A prefab garage is simply a structure made out of metal that can be pre ordered and manufactured to a customer’s desired specifications. Once the order is made, it will be readily shipped to be assembled on site. The kit should include all the basic components that make up the structure plus an exterior metal siding and metal roofing.
The basic components of your prefab garage kit should be ready to put up on any existing concrete plane on your structure. Once the structure has been built in place it is then covered with a highly sturdy metal siding that is specifically engineered to stand common adverse weather conditions. The metal roof decking is then added to complete the basic structural shell. Just like any typical old fashioned garage, you can opt to add rough plumbing for utility sinks or compressed air lines and even conduits and boxes for electrical circuits and lighting.
Openings should be good enough to accommodate any size of door or window so long as you specify what you need when you order your garage kit. Take note though that these kits do not include garage doors, electric openers, windows, skylights, or any other interior or exterior doors for that matter.
Other things to consider when planning to build a prefabricated garage would be the sufficient equipment and manpower needed to off load and erect the structure. These are definitely very essential elements and will be determined by the size of the pieces and the final, overall size of your building. A hydraulic crane is recommended for larger structures while a simple fork lift would actually work for smaller buildings. You should be able to hire this equipment for the weekend or day, or however long it takes you to put your structure up. Just make sure, when hiring it, that you familiarize yourself with how to use the equipment properly beforehand. Learning as you go is not recommended in this case!
All it takes to build one of these structures is simply a basic knowledge of how concrete attachments and structural connections work such as 20’x20’ two car garages. For larger structures though, it is best to hire a professional contractor who specializes in putting together pre-engineered structures. Even for the smaller, more manageable structures you may want to enlist the help of others for either all or part of the constructing. It can be very difficult to manipulate the larger sheets and pieces that come with the kit on your own–it really is much easier to have someone on hand to help you.
It is very important that you plan out any necessary plumbing and electrical wiring or system before you have your garage ordered and assembled. You also have to make sure that you have a steady, stable, concrete slab for foundation in place. If you are to replace an existing wood framed garage, just make sure you leave the concrete slab in place. Even the existing plumbing and electrical installations could be used. You just have to make sure that you have carefully planned these things before you get your garage installed so your garage will fit in perfectly.
Just like most things these days, searching for a manufacturer can actually be done online just by simply typing in the right keywords such as prefabricated garage or pre-engineered buildings. Make sure you look for a reliable manufacturer who will discuss every single aspect of the project and will specify the equipment and manpower you will need to complete your building. Most shippers do not include assistance in either unloading or receiving loads. This stage of the building project should be handled by either the property owner or the contractor or both.
Before you receive any shipments, one last thing to make sure of is that the site should be cleared to provide ample space for trucks, equipment, and manpower and also to ensure a conducive work environment. As long as you keep in mind all the tips mentioned, putting up your prefabricated garage can be accomplished in no time.