A growing trend in the United States is to build a prefabricated garage rather than a custom-designed one. Prefabricated models are even stronger than those built on-site, and they can be much more cost effective. In fact, with a few building skills, you might even be able to build your garage yourself instead of paying high wages to a carpenter. Prefabricated garage packages are available in both wood and steel and come in a variety of sizes. After giving consideration to the way you are planning to use the structure and how much space you’re going to need, you’ll be able to find a kit that meets your needs.
Garages began as storage areas for the protection of cars. They keep cars cooler in summer and warmer in winter, eliminate the need for scraping car windows, and protect from hailstorms. Since their inception, garages have started to serve a multitude of purposes. They are good storage areas for different types of vehicles, such as motorcycles, boats, and motorhomes, they give homeowners a place to keep the tools they need for the maintenance of their yards and flowers, and they can be used for other purposes, such as a home workshop. The tiny 1-stall garages of the early 20th century gave way first to double garages, and now 3-stall buildings have become the norm in new construction. They have become multi-purpose areas that homeowners can no longer live without.
One of the choices you will have when it comes to building a prefabricated garage is one built of steel. These buildings are structures of choice in the industrial sector and occasionally residential areas, depending on the size of the building you need. Steel is a very durable material that needs little upkeep, and the buildings are much more portable than comparable wooden models. Steel is ideal for large buildings and is resistant to insect damage.
Most of the residential garages that you see are built of wood, because they can be designed to blend well with the structure of the house. Wood adapts itself to smaller structures and can be made very attractive to add to the curb appeal of your home. Wooden garages can be finished on the inside so that they almost become a part of the house and will offer extra storage. Some garages have additional lofts or rafter storage which increases their useable space. As with your home, the wood can be attractive to termites, but regular inspections can eliminate this problem.