The A-Z of farm shed components and their meaning

DATE POSTED: Apr 17, 2017 10:30:00 AM
POSTED BY: Wheatbelt Steel

Farm sheds are an essential asset for the agricultural sector and an iconic part of Australia’s farming landscape. From machinery storage to shelter for fertiliser and grain, the farm shed is a must-have item for any farm or agricultural business. 

But what exactly goes into making these mainstays of the farming sector?

The shed has evolved from a humble storage option to a sleek and smart business solution.

Today’s sheds are purpose built to withstand Australia’s harsh conditions and engineered to meet the requirements of any climate. They’re completely customisable and can be tailored to meet the needs of just about any business.

If you’re thinking about upgrading your farm shed to incorporate today’s high grade structural steel, here are the most common components of today’s shed and their meaning:

Apex: The highest point in the centre of the shed roof.

Bay Spacing: The distance between a pair of frames.

Column: The vertical structural pillar that supports the truss up off the ground.

Footings: Footings are what holds your shed down on the ground. They should be a concrete pier to which the base of each column is connected.

Frame: A combination of two columns and two truss halves.

Hot Dip Galvanised Steel: A process where the steel is coated with a layer of molten zinc, applied at temperatures reaching close to 450 degrees. The chemical reaction produces zinc carbonate, a product that protects steel from corrosion and increasing its strength and durability.

Lean to: A common extension added to an existing shed.

Bridging: Bridging is fastened between the purlins in each bay. Its role is to add wall strength, support and stop sag in the wall girts.

Mullion: Like a column, but used to support a wall or door opening. Often seen in the end wall of a shed.

Pitch: The degree of slope on the roof.

Purlins/Girt: A roll formed steel section that spans between the frames. Iron is screwed into is and it ties the frames together. Purlins are available in different shapes, sizes an depths. Typically when they are on the roof they are referred to as Purlin, when they are on the wall they are referred to as Girts.

Span: The distance between the side walls of the shed (width).

Trusses: Beams (posts) that serve as the main support for the roof.

Wind Bracing: Bracing in the bay of a shed (between frames). It is used to hold the building square and vertical.

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