5 Things our Competitors Won't Tell you about C-Purlin Sheds

DATE POSTED: Jul 18, 2017 9:23:54 AM
POSTED BY: Sarah Heaphy

The farm storage shed industry is not immune to short-lived buying trends - especially those based on overly aggressive pricing. Recently, C Purlin storage sheds have grown in popularity among farmers due to their deceptively low prices. Unfortunately, some of these farmers are discovering the hard way that they should have given more consideration to shed quality and other key factors before purchasing a C Purlin shed. Below are 5 things our competitors won't tell you about C Purlin sheds.  

1) Installation can take 3 times longer than other models. Unlike high-quality sheds with prefabricated connections, C Purlin sheds consist of a multitude of tiny components that must be fully assembled by the purchaser. This process requires time and you may find that you are unable to complete the installation process on your own. A longer, more complicated installation process may also lead to the following:

  • The need to hire labourers to help you construct the shed
  • Lost productivity and farming revenue as time and resources are devoted to constructing your shed
  • A greater potential for installation errors due to a longer, more detailed installation process
  • Increased likelihood that components may be misplaced during the installation process

2) They are a fire fighter's worst nightmare. C Purlin sheds are not designed to withstand extreme heat and are prone to buckling and collapsing during fires. This is not a surprise given their thin construction and inability to bear overly hot conditions. Their tendency to buckle and collapse quickly during a fire has made C Purlin sheds an extreme danger zone and many firefighters will not even enter them when a fire strikes. Wheatbelt Steel sheds have a much higher fire retardant rating, making them a safer option for farmers.

3) Strong winds and extreme weather conditions can wreak havoc on C Purlin sheds. With their poorly constructed joints, C Purlin sheds are prone to twisting, flexing, and potential collapse when high winds strike. Additionally, C Purlin sheds are more likely to corrode because they are not made with high-quality hot-dipped galvanized steel. In contrast, Wheatbelt Steel sheds are built with the latest cutting-edge technology to ensure the precision and strength that will help a shed to withstand strong winds and harsh elements.

4) C Purlin sheds lack a strong, supportive infrastructure. C Purlin sheds are constructed of flimsy materials that are tek-screwed together rather than being secured with cleats that are welded together. Their lack of a sturdy steel infrastructure and support columns make C Purlin sheds more likely to exhibit the following:

  • Bowing, twisting, or flexing during and after the installation process
  • Wobbling due to inadequate support
  • Roof sagging due to flimsy haunch plates
  • Complete collapse. Bowing, wobbling, and roof sagging can combine to create a recipe for disaster.

5) Their low price really is too good to be true. Between their higher installation costs and greater potential for damage, C Purlin sheds may actually be more costly to you in the long run. Additionally, their longevity is limited due to their poor construction and use of flimsy materials. Any money saved on initial product costs could evaporate quickly if your shed cannot withstand the next wind storm. Read our article How Much Does a Farm Sheds Cost? to find out more about the cost of our structural steel sheds.


Contact us to learn more about the important role that quality plays in selecting a farm storage shed. With over 30 years of experience in constructing sheds, Wheatbelt Steel has become a trusted leader in the farm shed industry. Wheatbelt sheds are built with top quality galvanised steel and sturdy components, enabling them to withstand the harshest weather conditions. We look forward to helping you choose a high-quality farm storage shed that is affordable, fire retardant and a dependable means of protecting your valuable farm equipment!  


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