Cheaper sheds: Are they lesser or misunderstood?


More expensive sheds are the better choice, right? Not necessarily – a cheaper shed has real value in the right circumstance. Similarly, a more expensive shed can reap major rewards in the right circumstance. too. The trick is identifying when which option will serve you best.

We’ve seen this line get blurred over our 15 years of experience, and now we’re laying out all the information you need – making this decision a breeze. So, if you’re in the market for a new shed, here are some components to keep in mind and how they can influence your decision.

Firstly, outlining clear parameters of what makes a shed cheap or expensive is a great place to start – so, what classifies as a cheap shed?

The first and most obvious factor is price, but a deeper dive shows more to know. When we say ‘cheap’ we’re typically referring to a purlin or c-section shed. These sheds utilize a light gauge material offering a two-fold effect, using a lighter material reduces the overall price – but also reduces the overall sturdiness of the structure.


With this in mind there are multiple reasons why people opt for these sheds, including:

Purpose Of Your Shed

Knowing the purpose of your shed is a significant part of the process. Purlin and c-sections are great for small intentions and sizes. Utilizing a smaller structure can bring its own benefits which trickle down different levels. A smaller structure requires less materials as well as a quicker and streamlined build – the combination of which can have a significant price impact.

However, there are some drawbacks. In the face of strong weather conditions, purlin and c-section sheds typically won’t hold their own. The thinner material buckles under conditions that structural sheds can withstand – some purposes where these sheds aren’t ideal can include:

    • Hay & Machinery shed
    • Cattle shed
    • Dairy shed
    • If you tend to experience extreme weather conditions

Understanding what your shed will be used for is pivotal.

Consider The Structural Integrity Of Your Shed

A structural shed offers thicker material purpose-built for larger projects. If your needs can be met with a smaller scale shed, it doesn’t make much sense to pay for things that you won’t necessarily need or use – so cutting down the cost is a major rationale.

How does this look on a live build? Identifying the difference between a purlin or c-section shed and a structural shed can be done just by looking at the structure. A structural shed contains what’s called an ‘I-beam’ and these are pivotal to their strong design.

An I-beam is a rolled steel pillar, that comes with varying thickness and shape – depending on your shed size. This sturdy material is a critical addition to any structural shed, as it supports the main framework. The sheer support of these beams plays such a significant role that it reduces the need to include numerous support structures – which ultimately saves time and money.



Similar to the I-beam, the team at Spanlift play a pivotal part in high-end shed design and construction. Each Spanlift shed comes with certain guarantees including:

    • Hot rolled and galvanized steel is used to ensure a strong and durable build
    • Wider bays to allow for easy machinery and trucks access
    • Nudge resistant columns furthering the sturdiness of the structure
    • Assurance that optimal clearance will be facilitated both in height and width

We’re an SA-owned and operated business, and what that means is we know this climate extremely well. This knowledge trickles down throughout the whole Spanlift team and finds its way into the design process, sourcing of materials and much more.

Whether you have a clear vision for your next shed project or need some assistance clarifying the details, one thing is for sure – Spanlift will facilitate a top-tier service and product at unmatched value. So why wait to embark on your next shed investment? Contact Spanlift and get a quote here to get the shed that’s right for you.