Shed comparison

What’s the difference

Small sheds, medium sheds and large sheds

There are a lot of new and old shed companies selling many various different systems, to simplify it we have broken it down to 3 core groups small medium and large sheds.

  1. Residential and small rural sheds suited to a lifestyle blocks up to 200m2 buildings, these companies are mostly focused on small domestic buildings. They have systems in place to cater for large volumes of small sheds. This is a competitive market and costs are trimmed vigorously to provide lower budget garages for everyday people. Usually, large Australian shed franchises who specialize in lightly built low to medium quality, price driven domestic sheds. The quality of these sheds diminishes when the stud heights and the spans increase.   
  2. In the middle are companies selling medium to large farm size buildings. 140 to 600m2 these buildings are more suitable for every day personal use eg lifestyle size sheds, and small to medium size commercial sheds. In this group you will find a spectrum from low quality sheds right through to very high-quality decent buildings. The Australian shed franchises and a few of the New Zealand shed companies struggle with quality here. You need to do your research and use due diligence to make the right choice, it is easy to pay too much for a lot less.
  3. Large rural buildings and commercial type sheds 400 plus m2 These buildings can be categorized as business, medium to large scale buildings e.g. pack houses potentially with tilt slab walls and multi-story offices. This is specialized construction requiring Indepth design and quoting, most of the time these large building companies don’t have time to chase the group 1 or 2 sheds. 

Kitset sheds Ltd Specialize in medium to large sheds.

Our niche is very high-quality competitively priced sheds between 80 and 600m2 sheds. We use proven original shed designs and materials. We haven’t reinvented the wheel more like polished it up. 

Here are some points to consider.

    • Large franchise companies consume money taking royalties and admin costs, they trim costs on everything, first on the list is the bill of materials.
    • Some would have you believe 0.3mm thick walls and roof cladding somehow qualifies as a high-quality shed? in our view 0.3mm roofing iron is suitable for cheap garden sheds and small garages only.
    • Portal frames are especially important, C shaped framing materials that have large flat surfaces inherit low tortional strength, another component that inherits this characteristic is a Z shaped framing product sometimes used for the girts and purlins.
    • For the portal frames we use roll formed HST purlin it has 2 trapezoidal swages formed along its web, and it has recurves rolled into the lips for ultimate tortional strength and rigidity. 
    • Cheap pa doors will soon sag and stick, we use heavy duty commercial pa doors with expensive hinges, a decent lockset and a weather strip.
    • The windows supplied can vary from a sheet of glass with some flashings, to aluminum joinery which in itself can vary a lot in quality and price.
    • Portal frames held together without any bolts but by screws only, from an experienced shed builder this is a bad idea. 
    • There is a lot more than meets the eye.

Are you comparing apples with apples. 

Some shed companies may not be what they claim.

While browsing the internet be mindful of these points.

    • Do they show plenty of high-resolution wide-angle photographs of their own work.
    • Do they have a gallery, what do you see? 3d cad images or real photographs.
    • Photos of building systems and components that have a huge disparity compared to the components or system they are trying to sell.
    • We have noticed the same Australian photos used by 4 different companies over the last 12 years.
Don’t waste your time, talk to the real experts, with real experience, about a real good shed.