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 Manufacturers and Insurance

Posted on : April 11, 2013

The Shed rumor mill is on overdrive at the moment with what is speculated as an inevitable collapse of a big shed player (although a similar rumor has been incorrect before).  Irrespective if this eventuates, it happened a number of times before and will happen again.  The consumer is the last one in line and they lose their money without receiving any goods.  There must be a way to protect the shed buyer in this case.

Should the parent shed companies mandate home warranty insurance as a condition of reselling their product – specifically protecting against liquidation?

This is the only way to protect consumers against liquidation (even though some providers of the insurance only cover 20% in that event).  The problem is that a great number of sheds are not covered as the mandatory home warranty insurance threshold is $20,000.  This is due to the cost of obtaining the insurance, as the shed price is significantly impacted.  The real problem is that the home warranty insurance should have far smaller premiums (as it is very rarely claimed) and the threshold should be revised downwards.

There is a three prong strategy required here.

  • Lobby the insurance companies and work harder and get more competition in this low risk insurance area to significantly reduce the premiums.
  • Lobby the government to reduce the mandatory threshold.
  • Ensure that 100% of the shed buyers outlay is covered in the case of liquidation.
  • Ensure that the mandated insurance does not impact the shed price too much.

The market is tight, and this is when poor process or high risk is punished.

 

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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

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Average Income within 200km of Shed Seller

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How to cut your garage or shed prices!

Posted on : April 20, 2011

There are many tips and tricks that you can use to reduce shed prices, without compromising the engineering of the shed.

One such trick, to reduce your garage or shed prices, is to make sure the length of your shed takes on the largest dimension.

 

9 m x6 m x2.4 m

three car garage doors on side 3 by 3 bays

6 m x9 m x2.4 m

 

Shed Buyers will often increase the width of the gable (span) as per the first picture in preference to the length of the side as per the second picture.

The wider you go on the gable end the more effect you will have on the structural engineering requirements, meaning more steel and a bigger shed price.  If you want cheap shed prices, increase the number of bays (length) of the shed, as you will not be  modifying the basic structural engineering requirements.

What do you think the difference in shed prices is between the two above sheds?  Remember they have exactly the same room in the shed (54 meters squared). The shed price difference is a marked 5-9% difference, by simply increasing the gable end (top picture) over the length (bottom).

If you want to keep you shed prices down, make sure that you increase the length over the gable.  Kit Sheds are designed to be extended in bays, indefinitely length wise.

An additional examples is

A 7 meters wide x 9 meters long x 2.4 meters high shed, compared to a 9 meters wide x 7 meters long x 2.4 meters high shed.  There is approximately a 3-6% difference in shed price.

The amount of shed price variation will vary according to the shed seller (as they all have slightly different engineering), however you can rest assured there will be an increase in shed price if you select a larger gable, no matter the shed seller you choose.

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Shed Prices Rise, again!

Posted on : February 22, 2011

Just when you think that there can be no more steel shed price rises, you can think again, shed prices are on the rise again, and the steel manufacturers have stated that there are some more significant rises to come in 2011.

Shedeye showed that the January shed price rise was insignificant and for a standard 6 meters wide * 6 meters long * 2.4 meters high shed or garage you were in for less than a hundred dollars shed price increase.

The March price rise is set to hit the shed price a great deal more as it will directly impact the price of everything excluding colorbond products (January only effected colorbond products)

The list of effected products are

  • TrueCore – Roof Battens
  • Galvanised – Formwork, Accessories, Purlins
  • Zincalume – Roof and Wall Sheeting, Accessories, Top Hats, Flashings, Downpipes and Gutters.

The average price rise is approximately 10% and as these products make up most of the weight of a shed, you are going to see bigger shed prices or garage prices after March.  The shed price is all about the weight of steel that is used to construct them.

As has been previously shown Bluescope has a virtual monopoly within the shed industry, and the question needs to be asked,  is Australia paying too much for its steel sheds as a result?

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