A prefab garage is a garage which is manufactured offsite and transported to the location where it will be used, in contrast with a garage which is built on site. There are a number of different styles of prefab garage available, including custom products which can be tailored to specific applications by customers. People can opt to build a prefabricated garage for a number of reasons, ranging from restrictions on building space which might make it hard to build on site to a desire for a particular prefab product.
Portable and prefabricated garage structures make construction so simple. These can be easily assembled, once the preferred material and size is chosen. However, getting the right prefab garage isn’t such an easy task. There are different kits and each type has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Steel: If you’re looking for a garage that is cost effective and quick to build, you might want to consider purchasing a steel garage. Steel garages are great for home use, small business storage and even industrial applications. Prices vary based on size and design. They’re also influenced by factors such as local materials and labor costs. Typically, steel garage kits cost more than carport kits but less than wooden garages.
Steel is a strong material with a very long life expectancy. It is damage resistant, rot resistant and fire resistant. Most steel garages will last 20 to 30 years or more. However, keep in mind that condensation tends to collect in steel buildings, which can lead to rust. The condensation can also damage tools inside the garage.
Prefabricated steel garages require less building time. They go up faster than wood garages because they require very little internal support. Last but not least, steel is one of most recycled materials available. You can buy a steel garage kit that is made of recycled materials, or you can recycle your steel garage when it’s no longer useful.
Wood: Most people consider wood garages more attractive than steel varieties. There are more styles, finishes and colors from which to choose. And wood garages can be painted to match your house. Wood garages are much easier to insulate, heat and cool. They stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. However, take note that wood requires regular maintenance in order to prevent rotting, fungus or insect infestation. Wood also needs to be painted or stained every few years.
Concrete: You can erect the garage in less than a day with minimal effort. The ease of installation makes it a good choice if you want a garage in the shortest time possible. Prefabricated concrete structures are amongst the most inexpensive you can select.
Various architectural forms and textures are possible with prefabricated concrete. This allows you more flexibility in design options. Pre-engineered concrete garages also have low maintenance requirements. They do not rust and aren’t affected by corrosion. This makes them an easier type of outdoor structure to care for. However, take note that concrete garages have a much lower resilience than metal garages. Prefabricated garages also aren’t as durable as those constructed from metal. With time, cracks and chips occur on the structure. If the building isn’t well assembled, the garage is likely to require repairs fairly soon. Weak joints allow moisture and insects into the garage which creates other problems for you.
The garage foundation is the most important part of your building project from a long-term perspective. It determines the stability of what you place on top of it and has to be designed in accordance with the weather and soil conditions that exist on the property where you plan on building a garage. You can basically choose between concrete slabs and stone pads. If you have doubts about which one to choose, you might want to contact one of our professional floorers at homify.
Step 1—Preparation: Firstly, you need to prepare the ground. It needs to be leveled and you need to lay a concrete slab. Dig the foundation and lay and level the concrete for the size you need for the garage. Make sure it has a full week to cure before you begin building the garage kit.
Step 2—Frame: The first thing to be put together is the frame. Start by putting together the frame for the four walls of the garage. It will be made of separate pieces that need to be bolted together.
After you construct the frame for the walls, you need to set them in place. The walls have to be bolted to the foundation so that the garage won’t shift in a high wind. Before doing that, however, the walls should be joined to each other in place on the foundation. This will require assistance, and until all four walls are joined, they will need to be braced upright. Once joined and in place, drill the needed holes into the foundation and use the bolts with the kit to secure to the concrete.
Step 3—Arches: In many garage kits, the roof is curved and is supported by arches. These arches need to be put together and then set in place. This will require help and working on ladders. Start at one end, and bolt the arches in place. As soon as the second one is in place, add the braces between the first and second arch. Continue in this manner along the length of the garage, always checking that the bolts are tight.
Step 4—Skin: The final step in erecting the garage kit is putting on the skin. These pieces need to be bolted to the frame.