How to Take a Metal Shed Apart

The old metal garden shed is starting to show its age.
Metal sheds are made to store tools and lawn equipment, but they are not made to last. Years of rain, snow and heat will begin to rust and corrode the shed. When replacing the metal shed you may be able to use the original foundation, depending upon the foundation's condition. You will need to take the old metal shed apart first. It's a good idea to have a helper for this project to hold walls in place while you are disconnecting the walls.

Step 1

Place a step ladder to one side of the roof. Ask a helper to hold the retaining screw heads with a screwdriver while you work from the inside of the shed. Remove the nuts that secure the roof retaining screws to the side with a socket wrench. Remove all the screws that secure the roof to the side panels, front and rear of the shed.

Step 2

Remove the four retaining screws that secure the roof to the center of the rear panel. There are also four screws in the front center and possibly in the middle top of the shed if you have a center brace. If any of the retaining nuts refuse to come off, grasp the nut with the end of a pair of vice grips. Push and pull the screw by the nut until the screw breaks.

Step 3

Pull the roof panels off of the top of the shed with assistance from your helper. Remove the screws that secure the center brace to the top of the shed walls. Ask your helper to hold the brace in the center so that the brace does not fall. Lift the brace off the walls after removing the screws.

Step 4

Disconnect the front and rear gables from the front and rear of the shed. The gables are the angle portions that the roof attaches. The gables usually secure with four screws near the corners of the shed. Ask your helper to hold the gables steady as you remove the screws.

Step 5

Locate and remove the retaining screws securing the corner of the front panel to the side walls. Have your helper hold the front while you remove the securing hardware that secures the bottom of the front panel to the foundation platform. Depending upon what type of platform your shed sits on, you may need a wrench or a screwdriver.

Step 6

Unfasten the screws that secure the rear panel to the walls while your helper holds the rear panel steady. Remove the hardware that secures the bottom of the rear wall to the foundation platform.

Step 7

Ask your helper to hold each side steady as you remove the bolts or screws securing the bottom of the side panels to the foundation platform. Your foundation platform is now clear and ready for your new shed.

Things You Will Need

  • Step ladder
  • Helper
  • Screwdriver
  • Socket wrench set
  • Vice grips
  • Wrench set


  • Metal sheds come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and configurations. Always start at the top and work your way down when disassembling a metal shed.


  • Wear leather work gloves when moving the panels of the metal shed. The metal ends will be sharp and could cause injuries.

About the Author

Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.