Shed-Lingo: Get The Low Down On Some Frequently Used Shed Terms

sarah | 02/17/22

When you start looking at options for a new shed, it can be like learning a whole new language! At KiwiSpan we don’t want you feeling confused by the terminology or left wondering ‘what is a…’, so we’ve written this guide to simplify things for you when planning your new shed.

Span: put very simply, this is the width of your steel shed or garage shed.

  • Clearspan – when the span of the shed is clear of internal support structures i.e. it’s completely open from one side to the other for unobstructed use i.e. no internal support columns are needed.

Roller doors: a garage door that rolls up. This can be manual or automated via a remote control. Roller doors are arguably the most secure type of garage door, and take up less space in your garage shed than a traditional tilt door.

Bays: a bay is a space designed to be big enough for a standard road vehicle. Some other terms that crop up once you start talking about bays include:

  • Fully enclosed – covered on top, the sides, and both ends.
  • Drive through – covered on top and the sides, but open at both ends.
  • Open bays – covered on top but open at the sides.

Cladding: the material used on the outside of your shed.

  • Profile: the curve or shape pattern of the steel cladding. Three profile options exist (Corrugate, Trimrib, and Slimclad), and they can change the exterior aesthetic quite dramatically.

Roof pitch: the angle of the roof. The steeper the roof, the higher it is at its peak.

  • Gable: a pitched or peaked, triangular style of roof.
  • Mono-pitch: when the entire roof slopes from one side of the shed to the other.

Knowing some common terminology should help you feel more confident when it comes to discussing options for your new shed. As you start designing your new shed with KiwiSpan other terms are likely to come up, but you can rest assured the KiwiSpan team is here to guide you and will take time to ensure you understand every detail and feel confident in the decisions you’re making.

Whether it’s a garage shed, workshop, sleepout or carport, KiwiSpan has a customised solution for you. Contact us HERE today to get the ball rolling on your next project.

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