Tips on Erecting a Steel Shed

A metal shed is an affordable way to protect your machinery and equipment from the elements. Metal shed kits can easily be designed to suit your needs and are easy to put up.

You can easily erect them in a short space of time and you can usually do most of the work yourself. A metal shed consists of frame members and various panels. The pieces are secured together with nuts, bolts and screws, so the tools needed are minimal on smaller sheds.

At National Sheds we have a team of experienced staff that can assist you in designing the dream building of your choice. We are amongst the leading suppliers of barns, farm sheds & other storage solutions in Australia, with a strong focus on high quality & customer satisfaction.

Things You Need To Know:

1. Once you’ve chosen a shed design and customised it to your liking, contact with your local council needs to be made to get their approval for your shed. If you fail to do this, you could be made to move the structure or tear it down later. We provide full engineering drawings with floor and footings plans, and all our sheds meet council/shire requirements and the Australian Building Standards.

2. Decide on the ideal location for your shed. The land should be a well-drained and level area that’s easy to get to.

3. Choose a foundation/flooring for your metal shed. You can use simple cast in strap, dyna bolts or column in concrete footings.

A concrete slab flooring is the best flooring to erect a shed on. It will hold a lot of weight and give the structure a strong foundation. Laying concrete can be time-consuming and costly. However, at National Sheds we provide full slab or footing diagrams that can be used when preparing your slab. We have a list of qualified concreters in your area that can help you.

4. Once the concrete has had a chance to set its time to put your protective gloves on and erect your shed. Sort through the shed kit and separate the parts. You should have the frame members, side panels, roof panels, doors, windows, barge caps, nuts, bolts, screws, etc. All the pieces are numbered for easy identification. Be aware that concrete is highly corrosive so care needs to be take when assembling your shed to avoid contact with the ColorBond panels.

5. Assemble the frame of the shed using a power drill, socket and pliers. You’ll also need a ladder to reach the high parts or maybe a cherry picker. Following any diagrams and instructions provided, you’ll find that all the pieces have pre-punched holes. You must align two holes of two frame members then bolt them together. Using bolts means that all our shed kits are much stronger than if they were welded together.

6. Attach the metal panels to the frame one-by-one by positioning them into place, side-by-side, then screwing them into place using the rust protected colour matched screws.

7. Position the roof panels into place and screw them in. The roof cap is a metal piece that runs from the front to the back. It covers the middle seam. To erect a metal shed, the roof cap goes on last. Just position it into place and screw it down.

8. Finalise the assembly of any personal access doors, windows, ventilators etc. once the structure has been complete. Be careful when handling and working with the parts of a metal shed as the edges can be sharp.
Once completed you can now enjoy your new shed!

All National Sheds come with a Manufacturer’s Warranty on materials to ensure your shed will be around for a long time.

Let the experienced team at National Sheds assist you with your new purchase.

Give the helpful team a call on 1300 100 418 today!

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