Installing a new shed on your property requires careful thought and planning. It is not enough to request for a couple of quotes online. Many of these quotes have been written for sheds made of low quality steel and they are designed for standard conditions that do not take into account the peculiarities of your wind region. To obtain the best quote and specifications for your shed, here are some of the factors you should consider.
Consider Major Design Factors
When you are assessing any shed quote, you need to ensure that it contains site classification details that take care of these design factors: wind region, building class, importance level, terrain category, earthquake loading, and snow loading. Designing a shed with these factors in mind is a must if you want your shed to remain intact in the face of environmental hazards. If this is not done, the shed may not function properly for its expected lifespan, and you will not be allowed to make insurance claims due to the poor design.
Know Your Wind Region
Based on the severity of the wind in various parts of Australia, the country has been sub-divided into different wind regions. The main factors that determine a shed’s exposure to wind include the features of adjoining areas and the position where it is installed on your property. Obviously, a shed located in an area with stormy wind will need to be of a stronger design and thicker material when compared to sheds protected by trees and other buildings located near it.
Choose an Appropriate Thickness
It is vital to choose steel sheeting of an appropriate thickness to satisfy the specifications for your site’s design factors. Thickness of steel sheets is specified by a base metal value BMT. In cases where the quotes contain sheds with coated steel, you can find the best shed by taking note of the total coated thickness TCT, which indicates the sheet’s thickness after painting. Make sure the shed construction company specifies the thickness of the steel sheets in your quote. For instance, in the non-cyclonic regions, wall sheeting should not be less than 0.35 BMT while for those in cyclonic areas, a thickness of 0.42 BMT is recommended.
Look for ShedSafe Accreditation
To help property owners who want premium quality sheds that comply with Australia’s building codes and specifications for steel sheds, the ShedSafe accreditation was established. To ensure that the shed that will be constructed is from a reputable supplier, always ask for ShedSafe accreditation. Usually, an accredited supplier will provide on-site engineering, unique building designs, and high quality steel products. This gives you the confidence that the steel shed will comply with the highest standards.
These tips will help you to select the best supplier for your steel shed construction project. If you find an accredited company that does a thorough assessment of your site and weather before recommending a design solution and check the steel sheeting thickness and other vital specifications provided by the supplier, you should have a steel shed that will stand the test of time.