Building Steel GaragesBy: Carports, Tents and Sheds Staff Writers
Steel garages are a great option for those that need additional garage space but don’t want the expense of building a conventional wood-frame construction garage. A steel garage can provide shelter for a vehicle such as a car, truck, RV, motorcycle, boat, or just about any type or size of vehicle. Steel garage buildings can also be used for additional storage of household or business-related items, or can function as a workshop.
Building steel garages is something that can be done by a professional, but it is also something that can be accomplished by do-it-yourselfers that have the time to handle a fairly large construction project and have some basic or more than basic carpentry skills. For those that are interested in steel garage building on their own but don’t want the hassles of starting from scratch, steel garage kits make the process much easier.
Steel garage kits contain all of the materials, already pre-measured and pre-cut, to build a steel garage on your own, aswell as detailed plans to get the job done right. By using these kits, it makes the job of building the garage far easier and less time-consuming. Steel garage kits are similar to prefabricated steel garages in that you can select from a variety of styles and sizes. The kits, however, are less expensive because even though the end result may look similar, you are handling all of the construction yourself so you are not paying for labor costs.
If you want to save even more money, you can start with a set of steel garage plans and build the garage completely on your own. The plans will tell you what you need and will provide detailed instructions on how to construct the garage, but you will have to go out and purchase all of the materials on your own , measure them, and cut them before you are ready to construct any structure. While this will save you some money compared to steel building kits, the extra time and effort it will cost you may not be worth the savings.
To build a steel frame garage, whether from a kit or from plans, one of the most important components is first prepping the land where the steel garage will be located. The area must be excavated and leveled and the proper foundation must be laid for the steel building. Garages can be constructed in just about any shape or size but the foundation must be properly laid to handle the size and load of the completed garage.
Once the foundation has been properly laid, the frame and walls can be assembled using anchor bolts to attach the building to the foundation. The steel walls go up fairly easily and then the steel garage doors go in once the frame of the building is up. Installing steel garage doors is usually the hardest part of the whole process. Steel frame garages can have a variety of different types of roofing installed overhead, ranging from a steel roof to sheathing that is covered with traditional roofing tiles.
Before and during the construction process, it is important to check with your local municipality to see if there are any building regulations you must adhere to and to inquire about inspections, building permits, and any other information you need to know. Not following through with this step up front can cause major delays or problems as you get further along in the building process, so it is best to make sure you have all the information you need when it comes to building codes and regulations before you begin.
Steel garage prices will vary depending on the size and style of the garage you build, and whether you choose to use a garage kit or begin with a detailed set of plans. Factors that will affect the price will depend on the type of roof you install, the quality of the steel garage doors you use, whether you add windows, and similar options. You can even choose to build a steel carport if you don’t need a fully enclosed space, and that will affect the price. Finally, the price of steel can fluctuate greatly, so that can influence steel garage prices as well.
When it comes to constructing steel buildings, garages are some of the simplest types of buildings to construct. Residential steel garages are typically rectangular structures with one set of doors and a roof. Some can have windows installed, although that does not drastically change the design of the building. Whatever the style and use, whether you are looking for steel garage storage, a steel car garage, a steel RV garage, or even a portable steel garage, beginning with steel garage kits or steel garage plans will make the job of building your own steel garage easier and less time consuming than doing it completely on your own.