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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

Portable Metal Garage

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Apr 13, 2012

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Portable Metal Garages

Portable Metal Garages are delivered and installed in 27 states in the USA. The portable metal garage is delivered as a metal garage kit on a trailer as shown here and put together by the set up crew on most sizes. On the same day the portable metal garage will be finished and ready for you to start using. There are many different sizes, style and options to choose from to give you the prefab metal garage you've been looking for. It is amazing what some of the metal portable garages for sale can add to any property. Here are some of the problems the portable metal garages at Alan's Factory Outlet have helped its customers with.

Portable Metal Garage Solution

1. Garage to store and protect car, truck or motorcycle

2. Motor home and RV Cover

3. Mechanic shop

4. Workshop or hobby room

5. Farm equipment structure

6. Storage building

7. Office space

8. Boat shelter

These are just some of the ways you can use the portable metal garage at Alan's Factory Outlet. The prefab metal garages are custom built to the specs you want. When the time comes to order online, customers can choose different ways to customize their metal portable garages. Several options such as taller garage doors, single doors and windows can be placed in the metal garage.

The portable metal garage is also built as a portable metal carport if you only need a roof carport shelter and want the sides and ends open. The metal buildings are made with your choice of 13 different colors. You pick the roof color, sides, end and trim color when you make the purchase.

Rest assured that when you buy a metal portable garage, you have the ability to make changes to its location. If you ever need the building moved you can move it because screws are used to assemble the portable metal garage, the garage can be taken apart, moved and then reassembled in the new location.

There is also one other type of garage that is portable and these are the Amish built portable wood garage , portable vinyl garage and portable board batten garage . Alan's Factory Outlet Amish built garages are only delivered in Virginia and West Virginia unlike the portable metal garages that are delivered in AL, AR, DE, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NE, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA and WV. The Amish prefab garages are delivered fully assembled instead of the metal buildings that are delivered as a kit and built on site. Save money and shop for a new metal portable garage with Alan's Factory Outlet.

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                               Prefab RV Metal Garage

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2 Car Metal Garage

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Feb 29, 2012

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                        2 Car Metal Garage

Alan's Factory Outlet 2 Car Metal Garages are custom built in the size, style and color that you want.  The 2 car metal garages can be made with garage doors ranging from a 6x6, 8x8, 9x8, 10x8, 10x10 and a 12x12 garage door.  The garage doors on the metal 2 car garage are now available with several different colors.

2 Car Metal Garages are delivered and installed for free in 27 states in the USA:  AL, AR, DE, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NE, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA and WV.

2 car metal carports are also available if you want the sizes and ends open.  The steel carports are delivered to the twenty seven states the same as the steel garages.  The steel buildings are available in may other sizes and styles to suite you.

Amish built wood and vinyl 2 car garages are delivered as fully assembled portable garages.  The wood and vinyl garages are delivered in Virginia and West Virginia.  They are made with or without a floor compared to the metal buildings and carports that are built on site and only come with no floor.

Metal 2 Car Garage Options

  • 12 GA thicker steel tubing with 20 year rust through warranty
  • 13 different colors
  • Barn roof, a-frame roof and vertical a-frame roof which aids in snow sliding off
  • Taller legs up to 12' leg height
  • Single entry door and windows

Thanks for reading this blog on the 2 car metal garages at Alan's Factory Outlet.  Please feel free to share this article with family and friends who may be looking for a metal garage or metal carport or add a comment or question of your own.

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Metal Prefab Garages

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Jan 12, 2012

Prefab Metal Garage Kits

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The metal prefab garages at Alan's Factory Outlet are delivered as a prefab metal garage kit and built on site. On the arrival of most of our prefab garage kit sizes, they are easily built in as little as one day. When your order arrives, the only thing we need is a level area so when we setup the metal garage the windows, door, and garage door open and shut properly. These metal prefab garages are custom-built in one of three styles - regular, boxed eave and vertical. They are also available for purchase online and in 13 different colors. When you buy one of our prefab metal garage kits you will get to pick the width and length along with the leg height that will best meet your needs. If you don't need a fully enclosed garage we also have metal carports for sale, which can be left fully open or built partially closed. The metal prefab garage in this picture is shown on a gravel base. Other bases which can be used would be an asphalt driveway, cement pad or, to save money, our prefab metal garage kits can be set up on the ground.

What to think about when buying a metal prefab garage

Before ordering one of our prefab metal garage kits for your property, there are several things that should be taken into consideration. Careful planning will help you to choose the best prefab garage for your needs.

  • Do you have a level area on your property for the metal garage and if you don't are you willing to level an area or get someone to level an area for the garage?
  • What size width, length and height do you need today and looking into the future do you see your needs changing on what you plan on storing in the metal garage?
  • Decide on a budget and how you plan on paying for the metal building. Do you want to pay by a check, credit card or explore financing options? Along the lines of the budget are you just looking for the most economical option or do you want the strongest possible metal garage such as the vertical roof style or maybe you want to go with the more economical route but add a couple of options to make it a little stronger such as a thicker 12ga tubing or making it fully braced.

Alan with Alan's Factory Outlet is here to help you with your metal prefab garages purchase. If you live in the area of the display lot at 643 West Main St. Luray, Virginia please feel free to visit or you can email your questions or call Alan about the metal prefab garages at 540-743-1272.

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Residential Metal Garages

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Dec 9, 2011

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     Residential Metal Garages

The residential metal garages can be built on a cement pad, asphalt or on gravel.  The key point is that you have a level area so the garage doors on the residential garage door can open and close properly.  The great thing about the residential metal garages at Alan's Factory Outlet is that they are built on site in one day so you don't have a long drawn out building process.  They are custom built in the exact size you require and are built in three different roof styles called the regular style, boxed eave and vertical roof residential metal garages. 

The residential metal garages come standard with the ends and sides metal sheeting horizontal the above picture was custom built the sides vertical.  Another unique feature that this residential metal garage has is that is all one color.  You can also make the trim and sides a different color than the roof or all the same color your choice out of 13 paint colors.  The star on the residential metal garage was installed by the customer.

These residential metal garages are delivered and installed for free in 27 different states in the US.  They are professionally installed by Carolina Carports

You can take a look at the residential metal garage prices in some of the select states.  If your state is not listed here you can locate your state for the exact metal garage prices here.

Topics: metal garages, residential metal garages, residential garages, metal garage

How Much Does a Metal Garage Cost

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Nov 14, 2011

metal garage cost

How Much Does a Metal Garage Cost?

The metal garage cost all depends on the size, style and what kind of options such as windows, and doors will also be a factor in the final cost of the metal garage.  The two most popular metal garages are a 1 car metal garage and a 2 car metal garage and within those two criteria there are different widths and lengths to choose from depending on your needs.

The smallest size metal garage is a 12x21 size with the base dimension being exactly 12' wide by 20' long as there is a 6" overhang on the front and back ends.  The metal garage cost will then vary depending on the three styles.  The regular has a barn roof and is the most economical of the 3, followed by the boxed eave which has a gable a-frame roof and the vertical holds the honers of being both the strongest and the most costly metal garage of the three roof lines.  Vertical garages are built in a gable roof just like the gable but with the roof panels running up and down so snow will slide off.

Here is how much the 12x21 metal garage cost at Alan's Factory Outlet.  Please keep in mind the metal garage cost shown below is the current price as this article being published but subject to change without notice.

Metal Garage Cost

12x21 metal garage cost for a fully enclosed regular barn style with 1-9x8 size garage door:  $2470

12x21 metal garage cost for a fully enclosed boxed eave gable style with 1-9x8 size garage door:  $2645

12x21 metal garage cost for a fully enclosed vertical gable style with 1-9x8 size garage door:  $2945

Look here for a full list of Alan's Factory Outlet prices.

Alan's Factory Outlet metal garage cost includes delivery and installation to these states Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

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Metal Garages vs Wood Garages vs Vinyl Garages

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Oct 6, 2011

Metal Garages vs Wood Garages vs Vinyl Garages

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                                Metal Garages For Sale

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                                 Wood Garages For Sale

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                                  Vinyl Garages For Sale

What is the difference between the metal garages, wood garages and vinyl garages?

The wood garages and vinyl garages are both amish built prefab garages.  The wood and vinyl garages are very similar but with one difference and that is the siding.  The wood garages are built with T1-11 duratemp siding which has a 25 year warranty.  These garages are painted with two coats of paint.  The average paint time is about 10 years which means the wood garage require the most upkeep of the 3 different garages.

The vinyl garages have 4" dutch lap vinyl siding on the exterior with the interior of the walls having 1/2" plywood.  The extra materials needed to build the vinyl garages make it the most expensive of the 3 garages, however compared to the wood garages that have to be painted the vinyl garages never need to be painted so this saves you both time and money in the future.

The metal garages sides and roof both consist of 29 gauge metal sheeting which does not require any painting so it shares the same maintenance free characteristics as the vinyl garages except the metal garages siding is much more durable when compared to the vinyl siding which could be damaged by a weed eater or a sharp object.

The wood and vinyl garages can be built with a floor or without a floor.  The metal garages are only built without a floor.  The base for all of the garages needs to be level and can be put on gravel, asphalt or a concrete slab.  The wood and vinyl garages are delivered fully assembled.  There wood and vinyl garages also come in 2 story garages if you need even more space.  The metal garages are built on site.  Most of the garages metal buildings are installed within one day.

The wood garages and vinyl garages are built with 2"x4" sidewalls and roof trusses 16" on center vs the metal garages which have metal 14 gauge 2 1/2" square galvanized tubing 5' on center sidewalls and roof trusses.  The metal garage can also be built with an optional thicker 12 gauge tubing that comes with a 20 year rust through warranty.

The roof on the wood garages and vinyl garages are built with a 1/2" plywood roof with shingles vs the 29 ga. metal roof on the metal garages.

All three of the garages can be made in a 1 car garage or prefab 2 car garages.

The metal garages are delivered and installed for free to 19 different states.  The wood garages and vinyl garages are delivered for free to the 21 local counties in Virginia.

Feel free to visit Alan's Factory Outlet display area of garages located at 643 West Main St. Luray, VA 22835.  Please leave a comment or share this with your family and friends. 

Topics: metal garages, vinyl garages, wood garages, metal garages for sale, wood garages for sale

Metal Garages Installed with Free Delivery in 19 States

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Aug 17, 2011

Alan's Factory Outlet metal garages are installed for free to 19 different states.  The states with free installation on the metal garages are Alabama AL, Arkansas AR, Florida FL, Georgia GA, Illinois IL, Iowa IA, Kansas KS, Kentucky KY, Louisiana LA, Mississippi MS, Missouri MO, Nebraska NE, North Carolina NC, Oklahoma OK, South Carolina SC, Tennessee TN, Texas TX, Virginia VA and West Virginia WV.

The year round install time frame for the metal garages is approximately 2 to 4 weeks.  The metal buildings are installed on the same day that the crew arrives to install the metal garage.  Carports are also installed in the 19 states for free.

The metal garages are installed to the ground or concrete for free.

The metal garages are built in several different styles and sizes.  Each metal garage is custom built to meet your needs.  13 color options are also available on the steel buildings

Here are several step by step pictures showing how the metal garages is installed.

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I hope you enjoyed looking at the pictures of the installed metal garage.  This metal garage is located at Alan's Factory Outlet display area at 643 West Main St. Luray VA 22835.  Feel free to share your thoughts on the installation of this building.

Topics: metal garages, metal garages installed, metal garage installed, metal garage

12x26 Metal Garage

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Aug 11, 2011

12x26 Boxed Eave Metal Garage

12x26 metal garage

Alan's Factory Outlet 12x26 metal garage is available in 3 different styles.  The metal garage packages come standard fully enclosed with a 9x8 garage door.  This 12x26 garage is shown with an optional 36" walk in door and two additional windows.  The side door and windows can be placed wherever you want them.  The metal garage can be built in many different sizes.  The garage doors can also be made larger and the leg height can be taller up to 12' tall.

Here is an inside look at this 12x26 metal garage

metal garage 12x26 fully enclosed building

You can take a close look at this garage at Alan's Factory Outlet display area located at 643 West Main St. Luray, Virginia 22835.

The 12x26 building can also be built with the sides and ends open as a carport.  The carports are is a nice way to provide roof top shelter.

Free delivery and setup on the metal garages to 19 different states which now includes free delivery and setup on the carports in FL and metal garages in Florida.

Here is a video tour of the 12x26 boxed eave style metal garage.  The sides and ends on this garage is clay with white trim and a burgundy roof.

Please let is know if you have any questions about the steel buildings at Alan's Factory Outlet.

Topics: metal garages, metal buildings, Steel Buildings, metal garage, 12x26 metal garage, 12x26

18x21 Metal Garage

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Jul 2, 2011

18x21 metal garage

18x21 Metal Garage

This boxed eave style 18x21 Metal Garage is shown with a 9x8 garage door and an optional window.  This size metal garage makes a great garage for your mower, cars, boats, farm equipment or other valuable items.  Many other size and styles of garages are available.

Alan's Factory Outlet 18x21 metal garages are delivered and setup for free to 18 different states.

When would I want to go with a 18x21 Size Metal Garage?

You have a small car or small truck you want to get out of the weather.  The 21' long metal garage is our shortest garage length wise.  If your looking to store a longer car or larger truck you will want to invest a little more into the next size longer which is a 26' long.  The length on the metal garages run in 5' increments.  So after the 26' long are the 31', 36' and 41' long.

metal 2 car garage

As far as width the 18' wide garage this is our 2nd narrowest wide metal garage.  The next size down is a 12' wide which would work fine if all you need to store is a car or maybe your just looking for some clean dry storage space.  The 18' wide metal garage is a great choice for most folks over the 12' wide because most people are looking to store a car and also a few other items such as a mower, house hold items or other car related stuff.  The next size wider than the 18' wide are 20' wide which is the smallest of the 2 car garages, then the 22' wide and the 24' wide which is the most popular width for a 2 car garage.

Even wider garages are available such as the triple wide metal garages which are 26', 28' and 30' wide.

triple wide metal garages

There are lean to metal garages which have a 12' wide lean to on both sides making them 36', 42', 44', 46' and 48' wide.

Metal Lean To Garages

The widest metal garage without the lean to are the 40 wide metal garages which are of course are available 40' wide with smaller widths of 32', 34' 36' and 38' wide.

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Alan's Factory Outlet has free delivery and setup on all metal garages to AL, AR, GA, IL, IA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, NE, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV.

Metal carports are also available if you don't need a fully enclosed steel building.

Alan's Factory Outlet is located at 643 West Main St. Luray Virginia.

Please feel free to share your thoughts or ask any question you may have on the 18x21 metal garage or any of the other size metal garages.

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