A Few Common Mistakes People Make When Buying a Steel Shed Kit

A Few Common Mistakes People Make When Buying a Steel Shed Kit
The popularity of steel shed structures has risen up immensely in recent years.

The popularity of steel shed structures has risen up immensely in recent years.

There are some benefits the structural steel buildings offer: 
  1. Structural flexibility and versatility
  2. Easy in maintenance
  3. Cost-effectiveness
  4. Soundness
  5. Easy in construction
  6. High-quality and secure
  7. Resistance to the elements

The structural steel kit is one of the best options to choose for you shed. But there are some mistakes that are better to avoid to ensure your future steel shed installation is stress-free.

Not applying for the appropriate permit for construction

If you’re going to install a new garden shed, garage or facility over 10sqm, you must apply for the building permit. You can read more about Building Permits in Victoria here: https://shedbonanza.com.au/blog/a-guide-to-building-permits-in-victoria/

If you are going to install your shed structure without obtaining the council’s approval, you will face lots of problems when it comes to selling, insurance etc.

Designing the improper shed

When you are on the very first stage of designing your shed, it’s really easy to be delighted with all the things you want to achieve. If you want your outdoor shed to suit all your needs, you should be aware of the main goals of its constructing and future investments. For instance, farm equipment is large and essential investments, so constructing a machinery storage shed is a perfect solution for farmers to keep their operations running effectively, cut downtime and repair costs.

Therefore, before constructing a shed you should know the answers to the following questions:

  1. Have you checked on planning regulations? As it can delay the progress of a Building Permit until the Planning permit is approved.
  2. What size should it be to easily move equipment in and out?
  3. What is the height and width of the equipment and vehicles that will be stored in the shed?
  4. Does the access slope towards the entry as you would require an increase opening to allow for any angle.
  5. At what height will be the concrete slab before the shed is installed?
  6. Should it be supplied with windows and doors?
  7. Does it need to be insulated? Especially if it is going to be used for a workshop – make sure you insulate your roof with high quality bubble insulation.
  8. What are my storage needs for all the operations?
  9. Make sure you allow sufficient clearance each side of your vehicles or trailers.
  10. Have you checked the correct colour charts? Ensure you take the time to select colours (colour combinations) as unlike a house shed cannot be easily painted.

Ignoring the importance of the right shed foundation

Providing an appropriate foundation is an important factor of installing a shed and its soundness and durability as well. Bad shed foundation won’t stand for a long time, as the base is exposed to moisture, humidity, etc.

Simply laying slabs loosely on top of gravel does not create a stable base for your new shed. By using an unstable base, your shed will warp which could result in damage or even broken windows or doors which you will be unable to close. You will need to clear any rubble, piles of leaves or other garden detritus from the area where you would like to build your shed. This is true, even if you have bought a timber shed base kit. It is not recommended that you build your new shed directly onto a lawn, bare ground or gravel. Not only can this result in subsidence and warping but can also lead to damage from damp. If you have a building permit, ensure you refer to the relevant engineering for the specific foundation required.

An appropriate shed foundation provides its longevity and averts any form of corrosion and destruction.

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