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Ultimate Guide for Buying a Metal Building

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Nov 19, 2012

Ultimate Guide of Metal Buildings For Sale

When your looking to buy a metal building what are some of your options and where do you start first?

Probably the easiest place to begin is what type of metal building are you looking for. 

The 2 different categories of metal buildings for sale are metal carports and metal garages.

buying a metal building

The metal carports come with only a roof top shelter and are more economical than a fully enclosed metal building.  The metal carports are a popular option if you don't need 100% protection but are looking for closer to 90% protection from the elements.  This is a route that many will go with to protect their motor home as its makes a really nice rv carport cover.

If you go with a carport you will than need to decide on which of the 3 different roof lines will work best for you.  The 3 different roof lines are regular carports, boxed eave carports and vertical roof carports

The regular carport is has a rounded roof line and is barn shaped.  Of the three style of carports at Alan's Factory Outlet the regular style is the most economical carport option.

The boxed eave style has an a-frame gable roof and the vertical roof looks just like the boxed eave carport with one major difference which makes the vertical roof carport the strongest but at the same time the most costly of the three.  This difference is that the roof sheeting on the vertical carport goes up and down.  This means the snow and rain will easily slide off of the roof but the only way we can achieve this is to put cross bracing under the roof to attached the sheeting to so this is the main main reason that the vertical style is the strongest.  If you live in an area of the country that receives lots of snow than I would recommend investing a little extra money into a vertical style carport.

Once you decide on the style of the steel carport you will want to figure out what size to go with.  The size width run from 12', 18', 20', 22' and 24' wide and start out in length at 21' long and go in 5' increments for 21', 26', 31', 36' and 41'.  They can be make longer by adding to carports end to end.  If you go with a carport 41' or longer we strongly recommend opting for the vertical style because the longest panels we have is 36' long and since the vertical roof is up and down you don't have to worry about leaking issues which would be a factor in the 41' and longer carports since we would have to overlap to 21' long panels which would cause some leaking issues.

You will get to pick the leg height and you can also partially enclose the carport if you want.

We do have triple wide carports that are 26', 28' and 30' wide.  They have to be built a lot stronger due to the span of the width.

Options to Decide on the Metal Buildings For Sale

  • One car metal garage or single wide metal carport
  • Two car metal garage or double wide metal carport
  • 14 GA or 12 GA
  • Open, partially enclosed, fully enclosed
  • Taller legs
  • Uncertified or certified
  • Mobile home anchors
  • Entry door or windows

If need a metal garage that is fully enclosed that you would basically use the above approach to buy the carport except you'll have a few more options like what size garage door and you will have the option of a walk in door and window.

The steel garages come in the same 3 different roof lines as the steel carports:  regular style metal garages, boxed eave metal garages and vertical roof metal garages.

The metal buildings come in your choice of 13 different colors.  You get to choose the roof color, trim color and if it has sides the side color.  You can look at the interactive metal building colors to get a feel for the available colors.

Topics: metal carports, metal garages, metal buildings, metal building

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