Thinking about adding a garage to your home? Here’s a handy guide to assist you in determining whether a pre-engineered metal garage is the ideal choice for you.
A metal garage is a suitable option if:
- You Need Vehicle and Equipment Protection: Owning vehicles and equipment you want to safeguard? A garage, like any other, helps shield your assets from the detrimental effects of UV rays, harsh weather, and theft. Unlike temporary garages, metal garages provide secure storage.
- You’re on a Budget: Prefabricated metal garages are a cost-effective alternative to wood, concrete, and other construction materials.
- Low-Maintenance is a Priority: Steel garages offer longevity and require minimal upkeep. They are immune to issues like rot and mold, and you won’t need frequent repainting.
- You Want to Boost Property Value: Adding an appealing metal garage can enhance your property’s attractiveness to potential buyers and increase its resale value. Typically, a garage’s value constitutes at least a quarter of your house’s per-square-foot value. For instance, if your house is valued at $200 per square foot, the new garage would likely be worth at least $50 per square foot. The installation cost is substantially less, offering a potentially 100% return on your investment.
- You Prefer to Avoid Complex DIY Projects: Constructing a garage from scratch might appear cost-effective, but purchasing a prefabricated garage can often be more budget-friendly. Manufacturers secure material discounts and have the necessary tools, making prefab garages a cost-effective choice.
On the other hand, a metal garage might not be suitable if:
- Your Budget is tight: A metal garage can be a cost effective solution for your storage needs. Since buildings can be customized, our building specialists can design a building to suit your needs and budget.
- You Require a Garage Immediately: Building a garage involves permits, site preparation, concrete pouring, and scheduling an installation. Metal garage manufacturers often have lead times ranging from weeks to several months. For an immediate solution, portable garage kits from local home improvement stores, featuring metal frames and heavy-duty plastic covers, are an option.
- You Want an Attached Garage: Most prefab metal garages are detached outbuildings, requiring ample space around them. If you desire an attached garage, expect multiple permits, inspections, and the need to hire a contractor for a custom design and construction.
- You Plan to Create an Apartment in Your Garage: Metal garages excel at storing vehicles and items but aren’t ideal for living spaces. If you intend to build an apartment within or above your garage, a stick-built garage is a more suitable choice.
- You Belong to a Restrictive Homeowners Association: Check your community’s rules and HOA guidelines before considering a detached garage, as some may prohibit such structures.