Building a shed is an exciting time, witnessing a building of your own go from an idea in your head to a finished project that you can touch and feel. The journey getting there can be a little daunting or uncertain at times, filled with questions that need answering.  

To help you as you begin your shed buying journey, here are five things to keep in mind before you make that big decision.  

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1. What sort of steel do I want used in my shed?

A major factor to your own steel building is what type of steel you want it to be built with. All steel is not created equal and it is important to educate yourself on the difference between Australian-made steel and imported steel. Australian steel, such as BlueScope and Colorbond®, has been tried and tested in our harsh conditions for generations, with products undergoing intense laboratory and field tests to guard against extremes in temperature, corrosion, hail and wind to name a few. Imported steel on the other hand can be a gamble, with increased risk of early corrosion, colour fading and warping. Also be mindful of some suppliers who use imported steel to make and assemble their sheds in Australia, and then market these buildings as “Australian made”. It’s easy to check – simply ask where the steel comes from. 

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2. Where will I build?

This might seem like an obvious place to start but you’d be surprised how many customers come to us without that plan in mind. Knowing the exact site of your build is incredibly important to getting an accurate quote when shopping around for a kit. A location’s wind region, terrain category and topography are all factored in when engineering a steel building design that will meet Australia’s vigorous building standards and ensure a safe, quality build.  

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3. What do I want to put in the shed?

This is another seemingly obvious but important question to answer. Will you be garaging your prized 1969 Dodge Charger 383 V-8 and need extra security features? Maybe you need a place to park your caravan and need high roller doors? Or perhaps you’re storing this year’s hay bales and need open bays instead? Considering what items will be going inside your shed will be a major help in figuring out what design features are required for your build. 
 

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4. Who will build my shed?

There are basically two options when it comes to getting a shed erected. There is the DIY approach, referred to as owner/builder. Or getting in a builder to do it for you. Both approaches have pros and cons so it would best to determine from the outset which approach you will be going for. Your Wide Span Sheds specialist can walk you through this process.

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5. Will I need council approval?

The answer: Probably! Certainly not the most exciting aspect of the process but a necessary one nonetheless. We recommend checking in with your local council to ensure that the build you have in mind is permissible with your local regulations. Or speak with your Wide Span Sheds specialist who can be a wealth of knowledge on how to approach this.

This list may not cover everything you need to consider when thinking about getting a shed of your own but we hope it gets you started. As you research and consider your options, keep in mind that our friendly shed specialists here at Wide Span Sheds are only a phone call away (1300 94 33 77) and happy to answer any questions you may have about the process. Alternatively, simply request a quote in the form below. 

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