Are you shopping around for a shed? does it need to be rated for a Cyclone region? You will probably have noticed the big price difference between the Reg. A sheds you see in shiny adverts with smiling fellas splattered with a little grease and those wind-swept fields with photo-shopped sheds advertisements and the reality of the dollars you have just been quoted for cyclone region rated sheds. HUGE!
Why should I pay so much more for cyclone region sheds? This is a very common questions and the simple answer is this...
To help illustrate the differences we ran two different buildings through our engineering and take a look the differences in specifications.
and at the other end of the scale with the same shed for
In a nutshell Looking at the table we see that the structural steel goes way up, as a guide the weight of the steel in the kit goes up by about 600 kg and on top of that there's 18kg more fasteners in the kit. That's an overall increase of structural weight and thicker wall cladding of 50%.
BIG SHED? Let's have a look at what happens when we make the Shed four times bigger and pull the front wall off it making it into a Open Front Farm shed 12 x 24 x 4.2 with 6m bays.
First up shed is a 24m x 12m span with 4.2m walls, open front farm shed 4 bays
Then we place the same shed in Region C, a 24m x 12m x 4.2m open front 4 bay farm shed.
In a Nutshell we find that there is over 3000kg more steel and an extra 60 kg of fasteners in the Region C. farm shed. That's over a 50% increase in Structural material and Fasteners when compared to the Region A shed. What's this mean in layman terms? If your offered a cheap shed for Region C or D then watch out. It's likely to be under designed using engineering for the wrong district or old engineering that would'nt pass a decent inspection today using new guidelines produced after Cyclone Larry and proven by Cyclone Yasi. If you want to give your investment the best chance of standing after the next "big one" then expect to make a sound investment decision shed that will cost a bit more but be worth it in the long run.