Choosing the Right Farm Sheds for Your Agricultural Needs

28 November

The importance of farm sheds can’t be overstated – they’re essential to the proper running of many farms, keeping equipment secure, machinery protected, fodder dry and important supplies locked away.

For many, they’re also a place to repair and tinker, and a place for important problem-solving on the farm!

If you’re looking to invest in a new farm shed, getting the design right means choosing the right materials, size, and location (and ensuring the shed fits your budget).

In this article, our Managing Director Ross Barker covers a few things to consider when choosing a farm shed.

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Ross Barker

Managing Director, Buffalo Built

In this Article:

Types of Farm Sheds and Their Applications

For farmers running a business, a good quality farm shed can improve the efficiency of your operation, protect expensive assets and help you expand your business. And, for hobby farmers, they’re just as important, keeping all your farming essentials easily accessible.

The most common types of farm sheds that we build at Buffalo Built are:

  • Machinery sheds and workshops
  • Hay sheds and fodder storage sheds
  • Storage sheds
  • Barns and stables
  • Multi-purpose storage structures
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What to Consider in a Farm Shed

1. Materials and Longevity

When you build a farm shed, the last thing you want to do is have to go through the whole process again several years later because you didn’t get a quality build the first time around. That’s why it’s important to focus on longevity and strength when you’re comparing quotes from farm shed builders in Victoria.

Choosing farm sheds made from high-quality materials will result in a durable and well-constructed structure. Australian made steel products like COLORBOND® are manufactured to withstand harsh weather for many years, and similar quality components like these guarantee longevity and minimal maintenance requirements.

  • Quality Australian Steel: Opt for the highest quality steel products to ensure durability and robustness. Products such as COLORBOND® steel offer excellent performance in harsh environments. With a range of COLORBOND® colours available, Buffalo Built offers a choice that fits your property’s aesthetics: choose natural muted colours to blend in or bold dark colours to stand out.
  • A Proper Concrete Slab: We recommend that all farm sheds have cement floors, and the most economical time to pour the slab is at the beginning of your project. A concrete floor also helps improve the seal of roller doors, providing a flat surface for the rubber base to meet – this keeps dust and debris out.
  • Quality Drainage and Rainwater Products: Like our COLORBOND® steel roof and wall options, COLORBOND® is also our material of choice for guttering and rainwater collection systems. Connecting a water tank is also a wise choice.
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2. Cost vs. Quality: Making the Right Investment

As Benjamin Franklin said, “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten.”

If you can, we recommend spending a little more to ensure quality, rather than cutting corners and settling for the cheapest price. Using the right materials to build your farm shed will give it the best possible chance of lasting for decades to come. This means structural steel beams, quality Australian COLORBOND® roof and wall sheeting, and quality accessories like roller doors.

"Investing in quality labour and partnering with a shed designer who can ensure you get the result you want will all contribute to a satisfying shed-building experience."
Ross Barker
Ross Barker

3. The Right Size Farm Sheds – Now and in the Future

A shed design that provides adequate clearance is a key thing to get right at the outset. It’s very tricky to raise the height of your shed once it’s constructed, so ensure you think about potential future uses for your shed when you’re designing it.

Canopies, awnings, roller doors and different roof profiles can reduce the clearance of your shed, so if there’s specific machinery you need to manoeuvre in and out, make sure you allow plenty of headroom.

Picture of Ross Barker

Ross Barker

Managing Director, Buffalo Built

Get Personalised Advice on Designing Practical Farm Sheds

The Buffalo Built team is here to support you and offer advice on designing the perfect shed for your property. Get in touch with our team to find out how we can help.