What to Consider Before You Buy a Shed


If you are in the market for a new shed, there are several factors to consider before you buy.  A storage shed is an investment you will use for years to come, so you want to make sure it is functional for your intended purpose. A shed used to store lawn care equipment has different criteria than a shed used as a workspace, playhouse or gathering place for family and friends.

When you explore your options, have a solid understanding of your needs and preferences. Is there a particular style or colour you have in mind? What are your council laws on permits? How large does it need to be? What type of weather is your shed going to be exposed to? Answering these questions and identifying other primary considerations will help you evaluate your options to make the best choice for your new outdoor shed.

Shed Size

One of the essential decisions is the size of your shed. It’s best to go big if your space allows for it. Converting outdoor sheds into a hobby room, office, entertainment area or another extension of the house is a popular trend for homeowners. Purchasing a larger-sized shed gives you greater freedom to utilise the space for more than one purpose or to convert it for another use. There are nearly limitless options when it comes to shed sizes. You can opt for a standard size or have one custom-made to your specifications.

Shed Purpose

Outdoor sheds are great for both business and personal use. They are perfect for storing equipment, tools and other belongings. Your intended use determines the type of shed you need. If you are storing large vehicles or moving equipment in and out, then you need roller doors along with personal access doors. Workshops require plenty of room and the right kind of flooring. A shed to store and protect your car can be enclosed or open on one or more sides.

Storage is not the only use for a shed. Many people purchase sheds as simple and convenient buildings to use for entertainment or a quiet place to get away and relax. Sheds intended to be a Man Cave, She Shed, or children’s play area should be comfortable and welcoming. The design, color and overall appearance of your shed are also essential. You’re going to be looking at it for many years to come, so it should be aesthetically pleasing and complement your home.


Metal is the strongest of the major shed materials. Steel sheds are especially durable and cost-effective, making them an excellent choice. There is also a wide range of colour options. The type of steel your shed is made from matters. Australian-made steel like BlueScope and Colorbond has been lab and field tested extensively. This type of steel is made to withstand harsh conditions and extreme temperatures.

Sheds built with high-quality materials and excellent workmanship last longer and generally require less time and money for upkeep. While your budget is an important part of your decision, you should never focus solely on price. Purchasing a cheap shed may cost you more in the end if you need to repair it often or replace it in just a few years.


Condensation is a common problem that occurs during hot and cold weather. Proper ventilation and insulation are necessary so the moisture and dampness created by the weather aren’t trapped inside where they can cause rust, attract mould and bacteria, or invite pests. Look for watertight steel construction on the roof to prevent damage from moisture, along with proper ventilation to encourage airflow. Ventilation to allow toxic fumes to escape is also critical if you are storing combustible materials such as gasoline or spray paint.

Permits and Approvals

Most sheds require you to apply for a building permit and obtain council approval before building. Check your locality for specific guidelines on what is permissible and within regulations. Some smaller sheds may not need a permit, but you must ask your local council about the legal requirements in your area to avoid violating the laws. Shedex will assist with any council approval you required. Chat to our team today.

Weather Requirements

If you live in a cyclone area, your shed needs to be built for these special circumstances, this may include bolts, materials and specialist methods. The roof must withstand pressure from cyclone winds and intense rainfall. Make sure that your chosen shed meets the building code of Australia and has undergone the appropriate testing.

Use this guide to help you navigate through the journey of finding the perfect shed for your needs. With a little careful consideration and a little research, you can narrow down your options and make an informed choice that delivers on quality and provides years of multifunctional use. Contact Shedex today and speak with our friendly team to day to see how we can help you! We have location at Gladstone, Rockhampton and Townsville.

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