Total Cost of Ownership of a Fabric Shelter

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In this article, we discuss the importance "Total Cost of Ownership" when purchasing a Fabric Shelter and show how total cost of ownership of a DomeShelter™ Fabric Structure can be considerably lower than an equivalent sized steel shed.


An article written in early 2018 titled “SHED OR SHELTER?” is one our most widely read articles. In it we suggest 4 questions determine whether a steel shed or a fabric structure is the best option for any given warehouse or workshop situation.

  1. Is the structure only required for short to medium term?
  2. Is there a chance it will need relocating during its lifetime?
  3. Is the land on which it will be located owned by another entity?
  4. Do you require it to be installed quickly?


If the answer is No to all these questions, then it is likely that a traditional steel shed would be the best installed option. However, if just one question gets a YES, then there is a strong possibility that a DomeShelter™ Fabric Structure would be a worthy consideration. The article demonstrates why – read here.

 Contact a DomeShelter™ consultant for further information.



One of the important issues not explored in that initial article was the total cost of ownership of installing a steel shed or a fabric building.


Factors to consider when comparing TCO of a DomeShelter™ Fabric Structure to a traditional steel shed include;

1. Prior to Purchase

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  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Approval

2. Purchase

  • Purchase price

3. Freight & Installation

  • Speed of delivery from order to installation
  • Freight costs to site
  • Installation - speed, ease, timing

4. Daily Use

  • Maintenance, repairs
  • Energy costs - electricity
  • Portability
  • Scalability and upgrading size and functionality
  • Staff comfort – heat, lighting, sound

5. End of Use

  • Demobilisation
  • Saleability of asset or storage for future use



It can be demonstrated that total cost of ownership of a DomeShelter™ Fabric Structure can be considerably lower than an equivalent sized steel shed.

Large significant corporate buying departments are doing their own calculations as a matter of policy and finding the benefits of installing a DomeShelter™ Fabric Structure go way beyond the initial purchase price.

Fabric Shelters also known as Shipping Container Sheds supplied by DomeShelter Australia can often be dispatched within just days of order. They are transported in lightweight kit form to site and can be installed in as little as a few hours to a few days, depending on complexity – most often by client’s own install teams, reducing the cost of transport and specialist shed installers, flying to site, inductions etc.

Once installed, Fabric Covered Structures can be easily dismantled and moved across or off-site to meet changing work needs. They require minimal to no maintenance.

At the completion of their contracted use, they can be dismantled, reduced again to kit form and either sold or stored for future use.

Contact DomeShelter Australia to find out how you can install a DomeShelter™ Solution for your workshop or warehouse needs. We supply Australia wide and export to over 25 countries.