metal or wood garage

bryonbush

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looking at building prices for a 30x40 with two 10' doors for our vehicles. this will be detached from the house. the metal building im looking into is around $10K not including assembly costs or concrete slab. Im wondering if it would be cheaper to build one out of wood instead. any builders on here that want to chime in?
 

Byrd666

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A neighbor of mine did his "garage" from a double wide carport and put corrugated steel on the outside to "wall" it in. He then insulated and 'rocked the interior. Looks pretty good too.
 

Charlie

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Are you in the city? Have any HOA restrictions? Etc.? If you are in the city or have other home owner's restrictions, better check as to what they will allow, etc.
 

Dawico

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I ordered my (ex) shed from Oklahoma. It was wood framed (metal exterior) and the price built was half of an all steel building that I had to build myself. Plus the wood framed shed went up without a slab. I did that later. An all metal building requires a slab first. Also the wood frame made it much easier to add shelves and other improvements.
 

mitchntx

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In 1998 I built a 24x54 metal shop.
I've done ZERO maintenance.

I highly recommend you re-think the two 10' doors and go with a single 18-footer. Having the 2-3' column between doors hamstrings what you can do with and what can be pulled or backed into the shop.

I put a single 18-foot door with an opener on the east side and a 14' opening on swing doors on the west side. This allows me to drive through the shop with a trailer of soil or firewood or whatever.

Definitely insulate. There is a 20* difference in temps. I also recommend the blanket type and not the spray-in. Spray in will discolor and get dirty after a while. And will eventually fall off.
 

Vaquero

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In 1998 I built a 24x54 metal shop.
I've done ZERO maintenance.

I highly recommend you re-think the two 10' doors and go with a single 18-footer. Having the 2-3' column between doors hamstrings what you can do with and what can be pulled or backed into the shop.

I put a single 18-foot door with an opener on the east side and a 14' opening on swing doors on the west side. This allows me to drive through the shop with a trailer of soil or firewood or whatever.

Definitely insulate. There is a 20* difference in temps. I also recommend the blanket type and not the spray-in. Spray in will discolor and get dirty after a while. And will eventually fall off.
Concur. 100%
 

Younggun

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I used to build steel framed buildings. Mostly storage buildings, garages, and car ports. I've also done wood framing.

After dealing with both I would say go steel if you can afford it. It will last forever if it's done right with pretty much 0 maintenance.

Not sure how much the price difference will be cause I haven't done either in a while but I can say the metal will use much less material to frame even though the price per foot is usually higher.

The expensive part is covering up the frame.
 

bryonbush

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im in the county so there would be no HOA to deal with. i like the metal buildings but there are a few things holding me back. With a wood frame, adding shelving or whatever would be easier. i dont want the building to look like a plain jane building, but that adds quite a bit of cost. Growing up in Michigan, all our sheds were wood but we never had any issues with maintenance so unless there's something down here that plaques wood sheds, i dont see an issue. I plan on putting it on a slab. also, i need the two doors on the side with the way our property is laid out. i want to be able to up our driveway and pull into the garage. going out either ends wouldnt work.
 

mitchntx

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With a wood frame, adding shelving or whatever would be easier
On the walls where I wanted a workbench, pegboard or shelves, I built conventional would framing and secured it to the purlins.

I also found a recycler who bought the fixtures of industrial facilities through Craigslist. I bought several all metal warehouse type shelving units that are 36x18x 8' tall. I could just put them where I wanted and move them easily enough as my shop layout changed.

Growing up in Michigan, all our sheds were wood but we never had any issues with maintenance so unless there's something down here that plaques wood sheds, i dont see an issue.
Paint? Beating up the bottom with a weed whacker?

also, i need the two doors on the side with the way our property is laid out
I can't envision a case where two is all that would work. I had double doors and found that the center section would either collect junk or was wasted floor space.

A car trailer with an 82" deck wouldn't fit through a 10' opening. My full-sized diesel truck I would have to fold in a mirror. You really do limit your options.
 
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