The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Metal Garage

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Are you in the market for a metal garage? Buying a new garage can feel like a daunting task, but don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! This ultimate metal garage buying guide has all the information you need to make an informed decision. We’ll walk you through key details of buying a prefabricated metal garage, including budget considerations, size and style options, accessories available and more. By the end of this guide, you will have a clear picture of what kind of metal garage is right for your needs. So let’s get started – it’s time to learn everything there is to know about purchasing a quality metal structure!

Do You Have a Budget?

When budgeting for a metal garage, there are a few things to consider. Size is an important factor, as larger metal garages tend to have a higher cost than smaller ones. Materials must also be considered, as metal buildings can come in all shapes and sizes depending on what metal you choose. Additionally, some metal garages come with certain features such as insulation, roll-up doors and windows that can affect the overall price tag. All these factors should be taken into account when calculating your budget for a metal garage. A quick and easy way to see what your budget will buy, you can play with different designs on our 3D builder.

How Much Space Do You Need?

When choosing the metal garage that is right for your needs, you’ll want to consider the size of your property, how much storage space you need, and what activities you plan to use it for. Before purchasing a metal garage, make sure that it is large enough to accommodate all the items or vehicles you plan on storing. You should also factor in extra room to allow for growth if your needs change down the road. When buying metal garages, be sure to take advantage of the many sizes and styles available so that you find one that fits your budget and meets your specific needs.

Tube Steel or Cold Formed Metal Garage?

Tube steel metal garages are constructed out of 2.5″ galvanized tube steel and are typically limited to 40′ widths. Custom widths beyond 40′ are possible but the cost begins to skyrocket. Our best selling tube steel garage size is 30x40x12 and offers up enough space for 2 full-sized pickups with room to spare. One thing to keep in mind with tube steel buildings, once you go over 30′ wide price jumps considerably due to the larger trusses needed. A cost effective way to get more square footage for your money is to increase building length.  Lastly, tube steel buildings are not engineered for living in. If there’s a chance you’ll want to finish the inside of the garage with living quarters down the road, it may not pass inspection.

Cold formed steel buildings are the next step up in metal garage types. They can easily be engineered for widths up to 100′ and for living in should the need arise. Cold formed metal building kits can also be shipped anywhere in the U.S. where tube steel buildings may not be available.

Customization Options:

Metal garages offer a wide range of customization options to make sure you get the perfect garage for your needs. You can choose the size, color, and style of your garage, and you can also select the features that are most important to you. Some of the most popular customization options include:

Size: You can choose from a variety of sizes to find the perfect fit for your property.

Color: You can select a color that will complement your home and landscape.

Style: You can choose between a traditional garage style or a more contemporary style.

Features: You can choose from a variety of features to create the perfect garage for your needs. Some popular choices include windows, doors, insulation and lean-to’s.

Tube steel buildings options are somewhat limited while cold formed steel buildings can be heavily customized for any metal garage need.

Permitting Requirements

To erect a metal garage in most areas, you will need to obtain a permit from the local government. The permitting process will vary depending on your location, but in general, the government will want to ensure that the garage is safe and meets all applicable building codes. There may be other requirements as well, such as submitting architectural drawings of the proposed garage.

If you are thinking about building a metal garage, it is important to consult with your local government officials to find out what is required. Failure to obtain the proper permits can result in fines or even the destruction of your garage. So before you start construction, be sure to do your research and make sure everything is in order.

Lead Times After Ordering

You’ll have no trouble finding horror stories online about people buying a metal garage and not getting it when stated. It’s important you only work with reputable metal building dealers who will give you an honest lead time. Lead times will vary depending on where you live but don’t be afraid to really shake down your sales rep for an honest answer. Keep in mind, lead times can change due to weather or other unexpected events but if your sales rep is communicating give them the benefit of the doubt. If all you get is radio silence it’s time to start making some phone calls.

There you have it! The top things to consider when buying a metal garage. It’s a very smooth process if you know what to expect and it also helps to work with a reputable dealer (like us ;). We can help you design and price your metal garage with tube steel or cold formed steel building systems. Just give us a call at 303-551-6988 or contact us to chat with a Design Specialist. Another great way to begin playing with different ideas is to use our online 3D Garage Builder to see what fits your budget and needs. Keep in mind our 3D builder may not show accurate pricing for your specific area due to wind and snow loads. Also, if our 3D builder says our buildings are not available in your area, please contact us as we service the entire continental United States.

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