral flooring, drill and pick resistant locks, can cater for a wide variety of domestic and garden items, keeping them safe not only from the threat of theft but fire, rodents and of course the weather. Built to a high standard using heavy-duty coated galvanized steel, these storage units also demand little maintenance to retain their appearance and effectiveness.

Market leaders Asgard sheds and Trimetals manufacture metal storage for different applications including versatile garden stores and specialist bicycle lockers. With the larger stores having enough room for both adult and children's cycles, they offer easy access, high security locking systems and anchor points so that the store can be bolted to the ground.

Asgard even manufactures an e-bike store that contains a mounting plate so that electrical sockets can be installed and your bike can be charged when safely stowed inside. Two other notable innovations that will suit particular locations and requirements are their space-saving bike lockers.

Man storing a 19kg gas bottle inside a metal gas storage unit

If you live in a holiday park or in a caravan, there are several LPG stores available that can be used for both 47kg and 19kg sized gas tanks. These have been designed in conjunction with Calor Gas and have vented sides, lockable double doors and a top hatch if you need to quickly inspect the regulator. The tanks can be secured with a chain and the stores are naturally fireproof.

Lotus, Biohort and Rowlinson are among other makers of various sized metal storagestorage boxessheds and wheelie bin stores are designed to be as practical as possible with entry through roller shutters or wide double doors and lids fitted with hydraulic assistance. Secured with locks or secured with a padlock, they all offer simple to access and an enviable capacity.