|07-29-2004, 08:15 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2002
Member # 9311
Location: Mesa Arizona
Garage Kits Metal vs. Wood?
Been researching ideas for a garage, the metal garages are half the price of Wood ones. Just wondering if anybody owns one or can give me some ideas on what to look for?
So far I'm looking at a metal one that is 24Dx36Lx10H. It is $6800.00 Not including fondation.
In comparisoin. Tuff Shed had a 24Dx30L for $16000.00. Did not include windows, foundation, or garage door installation.
Any advice would be appreciated.
|07-29-2004, 08:49 AM||#2 (permalink)|
I put up a 30'x40'x13' pole building 2 years ago and what a pain in the butt they are to stick up, I have done 20+ wood building and they never took half the time this thang did,, Every thang on a pole building starts at the top and goes down for the most part you spend ALL your time moving a ladder around. Even with a boom truck and a fork lift it was a biach. I would NEVER do a pole building agion... But I do like it and would buy one and have them put it up next time,,,, P.S. mine is a off white color and it stays vary nice and cool in the summer ... like 40* less than the same size bark wood building next to it.
|07-29-2004, 11:18 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2000
Member # 1533
Location: Parker, CO
Check into what kind of foundation you have to have for one vs the other. Depending on soil conditions, you may have to use caissons with a steel frame building. The same location may only require 3-4ft concrete piers or even no concrete at all for a wood frame.
The thing I don't like about metal frames is the need to run all of your electrical in conduit. With wood you just drill holes and pull romex through them to boxes nailed to the frame.
|07-30-2004, 06:31 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2003
Member # 24554
it all depends on what you expect from the finished
product. metal will be cheaper & easier to construct,
but your limited to finish choices as opposed to a stick
built garage. i worked construction in mesa(AZ) for about
5yrs. so you'll have expansive soil issues to deal with.
i would recomend a floating slab, no less than 6" thick,
and code will require wire reinforcement or better. you
may have HOA's to deal with too. if you plan on building
on the sly.....good luck, i know of @ least one shop that
had to be taken down, so do your research & get it right
the first time. you may not have a choice in your neigh-
bor, depending on what part of mesa your in. with heat
being a factor also, you'll acheive a higher r-value(insulation)
with a stick built if you plan on spending alot of time in it.
what is the garage going to be used for? i prefer metal
buildings for a full on shop because i like the utilitarian
aspect, low maintenance, larger span, & easier to revise
or repair, & most importantly- cost.
as for brands (metal), & more info- do a search here & online. i'd
recommend reading Camo's current build-up.
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Last edited by F-Trooper; 07-30-2004 at 04:33 PM.