Structural Steel vs C Purlin – which shed is right for you?

Moxey Farm Structural Steel Cow Barn WallandraInvesting in new facilities such as a farm shed, livestock shelter or storage shed, is ultimately an investment in your business and the ability to optimise your capabilities; allowing for growth. How you invest comes down to your immediate requirements, plans to future-proof your business and how best to ensure a good return on investment.

There are generally two types of sheds: structural steel sheds and the typical C Purlin shed. Whilst it can be argued that both have their advantages; certainly when considering a medium to large shed, there is one clear winner. Let’s investigate why.

C Purlin sheds are notoriously known to be a ‘cost effective’ solution, and whilst this may be true for small sheds, structural steel sheds are ultimately more economical when it comes to medium-large shed requirements.

  • Materials – C Purlin sheds pale in comparison in terms of the strength and durability of a structural steel shed. C Purlin sheds are often constructed using flimsy materials that are secured together using tek screws rather than cleats that are welded together in the case of structural steel sheds. This makes them vulnerable to splitting, warping, cracking and rotting.
  • Installation – whilst C Purlin sheds are often marketed as easy to construct, their installation can actually be more time-consuming, factoring in the various components that you need to assemble yourself. Given the prefabricated connections of structural steel sheds, they have the ability to be erected immediately on-site.
  • Customisation – structural steel sheds can be fully customised and allow for larger span sizes. This allows you to future-proof your business in planning for growth and new areas of production.
  • Quality – structural steel sheds do not require a lot of maintenance, are not susceptible to erosion and thus age slowly; making them an ideal long-term solution.
  • Durability – structural steel ensures a quality product that is able to withstand harsh weather conditions given its sturdy frame. In many cases, C Purlin sheds are extremely unstable until they are fully standing and cross-braced. Even then, C Purlin sheds are more susceptible to harsh winds and easily bow and collapse in heat associated with fire given their poor construction and materials used.

So whilst C Purlin sheds may appear as the most cost-effective option initially, considering them as a long-term solution is likely to require additional money due to the need for maintenance, their susceptibility to damage and their inability to be modified and thus ‘grow’ with the business.

Fortunately, through our long standing partnerships with Australian farmers and agricultural consultants, Wallandra has the expertise and capabilities to ensure our buildings are structurally designed and engineered to provide a future-focused, long-term solution. For more information on our ability to service your farming needs, contact our friendly team.

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