Carport/Garage Combo Kits – Structure Guide

Metal Carport/Garage Combo Kits: The Best of Both Worlds!

Have you ever found yourself wondering, “should I get a carport or a shed?” Have you ever wished your carport had a bit more shelter available or wished you could lock something up in your carport?

What you’re describing — whether you realize it or not — is a combo structure.

These unique, highly functional prefabricated building designs incorporate aspects of both carports and storage sheds or garages to create a perfect balance between simplicity and functionality. Usually consisting of an open-sided carport attached to a small, fully enclosed shed, these steel combo units provide the perfect combination of access and protection to care for all your prized possessions.

Why do you need a combo storage building?

While carports can be very versatile and have a lot to offer, there’s no getting around the fact that you can’t keep anyone out from under your carport if they want to get in there. Likewise, if you’d like to have a convenient sunshade or shelter from the rain when you’re entertaining guests, it’s probably not going to work well to force everyone inside your storage shed.

That’s why a combo carports can be so beneficial. It can offer the best of both worlds: open access and versatility under the carport, and secure protection in the enclosed shed.

What’s more, if you already have two structures on your property to offer these benefits, a combo unit can pull them together on an overall smaller footprint to leave more room for other things.

 

To see all the different variations available in prefabricated combo kits, view our catalogue!

How to choose the right combo kit for your needs

Choosing the right combo building comes down to understanding what you want and need out of a prefabricated structure. As noted above, if you’re just looking to protect your car or other items from the worst of the rain and snow, a carport will do that for you. It’s going to be less expensive than a larger combo unit and much quicker to build. You just need to determine what size you need, then consider color, style, and materials based on your preferences.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a perfect mix of the form and function of both a carport and a storage shed, a prefab combo building is your best option.

Should you order a DIY carport combo building kit or hire a professional?

While it is possible to save a little money ordering a do-it-yourself steel building kit off of Amazon and having it shipped to your house, we’ve found that a lot of business owners underestimate the time and labor required to properly construct a quality prefab building. Additionally, the cost of shipping is probably going to be substantial, since the kit you receive is going to be very heavy.

In our professional opinion, your best option is to let a team of professionals handle delivery and installation of your new combo unit for you. And, that’s not just because Carport US offers some of the best installation services in the nation, absolutely FREE with your purchase of any storage building. It’s also because we’ve been to many properties over the years where the owners have gotten a DIY kit partially erected before throwing in the towel and calling for help. Or, they’ve completed a DIY kit, but then needed to call us in to install the replacement that they had to buy when their “project building” collapsed.

To get a high-quality combo structure on your property that’s going to stand the test of time and function well for the price, you should really have a professional install it for you.

What to look for in a prefabricated combo builder

The most important factor you’ll want to consider when searching for a prefabricated storage structure builder is an experience.

And, that’s not just a matter of how many years a given contractor has been putting up steel structures. Years of general experience is important, but experience with the particular kits and materials you’ve selected is even more important to ensuring the success of a project.

If you hire an installer who’s put up a hundred carports, but hand him a design or set of materials he’s never worked with before, he only has a slight advantage over your mailman or hairdresser when it comes to constructing that combo structure. There’s bound to be a lot of trial and error and he’s not going to be as fast or efficient as usual.

On the other hand, a contractor who’s put up a hundred combo units identical to the one you’ve ordered is going to be able to hit the ground running and not look back. You’ll have the best quality construction in the quickest turnaround time, and that means the highest customer satisfaction rating possible.

What makes CarportUS.com combo building kits the best in the business?

CarportUS.com may be a relatively new website, but the professionals behind it have decades of experience selling, installing, and maintaining steel storage buildings across the country. That’s why you can be confident that any combo building you purchase from CarportUS.com is going to be the very highest quality, delivered safely and securely, and installed by experts with loads of experience.

Our prefabricated metal combo units are rated to withstand winds up to 140 mph, and snow loads up to 35 pounds per square foot. Additional leg bracing, upgraded anchors, and other optional enhancements can extend that level of stability even further.

Our economical pricing and quick lead times are driving more and more customers to purchase our buildings as opposed to traditional red iron buildings. And, with 14 colors to choose from, we’re sure you’ll get exactly what you want.

If you find a combo structure in our catalog that you like, we’d be honored to deliver and install it ourselves at no extra charge. We’ve put up hundreds of metal combo structures all over the east coast, and we’re highly experienced with every kit we sell. Contact us to discuss your options is you have any questions at all.

 

Commercial Buildings – Structure Guide

Metal Commercial Buildings: The Business End of Prefabricated Steel Structures

If you’re running a business, funding growth and expansion is a continual balancing act. You can’t ignore the need to support growth, but, at the same time, you can’t overspend on potential and disrupt necessary cash flow for immediate needs.

That’s the main reason so many business owners are turning to prefabricated metal commercial buildings when they need to set up an additional workspace, storage space, or other facilities for their businesses. Prefabricated steel structures are less expensive and much faster to erect than traditional buildings of similar size and function, and yet they can accomplish nearly any purpose you can imagine for businesses that demand the best from their facilities.

Why do you need a commercial building?

The most common reasons why people purchase metal commercial structures include the following:

  • Need more production space
  • Need more storage space
  • Need a more secure facility

For business owners who have started their businesses out of their own homes or garages, or have begun in a small facility, but have outgrown the space, a prefabricated commercial building can be a cost-effective and highly functional means of expanding the available space for manufacturing, testing, or even office space.

If the company requires a lot of storage space for raw materials, finished product, or parts, supplies, tools, and vehicles, a prefabricated metal commercial building can be just the thing to offer flexible warehousing.

Finally, for businesses that have acquired a number of valuable assets over the years and are beginning to realize the need for better security and protection for all those valuable items, a steel structure can be a simple and inexpensive way to secure what would otherwise be left out in plain sight.

To see all the different variations available in prefabricated commercial buildings, view our catalog!

How to choose the right commercial building

Choosing the right commercial grade steel building comes down to understanding what you want and need out of a prefabricated structure. As noted above, if you’re just looking to protect your car or other items from the worst of the rain and snow, a carport will do that for you. It’s going to be less expensive than a large commercial grade building and much quicker to build. You just need to determine what size you need, then consider color, style, and materials based on your preferences.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a permanent shelter that’s going to offer complete protection from the elements, security for your possessions, and/or give you space to conduct business, what you’re describing is a prefabricated commercial grade building.

Should you order a DIY commercial building kit or hire a professional?

While it is possible to save a little money ordering a do-it-yourself steel building kit off of Amazon and having it shipped to your house, we’ve found that a lot of business owners underestimate the time and labor required to properly construct a quality prefab building. Additionally, the cost of shipping is probably going to be substantial, since the kit you receive is going to be very heavy.

In our professional opinion, your best option is to let a team of professionals handle delivery and installation of your new commercial building for you. And, that’s not just because Carport US offers some of the best installation services in the nation, absolutely FREE with your purchase of any storage building. It’s also because we’ve been to many properties over the years where the owners have gotten a DIY kit partially erected before throwing in the towel and calling for help. Or, they’ve completed a DIY kit, but then needed to call us in to install the replacement that they had to buy when their “project building” collapsed.

To get a high-quality commercial grade building on your property that’s going to stand the test of time and function well for the price, you should really have a professional install it for you.

What to look for in a commercial grade builder

The most important factor you’ll want to consider when searching for a prefabricated storage structure builder is an experience.

And, that’s not just a matter of how many years a given contractor has been putting up steel structures. Years of general experience is important, but experience with the particular kits and materials you’ve selected is even more important to ensuring the success of a project.

If you hire an installer who’s put up a hundred barns but hand him a design or set of materials he’s never worked with before, he only has a slight advantage over your mailman or hairdresser when it comes to constructing that commercial grade building. There’s bound to be a lot of trial and error and he’s not going to be as fast or efficient as usual.

On the other hand, a contractor who’s put up a hundred commercial buildings identical to the one you’ve ordered is going to be able to hit the ground running and not look back. You’ll have the best quality construction in the quickest turnaround time, and that means the highest customer satisfaction rating possible.

What makes CarportUS.com commercial grade building kits the best in the business?

CarportUS.com may be a relatively new website, but the professionals behind it have decades of experience selling, installing, and maintaining steel storage buildings across the country. That’s why you can be confident that any barn you purchase from CarportUS.com is going to be the very highest quality, delivered safely and securely, and installed by experts with loads of experience.

Our prefabricated metal barns are rated to withstand winds up to 140 mph, and snow load up to 35 pounds per square foot. Additional leg bracing, upgraded anchors, and other optional enhancements can extend that level of stability even further.

Commercial grade buildings are built with two things in mind: durability and strength.

We build our structures to exceed our customers’ expectations. With our engineered truss system, we can reach widths of up to 60′, and 16′ tall. Full customizable, these buildings are great for protecting large construction equipment, semis, building materials, farm equipment, and more.

Our economical pricing and quick lead times are driving more and more customers to purchase our buildings as opposed to traditional red iron buildings. And, with 14 colors to choose from, we’re sure you’ll get exactly what you want.

Due to the weight and size of these buildings, the customer will need to provide a lift at the time of installation for the installation crew to erect the building. Also, all commercial grade buildings must be placed on either a cement pad, piers, or footers. Buildings longer than 41′ may incur an additional freight charge.

If you find a commercial building in our catalog that you like, we’d be honored to deliver and install it ourselves at no extra charge. We’ve put up hundreds of metal commercial buildings all over the east coast, and we’re highly experienced with every kit we sell. Contact us to discuss your options is you have any questions at all.

 

RV Carports – Structure Guide

RV Carports: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know and a Few Things You Never Knew to Ask

RV carports

RVing is a uniquely American past time (although its appeal is spreading across the U.K. and a few European countries). To make it possible, many families invest heavily in either a large motor-home or a travel trailer that’s towed by a truck or SUV. In both cases, their purchases may be as high as many tens of thousands of dollars, or even over one hundred thousand dollars. Logically, then, smart American RVers want to protect those valuable vehicles as best they can. That’s why so many people are now turning to prefabricated RV carports to make this possible.

Why?

Because they’re inexpensive, functional buildings that are quick and simple to install and use. If all you need to do is keep your RV dry and snow-free, a prefabricated RV carport is a great choice.

What is an RV carport?

An RV carport is basically a garage without walls: a covered structure used to provide limited protection for large vehicles (or other valuable equipment,) from rain and snow. Unlike a smaller carport, which can either be free standing or attached to a wall, RV carport are always freestanding and permanently anchored to the ground.

Unlike a garage or shed, an RV carport doesn’t have four walls. On some designs, they will have one or two, but others are designed almost like a pole barn with just a roof and supporting stilts or struts. Because of this key design feature, RV carports offer less protection than garages but allow for better ventilation. As a result, a vehicle stored in a carport won’t likely develop frost on the windshield. And, if you need to work on a vehicle using chemicals with potentially dangerous fumes, an RV carport won’t require the same artificial ventilation a garage or barn might.

The history of the RV carport

Unlike many other prefab buildings you may consider, the RV carport is a relatively new invention. The recreational vehicle itself has really only been in existence for the last century or so, and early versions were nowhere near as fancy and expensive as what’s available now. So, if your trailer got some rain or snow on it, it wasn’t really a big deal.

These days, however, considering the high cost of RVs, investing a small sum to protect that expensive piece of equipment only makes sense.

Why do you need an RV carport?

Here’s what an RV carport will do for your RV:

  • It provides protection from water.
    • Water damage can be devastating. As your RV sits there, sometimes for months on end, water can wreak havoc on numerous systems. Snow is even worse because water expands when it freezes, and when the spring thaw comes, it can create an even bigger mess.
  • It provides protection from damaging UV rays.
    • UV rays will deteriorate plastic. At the same time, rubber, latex and calking can dry out and deteriorate in the sun. Fiberglass will oxidize causing your exterior to fade. All of this can be traced back to UV damage. The sun, shining through a window and into the RV, can also fade your furniture. A carport protects your RV from damage due to heat buildup, as they keep the RV cool.
  • It keeps the RV clean.
    • Parking your RV under an RV carport will go a long way toward keeping it free from dust, leaves, bird droppings, and anything else that might land nearby.

Basically, if you own any vehicles large enough to be impractical in a garage or barn, and you don’t have another option readily available for keeping it protected from the worst of the elements, then you need an RV carport.

On the other hand, if your chief concern is security, an RV carport isn’t the best choice. Since it’s not enclosed, there’s no way to protect your RV from theft or vandalism. Likewise, if you need to make sure what you’re storing is completely out of the weather, including temperature and humidity extremes, an RV carport won’t accomplish that for you. You may want to consider a large barn or garage instead.

What are the different kinds of RV carports available?

The basic RV carport design categories can be broken down as follows:

  1. Vertical
  2. Boxed eave

These two styles are very similar in appearance, and, really, the only difference is the orientation of the roof material: the vertical style does a better job shedding snow and ice as needed. Both styles are available in multiple sizes and colors.

To see all the different variations available in prefabricated RV carports, view our catalog!

How to choose the right RV carport

Choosing the right RV carport comes down to understanding what you want and need out of a prefabricated shelter or building. As noted above, if you’re just looking to protect your RV from the worst of the rain and snow, any RV carport will do that for you. You just need to determine what size you need, then consider color, style, and materials based on your preferences.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a permanent shelter that’s able to provide complete protection from the elements and security for your RV, what you’re describing is a large storage shed, barn, or garage. No matter what options you choose among RV carports, you’re never going to find one that offers what you’re looking for.

Should you order a DIY RV carport kit or hire a professional?

While it is possible to save a little money ordering a do-it-yourself RV carport kit off of Amazon and having it shipped to your house, we’ve found that a lot of homeowners underestimate the labor required to properly construct a quality RV carport. Additionally, the cost of shipping is probably going to be substantial, since the kit you receive is going to be very heavy.

In our professional opinion, your best option is to let a team of professionals handle delivery and installation of your new RV carport for you. And, that’s not just because CarportUS offers some of the best installation services in the nation, absolutely FREE with your purchase of any RV carport. It’s also because we’ve been to many properties over the years where the owners have gotten a DIY kit partially erected before throwing in the towel and calling for help. Or, they’ve completed a DIY kit, but then needed to call us in to install the replacement that they had to buy when their “project RV carport” collapsed.

To get a high-quality RV carport on your property that’s going to stand the test of time and function well for the price, you should really have a professional install it for you.

What to look for in an RV carport provider

The most important factor you’ll want to consider when searching for an RV carport provider is experience.

And, that’s not just a matter of how many years a given contractor has been putting up RV carports. Years of general experience is important, but experience with the particular RV carport kits and materials you’ve selected is even more important to ensuring the success of a project.

If you hire an installer who’s put up a hundred RV carports, but hand him a design or set of materials he’s never worked with before, he only has a slight advantage over your mailman or hairdresser when it comes to constructing that RV carport. There’s bound to be a lot of trial and error and he’s not going to be as fast or efficient as usual.

On the other hand, a contractor who’s put up a hundred RV carports identical to the one you’ve ordered is going to be able to hit the ground running and not look back. You’ll have the best quality construction in the quickest turnaround time, and that means the highest customer satisfaction rating possible.

What makes CarportUS.com RV Carport kits the best in the business?

CarportUS.com may be a relatively new website, but the professionals behind it have decades of experience selling, installing, and maintaining steel storage buildings across the country. That’s why you can be confident that any RV Carport you purchase from CarportUS.com is going to be the very highest quality, delivered safely and securely, and installed by experts with loads of experience.

Our RV carports are rated to withstand winds up to 140 mph, and snow load up to 35 pounds per square foot. Additional leg bracing, upgraded anchors, and other optional enhancements can extend that level of stability even further.

14 gauge galvanized steel framing with 29 gauge metal roofing is standard on all our RV carports. All base units include double base-rails,  14’ double legs spaced 5’ on center or less, as well as center and leg bracing for added strength and stability. Concrete or mobile home/ground anchors included.

Our RV carports are available in sizes ranging from 6′ to 16′ high, and from 21′ to 51′ long. They range from single- to triple-width, or from 18′ to 30′ wide.

Both boxed eave and vertical roof styles are available on our RV carports, but standard roof styles are not available.

If you find an RV carport in our catalog that you like, we’d be honored to deliver and install it ourselves at no extra charge. We’ve put up hundreds of RV carports all over the east coast, and we’re highly experienced with every kit we sell. Contact us to discuss your options is you have any questions at all.

 

Garages – Structure Guide

Garages: The Ultimate American Storage Solution

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If your home came equipped with an attached or detached garage, you might use it to keep your car out of the elements overnight. But, if you’re like most Americans, you use it more like an extra bedroom or an extension of the attic where anything and everything gets stored: that fishing rod you haven’t used in 10 years, your son’s Pop Warner football helmet and pads, a pile of dusty boxes in the corner containing all that Tupperware you were sure you’d be able to sell… it’s all in our garages.

Of course, if your home didn’t come with a garage, you’re probably swimming through all that stuff in your attic, basement, or living area. Or, you just don’t know what you’re missing!

But, seriously, a garage can provide valuable storage space in otherwise space-restrictive homes. It can also be an excellent place to set up your workshop or “man cave” apart from the rest of the house. Many a home business has grown from humble roots in the garage, as have many iconic rock bands. There’s virtually no limit to your available options when you own a garage.

What is a garage?

A garage is an enclosed structure designed primarily for storing one or more vehicles. It may be attached to a home (“attached garage”), or stand alone as a separate outbuilding or shed (“detached garage”). Most residential garages have space for one or two cars, although three-car garages are not uncommon. When attached to a house, the garage typically has an entry door into the house. Garages have a wide door that can be raised to permit the entry and exit of a vehicle, and then closed to secure the vehicle. Often, on modern garages, that door is automated and can be triggered by a remote control in the owner’s vehicle or on a key fob. A garage protects a vehicle from the weather, and can be equipped with a locking garage door, also protecting the vehicle(s) from theft and vandalism.

Beyond housing vehicles, garages are often used for storage, working space for home improvement projects, and as a staging area for special events. Some garages have enough space, even with cars inside, to provide storage of items that are generally used outside, like bicycles or a lawnmower.

According to Wikipedia, “the word garage, introduced to English in 1902, originates from the French word garer, meaning shelter. By 1908 the architect Charles Harrison Townsend was commenting in The Builder magazine that; “for the home of the car, we very largely use the French word ‘garage’, alternatively with what I think the more desirable English equivalent of ‘motor house’.”

The history of the garage

The following information is adapted from a comprehensive article on Wikipedia:

During the first decades of the 20th century, the buildings we call garages were commonly called motor houses. Many garages built prior to WWI were prefabricated. They were usually built to match the style and look of the house and its locale, however, they were mainly built of timber and few survive today.

While most car owners today rely on professional mechanics at commercial garages to handle their vehicle maintenance and repair, in the early days of motoring many car owners were mechanical and engineering enthusiasts. E Keynes Purchase, an architect closely associated with the Royal Automobile Club, was quoted in The Car Illustrated in 1902, recommending that home garages “be of brick construction with cement floor, an inspection pit, good electric lighting and a pulley system for removing parts of the car.” Of course, today, most home garages lack these mechanical features.

Why do you need a garage?

The most common and justifiable need for a garage comes from the fact that nearly every household in American owns at least one vehicle. Many own two or more. If you’re just looking to park your car out of the rain and snow, building a brand new garage is probably unnecessary. A carport is more than sufficient for the job, and they come in numerous shapes, sizes, and styles you can choose from.

On the other hand, if you’re concerned about the security of your vehicle(s) and/or other valuable possessions, then a garage, storage shed, or barn is really your only reasonable choice. They’re completely enclosed, can be climate controlled, and can be locked up securely. Likewise, if you need to keep something of value completely protected from the elements, including temperature and humidity extremes, a carport won’t fit the bill. You will definitely want to consider a large storage shed, barn, or garage instead.

A basic garage is also an excellent choice for circumstances where you don’t need as much outdoor storage as a large barn provides, but you do need a bit more that what you’d get from a small storage shed. Even if you don’t need to park your vehicle(s) in the structure, a one- or two-car garage can provide a lot of storage space and/or be used creatively for many other purposes.

What are the different kinds of garages available?

There are countless variations available among prefab barns, but the basic barn design categories can be broken down as follows:

  1. Vertical garages
  2. Boxed eave garages
  3. Standard garages

All of these basic styles are similar, and all are highly functional in their own way. The vertical and boxed eave styles look nearly identical – with house-like pitched roof and one or two wide garage doors at the front. Often, they include a separate side entrance as well, and other interior storage options depending on the overall size.

Standard garage styles are more barn-like in look and feel, although they tend to be quite a bit smaller than most barns and still focus on one or two (or more) large doors built for the passage of vehicles. All styles are highly functional and good-looking, and they’re available in many different sizes, colors, materials, and roof designs to accommodate your particular needs and aesthetic wishes.

To see all the different variations available in prefabricated garages, view our catalog!

How to choose the right garage

Choosing the right garage is really a personal matter. It comes down to understanding what you want and need out of a prefabricated building and matching that to a particular size and style. As noted above, if you’re just looking to protect your car or other items from the worst of the rain and snow, a carport will do that for you. It’s going to be less expensive than a garage and quicker to build. You just need to decide what size you need, then consider color, style, and materials based on your preferences.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a permanent shelter that’s going to offer complete protection from the elements, security for your possessions, and/or give you a place to indulge your woodworking hobby or even pass as living space in certain circumstances, what you’re describing is a storage shed, barn, or garage. The determining factor between the three is likely size, with a garage filling the “middle ground” in that regard.

Should you order a DIY garage kit or hire a professional?

While it is possible (though not guaranteed) to save a little money ordering a do-it-yourself garage kit off of Amazon and having it shipped to your house, we’ve found that a lot of homeowners underestimate the labor required to properly construct a quality garage. Additionally, the cost of shipping is probably going to be substantial, since the kit you receive is going to be very heavy.

In our professional opinion, your best option is to let a team of professionals handle delivery and installation of your new garage for you. And, that’s not just because CarportUS offers some of the best installation services in the nation, absolutely FREE with your purchase of any garage or other structure. It’s also because we’ve been to many properties over the years where the owners have gotten a DIY kit partially erected before throwing in the towel and calling for help. Or, they’ve completed a DIY kit, but then needed to call us in to install the replacement that they had to buy when their “project garage” collapsed.

To get a high-quality garage on your property that’s going to stand the test of time and function well for the price, you should really have a professional install it for you.

What to look for in a garage builder

The most important factor you’ll want to consider when searching for a garage builder is experience.

And, that’s not just a matter of how many years a given contractor has been putting up garages. Years of general experience is important, but experience with the particular prefab garage kits and materials you’ve selected is even more important to ensuring the success of a project.

If you hire an installer who’s put up a hundred garages, but hand him a design or set of materials he’s never worked with before, he only has a slight advantage over your mailman or hairdresser when it comes to constructing that garage. There’s bound to be a lot of trial and error and he’s not going to be as fast or efficient as usual.

On the other hand, a contractor who’s put up a hundred garages identical to the one you’ve ordered is going to be able to hit the ground running and not look back. You’ll have the best quality construction in the quickest turnaround time, and that means the highest customer satisfaction rating possible.

What makes CarportUS.com garage kits the best in the business?

CarportUS.com may be a relatively new website, but the professionals behind it have decades of experience selling, installing, and maintaining steel storage buildings across the country. That’s why you can be confident that any garage you purchase from CarportUS.com is going to be the very highest quality, delivered safely and securely, and installed by experts with loads of experience.

Our prefabricated metal garages are rated to withstand winds up to 140 mph, and snow load up to 35 pounds per square foot. Additional leg bracing, upgraded anchors, and other optional enhancements can extend that level of stability even further.

All our garages are enclosed with 9’ eave heights, spaced 5’ on center, with 14 gauge framing and 29 gauge metal panels. All units include a 36” x 80” walk-in-door and list of optional garage door sizes.

Our garages are available in sizes ranging from 12′ to 30′ wide, and from 21′ to 41′ long, accommodating essentially any size vehicle with room to spare. Standard, boxed eave, and vertical roof styles are available on all of our prefabricated garages.

If you find a garage in our catalog that you like, we’d be honored to deliver and install it ourselves at no extra charge. We’ve put up hundreds of metal garages all over the east coast, and we’re highly experienced with every kit we sell. Contact us to discuss your options is you have any questions at all.

 

Barns – Structure Guide

Barns: They’re Not Just for Farmers Anymore

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When we hear the word “barn” we immediately think of Old McDonald’s traditional farm with chickens in the yard, cows in the pasture, and a big, red barn with hay in the loft. And, while all of that still exists in one form or another all across the United States, modern barns have come a long way from the traditional farmer’s red barn we tend to picture.

Today, people from all walks of life are purchasing prefabricated barns to serve as multi-functional storage and utility buildings when a smaller shed or standard garage just isn’t adequate. They’re surprisingly inexpensive, functional buildings that are quick and simple to install and use. If you’re looking for a lot of storage space for tools, equipment, vehicles, or even livestock, a prefabricated barn could be a great choice.

What is a barn?

Traditionally, a barn is an agricultural building normally found on farms and ranches, for a variety of different purposes. In the U.S., “barn” usually refers to wooden structures that house livestock, (like cattle and horses), along with equipment, fodder, and often grain. As a result, the word is often qualified with specific purposes, such as tobacco barn, dairy barn, sheep barn, or potato barn. In more modern times, barns are used for general equipment storage, as a covered workplace, and for other activities that are better done out of the weather.

Here’s an interesting note regarding the origin of the word based on the Oxford English Dictionary:

“The word barn comes from the Old English bere, for barley (or grain in general), and aern, for a storage place—thus, a storehouse for barley. Another word for ‘barn’ in Old English was beretun, “barley enclosure” (from tun: ‘enclosure,’ ‘house’, or beretun (barton), also meaning a threshing floor. In historical times, the barn was to be distinguished from the granary, which was used to store threshed grain or cut off ears. Now, however, the common English name for a grain storage building is granary.”

While the traditional red, wooden barn is still alive and well (and is still one of the most popular aesthetics available,) many variations in style, color, and material are now available in what has, more often than not, become a large storage building rather than an agricultural barn where grain or livestock are kept.

The history of barns

The following information is adapted from a comprehensive Wikipedia article:

The basic structure and layout of the modern barn comes from the three-aisled medieval barn. The three-aisled barn, common in medieval Europe, originated in a 12th-century building tradition, also applied in gathering halls and churches. Over time, the layout and construction method was adopted by farmers and it gradually spread to simpler buildings in rural areas. Generally, the three-aisled barn had large entrance doors and a corridor loaded wagons could pass through. Various rooms, stalls, or lofts were constructed in the aisles on either side of the corridor to accommodate the needs of the owner, and were usually used for livestock or the food and supplies necessary to care for them.

Most old U.S. barns were built as log crib or timber frame structures, although stone barns were sometimes built in areas where stone was less expensive and more readily available. “In the mid to late 19th century in the U.S. barn framing methods began to shift away from traditional timber framing to “truss framed” or “plank framed” buildings. Truss or plank framed barns reduced the number of timbers instead using dimensional lumber for the rafters, joists, and sometimes the trusses. The joints began to become bolted or nailed instead of being mortised and tenoned. The inventor and patentee of the Jennings Barn claimed his design used less lumber, less work, less time, and less cost to build and were durable and provided more room for hay storage.”

Most modern barns are prefab steel buildings, although wood and aluminum are still popular as well.  As to why many U.S. barns – whether wood, aluminum, or steel – are red in color, we found this interesting explanation: “Many barns in the northern United States are painted barn red with a white trim. One possible reason for this is that ferric oxide, which is used to create red paint, was the cheapest and most readily available chemical for farmers in New England and nearby areas. Another possible reason is that ferric oxide acts as a preservative and so painting a barn with it would help to protect the structure.”

Why do you need a barn?

While you’re probably not a full-time farmer, the need for adequate outdoor storage is widespread across the country. If you’re just looking to park your car or RV under a roof so it’s out of the rain and snow, erecting a big barn on your property is probably unnecessary. A carport is more what you’re looking for, and they come in numerous shapes, sizes, and styles to choose from.

On the other hand, if your main concern is security – you want to make sure no one touches your 1977 Corvette – then a barn or garage is really your only reasonable choice. They’re completely enclosed, can be climate controlled, and can be locked up securely. Likewise, if you need to keep something of value completely protected from the elements, including temperature and humidity extremes, a carport won’t accomplish that for you. You will definitely want to consider a large storage shed, barn, or garage instead.

If you are actually doing any kind of farming, raising livestock, or storing a large volume of items, the sheer size of available prefabricated barns make them the best choice.

What are the different kinds of barns available?

There are countless variations available among prefab barns, but the basic barn design categories can be broken down as follows:

  1. Vertical barns
  2. Boxed eave barns

Both these basic styles are similar, and both are highly functional in their own way. An example of a vertical barn style includes a wide and high central storage barn with ample space for large vehicles or just about anything else you need to store, along with a lean-to-style structure on each side which can be used like an attached carport, or can be enclosed as a single bay garage or storage shed.

Boxed eave barns swap those features, offering a large open middle aisle similar to a very sturdy RV cover with an enclosed storage section/room on each side instead of the open carports available on the vertical style. Both are highly functional and good-looking styles that are available in many different sizes, colors, materials, and roof designs to accommodate your particular needs and aesthetic wishes.

To see all the different variations available in prefabricated barns, view our catalog!

How to choose the right barn

Choosing the right barn comes down to understanding what you want and need out of a prefabricated shelter or building. As noted above, if you’re just looking to protect your car or other items from the worst of the rain and snow, a carport will do that for you. It’s going to be less expensive than a barn and quicker to build. You just need to determine what size you need, then consider color, style, and materials based on your preferences.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a permanent shelter that’s going to offer complete protection from the elements, security for your possessions, and/or give you a place to indulge your woodworking hobby or even pass as living space in certain circumstances, what you’re describing is a storage shed, barn, or garage. The more space you need, the more likely you are to need a barn.

Should you order a DIY barn kit or hire a professional?

While it is possible to save a little money ordering a do-it-yourself barn kit off of Amazon and having it shipped to your house, we’ve found that a lot of homeowners underestimate the labor required to properly construct a quality barn. Additionally, the cost of shipping is probably going to be substantial, since the kit you receive is going to be very heavy.

In our professional opinion, your best option is to let a team of professionals handle delivery and installation of your new barn for you. And, that’s not just because CarportUS offers some of the best installation services in the nation, absolutely FREE with your purchase of any storage barn. It’s also because we’ve been to many properties over the years where the owners have gotten a DIY kit partially erected before throwing in the towel and calling for help. Or, they’ve completed a DIY kit, but then needed to call us in to install the replacement that they had to buy when their “project barn” collapsed.

To get a high-quality barn on your property that’s going to stand the test of time and function well for the price, you should really have a professional install it for you.

What to look for in a barn builder

The most important factor you’ll want to consider when searching for a barn builder is experience.

And, that’s not just a matter of how many years a given contractor has been putting up barns. Years of general experience is important, but experience with the particular barn kits and materials you’ve selected is even more important to ensuring the success of a project.

If you hire an installer who’s put up a hundred barns, but hand him a design or set of materials he’s never worked with before, he only has a slight advantage over your mailman or hairdresser when it comes to constructing that barn. There’s bound to be a lot of trial and error and he’s not going to be as fast or efficient as usual.

On the other hand, a contractor who’s put up a hundred barns identical to the one you’ve ordered is going to be able to hit the ground running and not look back. You’ll have the best quality construction in the quickest turnaround time, and that means the highest customer satisfaction rating possible.

What makes CarportUS.com barn kits the best in the business?

CarportUS.com may be a relatively new website, but the professionals behind it have decades of experience selling, installing, and maintaining steel storage buildings across the country. That’s why you can be confident that any barn you purchase from CarportUS.com is going to be the very highest quality, delivered safely and securely, and installed by experts with loads of experience.

Our prefabricated metal barns are rated to withstand winds up to 140 mph, and snow load up to 35 pounds per square foot. Additional leg bracing, upgraded anchors, and other optional enhancements can extend that level of stability even further.

All our barns are built with strong 14 gauge galvanized steel framing, 29 gauge metal roofing and  siding. Center structure has a 12’ eave height, 3’ braces, peak braces/trusses, and gables on front and rear. Lean-to’s have an 8’ eave height and 2’ braces, gables on front and rear. Units come with concrete or rebar anchors. Mobile home anchors are included ONLY on buildings 50’ and 54’ wide.

Our barns are available in sizes ranging from 21′ to 41′ wide, and from 30′ to 54′ long, accommodating essentially any storage needs you can imagine. Boxed eave, and vertical roof styles are available on all of our prefabricated barns, but standard roof style is not available.

If you find a barn in our catalog that you like, we’d be honored to deliver and install it ourselves at no extra charge. We’ve put up hundreds of metal barns all over the east coast, and we’re highly experienced with every kit we sell. Contact us to discuss your options is you have any questions at all.

 

Carports – Structure Guide

Carports: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know and a Few Things You Never Knew to Ask

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While they’re especially popular across the Southeast United States, carports are popping up all over the country.

Why?

Because they’re inexpensive, functional buildings that are quick and simple to install and use. If all you need to do is keep your car, boat, or lawn mower dry and snow-free, a prefabricated carport is a great choice.

What is a carport?

A carport is basically a garage without walls: a covered structure used to provide limited protection for vehicles (or other valuable equipment,) from rain and snow. A carport can either be free standing or attached to a wall, although the majority of prefabricated modern carports are free standing.

Unlike a garage or shed, a carport doesn’t have four walls. On some designs, they will have one or two, but others are designed almost like a pole barn with just a roof and supporting stilts or struts. Because of this key design feature, carports offer less protection than garages but allow for better ventilation. As a result, a vehicle stored in a carport won’t likely develop frost on the windshield. And, if you need to work on a vehicle using chemicals with potentially dangerous fumes, a carport won’t require the same artificial ventilation a garage or barn might.

The history of the carport

The carport enjoys a long and interesting history in the United States. While the basic carport structure has been used all over the world in one form or another, it’s been especially popular in the U.S. for over a hundred years.

The English word “carport” comes from the French word “porte-cochère”, describing a covered portal or tunnel. According to the Carport Integrity Policy for the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office:

“As early as 1909, carports were used by the Prairie School architect Walter Burley Griffin in his design for the Sloane House in Elmhurst, Illinois. By 1913, carports were also being employed by other Prairie School architects such as the Minneapolis firm of Purcell, Feick & Elmslie in their design for a residence at Lockwood Lake, Wisconsin. In this instance, the carport was termed an “Auto Space”. The late architectural historian David Gebhard suggested that the term “carport” originated from the feature’s use in 1930s Streamline Moderne residences. This term, which entered popular jargon in 1939, stemmed from the visual connection between these streamlined residences and nautical imagery. In the 1930s through the 1950s, carports were also being used by Frank Lloyd Wright in his Usonian Houses; an idea that he probably got from Griffin, a former associate.”

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The W.B. Sloane house with (allegedly) the world’s first carport.

As far as we can tell, the first known home designed with a carport was the W. B. Sloane House in Elmhurst, Illinois, built in 1910. (Pictured)

Why do you need a carport?

Basically, if you own any vehicles or other valuable equipment (such as a boat, ATV, snowmobile, motorcycle, or riding lawn mower) but don’t have another option readily available for keeping it protected from the worst of the elements, then you need a carport.

On the other hand, if your chief concern is security – you want to make sure no one lays a finger on your 1967 Camaro – then a carport isn’t the best choice. Likewise, if you need to make sure what you’re storing is completely out of the weather, including temperature and humidity extremes, a carport won’t accomplish that for you. You may want to consider a large storage shed, barn, or garage instead.

What are the different kinds of carports available?

The basic carport design categories can be broken down as follows:

  1. Freestanding Fixed
  2. Freestanding Mobile
  3. Attached (or, like the first carport ever built in the picture above, built into the home.)

While there’s technically nothing stopping you from “attaching” a freestanding carport to another structure, that’s not how they’re designed and you could run into complications as a result.

The most common prefabricated carport available is the freestanding fixed design. These carports are designed to be placed on a relatively flat surface, apart from other structures, and are anchored to the ground in a permanent or semi-permanent fashion. They are available in many different sizes, shapes, colors, materials, and roof designs to accommodate your particular needs and aesthetic wishes. Some common designs include vertical, boxed eave, and standard carports.

To see all the different variations available in prefabricated carports, view our catalog!

Freestanding mobile carports are designed to be set up and taken down and transported easily. These accomplish the same purpose as standard carports while adding the convenience of mobility for various applications. To accommodate set up and tear-down, and to make moving them easier, mobile carports are typically framed with tubular steel and may have canvas or vinyl type covering which encloses the frame. The covering may even include walls and may have some type of entryway, making it similar to large tents, such as those employed by the military. Of course, the convenience of mobility requires a sacrifice in weight and sturdiness, so mobile carports are less likely to last a long time under harsh weather conditions.

How to choose the right carport

Choosing the right carport comes down to understanding what you want and need out of a prefabricated shelter or building. As noted above, if you’re just looking to protect your car or other items from the worst of the rain and snow, any carport will do that for you. You just need to determine what size you need, then consider color, style, and materials based on your preferences.

On the other hand, if you want a permanent shelter that’s going to provide complete protection from the elements, offer security for your possessions, and maybe even pass as living space in certain circumstances, what you’re describing is a storage shed, barn, or garage. No matter what options you choose among carports, you’re never going to find one that offers what you’re looking for.

Should you order a DIY carport kit or hire a professional?

While it is possible to save a little money ordering a do-it-yourself carport kit off of Amazon and having it shipped to your house, we’ve found that a lot of homeowners underestimate the labor required to properly construct a quality carport. Additionally, the cost of shipping is probably going to be substantial, since the kit you receive is going to be very heavy.

In our professional opinion, your best option is to let a team of professionals handle delivery and installation of your new carport for you. And, that’s not just because CarportUS offers some of the best installation services in the nation, absolutely FREE with your purchase of any carport. It’s also because we’ve been to many properties over the years where the owners have either gotten a DIY kit partially erected before throwing in the towel and calling for help. Or, they’ve completed a DIY kit, but then needed to call us in to install the replacement that they had to buy when their “project carport” collapsed.

To get a high-quality carport on your property that’s going to stand the test of time and function well for the price, you should really have a professional install it for you.

What to look for in a carport installer

The most important factor you’ll want to consider when searching for a carport installer is experience.

And, that’s not just a matter of how many years a given contractor has been putting up carports. Years of general experience is important, but experience with the particular carport kits and materials you’ve selected is even more important to ensuring the success of a project.

If you hire an installer who’s put up a hundred carports, but hand him a design or set of materials he’s never worked with before, he only has a slight advantage over your mailman or hairdresser when it comes to constructing that carport. There’s bound to be a lot of trial and error and he’s not going to be as fast or efficient as usual.

On the other hand, a contractor who’s put up a hundred carports identical to the one you’ve ordered is going to be able to hit the ground running and not look back. You’ll have the best quality construction in the quickest turnaround time, and that means the highest customer satisfaction rating possible.

What makes CarportUS.com carport kits the best in the business?

CarportUS.com may be a relatively new website, but the professionals behind it have decades of experience selling, installing, and maintaining steel storage buildings across the country. That’s why you can be confident that any carport you purchase from CarportUS.com is going to be the very highest quality, delivered safely and securely, and installed by experts with loads of experience.

Our prefabricated metal carports are rated to withstand winds up to 140 mph, and snow load up to 35 pounds per square foot. Additional leg bracing, upgraded anchors, and other optional enhancements can extend that level of stability even further.

All our carports are built with strong 14 gauge galvanized steel framing with center bracing and 29 gauge metal roofing. All base units have 6’ legs spaced 5’ on center or less, and (4) 2’ corner braces for added strength and stability. Concrete or rebar anchors included.

Our carports are available in sizes ranging from 12′ to 30′ wide, and from 21′ to 51′ long, accommodating up to three vehicles of nearly any size, with room to spare. Standard, boxed eave, and vertical roof styles are available on all of our prefabricated carports.

If you find a carport in our catalog that you like, we’d be honored to deliver and install it ourselves at no extra charge. We’ve put up hundreds of metal barns all over the east coast, and we’re highly experienced with every kit we sell. Contact us to discuss your options is you have any questions at all.