There are a lot of different types of material you can use if you are considering building a garden shed for your backyard. Some popular choices include plastic (or vinyl), metal (usually aluminum), and wood. You could consider using pine and T1-11 siding for your shed, but arguably the best wood for the job is cedar. Here are a few reasons why:
Cedar’s fibers are very straight which makes it a hard wood. Because of its durability, it holds up very well in extreme weather and lasts for years. Another benefit is its light weight. Outdoor furniture makers also prefer cedar and its a popular choice for shingles, siding and decks. You could actually build your entire shed out of just cedar (of course with the exception of the hardware and nails).
Pest and Rot Resistance
Cedar has a natural oil that insects absolutely hate. That’s why so many clothes chests have been made from cedar for hundreds of years. These natural oils also resist decay that is caused by fungus which rot other woods. Because of this, cedar is commonly used on the inside of saunas.