Building a Steel Garage or Metal Garage

In the case of metal garages, the general rule of thumb is bigger is always
better. You know where life could lead you 10 years down the road when
you may have to trade in your motorcycle for a minivan or SUV. There’s
no such thing as too much storage space.

To determine how large you should build your garage, grab a tape
measure. First, measure your vehicle. Then, measure the desired space
around the car for walking room, as well as the amount of space you wish
to have for storage. It’s important to take note the dimensions of your
pre-engineered steel building will be from the exterior, therefore the
interior will be slightly smaller.

For most garages, the minimum size for one car is 20 ft. long and 10 ft.
wide, while a two-car garage is generally about 20 ft. long and 18 ft.

If space is what you are after, comfortable dimensions for a one-car
garage range from 24 ft. long to 15 ft. wide, while a two-car garage can
be as large as about 24 ft. long and 24 ft. wide.

Different vehicles come in every size under the sun. If you own a Smart
Car, for example, storage is rarely an issue at only 8 feet 10 inches in
length. A Mini Cooper is not likely to cause you any storage headaches
either at 12 feet in length.

However, a minivan can come in at 17 feet long, and pickup trucks can
reach up to 20 feet long (and some are even longer.)

Comfortable dimensions account for more than just vehicle storage

To ensure there is enough room for storing smaller objects like luggage,
a bike, or a small lawnmower, consider adding at least four feet to both
the length and width of the building. If you plan on using your steel
garage as a workshop as well, an additional 10 feet should provide ample
space for a workbench and tool storage area.

The size of your vehicles will also determine the width and height of
your garage doors, which are typically purchased separately from your
pre-engineered steel building.

Do larger garages equal higher building costs?

The increased costs associated with building a larger garage are minimal
in the bigger picture.

A larger garage will also get you a higher resale value on your home —
outweighing any increased costs as you will soon see the return on
investment if you plan on selling.

How important are the aesthetics of the garage’s exterior finish?

If your garage will be located near your house, it is worthwhile to keep
the exterior appearance compatible with the style of the home. For
example, if the home has clapboard siding, you should consider applying
the same type of siding to the garage exterior.

If a garage’s exterior finish or architectural style does not complement
the home, it could affect the property’s resale value.

Some common design elements to keep in mind when designing your
pre-engineered steel garage building include the slope of the roof, the
exterior finish, and the style of doors and window frames, which should
echo the style of your home. Our pre-engineered steel garages come in a
variety of finishes to satisfy your inner home decorating guru.

Keep in mind that pre-engineered steel garage kits do not include doors,
electric garage door openers, windows, skylights, or any other design
elements, which must be purchased separately.

You will also need to decide whether your pre-engineered steel garage
will be attached or detached from your home. A detached garage is a
separate building that’s typically set a few feet from the home and can
be connected with a covered breezeway. Some home designs, like those
with wraparound porches, have a more aesthetically pleasing appearance
when the garage is detached. The goal is to have the garage look as if
it were planned for the house, not built after the fact.

What Local Building Codes Must I Follow?

Before you begin building, you will need to check with your local
municipal office on building codes regarding setbacks from the property
line, and whether or not a building permit is required. Most
municipalities prohibit the construction of a garage, attached or
detached, without one. You will need to file an application with the
urban planning department to obtain a permit.

You may also need an additional permit if you plan on connecting your
garage to an electrical power utility and to the water supply. Sometimes
additional information must be included in your application for a
building permit, such as a site plan, floor plan and elevations. A site
plan should include lot dimensions, orientation to north, dimensions for
the yard, location and dimensions of the garage, location and dimensions
of easements, the location of house on the lot, and location of all new
construction like a driveway or a retaining wall.

Following building codes is important, as your steel garage may need to
be partially rebuilt or modified if it doesn’t meet inspection
requirements, a potentially costly mistake. If you skip a building
inspection, you also may not be able to sell your house.

And the Benefits of Metal Garages Don’t Just Stop There!
Metal garages also offer more space than their equally sized wooden
counterparts because a metal garage doesn’t require space-eating support

Also, steel products are hollow and just the right amount of insulation
can be blown in between the layers to ensure the inside of the garage is
protected from extreme outside cold and heat.

Metal Garages Are ‘Eco-Friendly’
It seems like you can’t turn on the television news or read a paper or
magazine these days without coming across a story on “the green

Well, it turns out metal is the eco-friendly choice when it comes to
building garages.

It’s true. Here are a few reasons why:

• Fabricated metal is made from largely recycled metals – which means
it’s good for the environment and it saves you money!

• Metal garage building kits have economized so that they don’t
carry any excess steel – which means you won’t be paying for material
you’re not going to use!

• Metal garage building kits are designed for as little on-site
fabrication as possible – reducing waste and saving you money!

• Metal doesn’t rot or warp or twist or crack like wood does – which
means no costly repairs and no damaged lumber to take to the landfill

• Plus, when a metal garage outlives its usefulness it can be recycled
or simply moved to a new location

Check out how to build your custom metal garage at Victory Buildings.


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