At American Carports, Inc., we are proud to offer our customers a variety of metal structures, including carports, garages, workshops, barns, agricultural buildings, and more. But what’s the best metal structure for your needs? With so many options to choose from, making a confident buying decision can be a bit tricky. In this article, we’ll highlight some of the strengths and weaknesses of our various building types. Armed with valuable information, you should find that picking out the right model is pretty simple.
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Ask Yourself Two Questions
Your answers to the following two questions will help you determine what kind of structure you require:
- How much space do I have available? You can only work with the space you have available, so there is no use considering buildings that won’t fit. As a starting point in your search for the right metal structure, establish limits for the dimensions of this new building. Also, in addition to length and width measurement, determine how you will access the structure. By knowing how big the building can be and where it will sit, you’ll have a much easier time making the rest of your decisions moving forward.
- What is the purpose of this building? You aren’t just building a new metal structure for fun. There must be some underlying purpose in mind for this project, so define that purpose clearly from the start. For a carport, it could be as simple as creating a dry place to park your car or pickup truck. On the other hand, a large garage could serve as a storage facility, workshop, and/or parking area.
Spend some time with these two questions before you make any choices regarding your new building. With clear answers in mind, everything else should start to come together nicely.
Types of Metal Buildings
It’s important to understand the types of buildings we offer at American Carports, Inc. to make an informed decision. Of course, if you have any questions about any of these styles, feel free to contact us directly for help! Explore our inventory of metal structures, below:
A carport is a metal structure that features a roof but does not usually have walls (although walls can be added depending on your needs). The main advantage of a carport is that it’s an affordable way to create covered parking on your property. As a downside, you won’t have full protection from the weather, as the wind could blow rain or snow under the covered area.
A detached metal garage can offer parking just like a carport, but its enclosed design means it offers other benefits, as well. Since it will be dry inside, you can use the space for storage, or you might use it to work on projects. As far as versatility is concerned, it’s hard to beat a quality metal garage.
The line between a garage and a workshop can be blurry, but a workshop is typically designed for a specific type of work rather than general use. For instance, your workshop might have extra-tall doors so you can roll big machines in and out. Whatever the intended use may be, you can custom design your workshop so that it serves you perfectly.
Barns and Agricultural Buildings
Barns used to be almost exclusively made from wood. That is no longer the case, and many landowners are turning to metal for its lower cost and countless performance advantages. A metal barn is typically a large structure with at least one big access door.
A lean-to is similar to a carport, but it is positioned such that it stands right next to another building on your property. If you don’t have covered parking near your home, you could add a lean-to next to a porch to create a dry space.
Consider the Future
Building a new metal structure is not something you do with only the short-term in mind. Rather, this is a project that should serve you well for many years to come. So, as you select a type of structure, remember that your needs may change as the years roll by.
For instance, you might think that a carport is all you need right now, but is that going to be true in five years? If the flexibility of a metal garage may serve you better in the future, you could go in that direction now, so you are ready for changes later on.
Work With American Carports, Inc.
We hope we’ve helped you determine the best metal structure for your needs. No matter which model you pick, you can rest assured that ordering from American Carports, Inc. will be a great experience. Our products are manufactured to lofty quality standards, and our customer service makes the process quick and easy. Try our Build & Price tool if you’d like to see what customizations are possible, and contact us if you have any questions along the way. Thank you for considering American Carports, Inc.!