Whether you’re working on a project or simply trying to fix something in your home, it’s nice to have your power tools easily accessible. Having a dedicated spot for your tools allows you to find and return them to their place with ease. However, clutter often catches up with us, which makes it difficult to get to—or even remember the location of—the tools you require. If you’re struggling to stay organized, consider these power tool storage ideas.
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Designating Their Place
The first step in keeping your power tools organized is making sure they have a designated space to live in. This way, you’ll spend no extra time searching for your tools amongst clutter. Plus, having a specified space for your tools also makes them extremely simple to put away. Pick a spot in the garage, shed, or workspace you would like to keep your tools, and then consider incorporating one of the following storage options:
Power Tool Storage Cabinet
Purchasing a power tool storage cabinet is a fantastic solution. These types of cabinets have slots that perfectly fit many common power tools, and some even have charging capabilities. So, not only will your tools be easy to find within your space, but they’ll also be organized within the cabinet and completely charged for use when you need them. Keep in mind, however, this may be one of the pricier storage solutions.
A less expensive option to store your tools is to purchase modular shelving. If you go this route, make sure you get plenty of shelves that are large enough for you to place your tools on. To stay even more organized, you can label each shelf to designate where you would like each power tool to be placed.
Cleaning out a Workbench Drawer
If you already have a workbench, consider cleaning out a drawer for your power tools. This is the least expensive option, but it may be more difficult to keep track of each of your tools if you simply throw them all into a drawer.
Keep Clutter to a Minimum
Whether you’re storing your tools in your current garage, a shed, or a workspace, it’s imperative to keep overall clutter to a minimum. Consider doing a complete cleanout of the space, getting rid of any unnecessary objects to make a clear walking path to your tools and other important items. However, if you feel that you’ve simply run out of room for all of your storage needs, it may be time to create an entirely new space for your tools.
Rethink Your Current Garage
It is likely that you are currently storing your power tools—among various other items—within your garage. While a garage is useful for storage up to a certain point, when you can barely squeeze your car inside, are continuously adding more storage items to the pile, and are worried there may not even be space for extra shelving, it’s time to look for alternative solutions.
Consider a Metal Shed
A metal shed from American Steel Carports, Inc. is a simple and affordable solution for all of your storage needs. You can keep items you use more regularly in your garage, but designate this space for items like your power tools, landscaping gear, non-electric tools, and more. Plus, with the above storage ideas such as adding cabinets or shelving, you can start fresh in a space that’s organized from the start. Design your shed to your exact requirements by choosing features like the shape, color, and more with our Build & Price tool.
Upgrade to a Workshop
For those who use their power tools to work on special projects, consider ordering a custom steel workshop from American Steel Carports, Inc. Your tools will be right on hand when you need them when you have an enclosed spaced that’s solely dedicated to your work. You’ll have plenty of room to spread out, and with your workshop set away from your home, the noise from your power tools won’t bother those who are in the house. For the ultimate power tool storage solution, purchase a workshop and deck it out with electrical capabilities, plenty of shelving, and anything else you require to complete your projects!
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We hope these power tool storage ideas assist you! If you’d like to create an entirely new space for all of your storage needs, work with American Steel Carports, Inc. Our custom steel structures are made from high-quality materials, are completely customizable, and built to last. Start designing your new shed or workshop with our Build & Price tool today!
Vans are essential tools for millions of workers. If you drive a work van each day, you will need a safe and protected place to keep that van at night, so that it is always ready to go the next morning. Rather than parking in your driveway or on the street, look to find another solution that will help keep your van in great condition for years to come. View our work van storage ideas, and customize a carport to fit your exact needs with our Build & Price Tool!
Inside Your Existing Garage
If you have an attached garage as part of your home, you might be tempted to simply park inside that space. And, for some people, this will be a suitable solution. However, this approach has a few drawbacks worth noting, including the points:
Loss Of Storage Space
Many homeowners use their garage for storage, and you will lose a large chunk of your available space if you decide to park your work van inside the garage. Remember, you need to have enough room not only for the van itself, but also for you to get in and out, load tools/equipment, and store your items. If you don’t happen to need much storage space in your garage, this sacrifice might be worth it to you, but think it through carefully before going with this plan.
May Not Be Big Enough
It’s also possible that you might not be able to fit your work van inside your attached garage. Most attached garages are designed to fit passenger vehicles rather than work vehicles. Specifically, you might have a height issue to deal with, especially if your van carries equipment like ladders on top. You’ll need to measure carefully to make sure you don’t have an unwelcome accident when you try to pull in for the first time.
Needs May Change
Even if parking in the attached garage works for now, that might not always be the case—so you might have to find a new solution later on down the line. Instead of putting this problem off until later, you could opt for a permanent solution now so that you are free to use your garage as you wish in the years to come.
Adding a Metal Carport
Perhaps the most cost-effective solution for your work van storage needs is a metal carport. This is a basic structure that will offer you covered parking at an affordable price. There are many advantages to opting for a metal carport beyond just the affordable cost, including the ease of construction, minimal site prep, durability, low maintenance, and more. Simply put, there is a lot to like about metal carports, and they make a great solution for work van storage.
If you do opt for a metal carport, it’s best to go with a company that you can trust, such as American Steel Carports, Inc. Working with us on this project will not only ensure that you receive a quality product, but it will also grant you excellent customer service. There are plenty of businesses today that will sell you a carport, but it’s important you choose one with the experience and reputation needed to meet your needs.
Upgrading to a Detached Garage
For some buyers, a basic carport just isn’t going to offer enough protection for their work van. If that is the case for you, a better solution may be a detached metal garage. This option provides you with many of the same benefits as a metal carport–such as low cost, low maintenance, and ease of construction–but it also creates an enclosed space that keeps the weather out.
With a detached garage, you’ll have a place to park that you can lock up at night. Also, you will be able to design the garage to meet your needs, meaning you could build in some storage space for work supplies that may otherwise need to be stored in your main attached garage (or another shed). For the additional investment that comes along with building an enclosed structure rather than a carport, you get many added benefits and a perfect place to leave your work van when each day is done.
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We hope you consider implementing these work van storage ideas! Building a new detached metal garage or carport is a great way to create a dedicated parking spot for your work van. These options are affordable, they protect from the elements, and they will last a long time when you order from a trusted supplier like American Steel Carports, Inc.
If you love to work out, having a space of your own to go through your routine is likely something you’ve dreamed of for years. However, unless you have a particularly large house, you might not have room inside to add a home gym. And, even if you do, it might not be appealing to toss around weights and work up a sweat so close to where everyone else in the family is trying to relax. To solve the problem for an affordable price, learn how to create a home gym with a metal shed from American Steel Carports, Inc.!
Plenty of Benefits
There is a lot to like about the idea of using a metal shed as your new workout space. Some of the benefits include the following:
- Make some noise. With your workout space now separated from the house, you might feel free to turn up your music a bit and enhance the workout atmosphere.
- Hold nothing back. You might feel like you need to be extra careful with workout equipment if you are exercising inside your house. In a metal shed? Not so much. You should feel free to go after your workout with full intensity.
- Customize the space. When you construct a new metal shed to use as a home gym, you’ll be working with a blank slate. You can design the inside of your shed to meet your workout needs, and the end result should be something that helps you stay in shape for years to come.
Carefully Plan Your Dimensions
The last thing you want to do is built a shed that proves to be too small for your vision of a home gym. So, before you place an order, take some time to figure out precisely how much room you’ll need inside the shed to do everything you’d like.
Some likely pieces to include will be some kind of cardio equipment, like a treadmill or exercise bike, along with some free weights. Additionally, you’ll want to leave some floor space open for things like stretching and core work. Get measurements for the equipment pieces you plan to purchase and use those dimensions as a starting point to plan out the overall size of your shed.
Consider Flooring Options
One of the key decisions you will make in this process is how to finish the floor of your new home gym. While it probably doesn’t need to be anything fancy, you do want it to be comfortable and safe. One option is to start with a basic concrete floor and then add some rubber mats to provide you with a comfortable place to perform your exercises. Again, the goal is to make the space work specifically for you, so tailor your flooring choice to the kind of workouts you expect to complete inside the space.
Think About Power
Most likely, you will need to equip your new metal shed with power in order to create a useful home gym. A power supply will allow you to add light to the space, and light is essential to getting through your workouts safely at whatever time of the day you can fit them in. Also, if you add any kind of modern gym equipment, such as a treadmill, you’ll need a power supply to run those machines. Unless you happen to be an expert in this area, running power to your shed is something that is best left to a professional. Hire a licensed electrician to take care of the job so you can be sure it is done right the first time.
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Every day that goes by is another opportunity missed to put in a great workout right on your own property. Fortunately, it’s quick and easy to create a home gym with a metal shed from American Steel Carports, Inc.! Use our Build & Price tool to design your metal shed exactly to your liking. If you aren’t sure exactly what specifications will be right for your new shed, we would also be happy to walk you through the process and help you settle on the perfect structure. We look forward to serving you!
One of the great benefits of owning a metal building is the low maintenance requirements that come with these kinds of structures. Simply put, there isn’t a lot that needs to be done on an ongoing basis. However, that doesn’t mean you can ignore maintenance completely, as certain issues may come up from time to time that require your attention. Carport “sweating” is one of those potential issues, so let’s take a closer look at what it is and how to stop your carport from sweating successfully.
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Why Does Sweating Matter?
If you aren’t particularly bothered by the presence of occasional moisture on the walls of your metal carport, you might be tempted to just leave it alone and ignore the issue. Unfortunately, that oversight can lead to problems down the line. Corrosion can occur if your metal building is exposed to too much moisture over time. Given the relatively simple and affordable solutions that are available, it’s worth your time and effort to stop the sweating once and for all.
The Battle Starts with Insulation
Having quality insulation that has no gaps—or as few gaps as possible—is important in preventing the issue of sweating in your metal carport. The action of warm air coming in contact with colder metal is what leads to condensation. To prevent this from occurring, we recommend purchasing a vertical carport from American Steel Carports, Inc. For an additional cost, we can equip vertical structures with proper insulation to help prevent sweating. Keep in mind for American Steel Carports, Inc., to insulate a unit, it must be vertical.
Check for Leaks and Cracks
Limiting the amount of moisture that is present in your building will also be a big move away from sweating. One of your first tasks should be to check for any leaks that may be allowing water to come in through the roof of the building. If there are leaks present—even if they’re small ones—you’ll want to take care of them right away to cut off the flow of water into the carport.
Likewise, you need to check the foundation of the carport for cracks. Even modest cracks could be allowing moisture to work up into the space, which could lead to dampness on your walls in certain weather conditions. Not only will fixing these cracks help to keep the moisture in the air down, but it will also make your foundation safer and hopefully allow it to last longer.
Keep the Air Moving
Allowing air to sit perfectly still inside of any building is a recipe for condensation. If possible on your property, consider the use of a fan as one way to keep the air moving, which encourages evaporation to occur. Even if you aren’t in a position to use a fan easily, you can open a door (if your carport has one) regularly to help air move around.
Smart Placement of Your Carport is Important
This tip won’t help you much if you have already built a carport on your property, but it’s smart to keep this in mind if you are in the process of ordering a new metal carport. When picking the site on your property for the carport to reside, keep water in mind and try to keep it away from areas where water will regularly collect. This will reduce the likelihood of creating high-humidity conditions in the carport and should cut down on problems with sweating.
For instance, the lowest spot on your property probably tends to collect water when heavy rains roll through the area. If you put your carport on this low spot, or close to it, you’ll always be dealing with humidity issues. Likewise, grass and other vegetation hold onto water and create humid environments in the immediate surrounding area. Going with a site that has plenty of bare ground surrounding the carport, and is at a higher location on the property, is desirable if you have the choice.
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Now that you know how to stop your carport from sweating, you can see it’s quite simple and not much to worry about. Without a doubt, the many advantages of selecting a metal building will far outweigh anything on the negative side of the ledger. To learn more about our carport options, or to order your building, please contact us right away. Thank you for considering American Steel Carports, Inc.!
When the time comes to build a new barn on your property, you’ll have a few important decisions to make. You will need to decide where the barn is going to go, how big it will be, and more. In this post, we’d like to take a look at another important choice in this process–the material that you will use to construct the barn. There are two main options available today, wood and metal, and each can offer some nice benefits. Let’s view the pros and cons of a metal barn versus a wood barn.
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A Classic Look
Traditionally, barns have been made from wood. Using wood as a building material was a viable choice long before it was possible to use metal in the same fashion. That said, it makes sense that what you picture as a “classic” barn is a structure made from wood. So, if you are drawn to this traditional look and all the feelings it evokes, you might initially lean toward sticking with wood.
However, as you will soon see, nearly all of the performance advantages you will be looking for in your barn point in the direction of metal. And, once you start to view metal barn designs, colors, and other finishing touches, you might realize that a metal structure can look just as good as wood.
Managing Your Budget
Every project has a budget, and it is likely that you’re concerned with the cost of your new barn as you plan this job. To keep costs under control effectively, go with a metal barn. There are two reasons that a metal barn will cost less than a wood structure. First, the materials are less expensive, since you need less material overall to build a metal barn. Additionally, there is a shorter construction process for this kind of building, meaning you won’t need to spend as much on labor. Between those two points, you’ll keep more of your money in your pocket, while still coming away with a beautiful, functional barn space.
The Savings Keep Going
Speaking of saving money, you’ll keep saving well into the future long after the initial construction of your metal barn has been completed. Those future savings are a result of the low maintenance costs associated with a metal structure. There is less that can go wrong with metal as compared to wood, so you will need to perform less maintenance and repairs as the years go by. Where wood structures can deal with issues like rot and insect infestations, those problems are not an issue when metal is used.
Get It Done
Are you in a hurry to have your new barn completed? If you are trying to beat a specific deadline for this project, like the arrival of winter, it’s a good idea to opt for metal. As mentioned above, building a metal barn takes much less time than building a similar structure out of wood, so you will have a far easier time hitting your completion date when metal is your material of choice.
Depending on the design of your barn, and what you plan to do inside the barn when it’s completed, there might be less site-prep work required for a metal structure, as well. This is a point that depends on the specifics of the project, however, so you’ll want to consult with the appropriate expert before settling on how you will prepare the area for the new barn.
Easy to Customize a Metal Barn
No two barns are exactly alike. You may need certain kinds of access to your barn to move animals or machines in and out, or you might want to add custom elements to achieve a specific look. Whatever the needs of your project happen to be, it will be easy to compose the perfect structure by working with metal. In fact, right here on our website, you can use our Build & Price tool to put together the exact type of barn you would like to own—and you’ll get an immediate estimate of the cost. This kind of flexibility is not offered with wood barns, so you might not be able to get exactly what you want with this material.
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After weighing the pros and cons of a metal barn versus a wood barn, you can see that metal will save you money and will provide you with a number of important performance advantages. To get started on your new barn project, use the Build & Price tool from American Steel Carports, Inc., to design your ideal custom structure.
Having a small shed available is a nice luxury for the avid gardener. Sure, gardening is an outdoor activity,but having a protected space to do some work and store your supplies is a bonus.If you have recently added a small garden shed to your property, or you plan to do so in the near future, these stylish and functional garden shed ideas can help make the most of your space.
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Add a Potting Table
One of the key tasks any gardener needs to accomplish is potting plants. This is a basic task, and it’s one you probably learned early on in your gardening experience. With that said,it’s uncomfortable and awkward to do this work down on the ground. It’s much more enjoyable to have a table to work with, and your garden shed is the perfect place to house this table.
If you are handy with basic tools and like to build, you could create your own custom table to suit the dimensions of the shed. Even if you’d rather shop than construct, it should be pretty easy to find a table that will serve this purpose. Look for something with a solid tabletop for doing your potting work, as well as a shelf below for storing some tools and supplies.
Choose a Bold Color
On the style side, consider picking out a bold color when you are designing your shed. While you might be tempted at first to go with a natural shade that blends into the surrounding landscape, think twice before you go that direction. After all, it’s likely that everything growing on the property will be some shade of green, other than the flowers themselves. So, adding a pop of color on your shed exterior could serve as a nice contrast and add a whole new dimension to your landscape.
A Ramp May Be Helpful
Depending on the size of your shed and the types of landscaping you do on your property, it might be helpful to have a ramp leading up to the door. Most likely, this will only need to be a small ramp, but it can make bringing a wheelbarrow or lawnmower inside much easier. Also, if there is a small step up into your shed, that can be a trip hazard when you are busy carrying items in and out. With a ramp, you’ll have a smooth entry and it should be easier to avoid an accident.
More Than Just Gardening
If you have a large shed that you are going to use for gardening purposes, you might be able to accomplish more than just potting plants in that space. Dedicate part of the shed to gardening tasks, while designing the other part to be a nice spot to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet. You could add a place to sit, maybe a small table,and even a bookshelf. With this design, you can get down to work when you feel like it, but you can also just take a load off and relax when the mood strikes.
Integrate the Shed into the Landscape
For a new shed, one of your main challenges from the start will be to integrate the addition of the shed into the existing landscape. While we stated earlier that a bright color can add a nice contrast, you still want the shed to fit in – it shouldn’t seem out of place. Planting flowers near the shed is a great way to help nature welcome the new structure to the property. With fresh shrubs or bushes growing in a few spots, and annual flowers planted when the time is right, your shed could look like it has been in place for decades.
Light the Way
This last tip includes a bit of style and a bit of function. If there is a small path leading out to your shed,consider lighting that path so you can more easily make your way early in the morning or late in the evening. In addition to helping you get to the shed safely, the lights will add a nice ambiance at night and give your landscape a soothing vibe.
Design Your Shed
We have included some stylish and functional garden shed ideas above, but you won’t be able to put them to use if you don’t actually have a shed on your property. Fortunately, American Steel Carports, Inc. can help with that part of the project. Explore our site to seethe types of structures we have available, and test out our Build & Price tool to design your own custom steel shed. If you need help at any step along the way, please feel free to contact our team.
When you feel like you’rerunning out of space in your garage, the only options might seem like throwing items away or renting a storage unit. However, with a bit of creativity and some patience, you just might be able to find a spot for all of your belongings within your existing garage. In this article, we’d like to take a look at a few creative garage storage ideas to help you organize your space and find room where you thought none was available.
Of course, you may reach a point where you simply can’t fit anything else in your garage. When that happens,turn to American Steel Carports, Inc. for a new metal garage. Our structures are affordable and can be installed quickly, giving you a cost-effective solution for storing everything you need. Use our Build & Price tool to create a fully customized building and receive a free quote today.
Build Custom Modular Shelves
There’s nothing wrong with buying stock shelves and installing them in your garage – but you might get better results if you are willing to build some yourself. By building your own modular shelves, you can design them specifically to meet your storage needs. If you have items that need to be stored that take up odd amounts of space, measure them and build the shelving around those dimensions. It will take a bit more time to do it this way, of course, but the resulting storage should serve you better in the long run.
A Seasonal Section
If you like to decorate around the house based on the season, you probably have a lot of décor in your garage that comes in and out as the weather changes. Obvious examples of this include Halloween decorations, holiday lights, Thanksgiving plates, and more. Rather than making space to store every single item among your collection of seasonal décor, plan on having one set of decorations in use in your house out at all times. The way the seasons overlap during the year should make this task no problem at all.
Reuse Household Items
For those who like to handle DIY projects around the house and in the garage, it’s easy to accumulate a lot of loose ends. All the various supplies you have left after a project just tend to pile up in the garage, and they are rarely organized. Pieces like screws, nails, nuts, bolts, and more can easily overrun your garage if you don’t have a plan for them.
To win this battle, consider using some other items from around the house that may have outlived their useful life for their original purpose. For instance, if you have some muffin tins that are losing their coating and can no longer be used in the kitchen, place them in your garage to collect small parts on your workbench in an organized manner. Or, use pie plates the same way for slightly larger items. Also, you can repurpose plastic kitchen storage containers – the kind that are used for leftovers – as handy little garage organizers as well.
One Step at a Time
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by this kind of project. As you stare blankly into your crowded garage and wonder where everything is going to go, don’t give up hope – progress on this task starts by taking one step in the right direction, and then going on from there.Pretty soon, you’ll have a clean and organized garage space that is welcoming rather than intimidating.
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We hope you’ve found a solid starting point with these creative garage storage ideas to organize your space. However, if you’ve come to the conclusion that there really is no more room available, consider adding a new garage on your property from American Steel Carports, Inc. With our Build & Price tool, you can customize every aspect of the structure to fit your exact storage needs. We look forward to assisting you with this project!
At American Steel Carports, Inc., we are proud to sell some of the best metal carports on the market today. When you order from us, you can count on getting a great price for a quality carport that will serve your property well for years. But why would you buy a carport in the first place? What can they be used for? Here are 10 great uses for carports—and there are plenty more!
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#1 – Parking Under Cover
We might as well get this one out of the way right off the bat, since it is one of the most obvious uses for a carport. With a carport on your property, you’ll have a good place to park your vehicles where they will be at least partially protected from the weather. This is a cost-effective parking solution for those who don’t have an enclosed garage available.
#2 – Covered Storage
You may have items that need to be stored out of the weather but don’t require fully enclosed storage. A carport would be a great option to store those items.This is common in agricultural operations, where various supplies and materials need to stay dry but would take up too much space inside a garage or barn.
#3 – Outdoor Events
Who says a carport has to be all about business? Sometimes, the best use for your carport may be to clear the cars away and use it as a covered outdoor space to entertain your guests. You could build a metal carport as a permanent entertaining space, or simply transition an existing carport into an outdoor party space from time to time.
#4 – Simplify Landscaping Chores
Tired of pulling your lawnmower and other landscaping tools out of the garage or shed each time you need to do some work? Turn to a carport. The open-sided nature of carports makes them convenient for moving your equipment in and out as necessary.
#5 – A Shaded Structure
Those who live in a warm climate may want to add a carport to their property as nothing more than a place to take refuge from the hot summer sun. Given the modest cost of a sturdy metal carport from American Steel Carports, Inc., this is an excellent way to make your outdoor space more comfortable in the summer months.
#6 – Make Your Own Power?
This is a less-conventional use for a carport, but it’s possible to add solar panels to the roof of your carport to generate your own source of power. Of course, if you are considering this option, you’ll need to work with a qualified professional to complete the project.
#7 – Enhance Your Pool Setting
One of the best things about owning your own pool is being able to cool off on hot summer days. But what about when you are out of the pool? While you take a break from swimming, you could get out of the sun thanks to a carefully placed carport.
#8 – Dine Outside Regularly
If you enjoy eating lunch or dinner outside, you may find that the weather doesn’t always cooperate with those plans. It may be too hot or too wet to practically have your meal outdoors. But that doesn’t have to be the case when you use your carport for either sun or rain protection. Add a picnic table, and you’ll have the perfect outdoor dining space.
#9 – Play Area for Children
Want to do something fun for your kids that they can utilize even when the weather isn’t great? You might not have the ability to build a traditional tree house on your property, but adding a carport that can serve as a covered play space for kids is a great alternative. This option will keep the kids out of the direct sun in the summer, and they will even be able to use it on rainy days, as well.
#10 – Use Your Imagination
There are probably thousands of other possible uses for your metal carport that we aren’t including in this list. For virtually anything that could benefit from an affordable roofed structure, a carport will be a nice solution. As you can see from the length of this list, these are versatile structures that can serve many different purposes.
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If you made it all the way through this list, you have probably realized that at least a few of those points could benefit your day to day life. So why wait any longer? Get started today with the Build & Price Tool at American Steel Carports, Inc.
At American Steel Carports,Inc., we actually sell more than just carports. If you take a moment to browse our site, you’ll see plenty of other structures available, including a selection of garages. While they can accomplish some of the same goals, carports and garages are different in a number of ways. We’d like to use this post to highlight those differences and help you pick out which is right for you.
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What’s the Difference?
First, let’s talk about what makes a carport different from a garage. With a carport, you’ll have a roof and maybe a partial sidewall, but the sides are mostly open on the structure. You park your vehicle, get out, and walk away in any direction that you like.
With a garage, of course, the structure is enclosed. There is typically a large, roll-up door at the front which can be opened and closed as you come and go. Although many garages are attached to homes, others are standalone structures that are placed somewhere else on the property. A garage, like a carport, can be designed to accommodate just a single vehicle, but larger designs are common as well.
Start with Parking Requirements
When trying to decide whether you want to purchase a carport or a garage for your property, one of the first questions to ask yourself is if you’re going to be using this new structure for parking.If so, you’ll want to think about how many vehicles you need to park, how large those vehicles are, and any special needs they may have. For instance, if you are going to park an RV, you will need a tall structure because of their significant height. (Shop Steel RV Carports)
As you continue to think about parking, you will run into another important consideration in the carport vs garage debate–protection from the weather. With an open-sided carport, you get protection from above, but not so much from the sides (although partial sidewalls can be added). With a garage, you will completely enclose the vehicle when the door is shut, keeping the elements on the outside.
The right solution for your vehicles will depend on the climate in your area and the vehicles themselves.If you regularly face pounding rains and heavy snows, an enclosed garage would be quite attractive. On the other hand, those in a mild climate might not be too worried about parking in an open-sided carport throughout the year.
The Cost Factor
Your budget is always going to play a role in any purchase, and that’s certainly the case when picking a carport or a garage. As you might expect, the garage is going to cost more,because there are more materials involved in its construction. A carport is a very affordable structure, which is what draws many people in that direction in the first place.
However, before you decide that a carport is the winner because of the lower cost, remember that all of the buildings offered at American Steel Carports, Inc. are quite affordable compared to wood construction. While a garage will cost more than a carport,you might find that it still fits comfortably within your budget. To make a choice on this point, you need to get estimates for both options, so you can see exactly how they stack up. Use our Build & Price Toolnow to get an accurate estimate.
Parking is just the start of what you can do with a carport or a garage. For instance, you may want to build a new workshop on your property, and you need a covered space for that endeavor. For a workshop, a garage is probably going to be the right choice, as you will want protection from the elements and safe storage for your tools and supplies.
On the other hand, if you are going to use this new structure for storage, a carport may be suitable in some cases. If you’ll be storing things that don’t need to be protected fully from the elements and don’t need to be kept out of sight, a carport could be an affordable solution. Again, it’s all about tailoring your selection to the specific needs of your situation.
What Are You Waiting For?
We hope you have a better idea of whether a carport or a garage is right for you and your property. However, there is no right or wrong answer when picking between a carport and a garage, as they are both very capable structures that prove to be very useful in the right setting. No matter the structure you decide on, American Steel Carports, Inc.is ready to serve you. Start designing your structure with our Build & Price Toolnow!