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Garden Shed FAQs

WOULD MY GARDEN SHED NEED A CONSENT FROM COUNCIL? 

10 m2 is the limit for most suburbs.  Garden shed's base size under this limit does not require consent. However, we do suggest consulting your local council if you are unsure as requirements can differ between regions in NZ.


HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE TO ASSEMBLE?

Depend on sizes of the shed and your experience, from my specialist experience, a 5 square meter shed normally takes a day, and a 10 square meter shed takes a day and a half.  First 30–45 minutes to reading the manuals, sorting screws and planning the steps of the build. 


DOES MY HERCULES SHED COME WITH ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS? 

Of course! All our Hercules Garden Sheds come with assembly instructions. If you would like to read the instructions prior to ordering please contact us and we can email them through.


SHOULD I NEED TO PUT MY SHED ON A FLOOR? 

Yes, a shed would definitely need a sturdy, level foundation to sit on, either concrete pad or timber floor. A foundation is essential for any shed. It keeps the shape of the shed and providing good anchoring points. A good elevated base will also keep the interior of the shed dry. You can find more adivces about the garden shed base preparation here


TIMBER FLOOR VS CONCRETE PAD? WHAT IS THE BEST OPTION?

The short answer is that most people would be served using a timber floor in their new shed, simply because a timber floor kits is an easier and cost-effective base option when compared to a concrete pad and also means your shed can be relocated if necessary. Also, concrete attracts and holds lots of moisture, which can cause rust and rot on the items that are stored inside of the shed. With a timber floor, you eliminate those concerns because the floor breathes, and doesn’t hold moisture, resulting in a very dry storage environment. 


If you are using your new shed as storage for items that will be dripping wet a lot, or if you’re going to be driving very heavy equipment in-and-out of the shed on a regular basis, then a concrete pad will probably be a great idea for your shed. Concrete pads are really your only option if you’re going to be using chemicals and solvents in your shed as they might destroy a timber floor in short order. There is also the permanence of concrete to consider. 


Overall, a concrete pad works for some situations, but for the majority of cases, they tend to be far too expensive and too much hassle to use. Most families are better suited by a timber floor. You will most likely be happier with a timber shed floor and will enjoy the ease it provides, as well as the cost savings, flexibility, and simplicity.


DO MY HERCULES SHED COME WITH FLOOR KITS? 

No, Hercules sheds do not come with floor kits.  The simple reason for this is not all people require a timber floor, some will put their sheds on a custom made concrete pad while some will build their own timber floor. Every site and client has different requirements!


IF I ALREADY HAVE A CONCRETE PAD CAN I PUT MY GARDEN SHED DIRECTLY ON IT?

Yes, you can. However, if your concrete pad is not custom made for your particular shed it will be very difficult to seal and chances are water will seep into your shed. We recommend purchasing a timber floor kitset from local supplier as well, this will ensure your shed is extremely waterproof.


HOW BIG IS THE PACKAGE?  WOULD I NEED A TRAILER TO PICK UP?

The full range of Hercules sheds come in flat packs, roughly 2 meters long by 1 meter wide, they will fit into a UTE or a station wagon while all the back seats down.  Otherwise, a trailer is needed. 


CAN I CHANGE THE POSITION OF THE DOOR?

We do not provide customised service at the current stage. 


IS HERCULES GARDEN SHED WATERPROOF?

Yes,  all Hercules steel sheds are waterproof, however, garden sheds will condensate in cold, damp climates


HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE TO DELIVER?

Hercules Store has warehouses in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. We aim to process all orders on the same day (placed before 2 pm) but please note that orders and payment made after 2 pm on Friday will not be processed and dispatched until Monday.   


DO I NEED TO SECURE MY GARDEN SHED?

We recommend always pegging your shed down! However, if you are unsure, we recommend anchoring your shed down if you have ordered a small shed, are putting your shed on to a concrete floor or are in an exposed area. 

A bolt down kit is used for anchoring your shed to a concrete pad where a peg down kit it used to anchor your shed to grass/dirt.