Steel garages come in a range of shapes and sizes to accommodate all possible requirements from single car garages to large RV or boat storage. Metal garages are all pre-engineered and delivered as part of a building kit which can then either be built by a contractor or by the customer.
Steel garage kits are designed for easy construction to enable just about anyone to assemble their own. Contractors can be hired or you could simply enlist the help of a handyman. No cranes, forklifts or any other heavy machinery is necessary. It is, however, advisable to have a professional install the doors.
One of the most popular designs is the steel framed garage with a pitched roof and high sidewalls. Garage frame kits include everything you need to assemble the building and generally consist of structural framing components, metal panels, doors, windows, bolts and screws. Manufacturers do also supply kits that only consist of framing as some buyers prefer to find their own paneling from local hardware, building or farming supply stores. Manufacturers can also refer you to reliable sources.
Standard specifications for steel framed garages are as follows:
Width from 10 to 30 feet
Length from 20 feet upwards and can normally be increased by sections of five feet at a time
Eave heights from 7.5 to 12.5 feet
Framing is normally made with 14 gauge galvanized steel
Panels made with 29 or 26 gauge steel
Choice of 18 colors
Warranty should be 25 years or more
Standard kit prices based on the average sized garage with an eave height of 7.5 feet is approximately $2.25 per square foot and height increases are charged at about eight cents per square foot. Garage door prices can be varied and depend on the type of doors chosen. Standard roll-up doors can cost anything from $125 for 12 by 7 feet to $200 for larger doors. Anything over 10 feet can cost considerably more.
Footings, flooring and concrete work (such as foundations) are not included in kit prices and are the responsibility of the buyer; as are building permits and other regulations. Kits ordered from outside the local area may not be built to the correct building codes, the buyer is responsible for ensuring all codes and regulations are followed.
Before buying a building kit be sure to call the local building authority to find out about permit requirements and other regulations. Once you have these you can obtain engineer stamped plans from the manufacturer. This can cost an average of $650 or more.
If you intend on hiring a contractor for the work be aware that they may try to sell you another building system because it means he can mark the price up on materials by almost 25 percent. Choose a building kit with all the components for a price you are satisfied with and then find a contractor. Inform them you are supplying the materials and plans.
Steel arch garage building kits are another option. They consist of arched panels with high side wall clearance and a rounded roof. On delivery, trained employees of the manufacturer layout all arched panels in the correct position. All that needs to be done is to raise them one by one and bolt them together. Then add the end walls, doors and windows.