Because of rapid technological advancements, adding a garage, or even a double garage to your home is easier than ever before. In the past, making this addition required toms of planning, but thanks to the introduction of the prefabricated garage kit, commonly known as"prefab" kits, the only planning you'll be doing is choosing where to place it on your property. A prefabricated garage is a garage structure that is assembled in a factory or manufacturing site. It is usually completely assembled or sub-assembled before it's taken to where it will be located. The term "prefabrication" is used to distinguish this process from the more conventional construction practice of transporting the basic materials to the construction site where all assembly is carried out.
What are the types of prefabricated garages?
Not all house styles are the same, so having a wide variety of prefabricated garage kits makes perfect sense. Here's a list of the most popular kits on the market.
Pole Barn: A pole barn uses wooden posts or poles for the support structure. The siding is then attached to horizontal slats on the outside of the posts. Most often they use metal siding and have a metal roof, although some kits can be ordered with almost any type of siding or roof that you want. Pole barn kits don't require a floor because the posts can be set into holes in the ground that are filled with concrete. You can add a concrete floor later if you want to. This variation is often the least expensive.
Panelized Prefab Garage Kit: These come with the walls already assembled into panels, and are one of the easiest types to build. They are usually completely made of wood and go up quicker than stick-built building. Some panelized kits use Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), which have a rigid foam layer sandwiched between two sheets of OSB to form each panel.
Steel Tube Building: These have a framework that is made from sections of light gauge steel tubing. Also known as slip-fit frames, the ends of the tubes fit inside each other and are then fastened with screws. Most come with steel siding, but there are kits available that will allow you to use wood or other types of siding. Steel tube kits are easy to construct, but have a lot of individual components.
Rigid Frame Prefab Steel Garage: This is the most robust type of prefab garage kit out there, with a structure that is made of heavy, solid steel I-beams. Rigid frame steel buildings usually require a crane for construction and most need a heavier-duty foundation for the columns to rest on. A rigid frame steel building is best suited for a larger structure or commercial application.
Open Web Steel Truss Buildings: These are similar to the rigid frame prefab steel garage, but use open webbed steel columns and rafters. Open web steel truss buildings offer a lot of the advantages of rigid frame steel buildings, and the smaller ones do not need a heavy foundation or a crane for assembly like a rigid frame building. These are generally less expensive than the rigid frame type because they do not contain nearly as much steel as the solid I-beam type.
Modular Garage Kits: These require the least assembly of all. The pre-built garage is delivered in sections that are assembled and need side by side placing and attaching.The downsides are that modular garage kits are limited in size, and some require interior supports that can get in the way.
With all the prefabricated garage kits on the market, you're bound to find one that suits your style and cost preference. It's always a good idea to enlist the help of a professional before making any changes to your property.
What are the pros and cons of a prefabricated garage?
We all love good news, but as with most things, everything comes with both good and not so great qualities. Here are the pros and cons of a prefabricated garage, starting with the good news, of course.
Prefabricated garages come in a host of different sizes, styles, and patterns. You can find almost anything that will suit you as well as match your home and property. Browse through homify for tons of pictures to inspire your final decision.
They are less costly than those built from scratch.
Because you have the power over the design, material, and the finish, you can make decisions based on your budget.
Prefabricated garages arrive to your property in a kit. With a little help from a good friend, you can easily follow the instructions and assemble your garage in a few hours.
As for the not so good news, choosing customization options will increase the price of the basic prefabricated kit. If cost is your main reason for going prefab, this will be something to consider.
Although prefab garages come in different styles they won't be as customizable as their stick-built counterparts.
How much will a prefabricated garage cost me?
The cost of a prefabricated garage usually depends on the materials used to make it. Prices for wood and metal kits will vary, and the size of the kit also influences the overall price. In general, you can expect to pay at least $14,000 for a prefabricated wood garage and $4,900 and above for a steel or other non-wood version.