Pre-engineered buildings have gained popularity due to their numerous advantages over traditional construction methods. These structures are made from prefabricated components, with steel being a common material used for their construction. So, what makes them beneficial to construction projects? We delve into the benefits of working with prefabricated steel and explore how installing these steel buildings works.
Prefabricated steel buildings are an excellent choice if you’re looking for fast, cost-effective construction. Whether you’re building a steel garage for your home or a commercial building for your business, these structures provide various advantages. Let’s explore some of them below.
Pre-engineered steel buildings can be easily and quickly assembled onsite. The components of pre-engineered buildings are designed and manufactured at the factory, leading to efficient production processes and reduced construction time. This results in cost savings for manual labour.
Pre-engineered steel buildings offer excellent flexibility for future expansion. These buildings can accommodate potential expansions or modifications, making it easier for the structure to adapt to changing needs. The modular nature of pre-engineered components allows for changes without significant disruption to the existing building. For example, you could add a lean-to to your existing structure if you want more space and storage for miscellaneous equipment and furniture.
To understand how pre-engineered steel building installation works, let’s break down the process into three steps:
The first step in erecting a pre-engineered building is to prepare the foundation. This involves clearing, excavating, and levelling the site. Your KiwiSpan licensee will organise this for you; keep in mind that the process may take longer if the weather conditions aren’t good.
Once the foundation is ready, the primary framing is installed. The framing consists of top hats and cee-sections, and these steel components are bolted together and fastened to the foundation. The primary framing provides the main structural support for the building.
After the primary framing is in place, the next step is to install the roof and wall cladding. The installation begins with attaching the wall cladding to the secondary framing using self-drilling fasteners. The secondary framing includes purlins, girts, and eave struts. Once the walls are complete, roof panel installation and insulation follow.
Among all vendors, why choose KiwiSpan for your pre-engineered steel building? Here are the reasons why!
Steel is known for its strength and durability, making pre-engineered steel buildings highly resilient. At KiwiSpan, we use up to 3.0mm-gauge steel for the structural elements in our sheds and a minimum of 0.4mm-gauge cladding with extra wide and thicker 0.55mm-gauge flashings. They can withstand various weather conditions, including high winds, heavy snow loads, and seismic events. Steel also resists pests such as termites, reducing the risk of structural damage and minimising maintenance requirements.
Pre-engineered steel buildings offer architectural versatility, allowing a variety of design options. At KiwiSpan, you can create custom designs that meet your specific project requirements. Whether for commercial, industrial, agricultural, or residential purposes, KiwiSpan makes it possible to build your steel structure to your exact requirements. This flexibility in design ensures that your pre-engineered steel building suits your aesthetic preferences and functional needs.
KiwiSpan products undergo rigorous quality checks during the manufacturing process. We ensure that each component meets the required quality standards before being dispatched to the construction site. We also pride ourselves on providing a 50-year durability statement for our structural frames and associated bracketry. Our NZ-designed and engineered brackets utilise grunty, industrial-grade bolts, and heavy-gauge Tek screws, offering a stronger connection. You’ll gain peace of mind knowing your steel shed is durable and can withstand NZ’s harsh weather conditions.
When you partner with us, we’ll ensure that your steel shed meets performance and durability standards with a maintenance plan. Upon completion of the build, your respective KiwiSpan licensee will provide a maintenance plan specific to your shed so you know how to care for it.
Are you planning a new steel shed project? Let us help you. Contact us to discuss your building requirements, customisation options, and other considerations!Should You Design Your Own Shed? 6 Benefits of Custom Sheds
A steel shed is a valuable addition to one’s property, offering various benefits for lifestyle and industrial use. Whether you need a spacious workshop for your business or additional storage for your tools, equipment, and outdoor vehicles, a steel shed is a practical solution. However, not all steel or metal sheds are created equal, so how do you ensure it fits your needs?
A custom shed design is the way to go if you need a steel shed that can comply with your specifications. If you want to design your own shed but aren’t sure where to start, KiwiSpan can help. Our sheds are 100% customisable, and we tailor each design to our customer’s needs. Read on to discover the benefits of custom sheds and how you can bring your vision to life with KiwiSpan.
Need a custom shed design that can house your vehicles, such as boats and jet skis? Or do you dream of having an American barn that can double as a personal workshop? With a custom steel shed, you can guarantee a shed that perfectly suits your requirements. Here are six key benefits of a custom steel shed:
Custom sheds offer exceptional design potential and versatility. When you design your own shed with KiwiSpan, you can choose your ideal size, height, windows, doors, floors, colours, roof style, and more. This design freedom means you can create a shed that fits your available space and matches your aesthetic preferences.
Steel sheds can be custom designed for different functions and purposes. Whether you need a shed for storage, a workshop, or a hobby space, customising your shed allows you to incorporate specific features and elements that enhance functionality and fit perfectly for your intended purpose.
Custom shed designs offer more flexibility in your steel shed’s size, layout, and interior configuration. You can choose the dimensions that best accommodate your storage or workspace needs and add partitions, shelving, or other organisational elements to optimise the space for your specific requirements. Do you have a tricky piece of land or property size? We can tailor your shed to your exact measurements, down to the millimetre.
Customising your shed lets you add personal touches and unique features that reflect your style and taste. You can select the colours, finishes, and accessories that complement your property and create a cohesive look. With many years of experience under our belts, KiwiSpan can provide helpful ideas and expert advice to help bring your vision to life.
If you enjoy hands-on projects and have the necessary skills, you can take pride in building your own kitset shed. This do-it-yourself approach can save you money on the erection process. But of course, you’ll also have the option to let our trusted KiwiSpan licensees help you with the build.
While customisation allows you to add specific features and design elements, it can also help you optimise costs. You can work closely with KiwiSpan licensees or try our 3D builder tool to balance your desired features that accommodate your budget, ensuring you get the best value for your investment.
KiwiSpan makes it easy for you to visualise your custom shed design before the build process. The KiwiSpan 3D Builder Tool is a unique 3D design tool you can use online to customise your shed and see what it will look like. You can adjust the size, change the roof type, remove and change the colour of the walls, and so much more.
Here at KiwiSpan, all our steel sheds are 100% customisable. Whether you need a workshop or steel storage space, we can tailor your shed to suit your needs. Here are some of the many aspects of a KiwiSpan shed you can customise:
Doors: You can choose sectional and roller doors and determine your preferred height. You can also opt for automatic opening door options.
Windows: While our window options don’t come in a standard list, you can talk to our trusted KiwiSpan licensee about your preferred number and size of windows. Our team can tailor to what fits best for your shed’s intended purpose.
Colours: We offer a range of high-quality paint colours for your steel shed’s roofing and cladding profiles. We also use COLORSTEEL®️, ideal for transforming the look of metal sheds.
Flexible Designs: We can change the size and shape of your custom steel shed dramatically. Our ability to build up to 18m clear spans without obtrusive bracing or centre poles allows us to be very flexible with our shed designs. You dream it, we’ll build it.
KiwiSpan’s customisable steel sheds work perfectly around your lifestyle and budget. You can start customising your steel shed through our 3D Design Builder. Once satisfied, you can discuss the initial design with your trusted KiwiSpan licensee, and they will give you a quote based on your design. Once approved, we can start manufacturing your custom steel shed based on your requirements. It’s that easy!
Whether you want to design a standard blank shed, double garage, boat shed, parking shed, or workshop, we’ve got you covered! Talk to KiwiSpan to design a steel shed unique to your lifestyle and needs. Try our 3D Builder today!
Steel Sheds Are Not All The Same – Here’s What You Need To Know Before Buying A New Steel Shed
Before committing to a new steel shed, it pays to get into the nitty-gritty of your quotes and see if you’re really comparing apples with apples. Not all steel sheds are created equal and it’s worth checking the details to understand exactly what you’re getting before you buy.
At KiwiSpan we’re transparent about what you’re getting because we stand by the quality of our buildings. We’re proud of the work we do and believe differences in our buildings make a significant difference to the value of your shed – now and in the future.
When your shed is built with a heavier grade of steel, you can rest easy knowing it’s built to last. KiwiSpan uses a thicker steel that is better able to withstand harsh conditions as well as bumps and knocks. So not only is your shed going to be strong and reliable, it will look good for longer too.
KiwiSpan chooses to use heavy duty bolts rather than lightweight tek screws, giving a stronger connection. All sheds are made up of many parts, and the stronger the connections between those parts, the stronger the overall build is. Our bolts also look a lot tidier than lots of messy screws, giving the inside of your shed a more streamlined visual aesthetic.
With the same dimensions on paper, a KiwiSpan shed will give you more usable space because we don’t use knee braces. Knee braces protrude into the internal space and can limit your storage and manoeuvering area. KiwiSpan’s smart designs allow for bigger sheds to be built without knee braces, optimising your space from top-to-bottom, and helping you make the most of every square meter.
The clear open spans of a KiwiSpan shed also allow for greater visibility with a clean and clear visual appearance.
The team at KiwiSpan are always happy to discuss these features with you, and can show you the parts to enhance your understanding of the impact. With KiwiSpan, you get a steel shed that offers greater usability right away, and retains strong value in the longer term.
Whether it’s a commercial building, a garage, or something in between, KiwiSpan has a customised shed solution for you. Contact us HERE today to get the ball rolling on your next project.