Cheap Sheds – How much do they cost?

Posted on : January 9, 2015

What makes a cheap shed?

The old saying you get what you pay for is definitely true for Sheds.  There are shed companies that will cut corners (the key removing as much steel as possible – the lighter the shed the cheaper it will be) and then there are those that will not compromise.  There are strict regulations and building guidelines stipulated in the BCA (Building Code of Australia) but like all products there are those that will do the absolute minimum to meet the standards and there are those that pride themselves in exceeding them and creating excellent products.

So why should you care?  Some of these shortcuts will translate to a reduction in quality, watch out for the following

  • You might get 0.40 TCT on the roof sheet  – that is in this case a 0.40mm thick Total Coated Thickness or the equivalent of 0.35mm BMT (Base Metal Thickness). So this is 0.07mm thinner than the normal roof sheeting that should be installed for a domestic shed. It’s cheaper and many people don’t know the difference!  This thickness of steel is easily damaged and usually can’t be walked on.  You can find more detail on the difference here.
  • There are three major types of sheds and all of these will have different pricing (C-Section is usually the cheapest).
    • Cold Rollformed portal frame shed (constructed using C-Section steel).   This is what the largest manufacturers usually provide and are usually limited to a span of 18 meters.
    • Structural fabricated steel shed (constructed using H section, I beam or C channel).  This type of shed has a high strength joining system and while it can be assembled more quickly it usually reserved for greater than 18 meter spans.
    • Steel  Stud framed sheds.  These are identical to the steel stud framing used in housing.  This has an advantage of providing additional internal area over C-Section construction.
  • Sheds cost more if you buy them on finance, see the article here for more information
  • Is the steel imported or from a local steel manufacturer.  The line is getting blurred here as the likes of BlueScope have massive manufacturing capacity overseas now.  The question should probably be changed to “has the steel be tested to meet Australian standards”.  Not all steel is of the same quality as can be seen here.
  • Some shed packs are complex to put together and will cost more to erect (often the cheaper sheds).
  • There are lots of additional tricks (and sometimes costly mistakes) that will save steel and reduce the price.

Please beware and make sure that you understand the difference when buying a shed, as not all sheds are the same!

Now to the cheapest of the cheap, accurate as of the 1/2/2015.  These have been sourced from various companies providing portal frame sheds (C-Section) that are known within the industry to have the cheapest sheds and garages.  Note that these prices do not include delivery, erection, windows, personal doors, insulation or automatic door mechanism or plans in some cases!  In addition, they do not advertise what components they are using or what wind rating they are rated too, so this could go up significantly if you are in a high wind zone or an area that can get snow.

Caution: These are advertised prices without much about the actual components in addition this does not include buidling, you must see the detailed shed specification before you can make a true and accurate comparision.

 

Single Garage Cheap Prices

with Roller Door 2200h x 2770w or 2500h x 2770w 

 $2,400 : $2,730 – 3.6 meters x 7 meters x 2.4 meters high

$2,600 : $2,900 – 4.2 meters x 7 meters x 2.4 meters high

$3370 : $3,710 – 4.2 meters x 9 meters x 3.0 meters high

Double Garage Cheap Prices

with 2 x Roller Door 2200h x 2770w or 2500h x 2770w 

 $2,950 : $3,415 – 6 meters x 6 meters x 2.4 meters high

$3,650 : $4,060 – 6 meters x 7 meters x 3 meters high

$5440 : $5,950 – 7 meters x 10 meters x 3.0 meters high

There is no doubt these prices are from internationally sourced steel, just remember that you must compare quote for quote and all details must be included so you can fairly compare.  Do not buy the shed until you have seen the detailed specification of your shed or garage.  Not to mention you will want good service as often components will be missing or damaged.  Lesser shed companies will have one out of every ten sheds with damaged or missing parts, you need a distributor that provides great service when things go wrong.

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Shed Seller Statistics – 2011

Posted on : January 25, 2013

So what does this all mean?

The shed game is a competitive business to be in, there are lots of big players that have purchased steel sales and compete with the independents.  There is clearly a saturation of shed sellers in some areas and not enough in others.  This analysis attempts to show where Shed Sellers are clustered and to explore some variables that effect shed sales in these areas.

There are some variables that have an affect on shed sales and shed prices for that matter

  • Lot sizes
  • Population Growth
  • New housing construction
  • Average income
  • The number of Shed Sellers

So take a look and drill into your area for more details (all of the above).
 

Population growth within 200km of a Shed Seller

View Population growth within 200km of a Shed Seller in a full screen map

 

Average Lot Size within 50km of Australian Shed Sellers

View Average Lot Size within 50km of Shed Seller in a full screen map

 

Average Lot Size within 200km of Australian Shed Sellers

View Average Lot Size within 200km of Shed Seller in a full screen map

 

Number of new developments within 200km of Australian Shed Sellers

View in a full screen map

 

Average Income within 200km of Shed Seller

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Giant Cattle Shed.

Posted on : June 15, 2012

New cattle sale yards at Scone to be covered!

These cattle yards are at Scone and Upper Hunter, the saleyards are already considered among the 10 best facilities in New South Wales and are currently receiving tender to construct roofing over the facilities. Here are the details for the tender:

Upper Hunter Shire Council Tender – Design and Construction of Roof Over Part Of The Scone & Upper Hunter Regional Saleyards (NSW)
Tenders are invited from appropriately qualified and experienced contractors for the following tender
Tender No 05i2011 – Design and Construction of roof over part of the Scone & Upper Hunter Regional Saleyards including water harvesting and lighting
Initial roof area of approximately 2376sqm with possible secondary stage of 3.158 being a total area of 5.535sqm
Tender documents for Tender No 05/2011 will be available in electronic format only Interested contractors can register their details at Council’s et endenng portal http i!wwwtenderlink co/upperhunter to download the tender documentation
Site inspection arrangements and any enquiries relating to the proposed contract should be directed to Council’s l1anager Technical Support Services
Coleen Pinkerton on 026540 1115 or
Email c pinkerton@upperhunter, nsw gov au
The closing date & time for tender submissions is 4pm Friday 29 June 2012 Tenders will not be accepted after this time
Daryl Dutton
General Manager
Closing Date 29-06-2012
Source The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday May 22. 2012

The roof area for this giant shed is in two parts and covers nearly 5,500 plus square meters. Still small in comparison to some of the giant cattle yards around Australia. A very large one – the Carcoar Saleyards have some impressive statistics mentioned below: These facts come from their website CTLX Facilities.

  • The sheep pavilion roof is 224m long and 82m wide, and the cattle pavilion 144m long and 109m wide.
  • The roofs are clad with site manufactured Aramax sheet which was developed in Carcoar, and is manufactured by Brice Engineers. 
  • The cattle pavilion roof sheets are believed to be the longest single length sheets manufactured and erected anywhere in the world. 
  • The 15,600 square metre cattle pavilion roof was manufactured and erected in ten days.

The sheeting also looks like aluminium as Zinc Alum and Colorbond are not suitable for this type of animal enclosure. See the Intensive Animal Farming Technical Bulletin CTB-22. It was manufactured by Brice Engineering and is marketed under the name of Aramax – they are now owned by Fielders Steel and their website is Fielders Aramax. Here’s a snap of the sales yard at Carcoar:

Carcoar Sales Yards - Aramax Roofing

Shed building on a giant scale – it’s good to see the commercial and industrial side of metal sheds still travelling in the right direction.

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Men in Sydney do anything for a Shed!

Posted on : May 14, 2012

Sheds are a must for Sydney Men!

This article is on the new growing trend for men in Sydney to buy strata titled sheds in complexs complete with power, phones and even windows in some. The article is by Bronwen Gora From: The Sunday Telegraph  April 29, 2012 12:00AM called

“Sydney Men Go Crazy for Big Storage Sheds”

This is Mick Tsolakis and Garry Constanti, inside their huge shed at Alexandria this week, say they are delighted to have the extra room. Picture: Sam Ruttyn Source: The Sunday Telegraph. Its a great alternative when you haven’t got room in the backyard – and also a good investment! But it’s not the same as walking into the backyard to your own steel shed!

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Sheds in QLD cost more.

Posted on : October 10, 2011

Sheds in Queenslands rural areas to cost $27,000 more?

Pineapple Packing Shed

Under the new draft put forward by the Queensland Government, an extra $27,254 is to be added to farmers if they wish to build a new shed for packaging, storage or transport on their own property as construction on Strategic Cropping Land (SCL) now will come under the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM).

If this draft is accepted through the QLD parliament – then the extra $27,000 plus will be added on top of all the other fees and charges neccessary to construct a shed on agricultural land. So the local council that usually has influence over these local building applications will have to cede to the rule of the State Government. The red tape increase for a shed supplier in Queensland will also become a nightmare as dealing with all the DERM requirements regarding environment and resource management will be out of the normal field of the shed industry facilities.

The new requirements apply to sheds over 750 square meters and to packaging facilities, accomodation for workers and tourists. The additional fee would prevent the increase of an agricultural business expanding operations that would normally employ more people and generate more income.

A DERM spokesman said  “DERM will act as a concurrence agency for any development requiring assessment under the Sustainable Planning Act.” We are talking about the shed industry and agriculture here – and the DERM spokesman (not person) states this! Being a concurrance agency for any development leaves the door open for the department to step in at any time during a development. This draft should be altered drastically or it will effect the large shed construction industry in Queensland.

The problem with a draft is that the QLD government take submissions (only the ones they chose) and then enact the legislation very quickly. The shed industry in general – if it had an Australian Association of members, then it could lobby the government and may be able to prevent this going through.

Mango Packing Shed

The Queensland Times is the only publication that is reporting this new draft and a lot of support is needed if the draft is to be stopped. The rural and agricultural industries in Queensland have been through enough without another regulation that if not obeyed could end up in court. The recent Tax Summit also highlighted the need to reduce the red tape – and this one will effect many industries. Shedeye is preparing a submission to lodge in relation to this draft proposal, invites all in the industries to send submissions to Shedeye to compile this submission in opposing the implementation of this draft.

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Steel shed price Rise

Posted on : September 19, 2011

Steel Price Rise Due in next 3 to 7 Weeks

BlueScope Distribution has notified customers of an impending two tier price rise in the coming weeks. It involves a base steel rise of between $60 to $120 per tonne on most product groups. As well they will be implementing specific surcharges to recoup key costs. These surcharges will be provided shortly.

 

Steel Shed Prices will rise with Australian Steel?

 

This comes after a significant bonus of over $3 million was paid to Key BlueScope Management (11 people) as a reward for leadership – not profit incentive? The notification states that volitilty in steel prices, rising labour costs, rising freight costs, rising processing costs, rising warehouse costs, and a rise in general utilities are the reasons. Along with the iron ore and coal price increase that has caused the steel price rise – the others will be included in the additional surcharges.

They state they have begun to receive notice from their steel suppliers (BlueScope Steel) of pending price increases. This does not look good for further sales of BlueScope Steel in the shed industry. With imports on the rise at cheaper prices currently – this price rise will further erode steel sales by BlueScope.

It will also follow by a notification by One Steel on its price increase – so many of the big shed manufacturers will be importing direct to keep competitive in the shed industry. Many of the big reseller shed companies will want to lock in prices for as long as possible to avoid this increase. Negotiations are already occurring between some of the big rollformers and BlueScope, along with talks between rollformers and shed companies.

 

Have you been told of this price rise?

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Who is the Best Shed Company to Work For?

Posted on : August 20, 2011

There is currently a competition running in the Shedeye Forums for Shed Seller to vote for their shed company!

As a consumer you might ask why should I care?  Shedeye is a strong believer that the best companies look after their shed sellers, though excellent service and training and that results in a better product and service to you.

There are currently only 3 votes on the poll, however we will show the results at the end of every month.

Shed Sellers you need to register to vote, all votes are anonymous.

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Shed Warehouse directors fined

Posted on : August 17, 2011

Shed Warehouse Directors?

Where are these People?

As a consumer you have a lot to think about when buying your shed.

One thing you should not have to think about when you are buying your shed is somebody selling you a shed, taking the deposits, not delivering and taking off with the money. It has happened a number of times that Shedeye knows about, however this one has seen justice prevail.  Over a period of many years – The Shed Warehouse caused a lot of grief to customers wanting to own their dream shed – backyard retreat and storage area. They blamed everyone except themselves!

The sweet justice in this particular case is that one of the Directors, who unbelievably allegedly is still selling sheds in the industry (using a different name), was hit with a fine of $255,000 and an order to pay $600,000 in compensation.

Both the company and the director in question now have a criminal conviction recorded against them.

The second director will appear before the Magistrates Court at the end of September.  This director is also allegedly still active in the Shed Industry!

If you want to talk to the victims of this criminal offence they have set up a facebook page

One is apparently still in the shed industry in Brisbane and the other down to SA in an Adelaide shed business. Talk to the victims of this shed industry disgrace on the  Facebook link above.

ONCE AGAIN WHO ARE THE REGULATORS OF THE SHED INDUSTRY?  The ASI? ShedSafe Group? or maybe BCA?

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Carbon Chaos in Shed Industry

Posted on : July 8, 2011

Shed Industry – Carbon Day!

All the lobby groups, MP’s, Companies and Political Parties are busy in the corridors of power until the announcement is made on Sunday. What has the shed industry been doing in regard to this Carbon Tax to date? Not a lot! It’s a matter of how much will this impact our business after the details have been released for analysis! The questions are not on how will this impact global temperature, sea level change or the ability to reduce our carbon dioxide footprint – but how much will it cost the industry, how will sales be affected and how do we reduce the tax. No different to any tax – yet it is another TAX. Below are a few key points that may be important in the shed industry.

  • The carbon price: this is being based on a price of $23 per tonne of CO2 a low start but set to increase at 4% per year plus inflation.
  • Compensation: The shed industry may miss out – but there will be billions of dollars handed out to consumers at the rate of $10.00 per person per week. But only to who? Tradies, petrol, groceries, electricity, meat, coal etc etc.
  • Business: Trade exposed industries may be covered – lets see – the steel, mining, manufacturing, contruction and retail are all looking for a way out.
  • Electricity generators: this is the big one – electricity costs are rising every year and with this conversion to renewables, is it realistic.
  • Who: Agriculture is definitely out, but to what extent?
  • Transport: This is the big if? What will it cost to transport a shed to the customer in 2, 5 or 10 years time?

If the shed industry is compensated – the question must be asked “Why are we paying a TAX on something I will be compensated for?” For how long?

The shed industry operates on steel manufacture – a 100% fully recycleable product – so we are going to be influenced from BlueScope and OneSteel in regard to price rises.

This small diagram will ask whether it is possible to generate pwoer through renewables in the future to guarantee supply of AUSTRALIAN Steel after sunday?

Energy to Result
The sunday announcement will affect all concerned in the shed industry: owners, distributors, rollformers, manufacturers, erectors, engineers, council income, buyers, truck drivers and the list is endless. Keep an eye on the forum – because all the comments will be there! http://forum.shedeye.com.au/forum.php
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Shed Sales at record lows

Posted on : July 2, 2011

Shedeye has talked extensively to people within the Shed Industry and it is unanimous that the shed industry is facing some tough times.

There are geographical pockets that are doing well, this is however the exception to the rule.

Shedeye has a theory that shed sales follow car sales reasonably closely, as both sheds and cars represent large discretionary spending for clients.  Sheds represent purchases that can easily be put off, and given that Australians are paying back debt rather than making purchases, sheds are suffering as they are deemed a big purchase in these uncertain times.

Take a look as these ABS figures for Car Sales.

Short Term Car Sales

 

The above graph shows that the number of new car sales in the month from April 2011 to May 2011 alone has decreased by approximately 7.6% (Seasonally Adjusted).  This is a whopping drop.

The next graph is showing an unfortunate trend.

Long Term Car Sales

There was a big drop after the GFC due to uncertainty, and over the last 3 years sales have not reached the same levels and are on a significant downwards trend starting in April 2010.

What does this mean for Shed Sales in the future?  Shedeye makes a rash prediction that shed sales are going to drop further for at least another 6 months.

It is not all doom and gloom though, the 4 years of sub-par growth should see a good increase in pent up demand that will see shed sales growth increase, potentially to new highs in a couple of years.

To the shed sellers out there, keep you eye on Car Sales, as this may give you the heads up on your future cash flows.

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