The garage has always been used to store our most valuable things.
Yet over the last two decades, it has developed an artistic, cozy quality that has transformed its function in our homes.
The man-cave, the she-shed and the creative studio are all fresh uses for a traditionally utilitarian space.
Of course, if you are looking for an affordable way to shelter your car, bike, or boat, a steel garage is always a smart, secure option.
If you’re ready to consider constructing a steel garage building on your property, prepare for an ultramodern touch that will make your property more attractive, usable, and safe.
1. Construction Costs
The typical price range for a wood garage is between $16,000 and $40,000, with the high end exceeding $60,000.
The average cost of a steel garage kit is between $5,000 and $15,000.
A part of the difference in cost is the fact that you and your crew construct a steel garage structure on your own. For handy do-it-yourselfers, this is a great way to save money doing some invigorating home improvements with a team of friends.
After you choose the length, width, roof style, color, door option, and window option for your building, it is manufactured and sent to you when you are ready. Fabrication of custom-designed materials takes around three weeks.
Typical construction of a steel garage or shelter takes about one-to-two weeks. More custom-designed structures can be created in about two-to-three weeks.
The tools you will need to build your structure do not need to be borrowed from a contractor. They can be found in the toolbox of most homeowners, and include a power drill, ladder, tape-measure, balance, and hammer.
2. Ongoing Costs
UV light, cracking from wind and rain, and warping are typical ways that wood frames can be damaged.
Steel frames can resist winds of over 170 miles-per-hour, making them well able to withstand most hurricanes.
In wood buildings, infestations of rodents and insects are common, as they feast on the fibers of the wood and move further and further into the structures. It costs the average homeowner about $3,000 to repair termite damage, and it could be even higher depending on the situation. Typically, homeowners insurance will not cover problems caused by termites.
Since metal does not contain the plant-based cellulose that termites eat, they do chew on steel garage buildings.
Most types of wood burn quickly when a fire starts, because the oxygen in the air combines with the sugars, proteins, and cellulose in the wood, causing a major blaze.
A steel frame and some fire-resistant insulation will prevent fire damage from consuming your structure if there something is ignited close by.
3. Customize Your Steel Garage Building
Since you are the one building your own garage space from the ground up, there are a number of features and options you can customize, depending on your needs.
The slant of your roof, door style, type of insulation, and wainscot will depend on what you are planning to use your structure for. For example, you may want to choose a vertical roof for a building that will be used for storage because it does not require much maintenance.
There are lots of great uses for outdoor steel structures.
For example, a combination garage-and-carport can allow you to customize the size of the shelter for your car or RV, while enabling you to organize outdoor tools in a separate space. It is a cost-effective option for those who don’t like to store their vehicle with other things, but want to protect it from the effects of wind and snow. You can keep “digging yourself out” to a minimum in bad weather, even if you don’t like to keep your car indoors.
Customized agricultural buildings can protect animals from the elements. They give you a dry, safe place to store hay or farm equipment.
With a little creativity, an insulated outdoor building can become a cozy, private extension of your home. Artists, musicians, woodworkers, and dancers can furnish the space for practicing their crafts without the distractions of a busy household.
Homey touches can turn a warm shed into a great guest apartment. And don’t forget about man-caves and she-sheds, where busy ladies and gents can escape the pressures of life in their own customized hideaway.
Steel structures are resistant to high winds, blizzards, and heavy downpours. They can withstand the highest seismic waves in an earthquake. Roof and side panels can be guaranteed to last for decades.
When they are fabricated, the parts of steel buildings adhere to the OSHA Safety Standards for Metal Buildings. These include strict regulations in terms of bridging, restraints, and connections.
Steel garage buildings can withstand hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning. Why not trust them with your daily storage needs?
6. Easy Care
Dirt, bird stains, and other daily buildup can be easily removed from your prefabricated steel garage. All you need is a soapy liquid and a low-cost pressure washer turned to its lowest setting. Cleanings are done once a year and are relatively inexpensive.
By contrast, cleaning a wood garage involves scrubbing, as well as extra protection applied to the interior. Paint on a wood structure will chip more frequently, and it will need to be reapplied often.
Mildew is also a problem with wooden garages. This is not the case with a metal garage kit.
Protection from pouring rains, heavy winds, and blinding snow-storms gives you the peace of mind you need to store your animals or vehicles in a steel garage building.
And great insulation makes it a wonderful place for personal escapes.
8. Ready to Invest?
A steel garage building is an excellent investment if you are looking for a secure, affordable space for storage or extra household footage.
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