Newcastle & Hunter | Barns, Garages, Steel Buildings

Roof-only Structures (COLA’s)

At Novobuild, roof-only structures such as shelters and COLA’s are our specialty!

The advantage of shelters and COLA’s (Covered Outdoor Learning Areas) over conventional enclosed buildings is they allow far greater natural air flow and light.

Novobuild roof only structures are not just enclosed buildings without walls though. Open side and end sheds must be specially designed to withstand wind loads and uplift without the aid of wall cladding and conventional bracing. Stiffer columns and additional lateral bracing are just a couple of the many differences.

Fabric covers might leak, go mouldy or tear in the wind, whilst Novobuild’s shelters and COLA’s provide maximum protection from the sun and rain under all conditions. There are other benefits as well. Fabric covers do not completely block the sun’s ultra violet rays thereby increasing the risk of over exposure and skin cancer. Novobuild solid covers block all direct rays and are easily fitted with guttering and down pipes to catch and store every drop of valuable rainwater.

At Novobuild, we can tailor shelters and colas to fit just about any site, large or small. Clear spans (column to column) go from 6m up to 30m, and multi-spans up to 100m. Heights increase in 100mm steps, up to 8m to the gutter line. The modular, portal frame construction principal allows almost any length with combinations of different bay sizes to suit various site conditions. So if you want to cover a few tables and chairs, or an assembly area, or even complete ball courts, we can help.

Appearance is not everything, although our shelters and colas do look clean and neat. In saying that, nothing is spared in the design of buildings for your children’s protection. All main structural members are fabricated from premium quality galvanised steel to give long life without costly maintenance.

Mainframe steel-to-steel fasteners are high tensile grade 8.8 zinc plated bolts and nuts. Sub frame members, also manufactured from galvanised steel, are bolted between the main frames to prevent twisting and distortion under wind load.

Safety and security under cover are also important. Novobuild have removed the potentially dangerous diagonal wall braces and replaced them with lateral braces high up the columns and out of harm’s way. Our shelters and colas also have optional unique ‘folded edge’ column flashings to reduce the risk of contact with sharp metal edges. These protective items are available in the full range of COLORBOND ® colours to match the shelter or other buildings.

Extra protection is available with the addition of curtain walls and gable infills. These low cost and functional additions provide a barrier from the sun, wind or driving rain on higher buildings constructed over ball courts, play or assembly areas. Where maximum protection is required, full side or end walls may be specified. Full, part and curtain walls are available in ZINCALUME ® or COLORBOND ® steel cladding.

There are, of course, many other uses for shelter sheds. Industrial applications include container, raw material and finished goods storage areas. Some industries such as brick works, quarries, timber mills and boat building yards require open side buildings for protection of plant, machinery or work in progress.

Bus depots and trucking yard operators know how important it is to store their vehicles under cover to reduce fading and rusting. There are an increasing number of car sales yards with wide span shelters to protect their vehicle stock from hail as well as the sun and rain.

Shelter sheds are often constructed on farms and rural properties. They are commonly used for machinery, grain, fodder or produce protection. Others are primarily for the purpose of protecting livestock such as sheep and cattle yards or feed lots. One of the newer applications are riding arenas catering for riding schools and equestrian training. There are many more uses for low cost, high quality shelters and shelter sheds. If you have a need, give us a call; we’ll keep you covered.

Covered Outdoor Learning Areas, or COLAs, and are used by various government departments and education or sport institutions. COLAs are essentially a carport, but on a much grander scale to accommodate various activities.

They are ideal for sports covers (ie tennis and basketball courts), horse and dressage arenas, and for transport and logistics supply centres.

Novobuild’s Covered Outdoor Learning Area provide shelter with greater natural air flow and light. A good COLA will be designed to withstand wind loads and uplift, and stiffer columns and additional bracing can be added to improve strength.

To get a free quote, speak with Novobuild today.