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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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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ShedSafe – An Industry Body or A Brand – Part 3?

Posted on : November 5, 2011

Shedsafe – A Question Mark?

Just answer one question please ?

What is the Base Metal Thickness required by ASI?

This is Part 3 and only a question? Within Shedsafe terms and conditions to join the group (brand) – the above item J. is applicable.

So – Shedsafe only allows BMT or TCT approved by the ASI – THE QUESTION IS what is the answer please. How thick is the BMT in all your shed members 0.35BMT or 0.42BMT or what? The ASI has now got to answer the question.

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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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Shedeye approaches 100,000 visits

Posted on : September 1, 2011

We are very, very happy with these results.  Our plan was for the Shedeye site and the ShedBlog to reach this number by mid next year!

A good portion of our users are return users.

This is last months demographic spread from google analytic’s.  This should be very interesting to some, as it shows where shed enquiries are coming from.

What shed site is the most popular in Australia?  Widespan? Ranbuild? Fairdinkum? BuyashedShedsOnline? Some other site?

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ShedSafe – An Industry Body or A Brand – Part 1?

Posted on : August 28, 2011

ShedSafe – an offshoot of the ASI and The Shed Group!

This is a look at the Industry Body called ShedSafe and will raise many eyebrows in the shed industry through the dominance of its name. The presumed importance of a brand called ShedSafe with its accreditation deeming members have an exclusive right to the name is confusing to the consumer in the assumption it is a regulatory body. It is not such a body as all shed (Class 10A Buildings) constructions are governed by the BCA only. This fact is mentioned in the ShedSafe advertising.  The advertising aspect is the point of this investigation and the implications that this “ShedSafe Group” imply not to the customers – but to its members and opposition – Non-members of compliance of shed construction!

Lets go through some of the ShedSafe details advertised to the customer and also to prospective shed suppliers.

Is your shed..ShedSafe? If not why not? This is marketing and nothing else – the problem is in the wording as follows by one of the accredited suppliers. It implies that it is the industry standard benchmark. Just to confirm all the major brand users of this ShedSafe have similar branding advertisements.

ShedSafe Accredited Supplier Advert

 So we have an Industry body who commercially sprouts its advantages through its members directly aimed at customers through the statement above “This accreditation is the Industry Benchmark for Steel Sheds sold nationwide”!  Why are they saying this when in reality they are not the benchmark but simply a brand as discovered below!

This is on the literature to shed suppliers – so make no mistake as to the marketing intentions of this statement! Join up and you will influence the purchasing decisions of most, if not all consumers shopping for sheds! This is an unbelievable statement from an Industry body to gain membership. Yet on the following piece of information you have option of deflecting opposition to shed quotation by referring to the “ShedSafe Website”

 Yet in reality this is what you will receive from becoming a ShedSafe member – the below:

 

Not much promised to the customer who buys a shed except that the shed you have purchased is ShedSafe accredited. See some previous articles here on Shedeye for ShedSafe accredited sheds…

Next is a very important statement by ShedSafe conditions to shed suppliers:

Now this is an important concept – as all factors quoted must be performed by a licenced builder or a building certifier. Also an engineer may perform this duty. But how many quotes get published to customers without any inspection or site visit?  This is an area that ShedSafe has yet to address!

NOW THE LAST PART OF THIS ARTICLE!

Stay tuned for Part 2, a much harder hitting continuation of this article.

 

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The End of Steel Manufacturing in Australia

Posted on : March 6, 2011

Shedeye previously printed Shed Prices to go sky High, it was clear that the steel manufacturing sector in Australia is under serious threat with the introduction of a Carbon tax on the industry.  Shedeye then showed the cold hard science behind the Steel shed industry and carbon.  Shedeye also proposed that rather than a tax, perhaps all ozzies with the room in their back yards should plant a gumtree!

Bluescope has responded to the threat by sending media releases to both the smh.com.au as reported Bluescope seeks exemption for manufacturing and www.theaustralian.com.au as reported Carbon tax plan threatens viability.

BlueScopes Steel managing director has stated

“The test has to be: can the price be passed through . . . if the price is not paid through, it is basically the end of steel manufacturing in Australia,”

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“For emissions-intensive trade-exposed industries there should be no cost until our competitors face a cost and there certainly shouldn’t be a free ride for imports that sees manufacturers have to move their operations offshore and hide carbon in someone else’s backyard.

If the manufacturing sector does not get an exemption is the government going to impose tariffs on imported steel?  What a mess.

While BlueScope is in the business of making money and this involves lobbying and looking out for their own interests before all else, this is a clear case of the general public’s best interest.

The industry is threatened via big increases in shed prices, the disposable income of Australians is in serious trouble and even when the government starts to allocate the funds from the carbon tax (inefficiently and no doubt misappropriated), the damage may well have been done.

 

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10 Things You Must Know Before Buying A Shed or Garage!

Posted on : September 7, 2010

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1. What Is The Height Of The Vehicle That You Are Going To Put Into The Shed or Garage?

The rule of thumb is that you will lose about 500 millimetres of clearance on the advertised Roller door height.  You can get a bit more height if you choose a gable entry over a side wall.

This is a very important consideration, as the height of your shed and the size of the roller door are contingent on the height of your vehicle.  There’s no point in buying a shed or garage only to find out that your boat or 4WD won’t fit in there because the shed roof is too low.  It’s vital that you take the proper measurements before you even go looking for a shed or garage.

Make sure you confirm your measurements and the amount of clearance your shed or garage will have with your local distributor.

2.  How To Get Finance For Your New Shed?

Before you consider finance through the shed or finance company, do your sums first, if you pay for the shed in cash; you can often negotiate a much better deal.

If you don’t have enough cash to pay for the shed outright, what can you do?

It may be cheaper overall to either get a personal loan or use the equity from your home so you can pay for the shed in cash and get a cheaper price than going through a finance company as you may have to pay establishment fees on top of the price of the shed.

Some shed finance companies can provide finance for the building and concrete as well, but it will depend on your financial circumstances – how much your income and assets are and how much debt you have.

Some shed companies provide consumers with interest free finance.  You can pay fortnightly or monthly through direct debit or credit card payments.  Once you receive delivery of the shed, your payment plan will commence.  But again, somebody is paying for the finance, usually through a more expensive purchase price, there is no such thing as a free shed after all!

3.  Are You In A Snow Loading Area?

If your property has an altitude of over 600 metres above sea level, it’s a legal requirement in Australia that your shed has a snow loading allowance built into the structural design.

It’s vital that you find out if you’re in a snow loading area as you need your shed to be strong enough to stand up to the weather conditions in your area, including ice and snow.  When looking at sheds, you can ask the distributor if their sheds have been calculated for snow loading.

Snow loading will also affect the required pitch of your roof, this means that you are going to need a pitch of at least 10 degrees upwards, depending on where you are located.

Remember, it’s important to consult with your local council first for snow loading requirements based on the Australian Standard 1170.3.


4.  Are You In A Wind Prone Area?

Simply ask your local council and your local shed distributor, it is too complicated to work out.

It is too hard to work out on your own as is based on the probable maximum wind speed in your region, if your site is on a hill or escarpment, if your site is located in suburbia or rural and the size and importance of the shed.

If you are in a wind prone area, the shed design needs to be stronger with more steel and will cost more.  This expense is a must otherwise your shed will blow down and will be a risk to yourself and others.

You will also have to check with the shed company to make sure the shed is strong enough to tolerate your area’s wind rating.  Your local shed distributor should know if you live in a wind prone area and what wind rating your shed needs to have.

As always, it’s essential that you check with your local council first before buying and installing your shed.  For a comprehensive analysis of the wind ratings take a look at the Steel Shed Groups publication Wind Actions on Steel Sheds and Garages (http://www.steel.org.au/_uploads/429_Wind_Actions_Steel_Sheds_2009.pdf)


5.  Are You Going To Build Your Shed Yourself?

You can save yourself a fortune building your own shed, however the bigger the shed the harder it is to erect.  Approximately 50% of all Sheds built in suburbia are owner built.

Are you going to build the shed yourself or are you going to hire concreters, shed erectors and plumbers?  You can save money by erecting the shed yourself, but if you’re not a handy person or don’t have any friends who are, you may be better off hiring experts who can install it for you and save you a big headache, as well as a lot of time.

The shed company you buy the shed or garage from may be able to provide you with their own contractors for erecting the shed, or give you the names of contractors.

The terms vary according to local councils (you MUST check them) however if the building is under $5,000 then you may be able to build without an owner-builder permit, depending on your local council.

If the building structure is over $12,000 then you need to apply for a Certificate of Consent.  This allows you to get a building permit and undertake your own building work as an owner-builder.

But it’s important you check with your local council first.  Some councils will require you to apply for a building permit (different to an owner-builder permit) in order to erect a shed.  If the structure is larger than 10 square metres in area, then the law requires you to get a building permit.

Theoretically you can never do plumbing work yourself as it‘s illegal; it needs to be conducted by a licensed plumber.


6.  Make Sure You Get Council Approval For Your Structure!

The variation between councils is great however there are a handful of situations where you do not need council approval and there are some limitations you need to be aware of.

  • Some councils do not require approval if the shed is smaller than 3 meters in width and 3 meters in height.
  • Some councils will allow the shed to be on the boundary while other councils will demand the shed to be situated at least 2 metres away with walkways .
  • Some councils will not allow certain shed colours due to the restrictions on the reflection of light and location aesthetics.
  • Some councils will not allow a shed if there is less than a certain percentage of land available on the block.

Just remember to check everything with your local council first!

This is generally what happens when you buy a shed or garage:

1)      You choose the kind of shed you want.

2)      You find a shed distributor you’re happy with.

3)      You decide how you’re going to finance the shed.

4)      You receive an engineering report from the shed distributor.

5)      You submit the engineering report to your local council, as well as an application for permission to build the shed.

6)      You receive advice from council whether your application is approved or not.

7)      If your application is approved, you can go ahead with your shed or garage.


7. When Do You Want The Shed Or Garage?

For custom built sheds, don’t count on parking the car in you new shed for 4-6 weeks from the time you make your decision to buy.

1)      It takes 3-5 weeks delivery time for the kit shed.

2)      It takes a day to pour the slab  (if you are getting a slab and not just footings)

3)      It takes a couple of days for the slab to dry completely (depending on the size) before you erect the shed or garage.

4)      Add two days for professionals to erect the shed or garage depending on size (for a standard size shed).

All of the calculations are assuming experience professionals, for somebody who is not then it can take much, much longer!!

8.  What Type Of Look Do You Want In Your Shed or Garage?

For custom built sheds there are over 500,000 different colour combinations using the standard Colorbound(TM) colours.  Combine the different materials and components and you have millions of unique configurations.

The number one biggest problem with new shed purchases is the colour selection, either incorrectly ordered, or incorrectly researched.  Choose wisely and triple check you are getting what you want as you’ll have to live with the colour once the shed arrives

The cladding you choose can be a standard corrugated (curved) surface, a square look or a combination of the both.

9.  Do You Want A Steel, Wood or Plastic Shed or Garage?

Steel sheds are the most versatile and affordable product in the market place.

Plastic sheds are usually only suitable for smaller sheds.  Wood sheds and garages are usually twice as expensive (installed) than the steel shed or garage equivalent.  You do have more variation in the styles by using wood, however given Australia’s termite problems, steel is a great option.

10.  Remember That Shedeye Can Help You Design Your Shed

Save up to 2 hours in shed and garage research, and filling out quotes by using the innovative web tool, www.shedeye.com.au.  100% free, always.

Shedeye was designed to allow you to visualise your shed, making it as close as possible to reality.  It also saves you hours by taking out the hassle of trawling through numerous shed sites, individually replicating the details of the shed your required.  A great online resource for designing, getting quotes and comparing sheds and garages.

www.shedeye.com.au

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10 of 10 – Things You Must Know Before Buying A Shed or Garage!

Posted on : September 6, 2010

Remember That Shedeye Can Help You Design Your Shed

Save up to 2 hours in shed and garage research, and filling out quotes by using the innovative web tool, www.shedeye.com.au100% free, always.

Shedeye was designed to allow you to visualise your shed, making it as close as possible to reality.  It also saves you hours by taking out the hassle of trawling through numerous shed sites, individually replicating the details of the shed your required.  A great online resource for designing, getting quotes and comparing sheds and garages.

www.shedeye.com.au

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Shedeye Usability Testing

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It is always fascinating to see real users in action on a website. As the owner of a site it makes you realise that so much of what we do is based on assumptions of what we expect people will do, rather than reality!!! I found myself on numerous occasions, willing and begging the user to use the site as I expected them too, however I quickly learnt to expect the unexpected!!!

Shedeye has had over 15 people test the usability of the site, hopefully making it a much better site. Here is one example of a Usability Test, showing how easy it is for a complete novice with no experience with the site to create and modify complex sheds or garages. This is after we redesigned (more than once!) using the feedback from the users. The tester in this video is based in England, to ensure that we made no assumptions!

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