Frequently Asked Questions

ShedPro offers site-specific building design and engineering to every corner of Australia.

We’ll deliver to nearly all parts of the country through our national network of suppliers, so if you live in Sydney but want to build a structure for your dad in Perth, just give us the address. We will ensure that the building is fit for the wind region, terrain and site specific conditions at Dad’s place, and the materials will be delivered from a factory in WA.

A word of warning: Only ShedSafe® accredited professionals or an actual engineer can determine whether a building is designed to suit a certain location’s prevailing wind conditions. If a company that isn’t ShedSafe® accredited tells you that their design is engineered to your specific site conditions, ask them to explain to you how they arrived at this calculation. Chances are, they won’t be able to!

The main people behind ShedPro have been in the shed business for over 25 years, the boys out on site have been building sheds for 10 years and the concrete crew have a combined total of 85 years on the ground!

So, with decades of hands-on experience, we’ve seen and dealt with it all.

First things first, you need to figure out what you need in terms of location, dimensions and function – What do you want to store or protect and where? Are you looking for a spacious workshop or a cosy man cave? You’ll have to consider council regulations and the level of excavation that may be required to achieve a level pad for building installation.

Once you’ve decided on the above, contact ShedPro and we’ll give you expert design advice to make sure your new shed is exactly right. We should be able to produce a quote based upon this chat, which will include the cost of materials and a price for install and concrete. Then you can assess whether this suits your budget. At this stage, we also discuss council regulations and offer tips and guidance for getting approval.

Accepting your quote is the third step, at which point you pay your 10% deposit and have engineering issued. We’ll send engineering to you directly or include our draftsman in the issue of these drawings. If you choose to use our people, they will get in touch with you and set up a time to visit your site or discuss details over the phone depending upon the level of assistance you require. If using our draftsman, he will package up the entire application for council or certifier, so it’s ready for you to submit. After submission, it’s generally just a waiting game. If any further information is required during the approval process, we are always here to assist.

Once approval is granted, we will double check the paperwork to ensure that there are no sneaky, unusual conditions. At this point, you select a colour from our wide range of options and we look over things one last time before ordering materials. A further 40% deposit is paid at this time and a material order is placed with suppliers.

Typically, your materials are on order for four to five weeks. During this time, our concreter will commence work on your slab, which is generally poured and cured for a week or two before your shed gets delivered. The concrete aspect of your contract is paid for on completion of this slab work, and the final 50% of material costs is due seven days prior to the delivery of your kit.

When your shed is due for delivery, Metroll will get in touch with you directly to discuss site access and confirm the delivery time. Once available,our builder will install your shed as efficiently as possible. The final payment for building install is paid on the day of shed completion.

Once your shed is installed, it is your responsibility to ensure that the stormwater connection is completed by your plumber, or that water tanks are installed, before arranging a certifier to conduct a final inspection and issue an occupation certificate.

That’s it. Now you can start fitting out your very own shed!

A good place to start is having a chat with your local council to discuss what restrictions you might face, such as checking if there are any easements in the position that you want to build your shed or if a commercial site legally requires fire rated walls.

Our trained staff are also able to advise on any possible restrictions. For example, is it a rural site with an operating rural business? If so, you may not need council approval.

There are heaps of different factors to consider but in most cases, a discussion with the ShedPro team or your local council can set you on the right path. Once you are certain of what you can or cannot build, we can work together to design the perfect custom shed to suit your exact requirements.

Once you decide to purchase a ShedPro building and pay your initial deposit, it usually takes a couple of days to get your engineering drawings supplied. Following application submission, council approval can take anywhere from two weeks to the standard six weeks.

Once you’ve secured this approval and have paid the deposit to order materials, the building will take approximately four to five weeks to manufacture. Don’t worry, we make the most of this period by doing the concrete during this time.

The kit may sit on your site awaiting our builder for one day or a couple of weeks depending on work-loads at the given time of year. Christmas is a very busy season so it’s not unusual to experience lengthier delays across the entire process from December to January. When scheduling the install of our buildings, we try to work in the order of delivery date, which seems the only fair way. Once available, our builder can install a single garage in a day but a large farm shed may take a couple of weeks.

Add that all up and you should allow two to three months from the initial enquiry date.

We’ve outlined our payment system below:

A 10% deposit on material costs is required on acceptance of our contract. After this payment, we will organize and issue your engineering drawings.

Once the building has received council approval and you are ready to order materials, a further 40% of material costs is payable. Once this has been paid, we will place the order for your building with our suppliers.

On the day that concrete works are completed, the amount agreed for concrete is paid.

Seven working days before the scheduled delivery of materials is due, the final 50% of material costs is due. After this payment is receipted, the building will be delivered to your site.

The final payment agreed for install is paid on the day that building is complete.

Once we have ascertained your address and site conditions, our engineer will check the design and make sure everything is correct. After the engineering drawings are issued, there shouldn’t be any changes to your structure or upgraded costs to the materials. All standard engineering work is included in our price but if custom engineering is required, then this will be quoted and charged on a job-by-job basis.

Our slab price is initially quoted on a level, accessible site but an onsite visit can be arranged before accepting our contract to confirm whether the site needs any excavation or whether a concrete pump is required. These are the most common extras added to a quote so once our concreter has inspected your site, there is very little chance of hidden costs popping up. Our slab engineering is based upon an A, S or M class soil. If council designates your site as H (highly reactive) or above, then special slab engineering and upgrades to the design and strength of concrete can be expected.

We are eligible to issue HBCF insurance, which costs between $370 and $600 depending on the contract value of each job. This cost will be at your expense and is added to the contract at the time of issuing the policy.

You will also need to budget for the cost of a draftsman preparing your council approval application, council fees and any other required consultant, such as surveyors. You may also need to lodge your approved plans online with Sydney Water for approval before work commences. This costs approximately $30 but in some cases, special engineering may be required. Sydney Water may request that a peg out survey be performed to establish the exact position and depth of your assets, which can cost approximately $800.

Once you sign our contract and pay your initial 10% deposit, the price of building will not increase unless there is an advertised steel industry price increase. If we are given notice of an impending increase, we’ll tell all customers awaiting approval to order their buildings with at least one month’s notice. This will give you time to finalize any approvals before the industry steel increase takes effect.

Lastly, you will need to budget for any plumbing, electrical or landscaping work, which is not included in our quote or contract.

All of our buildings are supplied using BlueScope COLORBOND® steel, which comes with a minimum warranty. This is usually 15 years but the length can vary depending on building conditions. For example, if you are building in close proximity to salty ocean spray.

If our licensed builders construct your shed for you, you are covered by a seven-year structural guarantee against any structural defects caused by faulty workmanship. As we carry all of the correct insurances and licenses as designated by Australian consumer law, you are fully protected.

Our work is always in line with Australian Standards and we follow all of ShedSafe®’s best practices but even the most reputable business can occasionally have things go wrong, so if you feel that something is not as it should be, make sure you reach out to us. ShedPro’s unique selling points are its quality of customer service, years of experience and quality of its products – We strive for happy customers at all times.

To maintain your warranty and the longevity of your shed, you need to pay attention to a few maintenance tasks, which we’ll outline for you in a technical bulletin.

One basic thing to ensure is that no dirt is backfilled against your wall sheeting during landscaping, as this type of emersion can cause rust spots to creep their way up your shed’s walls. If COLORBOND® steel has been immersed in soil or something similar, it could void your warranty.

Additionally, you should use detergent and a soft broom to wash down the building each year. Once your shed is completed, our installers will use a blower to ensure that any swarf is removed from the roof, walls and gutters. This avoids any tiny rust spots accumulating on your shed. Our installers will only use nibblers on your wall sheeting, as sparks coming from grinders can damage the finish of your COLORBOND®, encouraging rust spots to form.

Other than the fact that our team has been trading in the cold roll form steel industry for over 25 years, we are proud to be licensed builders. All staff are covered by the appropriate policies, such as ICARE workers compensation, HBCF Insurance eligibility, liability up to $20,000,000 and NRMA trade insurance. We’ve also received green cards, working with children police checks and EWP tickets.

To top it all off, ShedPro buildings are supplied by ShedSafe® accredited suppliers and only utilize ShedSafe® approved engineering and design software. We think it’s safe to say that you can be confident in our professional service.

Please note that the moment materials are delivered to your site, they should be covered under your insurance, as the homeowner. Please check this directly with your home insurer.

Homeowners Warranty Insurance is now referred to as HBCF Insurance.

Under the Homebuilding act, any residential development over $20,000 requires the builder to issue an HBCF insurance certificate to the homeowner. This policy covers the existing and future homeowners against disreputable builders that refuse to warrant the quality of workmanship or defects caused by such action, as well as any future insolvency of the chosen builder.

Luckily for you, ShedPro has been assessed by government insurance agencies and can comply with the issue of these certificates of insurance.

Beware of any tradesman, builder or shed company that cannot issue HBCF insurance or those that ask you to obtain owner builders licenses or split contracts to avoid obtaining insurance. If you need further clarification regarding the government’s HBCF insurance regulations, please don’t hesitate to call for a chat and we can explain it all.

The Australian Steel Institute set up ShedSafe® to ensure that the companies building steel sheds and buildings met certain criteria, such as fitting Australian regulations and withstanding harsh weather conditions.

Prior to ShedSafe®, Australian standards for steel construction were ambiguous at best. With years of research, ShedSafe® ascertained what factors go into creating a safe steel building and what shortcuts builders take that can cause a building to fail when under pressure.

ShedSafe® now sets the benchmark for steel building construction in Australia. For a company to become an accredited ShedSafe® supplier, their design, engineering and processes need to be independently tested to ensure that their products and practices meet Australian Standards.

At ShedPro, we have been involved with the ShedSafe® organisation since its inception, and are fully trained and accredited. If it’s not ShedSafe® approved, ShedPro won’t touch it and neither should you.

At ShedPro, we only supply Australian made BlueScope Steel products. Many other companies claim that their sheds are Australian made, yet their products are constructed from imported, substandard materials that are simply put together in Australia – That’s a big difference!

All of the products supplied and installed by ShedPro, from the Steel line or B&D roller doors to the AMIA windows and the Larnec access doors, are made right here in Australia utilizing only Australian made materials. We wouldn’t ask our customers to risk building with anything else.

When your new building gets delivered to site, an Aussie made version and an imported version will often look the same – The test comes with time. If you’d like to see the difference, simply ask our sales office staff to show you some photos, or keep an eye out when driving around. That half white, half blue building with the patchy roof will be the one made with imported steel.

BlueScope Steel continually evaluates all of its products through renowned testing facilities to ensure that they meet Australian Standards, perform under harsh Australian conditions and have trusted longevity.

When purchasing imported products, you don’t get this peace of mind. It’s not just about aesthetics, but also safety. If a product doesn’t comply with Australian Standards and a part of the building fails under stress through aging or weather, it doesn’t just harm your expensive vehicle or machinery, it also risks the lives of people within or near the structure. What’s more, if your insurance company proves the product to be substandard, your insurance won’t pay out.

Most companies that use imported steel have imported roll form machines that are not set correctly. This creates edges that kick out slightly where the sheeting overlaps. With time, general dust will build up in these faulty joints and your building will end up with dirt stripes running up and down its walls. Eventually, this is where the sheeting will rust.

Companies that sell imported steel also tend to advertise long warranty periods in an attempt to compete with companies offering the gold standard BlueScope warranty. But who is underwriting this warranty? Surely, not a steel supplier in Korea or China. It is simply left to the small business selling you the imported product. If they disappear or go out of business, no one will replace this substandard product for you.

Residential structures that are larger than 20m² generally require council approval, while garden sheds and awnings under 20m² do not. In some cases, larger sheds up to 200m² can be built on rural properties without requiring council approval.

The best rule of thumb is to have a chat with your local council before ordering a building, as this will avoid any delays.

Our experience has shown that, in most instances, it is just as easy to use council for approval as it is to use a private certifier. Unfortunately, customers usually have to deal with a level of bureaucracy no matter which certifying authority they choose.

However, we have found that council is a little cheaper when compared to private certifiers, so you could save some cash going down this route.

We are happy to assist wherever we can, regardless of which option you proceed with.

Here at ShedPro, we’ve been helping our customers navigate their way to council approval for almost 25 years. So, we have a pretty good understanding of what you will require to get your desired building approved and any problems you may encounter.

If you need assistance with your council approval application, we’ll refer you to our draftsman, who will make an appointment to discuss your requirements. His business specializes in steel structures so you can be confident that he knows his stuff. If you choose to complete the application yourself, we are here to offer advice and guidance wherever possible.

If you are applying for council approval to build a shed, the certifying authority will require signed, site-specific drawings from a structural engineer stating that the building meets Australian Standards and suits the proposed wind requirements and intended use. These drawings include slab design.

The certifier will refer to these drawings when inspecting that the shed is being built correctly during the construction phase, as well as during the final inspection upon completion of the building and prior to issuing an occupation certificate.

Long story, short – Yes, you need an engineer to build your shed if you want a smooth building approval process.

ShedPro supplies engineering drawings for every building. Basically, if we can’t engineer it, we won’t supply it.

We supply all engineering design drawings to customers for council submission at the time of deposit payment. No materials are ordered and no work is commenced until you are granted building approval (unless you choose not to seek approval or do not need it).

Standard engineering is always included in the cost of supplying your building. In some instances, you may require custom engineering due to unusual site conditions or design modifications and this can usually be supplied for a designated fee upon request. Site inspection or certification may be arranged for a designated fee upon request.

It is quite rare for council to completely reject a client’s application, as they usually negotiate with the homeowner before it gets to that point. This can involve requested adjustments in the size or height of the proposed structure or movement of the building to a different position on your site, usually to lessen the visual impact of the structure or to pacify any complaints from neighbours.

If all avenues have been exhausted and the application cannot be approved, the council will issue a letter of refusal. If this happens, you simply supply a copy of this refusal to ShedPro and we’ll cancel our building contract.

We will issue a full refund of your deposit, less a $220 administration fee and the cost of initial engineering. Council will also issue a refund of the majority of their fees. However, any fees paid to draftsmen, consultants or town planners will end up as out of pocket expenses.

If there is sufficient room on your site for the delivery truck to turn around, Metroll will attempt to deliver the building kit as close to your slab as possible. They are trained wherever possible not to deliver the kit onto the slab, as our builders need the slab clear to erect the building. If customers do not have access for semi-trailers, they need to advise ShedPro staff at the time of purchasing their building.

In built up areas such as Sydney, delivery is usually to the front of property. This means that you need to clear a spot in your front yard or driveway so that the building kit will be safe until our builder begins the install. You also need to be mindful of any safety issues on site, such as low hanging power lines, as this will impede the truck from being able to unload the building in a suitable spot.

It is also not desirable for a building kit to be delivered to the front kerb, as it can cause injury to pedestrians and might be noticed by thieves or, perhaps even worse, council inspectors who may issue fines and orders to have the materials removed.

Our suppliers will always attempt to contact you directly to discuss the access prior to the scheduled delivery date, so please mention any relevant concerns during this call.

When your shed is due to be delivered, we’ll send out a detailed instruction letter outlining the best practice for delivery day.

We generally recommend that a responsible adult is on site to advise where the materials need to be unloaded. We also advise that if any damage is noted at the time of delivery, the driver is notified and a quick photo of the damage is taken for future reference. Then you should let our office staff know your concerns as quickly as possible, so that we can try to resolve the issue.

All of our suppliers are great when it comes to replacing damaged or missing components, providing the above steps are taken. We don’t expect you to count every screw but please advise if anything obvious is missing, as the quicker we know the quicker we can get things sorted for you.

Yes. We are proud builders so most of our customers get us to complete the entire slab and building install but we are also happy to supply the building as a kit. If you know a concreter already, then we are happy to supply the engineering drawings so that he or she can get the slab work done for you.

We are one of the few shed companies left that can complete your job from concept to completion all under one building contract. We do this the old fashioned, responsible way, taking on the responsibility of the entire project and trying to make the process as smooth as possible for our customers. So, if you’re too busy, leave it to the pros at ShedPro.

Our builders and concreters will arrange the best time and day to commence work with you – they never turn up unannounced. They usually arrive on site around 7am and will have a chat with you about door and window positioning or any special requests. Our boys will also need a power source or extension lead that they can plug into if possible, but after that you are free to go about your day.

All buildings need to be anchored to concrete in some form or another because it is not possible to build a shed on dirt alone.

Most buildings anchor onto an existing slab by TruBolt™ Dynabolts at the time of construction. However, if you have a preference for particular anchorings, we’ve got plenty of options for you, such as chemical anchors or L-bolts that are set in slab during the concrete pour.

In the case of larger structures over 12m wide, open structures that are mainly roofs or very tall structures in high wind areas, bolts or cast-in brackets need to be installed in the concrete whilst pouring the slab or pier to hold the building down.

All of these options are discussed and taken into consideration by your trained Shedpro consultant at the time of building design.

If you want to build your own shed or organize your own slab, our team is more than happy to supply all of the standard engineering required and a job specific instruction manual for you.

If you get stuck or need advice along the way, don’t hesitate to call our office as we can usually arrange a time for a builder or concreter to have a chat and guide you through the tricky bits.

At ShedPro, we custom design all of our buildings, from the smallest single garage up to the largest commercial building. So, don’t settle for a one-size-fits-all solution. It’s your building so it needs to suit your needs.

You can select the width, length, roof pitch, height, colour, profile, and any extra inclusions such as roller doors, windows, access doors and insulation. You can also build on a full slab or entirely on concrete piers with a dirt floor, if you wish. Whatever you are thinking of, make sure to ask our staff and we will see whether it can be done – You wouldn’t believe some of the requests we have had over the past 25 years!

On the back page of your quote, you’ll find a code square. Once this is scanned by a device with our downloaded App, you’ll be able to view your custom designed building as in 3D.

Please check the last page of your quote for instructions on viewing your design in 3D and how to download the App itself.

If you would prefer to visit the design staff at our office, they can set you up with a virtual reality headset that will even allow you to walk through your building in virtual reality.

ShedPro are always striving to keep ahead of the pack when it comes to design, service, quality so we ensure that our customers get the very best buying experience.

Because we are a ShedSafe® accredited shed supplier, all you need to do is supply your address and we’ll be able to tell you what wind rating you require – We’re plugged into some advanced ShedSafe® software that designs and engineers your building to suit the specific wind conditions on your site.

All of these things are taken into consideration by your design consultant when setting up your engineering and calculating the cost of your building. Our latest ShedSafe® software can calculate most of these factors automatically based on your site address, leaving little to no room for error when ensuring that you get the perfect building for your site.

Terrain category relates to whether your site is in a valley, on top of a hill, in an open field, surrounded by a built-up city and so on. In relation to this, the shielding factor is determined by a set of rules regarding the number of permanent structures near the proposed building, and how close they are within each compass direction.

On the other hand, your site’s region refers to where it is based upon a map of Australia that is coded for certain degrees of wind. For example, Sydney is region A with the lowest typical wind speeds, whilst parts of the WA coast are region D, experiencing the most destructive wind speeds.

The importance level of a building relates to its intended use and the degree of risk to human life in the event of the structure failing. For instance, staff don’t enter a rural shed used to store machinery very often, so it would be classified as an importance level 1 structure. In contrast, a school building would be an importance level 3 structure, as it’s heavily populated every day. A building designed to house fire trucks, ambulances or police cars would be an importance level 4, as these structures are imperative during emergency situations.

The lowest wall height that we can engineer is 2.4m, while the highest wall height is approximately 8m. This height depends upon various other design factors, such as building width, wind speed and council approval conditions.

We carry the full BlueScope COLORBOND® range, which has 22 colours to choose from. We also offer some more unusual colour options for any trendsetters out there, such as matt or metallic finishes.

All standard colours cost the same amount and you can choose as many as you like at no extra cost. However, we do recommend a maximum of three colour choices for one shed in the interest of good design. The other finishes are quoted on a job-by-job basis and the price depends on the availability of supply from Metroll.

ShedPro only uses Australian made BlueScope COLORBOND® steel. Our standard wall profiles are Metroclad® vertical sheeting, Trimclad® vertical sheeting, corrugated vertical or horizontal sheeting, and, for a high-end finish, LYSAGHT® Easyclad horizontal cladding.

Standard cladding profiles are available in a BMT of 0.35mm (TCT of 0.40mm) for walls and a BMT of 0.42mm (TCT of 0.47mm) for roofs. We also offer limited profiles in a BMT of 0.48 mm (TCT of 0.53mm), the price and availability of which is available on application. BMT stands for base metal thickness, while TCT refers to total coated thickness or the sheeting thickness after the COLORBOND® coating process has taken place.

Yes, all of our products are available in ZINCALUME® steel, and many can be ordered in a galvanized finish.

If you decide to build with ZINCALUME®, keep in mind that galvanised steel doesn’t carry the same warranties on the finish against rust as the other steel coated products. You should also consider the fact that many suburban council areas do not approve buildings with a ZINCALUME® finish due to its reflective nature and the issues it can cause near plane flight paths and annoyed neighbors.

So, if you’re serious about using ZINCALUME®, it’s best to check with your local council first.

All ShedPro structures have a fully bolted frame, regardless of size. Tech screws are used throughout the buildings for purlins and cladding. What’s more, we use only Class 1 fasteners – There’s no point in buying the best quality building only to have it fall apart because of cheap bolts and screws.

Nearly all buildings have some form of bracing, whether it be a knee brace, an apex brace or cross bracing in some bays.

The amount of bracing required depends on the building’s dimensions, such as span, height and so on. When preparing your quote, your expert design consultant will advise you on where and how much bracing your specific building requires.

If a certain piece of bracing could cause issues, for example by impacting the clearance under your ridge height, your design consultant will be happy to investigate if there is any way of avoiding this. In this particular instance, upgrading the wall columns to the next size of C-section may allow us to delete or reduce the size of apex brace.

ShedPro can supply structures using 10°, 15°, 20°, 25° and 30° roof pitches, as well as skillion roof buildings with a pitch of 6° or 12°.

Yes, ShedPro can supply insulation for roof and walls or the roof only, whatever you wish.

We use the latest style of foam in a blanket roll, supplied by a local Australian company called Thermotec. This foil-encased dense foam acts as a thermal shield and achieves a higher “R” rating than the old style of foil-backed fiberglass building blanket. Our product is more rigid than a building blanket, meaning safety mesh doesn’t need to be installed underneath for support.

We highly recommend that you install insulation in your shed. Insulation in the building’s roof will keep the inside cool or warm depending on the season, as well as ensuring that no condensation drips into the building on cold mornings. Foil-backed blanket insulation can also keep dust and flying embers from entering the building in the event of a bushfire. If you are building in higher BAL zones, you must meet the building code by sealing the roof with a product similar to the Etherm blanket.

Many of our building lend themselves to stable designs, especially the American barn style.

While we don’t provide the actual timber fit out of the barn partitions, we can work with your stable fit out company to ensure that the stable sections are customized to suit your size requirements.

We can also supply prices and contact details for the modular style Champion Stable systems, just ask one of our design consultants.

Learn more about our horse stables and arenas.

Yes, we have a wide variety of carport styles and sizes with galvanized frames, flat or pitched roofs, so we’ve got your domestic, commercial and rural shelter needs covered.

ShedPro can also supply and install the full Fielders Centenary range of patios and awnings. These upmarket products use high gloss, full colour sheeting and feature a box beam frame. The centenary range, whilst more expensive than your standard carport, offers stylish ways to enhance your outdoor living and entertaining.

Learn more about patios and carports.

Plumbing and electrical work are specialist trades so ShedPro builders cannot contract to complete this work for you using their own staff. However, we can put you in touch with some highly reputable, trusted electricians and plumbers that have worked on Shedpro projects in the past.

ShedPro doesn’t do any internal fittings, such as Gyprock or carpentry work. If you intend to internally line the building on completion, please let our design staff know because they can supply and install battens on the side of the building so that its ready for your contractor to add plasterboard.

Yes, we can supply the pricing for water tanks and pumps. We can also organize small slabs alongside your main slab to accommodate your proposed water tanks. Whilst all of the buildings we supply have gutters and downpipes fitted, we don’t do any of the plumbing required to connect the tank to the building. This work requires a certified plumber.

If you have stormwater pipes connected by a plumber prior to the building being installed, and providing the pipework is available in the correct position, our builders will install the gutters and downpipes to cap onto the stormwater connection.

In most cases, a plumber is required upon building completion to ensure that the stormwater is dealt with before the certifier carries out a final inspection.

COLORBOND® steel has a flammability index of 0, so it is a great product to use in bushfire zones. Depending on the BAL rating level of the site, the certifying authority will request different degrees of extra protection.

No building is truly fireproof but you can take measures to reduce the harmful effects of fire.

The most common precautions taken in bushfire areas are roof sarking, flashings to all gaps around the building and brush seals around any roller doors. These features are all designed to prevent any flying embers from entering the building. For the same reason, all window openings will need steel mesh screens. Additionally, gutter guards should be installed to avoid the build up of dry leaves, which can be fuel for fires. Moreover, any glass in windows or sliding doors must be the appropriate thickness.

Depending on the proximity to neighboring buildings or boundary lines, fire rated walls may be required for commercial buildings. Fire rated wall products are classified by the amount of time the product can withstand a fire. For example, 90/90/90 indicates that the product needs to hold back a fire from a neighboring building for 90 minutes. All fire-resistant walls are very expensive and heavy to install, so if the need for this product can be avoided by moving your building further off a boundary line, then it should be considered.

In theory, a steel building can be relocated to another site in the future. However, we really don’t recommend this, as the shed will not piece together the second time around – As all roof and wall sheeting is installed with tech screws, when these screws are removed and you attempt to line up the holes a second time to re-install the sheeting in a new shed position, it is almost impossible. This will leave you with a shed full of screw holes and a leaking roof.

Our advice? Keep your shed right where it is.

Yes, we often get calls from old customers that want to extend the length of their building, add a bay or two or add an awning to the side.

If you feel that you may need to extend your building in the future, keep a record of the existing building tucked away in a file so that you can ensure that the profile, width, height and roof pitch are maintained when you extend it in the future.

You can change any part of your building design right up until the moment we order materials. However, keep in mind that your council approval may need to be modified if you make the building larger or taller.

Once a building has been ordered with suppliers, it is very unlikely that we will be able to change anything. As all buildings are custom made to suit your specific design, if a building order is cancelled after a material order is placed with suppliers, all expenses become forfeit. Additionally, if the building has been manufactured, you may be legally liable for the balance of the agreed contract price.