Look into the insulation options available for your shed and make winter far more comfortable.

Garage insulation: Keep out the winter blues

With the height of winter upon us, most of us will be well acquainted with the freezing temperatures that are only natural with these cooler months. Now could be the perfect time to consider getting insulation for your custom designed shed – if not for this winter, at least to be prepared for next year. 

Insulation helps to maintain the atmosphere inside a room, such as a home or a garage. This means that in summer, you'll be able to keep out the hot air and keep the garage a comfortable temperature, while in winter warm air will be trapped inside, allowing you to retain heat inside your garage. 

This could be especially useful in industrial sheds and the like, where a number of people will be working throughout the year on projects. The combination of body heat and tools will help to heat the space, while the insulation will ensure the warmth doesn't escape through the walls. 

A number of benefits can be earned from installing insulation. For one, you could potentially cut down on your overall energy bill. Without the need to be constantly running a heater or other source of warmth, your power bills could start dropping. A simple, one-off investment for the installation of insulation in your industrial or commercial shed could potentially save you a significant amount of money in the long run. 

Furthermore, if you install insulation into a garage connected to your residential home, the extra layer to your home will work for your interior as well, providing your home with another layer of defense against the cutting cold of winter. 

Insulation is just one of the things to give some thought towards when building your own sheds in the near future. Speak with the experts at Shed Boss about the options available and begin working towards creating your dream garage. 

Future proof your property and garage for your family.

Future-proofing your garage: Things to consider when building your own shed

Future-proofing your property is something to consider when building a shed. The term itself applies to ensuring your home and other installations are able to adapt to the constant changes in your life and anticipating these developments – in order to minimise the related shock and stress when things do change. 

For example, things like extending the whole lifecycle of a building through construction techniques and materials or taking sustainability into account come under the umbrella of future-proofing. 

Future-proofing your custom designed shed 

If you're in the market to purchase a new custom designed garage for your home or commercial project, taking these considerations to heart and looking into the types of construction options available could help you create an installation that will stand the test of time. 

One thing you want to consider is the material being used in order to avoid corrosive complications in the future. The team at Shed Boss can help protect your investment from the ravages of harsh weather conditions, ensuring your investment stands the test of time moving forward. 

Furthermore, looking into sustainability and reducing your whole carbon footprint is another thing to consider. Things like installing skylights and low-energy light bulbs will help you reduce the amount spent on power, reducing the overarching bill for your home while also contributing to the reduction of your effect on the environment. 

Another aspect of future-proofing is creating an installation that can be easily adapted and expanded to the needs of future endeavours. Investigate the types of construction available to you, as well as the type of material and doors used, in order to find the a way to change up the construction if your future needs require it. 

Colourbond steel is a great material to use for the construction of your custom designed shed.

What are the benefits of Colorbond steel?

 If you're looking to get a custom designed garage from Shed Boss, the first step is getting in contact with the team to discuss the options available. One thing you'll learn is that all the sheds are made from Colorbond steel material, which is a specific choice made to help make the product as sturdy as possible. 

What are the benefits of Colorbond steel?

Understandably, before committing to such a huge investment, you'll want to know everything you can about what you're spending your hard-earned cash on. One of the best features of Colorbond steel is the strong durability that comes from the oven-baked finish of the material.

This helps the steel resist flaking and blistering during the hot summer weather and, when coupled with the corrosion-resistant base of the material, ensures you're shed will remain strong well into the future. The material has been tested under a number of different conditions throughout Australia and can be applied to a wide range of commercial, industrial and residential applications. 

Given the durability of the material, many of these custom designed sheds are also cyclone rated, which makes them a suitable option for building in states with harsher weather conditions. 

Furthermore, construction with Colorbond steel is fast and efficient. Given the flexibility of the product and the engineering put into the creation of the material, it's often a quick and easy option for erecting on-site, allowing you to save both time and money in the long run. 

Finally, sustainability is taken to heart with Colorbond steel. With less on-site wastage and impact on the surrounding environment, you can rest assured that your shed is being made and constructed in the most eco-friendly way possible.  

Safety and hygiene are two important factors to consider when building a new barn.

Maintaining barn safety in farming conditions

When you're looking into purchasing a garage or barn for your farm, there are a number of things that you should give consideration to before committing. One of the most important – especially if you have other employees working for you – is the safety measures implemented in the installation. 

Here are some tips to help create a safer working environment for you and your staff in order to help make your barn as safe as possible and ensure your venture remains as productive as possible. 

Adequate lighting

A number of incidents occur each and every year simply because people can't see properly in their environment. Depending on what you use your installation for, the importance of being able to see at all times is paramount. For example, if you're using the barn as storage for animals, you should ensure you're able to see clearly and avoid causing harm to either the animals in the building or yourself. 

Having a reliable source of lighting means you'll be less likely to misplace items that you need. Barns and garages are great options for additional storage – especially on farms – and being able to organise your equipment easily will help make your life a lot easier in the long run. 

Good signage

Another thing to consider is putting adequate signage on your barn, depending on what you're using it for. Leaving agricultural chemicals in there should be clearly labeled, both on the container and the barn door, just to warn people in the area of what's in the building. 

Furthermore, if you're storing animals in the barn, emphasise hygiene for you and your employees. Putting up signs reminding people to wash their hands and boots before and after working with the animals will work towards reducing the incidence of sickness and other health problems in the future. 

Protect your soil by installing gutters on your new shed.

Gutters: Protect your investment with forward planning

Rain is a natural fact of life. Just as certain as the sun will rise tomorrow morning, you can be sure that your new custom designed shed will be exposed to the the potentially damaging effects of wet weather in the near future. However, one thing that some people seem to skip on when creating their new installation is roof gutters. 

These are great for helping drain the water away from your new shed and protect the integrity of your design. Here are some of the benefits associated with installing gutters along the roof of your new shed.

Keeping people dry 

When people are coming and going from your home or the shed during the rain, they don't want to get wetter than they have to. Without gutters, water simply runs over the edge of the roof and plummets towards the unsuspecting people walking beneath.

Having a gutter installed means the water is caught and funneled way, removing any potential threat of being soaked coming in or out of the door. 

Preventing soil erosion

If you live in an area with heavy, frequent rainfall, it's possible that water constantly falling on the same spot can begin to eat away at the structural integrity of the soil around your shed. This can lead to a muddy, messy lawn with damaged grass and soil. 

This can make your home look unsightly and potentially be harmful, increasing the risk of slipping and causing injury. Luckily, installing a gutter with your new shed means the water is taken away from the edges and safely discarded. 

These are just two of the benefits associated with putting gutters on your shed's roof, but they show how important a little forward planning can be when it comes to shed design.

Corrosion can be a major complication for sheds, with prevention being the best option for your future.

Avoiding corrosion: What are the benefits of preventing decay?

At Shed Boss, only the highest quality materials and practices are put to use when creating custom designed garages to help ensure you get the best product possible. This means building a product that will last you years and serve your needs to the fullest extent possible.

One thing that needs to be considered when looking into creating a garage in your home or workplace is longevity and avoiding decay. Exposure to the elements will naturally put your development through varying degrees of wear and tear – but avoiding serious cases of corrosion and rusting is one of the main things to focus on. 

What is corrosion?

Corrosion is the result of a chemical reaction within metal, most commonly a by-product of oxidation. This process creates a number of oxides or salts that begin eating away at the metal, leading to discolouration and, eventually, holes and overall degradation of the metal. 

The drawbacks of corrosion are wide and varied. Not only is it an aesthetic problem from a number of standpoints, but the overarching issues tend to head deeper than cosmetics alone. Corrosion often degrades the useful properties of the metal – including strength and permeability – which can lead to a whole host of problems if the issue isn't fixed or prevented. 

Luckily, Shed Boss take specific precautions towards avoiding these incidents from occurring. The materials used have all been engineered to meet the highest Australian standards in order to provide peace of mind to clients and give them the best quality product possible at the end of the project. 

If you're interested in building a garage at your home or place of work with the highest commitment to quality and corrosion prevention, get in contact with the team at Shed Boss today. 

Choosing the right location for your new shed is an important decision to make.

Choosing the right location for your new shed

When it comes to installing a new commercial shed in your workplace, there are a number of different things to consider from the outset. However, one of the most important decisions to make early on is based on logistics – more specifically, the location of the shed with respect to the overall layout of your plot. 

After all, erecting your shed in the right location will dictate how useful the installation is. Being able to make the maximum use of the space is the main way to justify purchasing the product in the first place. Therefore, it's essential to give the location a considerable amount of thought – for both present and future plans. 

An example of something to consider is whether or not the shed will act as simply a place of storage or whether it will add to the overarching decor of your business. Will people be seeing and visiting it, or will it be tucked away in the corner and used simply as designed? If you're looking into making an extravagant design, putting it out in the open is probably the best option, especially if you want people to be able to easily access it. 

This also plays into ensuring there's enough room around the sides for people to comfortably move around, as well as move equipment and tools through. And as a hint, it's best not to put the door around corners or down narrow walkways, as this can hinder access and could prove a hazard in the event of a fire. 

Finally, natural light could be something to consider. If you're interested in reducing your overall power expenditure, taking the time to maximise the amount of natural light that can enter into the shed could be a great way to achieve this. 

Think about the right location for your Shed Boss franchise before committing to a lot.

What should you consider when it comes to your franchise location?

If you're looking into opening up your own Shed Boss franchise in the future, there are a number of things to consider before the grand opening. One of the most important things for new businesses to consider is their location, which can help make or break the success of the venture. 

Before setting up shop and selling custom built patios, it could be worth doing some research into the local community you hope to be servicing. This will ensure you find the right location for establishing the shop front, which acts as one of your main points of contact with potential clients and suppliers. Having an easily accessible store makes it easier for customers to acknowledge your services and approach with queries – the backbone of your business growth. 

Furthermore, when it comes to holding supplies, samples and other things to facilitate the success of your business, having ample room for holding stock and allowing for people to move easily is paramount. Consider the area you're looking to setting up shop in and check crime rates in the region – sometimes the decision to pursue construction can take a while and you want to ensure your customers' vehicles are safe. 

Remember, you'll also have to pay a lease or weekly rent to work out of the property. Take this into consideration – especially during the early period of your business – and ensure you have enough reserve finances to afford this. It could be a while before the franchise is profitable as word of mouth and marketing takes off. 

Finally, think about the other stores surrounding yours. Are they similar businesses or completely different? This could have an effect on both how much business you end up getting and the types of customers who frequent the local area. 

Making your office paperless could help to save you money in the long run.

Have you considered adopting a paperless office for your franchise?

Australia has been slowly moving towards a more sustainable lifestyle, with people adopting various practices into their work and home lives. Whether this be replacing their light fixtures with cleaner bulbs, creating a compost heap to help reduce waste or taking part in some of the community-run initiatives, cleaner, greener living is sweeping the nation!

As the owner of a Shed Boss franchise, there will be a number of opportunities for you to adopt a more sustainable mindset within your own operations. Providing custom designed workshops and various other storage solutions to residents and businesses within your community makes you a prime example of a problem solver, so why not extend this to the internal running of your venture? 

For example, have you ever considered making your office paperless? There are a number of benefits to doing this that can help save you money and contribute towards protecting the environment from excess waste. 

What is a paperless office?

As the name suggests, a paperless office is one that operates without excessive and undue use of paper. With technology developing at such a fast rate, it's entirely possible to have your entire work system based on networks and backed up on external drives in order to avoid any corruption or complications that could come from malfunctions. 

In these offices, things are only printed out if absolutely necessary. This means things like invoices can be emailed directly to clients, and bulky physical storage systems like filing cabinets can be gotten rid of in favour of more streamlined, electronic devices. 

How can this save the environment?

For one, you won't need to use your printer anywhere near as often. This helps to cut down not only on power being used by the device, but also reduces the amount of ink and paper needed – removing the need for trees to be unduly cut down. 

Getting into good bookkeeping habits early on will help our franchise succeed.

Bookkeeping: What are the benefits of well-maintained financial records?

Undertaking a Shed Boss franchise could be the next step for you if you're looking for something new and exciting to earn a living from. Taking the reigns of your own venture and helping people to achieve their goals by providing custom built patios, sheds and other outdoor products could be the perfect thing to help you break the monotony of your current job. 

However, it can be a challenging thing to start, especially if it's your first time doing something like this. Taking note of the basics can help you learn as you go, growing alongside your Shed Boss franchise. One of the main things to understand is the concept of bookkeeping and why holding records of all your finances is one of the most important things you can do for the survival of your business. 

For one, having a strict record keeping system in place will help you in the future. In the event that something happens with either a client or a supplier and you need to be able to provide evidence of a money trail, having a well-maintained record system will allow you pinpoint the information you need and clear the complication up as quickly as possible.

Furthermore, from a tax point of view, maintained bookkeeping makes the end of the financial year much easier on you mentally. Being able to compile this data easily and file your reports with ease will help you keep your sanity. 

Finally, from a business growth perspective, having these records readily available – and putting them to good use – means you can create reports and gain insight into the health of your business at a glance. Being able to make smart decisions quickly will help to separate you from the rest of the market and allow you to continue growing well into the future.