Metal Storage Building Kits

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What are metal storage building kits?

Metal storage building kits are an easy way to store anything you need out of the way, ranging from stock to household furniture. Such kits are used in both home and commercial settings to free up space that could be better used.

Advantages of metal storage building kits

The biggest advantages of metal storage building kits – lots of uses, at little cost! Rather than paying a company a monthly fee to store your inventory or equipment, you can secure it yourself. If you have space left over or only need it as a temporary solution, you can even make your money back by renting storage to other people. That’s an even better return on your investment.

You can use metal storage buildings to protect things like vehicles, outdoor equipment, BBQs, sports goods, your business stock, furniture and more and safeguard them against the weather. You can even use a metal storage building to store bulky things that need disposing of, such as white goods, or as an extra workspace for carpentry or gardening.

Whilst you can also buy wood or vinyl storage buildings, metal ones (often made from aluminum or steel) are much sturdier and offer a lifetime of storage when cared for. Many metal storage buildings can be wired for electricity, heat and even air conditioning, allowing you to treat the metal building almost like an extension of your home.

Building using metal storage kits

Lots of people are put off by the idea of creating their own building, but in fact it’s very easy to do. Your metal storage building kit will come with detailed instructions and there are plenty of videos and guides on the internet if you prefer. Alternatively, once your storage building kit has been delivered, you could get a local company to install it for you at a small cost.

Buy metal storage building kits

Whilst many people are keen to see metal storage buildings in person before buying, online research should be conducted before you start shopping around offline. It’s easy to get caught up in sales pitches and buy on the spot, but if you show knowledge of prices and understanding of what you need then you can not only negotiate a better price, but avoid being ripped off with unnecessary ‘extras’. Prices are almost always cheaper online and any reputable company will be happy to take a phone call to tell you more about their metal storage building kits.

Metal Buildings

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Metal buildings, especially steel or aluminum buildings, can be a great investment. One step up from a carport, they are more expensive but can be used for a wider range of purposes. If you live in a rural area, steel buildings can be used to store machinery and food as well as vehicles. If you’re concerned about the safety of your tools or your vehicles, then a metal building helps you protect against theft and the weather simultaneously.

When researching metal buildings, you need to work out the planning and regulations beforehand so you’re prepared. This is especially true if you’re leasing land or property. If you’re installing a metal building on a tenant’s land, then make sure that they are aware of how long the job will take to complete and show that you’ve considered their welfare. When installing a steel building on commercial property, it’s always best to check with your local authority about what planning permission is needed before you make a costly mistake.

As steel and other metal buildings are heavy and permanent fixtures, you need to ensure that you carry out the proper checks to ensure the land is suitable and the foundations are correct and can support the building. At this point you will want to be cross-matching with buildings you find online so you can measure the space you have to work with and confirm how the building is going to look. If you’re unsure, or pushed for space, then try building a mock structure out of cardboard boxes to get a feel for how it will sit. This is particularly important to ensure you don’t disrupt views, block driveways, or dilute light sources (which is possible if your metal building will be joined or adjacent to any existing structures).

Another aspect of the metal building buying process is quality. Quality is one of the top three things to consider for your metal construction or metal structure because buildings, like carports, can get very expensive; especially if you’re working with a custom made design. For that reason, you need to be sure about your purchase and examine your steel building in real life if possible. If you’re buying a metal building online as a kit to build yourself, make sure you buy from a reputable brand and confirm the returns policy before purchasing. It’s easy to avoid making a costly mistake in buying a metal building, so make sure you do plenty of research for the result you want.

Carport Alternatives

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If you’re looking for an even cheaper alternative to a carport, you may want to consider an awning or canopy. As they are primarily constructed from fabric, they are cheaper than metal and easier to put up than wood. Another advantage is that you can change them when you get bored or they start to look tired.

To make your carport alternative even cheaper, shop around and check second hand stores and websites such as eBay, GumTree and Freecycle for cheap or free materials to use. If you’re buying a previously owned canopy or awning, make sure you check the measurements beforehand and ask the seller to give as much additional information as possible to avoid wasting time and money.

If budget is an issue for you, be creative. You can make an awning out of any waterproof and weather resistant material, and fabric not being specifically marketed as ‘for canopies’ or ‘for awnings’ can be considerably cheaper. View a shade sail used as a carport alternative.

Another idea is to construct a simple frame in a cube shape, then drape material over the top and secure. You can even buy them online, in bags and with quick construction, for example from here. If you’re intending to use them for more than a few days, try to erect your carport alternative with the front two poles higher than the back two to allow rain to slide off the roof.

A large gazebo can also prove satisfactory as a carport solution. However, if you can’t secure it into the ground then it is best served as a short-term carport alternative. They can be particularly useful when camping or making us of a caravan as they will provide shelter for your vehicles, can be moved to keep the sun off your face, and are quick to construct and pack away.

Temporary alternatives to carports can be a great way to determine whether or not a carport is for you – a ‘try before buy’ situation. If you feel that they aren’t quite right for what you need, then it’s worth investigating carports and carport kits in further detail – particularly as kits and wholesale carports aren’t as expensive as some people think.