Steel Sheds Vs Purlin Sheds: Which Is Best?

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A strong and reliable steel shed is considered a real investment in the agricultural industry. Farmers use sheds to protect their investments from the harsh environments many farmers work through, and shelter livestock from the inclement weather. Due to the value of the possessions and assets kept within the walls of a farm shed, it is easy to understand why a good quality shed is a priority purchase for any agricultural specialist.

As some farmers know, there are two main types of sheds on the market, and they are Structural Steel and Purlin Sheds.

There has been a clear competition between the two materials for quite some time and in order to dispel this dispute once and for all, we are going to take a look at how steel sheds and purlin sheds measure up to one another. By the end of this blog you’ll understand that Spanlift builds structural steel sheds which are better suited for the harsh Australian conditions and will stand the test of time. This is what you really need when investing in a new shed, whereas Purlin is more suited for smaller backyard-type sheds where longevity is not so much of a concern!

  1. Structural Steel Sheds – It’s All Material

When it comes to structural integrity and product longevity, C purlin is not even in the same league as structural steel. C purlin sheds are found to be considerably less robust compared to steel sheds and are made up of flimsy, weaker materials making steel sheds the clear choice for farmers who are looking for a shed that holds strength and durability at the top of its characteristics list.
Typically purlin sheds are manufactured using 1mm thick rolled material that forms the main frame of the shed. A Structural shed is made of heavy duty I Beam or H Iron columns (typically thicker than your thumb!) and a fabricated heavy duty webbed truss.

  1. Installation – How Does It Differ Between Steel Sheds And Purlin Sheds?

C purlin sheds are advertised as “easy to construct”. In actual fact, due to the various components that require assembly of a purlin shed, they can be difficult and time-consuming to install. Steel sheds offer a comparably hassle-free installation process as they often come with prefabricated connections that are easily erected on site with no apex brackets or onsite drilling.

  1. Durability Comparisons And The Result

Structural steel sheds are known for their durability but how exactly does their competitor, the purlin shed, measure up to the reputation of a steel sheds durability? Well, accounting for the fact that purlin sheds are considered to be poorly constructed and made up of less reliable, lower-quality materials, they are more susceptible to damage from natural elements such as strong winds and even fail to offer the same protection against damage caused by unforeseen emergencies such as a shed fire.   

  1. Design Your Steel Shed With Freedom and Flexibility

Being constructed out of heavy duty materials, structural steel sheds offer you far greater design flexibility when building a new shed. Being capable of bays in excess of 10m between portal frames and clear span design up to 70m wide, the design options available to consider when designing a new shed are far greater when you choose to build a structural steel shed.

In conclusion, the rise in the popularity of steel sheds is completely warranted as they seem to surpass the functionality and advantages of a  standard purlin shed while offering increased protection of your farming assets.

While a purlin shed may be the cheaper option suited for your backyard tool shed, when looking for an industrial sized shed that lasts a Spanlift Structural shed will provide you with the durability, ease and freedom above any other.

Contact us at Spanlift today to design your very own structural steel shed today! Stick with our recommendation that if you’re looking for large sheds for your machinery, livestock or large farm machinery, you’ll need to look towards structural steel sheds that stand the test of time.