FAQs

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How do I know if my shed will meet my needs?

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Boat or caravan storage? Workshop and hobby space? Or a man-cave for entertaining or wanting solitude?
Make sure you consider this up front as it could affect the council classification of the building with implications for future use.
You must also carefully measure up what is needed to go inside. If building a garage for a boat or caravan check how much space is needed to get in and out with ease. Check heights, dimensions with doors open and tow balls attached. Think about what other items you might acquire in the future and whether a little bit more storage space would be useful.
Consider how often and easily you need access to items. A mezzanine storage area can add significant storage space without necessarily increasing the floor space of the shed.
You should also consider what light, access, water, electrical and security requirements will be required, as these are cheaper and easier to install before the shed is built.

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How long does the process take?

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Researching, financing, ordering, delivering and building are only some of the steps in buying a shed or garage. You also need to consider council approval time and potentially excavation and site preparation.
Talk to Macleay Valley Sheds for advice on council approval needs in your specific area. They have the local contacts and information to help.
With our advanced design and engineering software they can instantly create plans and quotes to help expedite the process – no more waiting a week (or more!) for quotes and drawings as we can provide these on-site for the majority of sheds and garages.
When considering whether to build yourself or engage a builder, you need to be aware of the steps associated with building a shed which are:

  • Measure, design, quote and get engineered plans
  • Submit for council approval where required (check your local council)
  • Excavation and site preparation (plumbing, electrical)
  • Footings and/or slab poured
  • Frame assembly then cladding
  • Connect internal provisions and fitout

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Are your sheds ShedSafe™ Accredited.

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Fair Dinkum Sheds is leading the industry to be one of the first businesses that have received The Australian Steel Institute’s (ASI) new industry benchmark for steel sheds – ShedSafe™.
ShedSafe™ accreditation, which was officially launched in November 2010, came about after the ASI learned that most sheds that had structural failures during cyclone Larry in 2006, were not built to the standards set by the Building Code of Australia (BCA).
Evidence of under-engineered sheds has also been discovered in areas across Australia.

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Can you supply a site-specific design?

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Only some companies provide a garage or shed that is designed for the specific needs of your site.
This can include topography, regional wind speed, importance level and snow loading of your building to name just a few specific requirements of the Building Code of Australia.
Only Fair Dinkum Sheds provide a free structural calculations document to give you evidence that the shed is engineered for your specific site.

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What questions should I be asking when comparing shed manufactures?

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Will they help you with instructions over the phone if needed during DIY construction? Can they offer shed building services? Do they offer finance if needed? What is their deposit/payment schedule? Will they take care of council requirements? Can they prepare the site?
By matching their services to your needs you get added value that will make the process smoother and less stressful. Also do your research, this industry has seen many providers come and go. Don’t fall victim to another short term player – research the supplier and ask for information on length of time in business as well as to see examples of local work and customer testimonials.

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Can I customise your sheds to suit my requirements?

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All Fair Dinkum Sheds designs can be customised according to the customers’ needs using their exclusive MultiBuild® software.
This allows you to change the design on the spot as well as incorporate options such as sliding or roller doors, personal access doors, garaports, lean-to’s, mezzanine floors and more.
MultiBuild® software will update your quote and drawings instantly based on ShedSafe™ engineering principles so you are assured your customisation requirements do not impact the safety of the structure.

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How do I compare quotes?

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Ensure you understand whether the price includes GST and delivery and get an itemised list of materials so you can compare quotes easily. Macleay Valley Sheds can also supply you with free designs, council plans and structural engineering calculations within minutes for most designs, thanks to their advanced design and engineering software.

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What wind rating is my shed?

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All buildings are supplied in accordance with the AS4055 for your area. Fair Dinkum Sheds can supply engineered ‘ShedSafe™’ accredited sheds to suit all areas of Australia.

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Do you provide a building or installation service?

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Macleay Valley Sheds has a professional team of qualified tradesman who can supply most additional services such as earth works, concreting, building or other services

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Does my building require maintenance?

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To maintain your warranty, basic care and maintenance is required. Zincalume® and Colorbond® high-tensile steel designed is designed for Australian conditions and requires an occasional wash with fresh water to keep it looking its best. For details on Zincalume® and Colorbond® warranty contact Macleay Valley Sheds.