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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IN2 SHEDS – Geelong – Another Shed Ripoff

Posted on : December 28, 2014
in 2 sheds rip off

In 2 Sheds

Check out the article here and here

Another one is added to the list and has been liquidated.

  • Debt of approximately $600,000
  • 62 people have lost deposits of $300,000

This is outrageous, something has to be done to stop this as the count of people that have lost deposits on sheds is getting very high.  I wonder how many more people need to lose their money before one of the so-called regulators does something to protect consumers.

in2sheds liquidation notice

Liquidation

It has been a while, and I am committed to adding new articles and research over the 2015 year.  I am adding some new features to the site and will start active development again.

I will be adding a paid advertising directory and will be offering some of the tools that have been developed by Shedeye to shed companies to help them with their sales process.  Stay tuned.

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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 Companies score well in Survey

Posted on : April 8, 2013

The results were interesting to say the least.  The sample was not large enough, with only 90 respondents, but enough to draw some interesting conclusions that require some more research.

One of the questions that we asked was around the satisfaction of the end result of the shed that was purchased.  There were only three possible answers ; Excellent, Satisfied, Not Satisfied.  It was great to see that most people are happy with the end result, however of concern was one large player that scored only in the Not Satisfied and Satisfied  categories.

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So how did Shedeye get rated by its users.  Not too bad, but definitely room for improvement.  I am happy to announce that a major revamp of this site is being worked on to take it to the next level.

 

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Here is a happy customer from the survey.

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A testimonial from this customer for The Shed Company in Gladstone

The Shed Company did an awesome job, I haven’t been able to fault it. The job was held up due to weather but they kept me updated with an expected completion date and got it finished promptly as soon as it dried out.

There were some glowing testimonials, however I will leave this for another article.

There were also many additional insights about how Shedeye can be improved to ensure that the general public get the best service possible.  Thankyou to all of the site users that took the time to fill out the survey, we expected at least 10-100 times this amount given the number of registered users, however it is understandable given peoples heavy emails loads.

 

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Capital Steel Buildings Statement

Posted on : March 7, 2013

This statement was received from CSB Australia

 

Capital Steel Buildings, felt the need to voluntarily liquidate one of the companies associated with the shed business. It had nothing to do with debt to any suppliers. No money is owed to anyone in the industry.

Capital Steel Buildings is still running and a growing business. There is no risk to any of our distributors, software users or suppliers. CSB has a leading engineering software used by many people in the industry, which is not affected by this structural change.

I would also like to point out that CSB distributors and software users, have their own accounts with the suppliers, or are suppliers themselves, so there was never any risk to anyone in the industry, or their customers.

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Shed Industry Struggling

Posted on : February 21, 2013

There are more and more concrete examples that the shed industry and the broader steel industry are struggling.

  • On the 01/03/2012 RimShaw Enterprises Pty Ltd, Trading as BuyaShed was placed into Liquidation.
  • Capital Steel Buildings was placed in Voluntary Administration, with the first meeting of creditors held on 6th of February 2013.
  • The fate of Capital Steel Buildings will be decided before the 9th of March
  • Who will be next over the next 6 months?

Senior Analyst from IBISWorld, Craig Shulman has said it is likely that that CSB has been hit with lowering demand levels and rising costs in the steel industry.

“Over the past five years structural steel fabrication in Australia has declined at an annual rate of just under 1%… This has been influenced by the weak domestic demand related to the construction industry, volatility in steel prices which have raised costs and the introduction of the carbon tax” he says.

Shulman says the declining growth rate of the steel fabrication industry in Australia is likely to continue, signifying the potential administration of more steel companies.

This is a concern indeed and this raises the risk to the consumer of more Shed Warehouse type scenarios.  In addition this is tragic for the  the distributors who are also struggling to make a living,  without worrying about  a potential liquidation.  CSB currently has 17 distributors and we hope they are doing ok.

It is not over for CSB yet, as it should be noted that just because a company is in Voluntary Administration does not mean that the company is bankrupt (in liquidation).

Voluntary Liquidation

 

Given that the company had the first meeting of creditors was on the 6th of Feb, this  indicates that an Administrator will have been appointed at the latest of the 29th of Jan and the Meeting to to decide the company’s future will be before the 9th of March.  The three outcomes are that the Creditors return the company back to the control of the directors, the creditors accept a deed of company arrangement or the worse fate being liquidation.

We will follow the outcome of this very closely.

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Shed – eye for detail.

Posted on : October 14, 2012

Sheds come in different types

The majority of sheds sold today in Australia are of the portal frame design and the components are what is called cold rollformed. But there are two other important types of shed construction that is becoming more popular, the structural steel frame and the stud frame sheds. This is a quick rundown on the three different types:

 

1. Cold rollformed portal frame shed.

This is the most common type of shed and is normally supplied pre-engineered and in a kit form. The main structure (called the portal frame) consists of rolled purlins, girts, batton, top hat and brackets. The cladding and flashings are common to all types.

 

Portal frame showing apex and knee brackets

Portal frame showing apex and knee brackets

As you can see the basic prinicple is that all the purlins (both rafters and colums) consist of cold rolled C section joined by fabricated brackets that bolt each assembly together. The roof and wall members are added once all the portal frames have been stood. This is a very efficient system that can be transported easily and assembled on site with minimal tools. 

 

2. Structural fabricated steel shed.

 Nearly the same engineering prinicple as number 1 – except all the colums and rafters are from hot rolled section such as H section, I beam, or C channels with welded cleats and joiners on all ends. All other components are normally the same. The advantage of this type of design is for larger spans especially used in large warehouse constructions and normally over 18 meter width.
Structural steel is a bolt together design with heavy structural steel

The structural steel is heavy to transport but does allow faster erection and extremely high strength joining system. All the other components are very similar.

 

3. Steel stud framed sheds.

 Now this is completely different to the above two. It is identical to the steel stud framing used in housing and results in a very strong overall construction. The walls and trusses are all prefabicated in sections and simply stood on site and then clad. The advantage of this system is the ease of which you finish the sheeting internally and is the reason it is gaining popularity. 

Steel stud frame shed

As you can see there are no colums protruding into the interior and all window and door penetrations are done at fabrication stage. While slightly more to transport – the erection time is greatly reduced and the finish (interior) allows much cheaper cladding solutions. It can be treated in the same way as a normal house frame. 

 

Not all sheds are the same, and to ensure you obtain one that suits your purpose contact Shedeye.

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Shed for Rent!

Posted on : August 9, 2012

London Shed for Rent!

A SAVVY homeowner is making a bit of extra Olympics cash — by renting out her SHED to Games guests.

Grandmother-of-four Tricia Jones has transformed the hut at the bottom of her garden into a mini sports stadium, and is offering it out to tourists over the coming weeks.

The unique getaway in Leytonstone, East London, is just two miles from the stadium, and comes complete with a bed, heater and mini fridge.

Tricia has also gone the extra mile, kitting out the shed with a mini running track and a full-sized winners’ podium, along with a host of Union Flags and Olympic memorabilia.

And with hotel prices in the capital up 69 per cent during the Games according to TripAdvisor, Tricia’s quirky alternative is a snip at £40 a night.

The 64-year-old said: “I just wanted to be part of the Olympics in some way, it’s going to be a very exciting few weeks.

“I didn’t have any rooms spare to let out, but I heard that people were camping in gardens and I got a bit carried away with my Olympic shed.

£40 a Night

 Go straight to this article in The Sun , as it is very entertaining – the comments are even better!

  1. The flag is the wrong way up also!
  2. Flower pots are not toilets!
  3. And many more classic comments!
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Sheds & Guns!

Posted on : July 26, 2012

Shed has more history than the Museum!

The newly restored shed at DownsSteam Railway and Museum is for the use of volunteers to work on the LOCO 106 “Pride of Toowoomba” which hopefully will be finished in 2015 for the locos 100th birthday!

William Boden and Tom Redwood are two of many volunteers who have helped get the new restoration shed at DownsSteam Railway and Museum up and ready for the opening on Saturday. Photo Dave Noonan

The full article concerning the shed and train museum is in the Toowoomba Chronicle on 19th July 2012. From the article the shed had many uses prior to its current use – and the original shed was purchased for use as an aircraft hanger at Oakey in Queensland (not far from Toowoomba)! The shed is not that special – except it was made in America in 1942 and shipped to Australia for use in the war period. The history of the shed is amazing – it was fabricated by Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania in 1942 nearly 70 years ago and with a huge effort of a design drawn up by USQ School of Engineering students, the shed was able to be reconstructed after many years lying at the old Bridge St quarry!

Now for the history the steel of this shed shares:  Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania was America’s second largest company that started in 1857 and finally filed for bankruptcy in 2001 and all assets sold. During the 1940’s it employed some 300,000 workers with 180,000 alone in the steel ship building sector. Coincidence is that Bethlehem Steel produced this railway gun and also the shed in Toowoomba that houses a railway museum. This particular gun is now in a museum in Brazil:

“Bethlehem 177” railway gun on display at Museum Militar Conde de Linhares

Along with this spectacular piece – Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania was producing one naval vessel per day – which totalled 1,121 ships which was more than any other builder in the war period.

6″, 10″, 12″, and 14″ naval guns being assembled at a Bethlehem Steel facility

So this company that made the Toowoomba shed also produce huge numbers of naval and army guns at the same time, How did it manage to fit in such a small (by comparison) order for an aircraft hanger at Oakey in Queensland. Well it will be an interesting tour of the Downs Steam Railway and Museum not only looking at the 100 year old “Pride of Toowoomba” locomotive, but seeing the 70 year old steel fabricated at the same time as thousands of guns, ships and icons in America. One like this one – that Bethlehem Steel supplied most of the steel for the cable cars and tracks – always it comes back to TRAINS!

Steel for the “San Francisco Municipal Railway” system came from Bethlehem Steel!

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Shed of the Year 2012 UK

Posted on : July 13, 2012

The winner of shed of the year 2012 – is the pub shed “Woodhenge” owned by John Plumridge

This shed would probably also win the Australian Shed of the year – especially with the common PUB theme. Here is an extract from the article:

It was a such great example of the passion that the sheddies have and it’s amazing that John just started with a pagoda in this garden and has built his shed up from nothing into a great space for friends and family – John mainly used recycled wood from a shut down garden centre to make the majority of the shed. Its a brilliant use of space and shows that with some time and lots of effort you can create the prefect escape down the bottom of the garden. I loved how he has turned the walls inside into a feature showing off all the empty beer bottles that he and the many visitors to Woodhenge have consumed over the past four years. John tells me he’s not finished yet – so I look forward to seeing the additions and no idea what he’s going to to with his other sheds (yes he has lots)

And just a few of the photos of the winning shed!

Shed of The Year

Inside view of the PUB Shed

Another inside view

Seems so big inside!

See more details at Shedblog UKAlso a very interesting 2nd prize winner – The Water Shed!

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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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ShedSafe – An Industry Body or A Brand – Part 2?

Posted on : September 28, 2011

Shedsafe errors in the requirements of its members?

This Part 2 (of many to come) is basically regarding the accreditation requirements placed on its manufacturers of sheds that are Shedsafe Accredited. The first requirement that is outlined below is in regard to the thickness of the steel roofing utilised in shed construction. Prior to delving into this area – a brief explanation of the product flow is required of the steel used in the shed roof cladding .

The steel manufacturers process iron ore in a furnace to produce steel – very basic and this is then transformed into the many steel products available on the market. The roof sheet steel is in a coil approximately 940mm wide with a BMT (Base Metal Thickness) of 0.42mm which can have a Coloured paint coating or Zinc Aluminium Alloy. This coil is sold to the metal rollformers to run through a rollforming machine to get the required profile of roofing. These companies also rollform the purlins, battens, tophat, gutters, ridge cap, fascia, barge mould, gable roll and fold most of the required metal flashings. These are all rolled from an order from the shed manufacturer according to the shed being supplied. In some cases the shed reseller may be part of a large group and simply order direct from the parent rollformer.

So the rolled coloured corrugated roofing arrives on site (and all other parts) as a direct result from the customer shed order that has been designed, approved, manufactured, delivered and ready for erection. Your shed is also issued with a 15 year roofing, cladding and purlin warranty from the steel manufacturer also sometimes the parent company of the shed reseller.

Lets start with the quote to the customer from the shed reseller. You’ve given all the details of your requirements of a shed and accepted the quote. Here is a small sample of one such Shedsafe Accredited reseller that is also owned by a national Shedsafe Accredited Shed manufacturer.

 

Details of Roof Sheet Thickness

 

Notice the roof cladding is 0.40 TCT Trimdek Profile C/B. The Trimdek and Colorbond description is fine, the 0.40 TCT is the roof sheet properties – that is in this case a 0.40mm thick Total Coated Thickness or back to the earlier description is equivalent of 0.35mm BMT (Base Metal Thickness). So this is 0.07mm thinner than the normal roof sheeting that should be installed on a domestic sheds. Why do they supply this sheeting for roof materials on sheds? Because it’s cheaper and many people don’t know the difference! So Shedsafe accredited resellers and manufacturers have been through the extensive training and requirements of the ASI run Shedsafe group. In fact in one of their requirements of shed manufacturers to become accredited is the fact outlined above regarding product warranty for 15 years. Here is the item by Shedsafe that requires manufacturers and resellers to:

 

15 Year Roofing Warranty

 

So the Shed Industry Benchmark group of Shedsafe – is setting the target or requirement of a 15 year warranty and its strick accreditation process is followed by all of its members. So the sample above (a shed which was supplied in 0.35BMT roofing) will have a 15 year warranty? WRONG.

Now lets look at Shedsafe again, an industry body run by the ASI of which BlueScope is the major sponsor. BlueScope also manufacturers the steel coloured coil for these very same Shedsafe accredited manufacturers and resellers. So lets examine the warranty for 0.35BMT roofing use in sheds.

 

 

BlueScope Roofing & Cladding Warranty

 

The main part in this warranty is that the supplier of the steel will not give a warranty on the 0.35BMT roofing that can be found in part 1 of the terms and conditions of the BlueScope Shed & Garage Warranty.  The basic error is that the BlueScope run ASI and its ShedSafe group have not covered all the small detail and continues to stipulate that Shedsafe accreditation is the Industry Benchmark. If they cannot enforce a simple base metal thickness that the manufacturer stipulates – what else is also wrong?

If your shed is supplied with 0.35BMT (or 0.40TCT) roofing – then it is not covered by the BlueScope warranty and the shed reseller will have to provide an independent cover for this warranty. Will they provide a 15 Year warranty on a 0.35 BMT thick roof sheet?
Accreditation is a simple word that enforces the meaning of having all the checks and processes in place to eliminate error.
This is one error that Shedsafe has to correct.
Next week part 3 – more detail of the marketing group Shedsafe!
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Strange Shed – Balancing Barn?

Posted on : September 9, 2011

The shed/barn house is 100 feet long and only 50 feet of the base is on solid ground? There’s even a window in the floor to look down to the grassy area below.

Balancing Barn - Would you feel safe?

This is a holiday home that you can rent that is a few miles inland from the Suffolk Coast in the UK.  Some renters of the property worry if too many people go to the end it will tip! Maybe only a few too many meat pies for lunch could tip the scales of balance. You can rent this  “The Balancing Barn” (www.living-architecture.co.uk) that sleeps up to eight people and costs from £638 for a four-night midweek stay. The house was designed, built and owned by the not for profit group Living Architecture – whose co-founder designed this, Mr. Alain de Botton. Very different Alain.

Heres another view of the amazing Balancing Barn:

Strange Shed? For Rent

 They say as soon as you enter and walk across the threshold of the balancing point – you feel strangely in danger of it tipping! The floor window above the swing would also add to this.

Don’t think our portal frame sheds could delve into this magnitude of architecture?
 

 

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Innovation Award Submission 1

Posted on : August 12, 2011

The first Innovation Submission is from Campbell Shed Products. The following is an excerpt from their website http://www.shedproducts.com/about-us.html in regard to the history of this company and it’s innovative founder Mr. Errol Campbell.

Campbell Shed Products Pty Ltd is a Grafton based, private sector, free enterprise business pioneered and managed by local Errol Campbell. It supplies the retail shed industry and hardware outlets of Australia with an expanding range of quality, innovative shed and garage products, components and accessories.

Campbell Shed Products has been successfully running for over 20 years. From humble beginnings as a pre engineered building fabricator and constructor to it’s own company having developed it’s own line of world first products during that time.

Errol has won various awards for his achievements and has created a new concept in the pre-fabricated building industry. In June 1999 Errol was rewarded for his accolades and won the Utility Section of the Inventor’s Fair held in conjunction with the international Philosophy, Science and Theology Festival.

In recent years, Campbell Shed Products has delved into the new market of accessories and components for the pre-engineered building industry. He has pioneered a range of products boasting to add additional perfection to a once thought basic shed. These include Vermaseal, FormGirt and are currently working on a full range of Retroseal products. They have grown from strength to strength and are now nation wide distributors from their Grafton factory.

Errol’s inquiring mind is said to be the motive behind the ideas. He felt he could significantly contribute to the growing industry. On receiving positive feedback on the new products, he pursued these concepts to be later left with a line of world first products.

Campbell Shed Products have also won government grants and as a result is a member of the prestigious ATS (Australian Technology Showcase).

 

Now to the product that Errol has chosen to represent Campbell Shed Products in the Shedeye Innovation Awards.

The below is the promotional detail on the “Superseal” which is a Multipurpose PVC vermin and weatherproof flashing that can be added to new or existing metal clad sheds, garages and homes with concrete floors. Not only is it easily installed – the multiple benefits it provides are numerous and quite unique.

"The Retroseal Superseal"

The features are numerous and include, snake & vermin proofing, maintains a drip free edge for the metal wall sheets, the internal skirt allows easy cleaning, very easy installation with a Tek screw though the sheet into the “Superseal”, UV protected, will not rust and also allows for up to 27mm of variation in the slab.

Here is a closer look at the detail (not to scale)

It must have been a difficult task for Errol to nominate this product over the others in the range. All of Campbell Shed Products could be successfully entered in these Awards.

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Is the Shed Safe

Posted on : August 6, 2011

Shedeye has been given many examples of Shed failures from the general public, if you want to keep your shed safe then you should read this article!

For those that are in the shed industry, there will be a prize for who ever can correctly identify the design fault from the pile of scrap metal.

Why did this shed fail?

How did this get passed through council?

Was this shed signed off by an Engineer?

How did the software controls allow this shed design to be built?

How did the shed seller not understand that the shed they were selling was faulty?

Why are these failures not investigated completely and the results published so that the industry can improve?

 

Please note that a car has been removed from one of these pictures.

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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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Shed – $5 million for 100 sqm!

Posted on : June 30, 2011

This shed in 2008 was the most expensive property in Australia – wonder if it still is?

The 100 square meter old tram shed at Cremorne Point was bought in 2001 for $780,000 and converted to a house by the owner several years later – see the news article.

It had stood vacant from 1991 until this sale transformed it to Australia’s most valuable property which is now rented. It overlooks Syndey Harbour with views of the Syndey Harbour Bridge.

$50,000 per Square Meter

Mr Gilmour, the head of Huntingdale Properties, is currently looking to rent his unique home.
He said living there had been wonderful but his family had now outgrown the house.

Even Mum, Dad and one child would be squashed in 100 sqaure meters.

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Insulation and your new Shed?

Posted on : June 13, 2011

Like everything in the shed industry, insulation is another area full of jargon.  When you break it all down it is not too complex, the only thing you need to make sure is that you are being sold insulation for your shed that is adequate for your area and you are happy to take on the increase in your shed price.

Shedeye has done a comprehensive analysis, you can Download the PDF here!

If this is too much for you to digest with your morning coffee, then all you need to focus on is the R value.  Effectively the higher R value the more thermal resistance (keeps heat in or out) that your insulation offers.  This is important if you are considering adding an air-conditioner or heating to your shed or garage.  The BCA (Building Code of Australia) has worked out the requirements based on your location and altitude for both the roof and wall.

The R values of the same roof or wall vary between summer and winter – depending on which way the heat is travelling.  It is best to achieve minimum R value in both seasons for the walls and roof.

Follow these steps to work out your minimum R value and how to select an appropriate insulation.

Step 1 : Use the BCA zone classification to work out your zone

 

Step 2 : Work out the minimum R value for your roof and wall based on BCA minimum R values.

Roof

Wall

Step 3 : Select a material that satisfies you minimum R-value in both winter and summer


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There you have it, simple yes 🙂

For a far more through and detailed analysis please read  Insulation requirements for Class 10a buildings.

 

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