Shed terms explained: Part 1

25 November

Building a shed with Buffalo Built is easy, but we know that shed terms can be hard for some people to understand.

Below we’ve put together part one of a glossary of common shed terms that confound some of our customers.


Column: These structural members are upright and connect the roof of a shed to the ground.

Eave: An eave is the part of a roof that meets or overhangs the walls of a building.

Footings: Shed footings can also be known as piers. These are typically bored holes in the ground. Steel Hold down Bolts are cast into these piers for the Columns to be fixed to.

Gable: A Gable is the most common roof line for sheds. A gable is the generally triangular portion of a wall between the edges of intersecting roof pitches. The term gable wall or gable end more commonly refers to the entire wall, including the gable and the wall below it.

Girt: Girts are steel wall battens that support the wall cladding.

Mezzanine floor: Mezzanine floors are a raised floor inside a shed. They are often used in barns where sheds have extra height that can be utilised.

Purlin: Purlins are longitudinal, horizontal, structural members in a roof to support the roof cladding.

Tek screws: Tek Screws fix the cladding to the shed.  They have a drill point on the tip of the screw, giving the ability to drill its own hole with no pre-drilling needed.