5 questions you must ask before buying a shed

DATE POSTED: Apr 24, 2017 10:30:00 AM
POSTED BY: Wheatbelt Steel

Investing in a new shed is a big decision that requires careful planning and consideration. With the right information you can design and purchase a shed that will suit your home or business for many years.

However, overlooking fine details could burden you with an expensive shed that doesn’t fit your needs.

If you’re weighing up your next farm shed purchase, here are five questions you must ask:

Does the steel meet Australian Standards?

Many businesses grapple with the old debate: buy local or import from overseas. To put it another way, many are weighing up quality vs cost.

Imported products may work out cheaper and look great on the bottom line, but it’s worth bearing in mind that no company can provide the same product or service at a lower cost without compromising on the quality somewhere in the process.

Look for shed structures that are fabricated from high grade Australian structural steel – anything less could end up costing you dearly in the long run.

Will it stand up to Australia's harsh conditions?

From searing heat to driving rain, Australia’s climate is punishing and unpredictable. You need to be sure that your shed is able to withstand the extremes in weather and the rigours of time.

Work with your shed builder to prepare a complete set of CAD drawings based on your specific needs. These drawings should be reviewed, checked and approved for fabrication, making sure that your shed meets the unique requirements of your business and region.

What Type Of Engineering Should I Choose?

When it comes to choosing and installing a shed, there are two main types of engineering: pre-engineered or project specific engineered.

As the name suggests, a pre-engineered shed is designed based on generic information and building codes. It doesn’t account for specific project parameters that could impact the design and performance of your shed, including site location, wind loading and terrain.

Project specific engineering however means your shed is designed and built by a certified engineer who tailors your product to meet the specific demands of your property, climate and business.

Do I Need A Permit?

The good news is that there are many shires throughout Western Australia where a building permit is not required for Class 10a buildings or incidental structures. Class 10a buildings are defined as a non-habitable building being a private garage, shed or similar structure.

If you do need Council permits and approvals, look for a shed manufacturer that can oversee this process on your behalf. Some companies will be able to contact your local shire council and submit all the necessary documents and building license applications required to get construction underway.

For other Australian states you’re best checking in with your local Council to clarify if any permit requirements apply to your project. Never begin construction without first seeking clarification from your local Council or Shire – building without the appropriate permits can result in hefty fines.

Will I Be Protected By A Warranty?

Any shed manufacturer should have the confidence to stand behind their products. Only work with companies that can offer a structural guarantee on its products, so you can purchase your shed with confidence and enjoy peace of mind that it will meet your needs for the long term.

Learn more about planning and purchasing the perfect shed by downloading our Ultimate Shed Buyer’s Guide.

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