There are many options to consider if you want to achieve the very best outcomes with your new building.
We have provided some information below to help you make informed decisions about some of the key considerations for you shed design. There is also some information about advanced options to ensure your building is structured to work for your needs.
Whether you already know the size and roofline you’ll require, or if you’re just starting out on planning your design, the information below will help you make informed decisions about your buildings design, structure and features.
In many ways this is the single most important decision in your project. It is a juggling act managing space requirements, budgets and sometimes site restrictions.
It is important to consider for future expansion in this area as there is nothing more frustrating than having your hard earned expansion stilled by lack of space.
Shape is another thing to consider. Don’t let anybody push you into a box that is not the right shape for you.
Why struggle for years with an inefficient layout when this can be streamlined with a little planning.
Most TechSpan buildings are constructed with a gable roof. This design is simple and functional making it suitable for most applications.
An alternative is a skillion roofline. The skillion option is useful where you require all the rainwater to flow to one side of the building. Applications include Commercial buildings against a lot boundary and open front machinery sheds. It is easier to harvest rainwater off this style of roof.
A further alternative is a curved roofline. This option is for those who want “a little bit extra” from their project. It is a great way to add a modern, professional image to your project.
Have you considered your current and long term requirements in this area? Maybe you have been planning for some larger machinery or some higher pallet racking.
Extra height is not as expensive as you might think.
TechSpan’s engineering experience starts underground. All designs include foundation details which can be customised to suit your location and soil. Our buildings are held down with engineered cast-in hold down bolts.
Watch out for low cost alternatives that use light weight plates and brackets that are only fixed down with low strength masonry anchors. No short cuts should be taken in this critical area.
The Bay spacing refers to the spacing of the portal rafters lengthways down the building. Our normal bay spacings range between 6 – 8 Meters.
We can accommodate spacing both smaller and larger than this to suit individual requirements.
TechSpan use only 8.8 Grade High Tensile Galvanized bolts for all structural connections. Quality Class 4 Roofing screws ensure your investment holds together.
The open web trusses designed by TechSpan are the secret to our success. They provide the rigid skeleton to span your area without the wasted materials of heavy beams.
Their superior strength eliminates the need for ugly knee braces and ridge ties which infringe on your space. Our trusses are welded open web design made from AS1163 Grade Galvanized RHS.
They are engineered to provide the perfect balance between weight and strength.
Doors are viewed as a necessary complication to “kit shed” manufactures. We at TechSpan view them as an opportunity to maximise the effective use of your space.
Please consider your door requirements carefully. A lack of planning can have long term effects.
Roller doors are a very tidy door option looking great in all applications. These are really handy for small openings. For larger openings (5.0m+) it begins to become an expensive alternative.
All columns on TechSpan buildings are constructed using universal beam. These are of solid one piece construction from top to bottom.
These are painted using our signature triple coat protection system zinc-rich primer long lasting shield against corrosion. For exceptional protection, columns can be hot dip galvanized.
Sliding Doors are the most versatile and cost effective door option, having virtually limitless configurations. From a standard opening, to a whole sliding wall. Large doors are no use if you cannot open them! We insist on over-engineering our door hardware to ensure many years of trouble free operation.
Purlins & Girts
TechSpan use high tensile Australian 450 Grade roll-formed purlins and girts on all buildings. Low grade imported alternatives are not considered by our engineers.
Personnel Access Doors
Most larger buildings require one or more PA doors as the larger doors normally cannot be opened from the outside. For this reason it is often useful to locate your PA doors near your larger doors.
Depending on the size of your building, Council Regulations could require you to have further PA doors around the perimeter of your building for use as fire exits.
The majority of TechSpan buildings are clad with high tensile roll formed cladding. The two main options are Zincallume or Colourbond finish.
Zincallume is the most cost effective while Colourbond gives you the opportunity to personalise your building. Gutters and downpipes offer further room for creativity in this area.
Many past projects have blended the two by using Colourbond cladding on the walls and Zincallume cladding for the roof. TechSpan use double zinc coated cladding for even our Colourbond has a layer of zinc under the color for superior corrosion protection.
Heavy duty Wall and Roof bracing plays a vital part in keeping your building standing. TechSpan engineers ensure the allowance is made to withstand whatever Mother Nature may throw your way.
All buildings can be cyclone rated if required.
Insulation is often an area that is passed over in shed design. The benefits of working through this are long lasting and rewarding.
Options include Anticon or Sisalation, Roof Insulation Blanket and Air-cell. Anticon is almost essential for most buildings as nobody really likes condensation dripping everywhere on those cooler mornings.
The roof blanket offers further benefits – cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It is truly surprising what difference it actually makes. Please consider these requirements carefully.
Air-cell in is a premium insulation product which offers superior insulation qualities while maintaining a very low profile of just 8mm thick. It looks like foil backed “Bubble Wrap”.
Natural roof ventilation serves two very important functions on your building. It provides temperature relief by allowing the hot air that gathers up in the ridge of your building to escape, creating a convection current thus drawing cooler air in through the lower openings. Provision can be made to have these seasonally adjustable.
The other benefit of roof ventilation is it allows unwanted fumes to escape from the building. Maybe the old tractor is not running like it used to, or perhaps those welding fumes are a bit overpowering. It is surprising what results can be achieved with natural ventilation.
The two most popular options are Ridge Vents and “Whirly birds”. The TechSpan team can help with your requirements.
Open sides on buildings are a useful option for allowing easy access to your covered area. Depending on your situation you may like to have one end or one side open — possibly even no walls at all.
Internal walls can be constructed should you need “half and half”. TechSpan designs are all fully flexible and can cater for the combination that best suits you
Wall louvres are basically wall vents. Whilst roof vents allow the hot air to escape you need some way of allowing fresh air back into the building.
Louvres allow you to achieve this without compromising the security of your building. Wire netting can also be fitted to keep them rodent and bird proof.
Including a mezzanine floor in your new project design is a cost effective way of increasing the floor area of your building without increasing its footprint. TechSpan can accommodate all your requirements in the area including stairs and balustrading.
TechSpan engineers can arrange for a column to be removed from an opening in your building. The weight is transferred to those adjacent by a lateral truss.
This is great for situations where you might have large or awkward shaped machinery to get under cover, such as combine harvesters.
Canter Lever Awnings
It is never fun unloading trucks in the rain. Sometimes it is handy to have a little bit of extra room under cover, on the side or back of your building. Consider whether your project needs some type of additional awning. The team at TechSpan has many suggestions for you.
Gantry Crane Beams
Gantry Cranes are marvelous for anyone moving heavy loads within their building. TechSpan engineers can cater for any special needs you may have. Swing arm cranes can be mounted from a single column if required.
Façade Front (Square Line Front)
Building a façade front is a great way to transform your industrial building into a professional business premises.
We have a range of alternative cladding products to further enhance the look of your building. The possibilities in this area are endless. Draw on our experience in this area to create the look that is right for you.
Skylights are a great way to take advantage of natural sunlight to light your building. The team at TechSpan has many ideas in this area for both roof and walls. Investment in this area will pay itself off many times by reducing the ever-rising cost of electricity used.
Windows add both light and ventilation to your building. They also improve the atmosphere in any room or office by providing a refreshing view outside.
Still Not Sure What You Need
There are a lot of options to consider when you start planning your next building project.
If you’re unsure exactly what you need, and what will work best for you, our team can help. Request a free design consultation with one of our consultants to discuss a shed that is structured to work for you.