Frequently Asked Questions

A LOT OF RELOCATABLE BUILDINGS HAVE A SHALLOW ROOF PITCH - WHAT IS THE ROOF PITCH OF YOUR BUILDINGS?

The standard roof pitch of Pretect Buildings is 16 degrees however we do have the following options available:

18 Degree roof pitch
20 Degree roof pitch
24 Degree roof pitch
35 Degree roof pitch
Please note depending on the width of your new building the roof may have to be folded down for transport to be within the Vic Roads regulations for transport. If this be so, we will price accordingly and can advise when going through a Design Build Proposal request.

ARE THE BUILDINGS FULLY INSULATED?

With the standard insulation in each building there is:

R2.0 Insulation batts to all the external walls
R4.0 insulation batts on all Ceilings
R1.5 Blanket Foil over the roof
R1.5 Under Floor Insulation

CAN I BUILD A BUILDING ONLY TO LOCK UP STAGE?

Yes at Pretect you can have your building built to whatever stage you would require.

CAN I SUPPLY ANYTHING TO GO IN THE BUILDING, I.E. KITCHEN APPLIANCES, KITCHEN, TILING?

Yes at Pretect we are flexible if there is anything that you would like to supply yourself we will simply deduct the cost of the standard item out of your pricing for you. We regularly have clients who are in the trade and would like to do their own electrical / Joinery / Painting etc. If you are in the trade or have a friend who is we are more than happy to work with you to save you a dollar or two.

CAN PRETECT APPLY FOR A PLANNING PERMIT ON MY BEHALF?

Yes we can undertake the application for, and follow through to issue of, your planning permit on your behalf. there is a small additional cost for this service.

CAN PRETECT BUILD ON SLOPING SITES?

Yes with the steel chassis of a Pretect Building there is no problem with a sloping site, the building is simply craned onto the footings on site.

CAN THE VERANDAH HAVE CONCRETE BASE RATHER THAN TIMBER DECKING?

Yes! If you wish to have Concrete in lieu of Timber Decking to the Verandah we can certainly do this. Price on application!

DO YOU HAVE A PACKAGE FOR DISABLED CLIENTS?

Yes we have a complete disabled package which covers the following:

  • Access ramp with hand rails
  • Wider door ways
  • Stepless shower bases
  • Grab rails to shower and toilets
  • Disabled toilets suits
  • Custom built vanity units
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED A PLANNING PERMIT?

Your local council will advise whether or not you need a planning permit. They will take into account heritage factors, the size of your block and the size of the building you are planning to have built.

I HAVE MY OWN PLAN AND WOULD LIKE PRETECT TO BUILD IT FOR ME. WILL YOU BUILD TO MY DESIGN?

Absolutely, Yes Pretect are specialists in custom designs. Obviously the design will have to be suited to a relocatable building (unless built on site). During the design process, our specialist may have to make slight alterations to the plan, to make it suitable to be built in the factory and transported to site however, we are more than happy to work through the plan with you to make sure you get your new building how you want.

WE LIKE HIGH CEILINGS. HOW HIGH CAN WE BUILD?

Pretect buildings come as a standard with 8 foot / 2.4 metre ceiling height. there are also the following options:

  • 8 Foot 6 / 2.55 Metres
  • 9 Foot / 2.7 Metres
  • 10 Foot / 3.0 Metres (This option only available with certain roof styles)
WHAT CLADDINGS DO YOU HAVE AVAILABLE?

The standard Cladding’s are Old Style Hardiplank and Rusticated Hardiplank!

There are many other optional cladding’s available these include but are not limited to: Blue Board Rendered finish, Masterwall Rendered finish, Corrugated Iron, Vinyl Cladding, Western Red Cedar, Brick Veneer, Hoobler Stone. There are many other options available. If there is a particular cladding that you would prefer to use simply mention it and we would be more than happy to research pricing for you.

WHAT IS A FOLD DOWN ROOF?

A fold down roof is a design that we have created to enable us to build relocatable buildings with a steeper roof pitch. With the transport regulations we are not able to build a building that will be higher than 5.0m overall when on the transport vehicle. Therefore the whole roof hinges flat for transport and is craned up again once on site.

WHAT IS A SITE CLASSIFICATION?

Australian standard 2870/1996, allocates different classifications to the various foundation types found in Australia, in particular.  It provides details and designs for reactive clay sites which can cause damage to buildings by swelling and shrinking under different moisture conditions.  Table 2.1 in the Australian Standard provides a description of the various soil classifications.

Different Classes for soil conditions.
A
  most sand and rock sites, with little or no ground movement from water to changes

S  slightly reactive clay sites, with only slight ground movement from moisture changes

M moderately reactive clay or silt sites which can experience moderate ground movement from moisture changes

H  highly reactive clay sites, which can experience high ground movement from moisture changes.

E  extremely reactive sites, which can experience extreme ground movement from moisture changes

P  site, which includes soft soils, such as soft clay or silt or loose sands ,landslips , mine subsistence, collapsing soils, soils subject to erosion, reactive sites subject to abnormal moisture conditions or sites which cannot be classified otherwise

WHAT IS THE PAYMENT SCHEDULE?

Initially there is a $2,300 Plans and approvals pack which gets your New Building started and in the building schedule

The Payment Schedule is as follows:

  • 5% Deposit Upon Signing of Contracts
  • 10% At completion of base (Once all the steel construction has been completed for the base frame)
  • 20% At completion of Frame (Once all framing timber has been put in place)
  • 30% At Lock up stage (When all the windows are installed and the external cladding is on)
  • 25% Prior to Leaving Factory (The building is now complete and ready to be transported to site)
  • Final balance on handover once all finishing details are complete!
WHAT SITE PREPARATIONS ARE REQUIRED?

If your site is relatively level, we recommend to put in 300mm of compacted fill. This will eliminate any pooling of water under your new building and therefore give your footings ultimate soil condition.

If you have a sloping site there is no need to put in additional fill as any water will not pool under the building and will move away from the site which is ideal.

WHERE CAN A PRETECT BUILDING BE BUILT?

Pretect is registered to build in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. If you require a building to be built in another state this can be done however the building permit would have to be applied for differently. For more information on this please phone us on 1800 008 024 From Monday to Friday 7:00am until 4:30pm

WHERE CAN I SEE A PRETECT BUILDING?

Pretect have two Displays at 212-214 Karinie Street Swan Hill. If you book ahead when you come, we can give you a personal guided tour of our manufacturing plant to show you the building process. This is a great way to see the detail that goes into each building and give you a full view of the strength of the building. We do require 48 hours notice due to OHS commitments.

WHO IS LIABLE FOR ANY DELIVERY DAMAGE?

Whilst your building is being delivered, it is all covered by an appropriate insurance policy. In the unlikely event of delivery damage, this would all be covered and rectified by Pretect.

WHO WILL I GET TO LODGE A BUILDING PERMIT?

At Pretect we can do all your council building applications for you! We have trained personnel who are ready to lodge your application through council – this makes building a Pretect building relaxing and enjoyable!