Prefabricated garage kits are available in wood or steel and can be erected by you or a specialty crew. They go so far as a complete factory built prefab garage delivered to your site and usually erected in one day. The kit concept has become very popular for those who want a garage fast — due to time constraints.
Since prefabricated garage kits come in such a wide variety and degree of completion, with varying owner involvement in erection, we will attempt to describe each and every major prefab garage option that is currently available in the U.S. and Canadian markets.
Steel Garage Kits
There are many prefab garage companies today that sell steel garage kits and they definitely fall under the category of prefabricated garage kits. They are generally erected a pre-cut piece at a time by a specialty crew in a similar fashion to what you see when a large metal farm building or machine shed is being erected.
Structurally, they fall into the post and beam category unlike the wood wall that delivers the roof loads more uniformly to the foundation. Beyond that, they have some peculiarities that set them apart from the wood structures as a prefab garage concerning the tools needed, and the techniques of erection.
All-in-all, a steel garage offers the same shade and shelter of any other type of prefab garage construction and are more rigid by nature due to the higher unit stresses that steel is able to resist. We cover this category in detail on our Steel Garage Kit page and we recommend that you visit there if you are seriously considering this type of prefabricated garage kit.
Wood Garage Kits
You can obtain pre-cut wood garage kits from your local lumber yard or most Big Box Home Stores these days advertised as prefab garage or precut garage. You can get them in various standard sizes already pre-cut including the roof structure members. If you want to erect it yourself, this is the way to go if you don't want to learn about calculating and cutting roof members to the proper lengths.
These pre-cut kits are usually very accurate and complete, but often come without any erection plan or scheme to guide you through the process. Yet, many people have happily purchased these kits and successfully erected them to a complete and finished prefab garage.
Often, this type of prefabricated kit will include any windows, man-doors and the overhead door(s) all to be assembled and installed by you or a carpenter crew you have subcontracted with to complete the erection process. Overall, these wood prefab garage kits offer a very affordable alternative to a total all-out stick built garage project and the finished product is exactly the same.
You can get prefabricated garage kits in the form of pre-constructed modules that are delivered to your site ready for erection and zipping together. For example, if your building a 12' x 24' single car garage, the modular kit may include pre-framed walls in lengths up to 8' that are complete with sheathing and siding ready to be placed over the anchor bolts onto your foundation.
For a small prefab garage as mentioned above, the roof may be completely built and shingled - ready to hoist atop the modular walls once they are erected. Generally, the modular factory will contract with a erection crew that has the proper equipment and meet at your site for delivery and erection. Also, you can contract with your own erection crew and coordinate delivery and erection at your site. It is your choice as to how this all goes together for coordination purposes.
The erection crew has to be at the site when delivery trucks arrive in order to unload the modular parts and pieces from the delivery trucks or you will be paying for dead-time to the delivery department of the prefab garage modular factory. We recommend that if you go this route - let the factory be responsible for delivery and erection.
In some cases you can have a modular prefab garage delivered to your site complete with a structural wood floor - ready to be hoisted from the truck and set onto your foundation or a leveled bed of gravel and ready to use all in one day. This approach works really well with the smaller (12' x 24') garage workshop type of setup, and is sometimes referred to as a factory built garage.
The Factory Built Garage
If you are building a small prefab garage it is possible to have the entire garage built in one piece and delivered to your site for erection. A double garage can be built and delivered in two-halves with each half being up to 14' wide. The roads in the U.S. and Canada have a 14' width restriction and a 13' 4" height restriction. Anything that fits within these dimensional parameters is eligible for hauling and delivery.
These type of prefabricated garage kits are the greenest type of construction available for the reason there is no, or very little, waste product from their construction. What waste occurs at the factory is recycled into other usable wood products such as oriented strand board sheathing (OSB), or finger-jointed moldings, etc.
If you need it fast - the factory built prefab garage delivered and erected by the nearest modular home factory to your property is the way to go. Once you have your garage foundation in place - it is simply a matter of what day you will be taking delivery and erection.
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