26 Dec How to avoid the 5 common mistakes in shed building
1. Not future-proofing your shed:
While none of us have a crystal ball to see what the future holds, its often wise to build a little larger than what your current needs are. For example, if you build a shed which just fits the boat in, what happens if you get a new one and its 150mm higher than the old one (and doesn’t fit in!)
2. Unknowingly using inferior materials:
While building specifications and materials used often appear similar not all sheds are created equal. One shed builder may use 0.3 gauge cladding on their sheds, while we use 0.4 gauge. That’s 25% less steel used in the cladding alone. Sometimes the steel thickness is misrepresented by including the thickness of the paint – this is not normal accepted practice.
Consider how that affects the durability and strength of your new shed. Check carefully exactly what you are getting for your money. If it’s not stated clearly in the specifications, ask before making any commitment.
3. Laying the concrete slab before deciding which shed to buy:
Shed designs do differ between suppliers. When the shed is designed an engineer will specify the footings required. If the slab doesn’t have the correct thickenings you may not get a building permit.
Be patient, choose the company you want to deal with and wait for the correct slab to be specified.
4. Confusion over what is included in the price:
Sometimes what initially appears to be a cheaper quote doesn’t include some items that it is reasonable to expect should be part of the building. Under closer inspection you may find the cheaper one does not include items such as foil and netting in the roof (which every enclosed shed should have), or fixed pane windows when you really want opening windows.
Or in the case of kit sets, components such as gutters, downpipes, or screws haven’t been included. Check the quote thoroughly and if you have any doubts regarding what is and is not included then ask.
5. Confusion over opening sizes:
Check all openings are big enough. Door sizes should state the daylight opening size (DLO). Bay widths are measured from the centre of the columns (or poles in a timber shed). Make sure bays are as wide as you need them.