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If you’re seeking a shelter or shade solution for your worksite, you may have come across several different options, and may be unsure of what will best suit your situation.

Hi, I’m Brooke, and today I am going to provide you with essential questions you should ask yourself to help make this decision.

Many of our customers are unsure whether to opt for the more traditional steel shed or a durable, modern Fabric Structure. Both have benefits and features that can suit different requirements.

This video outlines the advantages associated with each and compares them, to help you decide what is the best option for your next project.

When weighing up Shelter options for your worksite needs, it’s important to ask the following questions:

1. Is the Shelter only required for a short or medium term contract?
2. Is there a chance the Shelter will have to be relocated at some point?
3. Is the land on which the Shelter will be located owned by another entity?
4. Do you require the Shelter to be installed quickly?

If the answer to all of the above questions is no, then a steel shed may be best suited to your needs. Sheds are generally long term and permanently located on the owner’s lands. They usually take longer from order to installation than a Fabric Structure.

However, if you answered yes to even one question, a Fabric Shelter is likely the better option.

The steel shed has been a fundamental, especially in agriculture and logistics settings, for generations. They are reliable and robust, and can add value to a workplace as a permanent building addition. Steel is durable, and sheds can stand for decades of use with little maintenance solutions.

Generally, however, they require a significant amount of time to construct. Before construction, planning, permission, builders lead times, groundworks, and other time consuming factors need to be completed. Sheds can also be dark and tend to have poor ventilation. Heating of the corrugated iron in summer months can lead to a humid and stifling work environment.

Following impressive advances in fabric technology over the past 20 years, Fabric Shelters are now used where steel sheds were once standard. Renowned for the speed from ordering to installation, the ease of setting up, relocation, and their durability. They are trusted by the world’s largest mining, industrial and agricultural companies. They can be left open ended or fully sealed with endwalls, which can have personnel access or equipment doors built in. Mounted on sea containers and engineered to withstand winds up to Australian Region D: Cyclonic rating, they have proven their versatility and durability in a wide range of very harsh, demanding environments.

Fabric Shelters range in size from a small six metre by six metre Structure to Structures as large as 30 metres by 40 metres. DomeShelter Australia’s Fabric Structures are delivered in kit form, complete with all the components required for installation. They are designed to be easily installed by first-time installers, often the clients’ own teams, alleviating the need for a skilled installation team generally required for a steel building. The time taken to install a Fabric Shelter can be from as little as a few hours, to a few days.

Steel buildings are generally built for a very long term use, when land tenure is not an issue and the time to contract start is enough to account for the longer lead time associated with a steel building.

Fabric Structures, made from polyethylene fabric, are also known to be lighter, brighter and quieter than a steel alternative. The high quality white fabric is translucent, absorbs sound and reflects light to provide a more ergonomic and pleasant working environment.

Fabric Shelters can be used for just about anything that requires a roof for shade and shelter, including workshops and warehousing, equipment and materials storage, fuel and tyre depots, staff amenities, aviation shelters, and general events.

If you are still undecided or want to find out more information, call our friendly staff who can help you find a solution for your specific needs.

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