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Contractors Can Improve Your Home

Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.


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Three Questions To Ask Your Contractor Before Purchasing A Farm Shed

by Regina Barnett

A farm shed is a critical addition to any rural property, and as someone who is building a farm shed for the first time, you have questions swirling through your mind that need answering before the build begins. Here are three commonly asked questions that should be at the top of your list of subjects to discuss with your building contractor.

Do You Need A Council Building Permit For The Shed?

The answer to this question depends on where you live and the council your property falls under. Each state has its own set of rules about building permits, and there are also variations between councils in the state. There are three different rules regarding building permits, and your contractor will let you know which one your building falls into. The council rules are:

  1. no building permit required
  2. no building permit required, but the council needs to be advised of the building addition so it is noted on your property plan
  3. building permit required if your farm shed is outside the scope of the standard building code

Once you know which one of the rules your shed falls into, then you can begin the application process with the council if it is needed.

Is The Shed Cladding Colourbond Or Zincallume?

When it comes to a shed cladding, personal preference does come into play; however, there is a difference between Colourbond and Zincallume, and the difference is important depending on what type of climate you live in. Zincallume cladding has a steel base, which is coated with a zinc and aluminium cover. This cover means the cladding is very resistant to rust and corrosion. This protection is important if you live in high humidity areas like Queensland. Colourbond, by comparison, is a steel base which is covered with three coats of paint. The paint is a less effective barrier to rust than a zinc/aluminium finish.

What Type Of Insulation Is Used?

A farm shed needs insulation just like any other building on your property. Insulation makes sure your shed does not have a buildup of interior condensation, which can lead to rust. Additionally, insulation helps regulate the interior temperature so that you are not wasting money on cooling and heating. Find out what type of insulation is used in your shed design so that you are reassured the energy costs to regulate your shed temperature are not going to be excessive.

Make a list of these and other questions to ask your shed contractor, so that you have all the information you need prior to the building beginning.