There are a wide variety of steel garage kits to choose from. They range between the most basic shade and shelter prefab garage structures to a truly steel structured building and everywhere in between. We will cover the two most basic of these kits available today as they relate to a residential prefab garage and explain what they consist of.
D.I.Y. Steel Garage Kits
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Your editor's grant the Five-Star rating to Absolute Storage LLC of suburban Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. for offering a superb solution for the do-it-yourselfer wanting to construct a prefab garage using a steel kit. These people are on the ball and thinking of their customers needs.
They offer a very simple, yet sophisticated pre-cut steel kit prefab garage that slips together and can be assembled in one weekend by a husband and wife team. They can claim testimonials from married couples who have done this and are still married. We believe they must be doing something right, so we investigated!
Their prefab steel garage kit consists of lightweight structural steel components fabricated in their factory in Phoenix for the size and style of prefab garage you desire. They have a unique base rail system that bolts to your foundation as a starter, and then you simply follow the assembly guide they provide from there.
Their approach is a slip-joint system where one piece of hollow structural steel slides into the next piece forming a joint of double-thickness. They show some fairly wide spans on their website, so it is safe to say they have mastered lightweight structural steel engineering.
You can put any type of exterior finish on the erected steel frame prefab garage that you desire including brick, stucco, steel panels, wood siding, etc. The interior can finish out just the same as a wood framed prefab garage.
Considering the fact that steel sells by the pound - the steel kits offered by Absolute Storage LLC are of great value due to the engineering using lightweight structural steel tubing for the main frame.
If you are seriously considering a steel kit, then you will want to investigate the product and service that Absolute Storage LLC offers at: www.absoluterv.com .
Apparently, you can have the entire structural steel package delivered to your site, or a nearby local dealer, as they feature projects all across the U.S.A. on their website.
Steel Garage Buildings
If you need a larger prefab garage with high-bay ceilings you should investigate your design concept with the nearest steel building contractor. These building kits are also prefabricated, and consist of what is termed medium-weight structural steel. They are of the post and beam structural family and are usually covered with a metal skin on the exterior.
The vertical loads are generally carried by wide-flange steel columns that have a base plate that matches a bolting pattern in the concrete foundation. After erection of the columns at whatever spacing is required and economical, a similar wide-flange steel beam is bolted atop the columns and delivers the roof load that accumulates between the columns.
The roof rafters often consist of heavy-gauge steel "C" channels that meet at a ridge line. Running perpendicular to the rafters will be steel "Z" channels acting as purlins to attach the metal roof sheathing to. The erection of this type of medium-weight steel structure involves welding some components to others. Often, for lateral bracing between the columns, you will find "X" patterned steel bar with a turnbuckle at their centers.
Crane equipment is necessary to erect these type of steel prefab garage kits which generally places them out of the do-it-yourself category, as the work involved requires special skill and can be very dangerous. Yet, for what you get, these buildings are very economical which is why you see them all across North America.
Your editor's have seen these category of steel prefab garage kits used for race car shops, custom car shops, custom farm-tractor shops, commercial woodworking shops and hobby shops. They fit all category of uses and needs beyond basic shade and shelter.
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