Preparing a Shed for Cyclones
Cyclones are a significant problem in Northern Australia. They have a way of arriving very quickly and doing considerable damage to buildings and people. They arise quickly, but there is a season for them, during which you can expect them and prepare ahead of time. If you are planning to build a workshop, a building for your tools or machines, or some place for your livestock, you should consider constructing a shed that will meet these needs and more. A metal shed in particular can be constructed quickly. If you work with a quality company to design a building, you can create something that serves your needs, which includes protecting you from cyclones. The most important aspect throughout this entire process is the quality and experience of the company who builds the shed. You should work with a company that has a reputation for providing quality sheds as well as strong sheds that provide shelter from cyclones.
Cyclone sheds are typically made similarly to a standard shed. The major difference is the gauge of the steel walls. Cyclones bring incredibly strong winds that can rip through a standard shed. The lightweight metal of standard sheds which makes them great for quick construction is also the reason they are so easily torn out of the ground. To protect yourself from cyclones, you need a shed that has steel twice the normal thickness. Superior Sheds is one company that produces durable steel sheds. They are made with heavy steel that can resist even the strongest cyclone winds. This is not the only consideration, though. The winds in a cyclone are not always mainline winds, and they usually swirl. That means you need to protect your building from wind coming from all sides, and there are a few ways to do this.
The shed design is very important. You need to make sure that you are accounting for all sides of the shed. If you work with a quality company that specialises in cyclone sheds, they will be able to help you with your concerns. For example, the flat front of your building will catch the overwhelming majority of the wind. That flat facade can act like a wing and create lift on your building, but you can break up that wing effect by sloping the roof. The air pushing against the front of the building will also slope over the top and create downward pressure. If designed properly, the building will stay put on the ground.
Furthermore, you should consider the doors on your building, which are one of the most vulnerable points. Unlike the wall, which is a continuous structure, the doors have hinges or rollers. If you need them to resist a cyclone, you need to consider what type of door is best able to do that. A door with a hinge is likely not your best option, as it will be more likely to swing open in the event of a strong wind. However, a sliding door may be a better option. Its weak points will not be in line with the direction of the wind, and it will transfer a lot of the force that hits it into the wall.