Commercial Construction

How Does Shed Construction Change for Commercial Applications?

A basic residential shed is generally a floor with a building shell attached to it. Commercial construction of storage buildings can be done the same way if the buildings are small enough. However, if the building is much larger or taller, some adjustments need to be made.

The foundation is where the differences between commercial shed construction and the residential style start. Long poles are sunk deep into the ground to ensure that the big building can resist the amount of wind that will hit it. These are very firmly attached to the panels that make up the rest of the structure so that individual panels can't be peeled back. A residential shed, on the other hand, typically doesn't need to have buried poles to keep it in place.

Next, the beams in commercial construction are thicker. This is needed not only because they're supporting more weight, but because a large structure catches more wind. The thickness prevents the beams from becoming deformed from these strains.

Also, the coatings used in commercial shed construction are sometimes better than those used for residential sheds. This makes it so that the commercial versions don't need to be repainted very often. Since residential sheds are so much smaller and easier to work on, many people aren't as concerned about their coating longevity. That said, it is possible to order commercial-grade coatings – either paint or galvanization – for the residential versions.

Finally, there is more variety in the types of openings available for commercial construction. Roll-up garage doors or big barn-style ones are possible thanks to the larger size of the commercial sheds. Some are even big enough to have multiple doors. Meanwhile, residential shed construction typically only allows for one large door on one end.