Ordering the right shed

31 March

How do I know if I am ordering the right shed?

We understand that building a shed is a big commitment.

To make sure you get the right result, there are a few key questions you can ask yourself in the early stages.

The most important thing is to think long-term: your shed will last for decades, so it needs to be of excellent quality and be able to adapt to changes in your business, operations or lifestyle.

Here are our top 4 questions to ask yourself to ensure you get the best result when building a shed.

1. What will you use your shed for?

The function of your shed is one of the most critical things to get right.

We always encourage our customers to spend as much time as they need thinking about this and considering different scenarios before you even get to the design stages.

A shed that is purposely designed to suit you and your business needs is going to be an excellent investment, allowing you to efficiently operate your business. Consider office fitout requirements, how and where you might install things like pallet racking, the best location for a mezzanine, and whether any flammable materials will be used on site as these may need special storage requirements.

Designing your shed with your day to day business operations in mind will ensure that you get a great result.

2. How big should your shed be?

The size of your shed is important too: how big is your biggest piece of equipment? Do you need the roller doors to be a certain height to allow trucks to reverse into your warehouse? Will you be installing a gantry crane and need additional roof height? Planning for a range of different situations is a wise move.

Additionally, thinking about shed extensions ahead of time means that the structure can be designed in such a way that it’s easy to extend at a later date. It can be much more difficult to extend a shed that isn’t designed for this purpose, and it can be near impossible to raise its roof height. Before you start designing, talk to the team at Steelcorp and let us know what kind of equipment your shed will be accommodating, and we can help you get the dimensions right.

3. Will things change in the future?

Everyone hopes that their business will grow and prosper in the future. Think about the logistics of running a business from your warehouse, shed or factory if this growth happens: what could need to change?

If your business plan calls for extra space in the future, but you don’t have the capital available today, you can factor this into your initial shed planning. Building a structure that is designed for expansion – for example, adding 3 more bays in 5 years – means that when the time comes to extend you can do so with confidence. Our design team will ensure your structure is engineered to accommodate the increased size and loads without requiring major structural changes in the future.

4. Does it include all the extras you need?

Getting the right shed means considering everything you’ll need to make your business run more smoothly and more efficiently.

This can include features such as large cantilevered awnings so you can still unload trucks in the rain, as well as fully kitted out external offices that add a more professional feel to your structure. You might also need space for a showroom or conference room, various canopies for outdoor storage, and architectural facades that fit with your corporate look.

There’s comfort and safety to consider too, with inclusions such as insulation, fire walls and more. It can be a good idea to engage an architect, builder or engineer to help you design a shed that is safe, energy-efficient, practical and will be an asset to your business for years to come.

The Steelcorp team is here to help you through the entire process from planning through to construction. If you have any questions about how to get the right shed, give our friendly team a call today.

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