If you want a good garage that you don't have to put a lot of work into, then prefabricated garages are the ones for you. There are many different advantages of prefabricated over trying to build them yourself. One of them is that all the guess work is taken out of the equation. They come in pieces, and all you really have to do is put them together, often with simple tools that you have around your shop.
Another advantage is that these packages come complete. They include the walls, the floors and roof structure, as well as any doors, and windows. They also include lights and ventilation systems, depending on the package you purchase. They include all the hardware you need to complete the job.
There is no wandering around the home improvement store in a daze, trying to figure out all the items you need to build a garage. You don't have to worry that you are buying the wrong screws or nails, everything is provided.
One of the major advantages of using prefabricated garages is that they are far cheaper than trying to build a garage from scratch. Depending on the construction materials, a prefabricated garage can cost from $3,000-$14,000, where building one from scratch, having to hire a contractor, etc, can cost you up to $50,000 or more.
Another reason that buying prefabricated buildings is that with today's technology, they can be sturdier and last longer than building one from the ground up. There are made to meet or exceed earthquake and hurricane standards, and may even hold up better to tornadoes.
The nice thing about prefabricated garages is they are available in a variety of different materials, from wood, plastic, aluminum as well as the most popular, steel construction.
You also get to customize the garage to fit your own personal needs. You get to pick the overall dimensions, what materials go into the roof, and siding. You can choose how many doors and windows, lights and vents. You can pick from a one car garage to a six car garage if you want. You can even add a loft apartment above the garage if you want to.
Once you have decided on the garage you want, the company puts the whole thing together for you and ships it either in whole or in pieces directly to your property.
Once you have the plans and drawings for your prefabricated garage, it is a good idea to go into your local zoning office and get a permit. Even if you live in an area that doesn't require one, it is a good idea to check and make sure anyway. You may also want to prepare a permanent foundation to support the structure as well.
Some people ask how long it takes to set these prefabricated garages up. Small basic kits may take you and some friends just a weekend to complete. Other larger models may require a contractor and take longer to finish. Either way it will be much less time than building one from the ground up.
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