If you're tired of parking your car in the hot sun or snow, then it may be time to build a garage. A garage offers many side benefits as well, such as space for a workshop or storage. If there isn't room to attach the garage to your home, you may want to put up a metal building behind your house. Steel buildings make excellent garages and they're quick to install. Here's a look at two basic types of steel building options and how they compare.
Quonset Hut Steel Buildings
Quonset hut steel buildings have an arch design. These have been popular farm and military buildings for decades. They're even being used in a more upscale way today as homes. An arch design building is ideal for a garage because there are no internal columns to get in the way. This gives you more room for maneuvering multiple vehicles and setting up a workshop. A Quonset hut is usually less expensive than a rigid-frame steel building, especially if you install a small building and don't insulate it. Like all metal buildings, an arch design can be as simple or as elaborate as you need it to be.
You can insulate it with spray foam and have windows installed so it has complete climate control and is comfortable to work inside of. You could also have a bare-bones building installed for the single purpose of protecting your car from vandals and the weather. The arch design sheds snow and tolerates wind when it is installed properly, so it could be an ideal garage building.
Rigid-Frame Metal Buildings
The rigid-frame buildings may cost a little more, but they do have some advantages. Some of the advantages can even offset their price. If you want an upper level in your building for storage or a garage apartment, then a rigid-frame building is a better choice. It's could also be better if you want to store a lot of things inside the building because space is lost with the arch design. Any type of insulation can be applied to a rigid-frame building since it has a square design and it can be anchored to piers to save money. Square design buildings also offer more height, so if you want to park a big truck or RV in the garage, then rigid-frame might be the best choice.
Choosing the right steel building for your needs can be a confusing decision. Talk to a metal building contractor about your options. The final decision may be based on price, size of the building you need, ease of construction, and type of foundation as well as your local climate, soil, and municipal codes. Either type of steel building is perfect for a garage, and since metal is durable and long-lasting, the garage won't need much maintenance while it protects your vehicles from the elements.