How to Navigate Your Upcoming Garage Project

Find out why you should build a garage and how to pick the right style and size.

Did you know that adding a high quality metal garage building to your property could increase the value of your home? One study conducted by Florida State University concluded that the addition of a new garage could add as much as 13% to your home value. Of course, as is true with any home improvement project, the quality of the garage building will go a long way in determining what sort of equity gains you will realize over time.

While return on investment is certainly intriguing and key part of the decision making process, it’s not the only important choice you will make before you roll open your new garage for the first time. Let’s spend some time exploring what makes a garage a practical investment and maybe more importantly, what size garage is the right choice for you.

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All General Steel garage kits are custom designed and priced according to your exact location and the intended use. The designs and sizes we recommend below are simply our most popular, and one may fit exactly what you need. If not, click here to price a custom garage in minutes. A custom design may just be a different size or include something like a crane, which would add some bracing cost. All custom designs and plans below will be estimated according to your exact location according to seismic conditions, snow loads and wind speeds.

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Garage Styles and Comparisons

Not all garages are created equal.

There are numerous styles of garages and depending on where you live, you may see more of one style than another. For example, arch style garages are prevalent in Alaska and generations of pole barns are common in many areas of the Southeast. However, when you decide to build your garage you have to ask yourself which style is the right choice for your intended use, climate and return on investment.

Most Popular Garage Building Styles

Over the past several decades, I-beam garages have become the most sought-after garage style in the Southeast because of the durability of red iron steel buildings and its 26-gauge sheeting. Other garage shoppers throughout the USA are following inline because of the many advantages pre-engineered buildings offer.

StyleProsCons
Pole Barn Kits vs Metal Garage KitsPole barns can be aesthetically pleasing an effective solution if you’re willing to maintain the building. Pole barns are also less expensive that other options if you’re looking for a gambrel style roof.Pole barns can be susceptible to decay from soil conditions and damage from pests. This type of construction is also highly combustible.
vs. Pole Barns
Quonset Hut Garages vs. Prefab GaragesDepending on where you live, used Quonset Huts can be cheaper to relocate than build new. Quonset huts also feature a column free design.Quonset huts must be constructed on a thick slab of concrete for structural integrity. While column free, the sloped sides reduce usable interior space.
vs. Quonset Huts
eBay Garages vs Prefab Metal GarageseBay is a convenient way to shop for garage buildings and there are seemingly a multitude of options to choose from. If you live in a temperate climate with no wind, it is possible to find an acceptable solution.The photos are deceptive, some show I-beam buildings but are selling c-channel structures. Most buildings are not engineered for your location and are likely to fail under snow, wind or seismic conditions.
vs. eBay Buildings
Benefits of Prefab Metal Garage BuildingsPrefab metal buildings are noncombustible and feature clear span construction. I-beam buildings are easy to customize, simple to erect (no welding) and are engineered to withstand the historical storms in your locale. Prefab buildings typically require a cherry picker or equivilent equipment to erect. While stronger, this style of construction can also be more expensive than a Quonset hut or tube steel building.
Why Prefab?

Other Reasons to Choose General Steel Garages

Customizable and durable, backed by the best warranties around.

  • Steel Garages Designed to Meet Your Unique Needs
  • No Cookie Cutter Designs

We understand that building a new metal garage is a serious decision and that no two garages are the same. Determining how much space you need, how to use it and then making sure your project is completed on time and on budget is what sets General Steel apart from other garage building suppliers. The team working on your project at our corporate office takes great pride in our reputation as the most trusted name in the industry for pre-engineered steel buildings.

  • 100% American-Made, High Quality I-Beam Garages
  • No Inferior Materials Go Into Your Building For Higher Profit Margins

Our steel garage kits are not only a cost-effective way to meet your growing storage needs but also a durable building with a 50 year warranty that can add value to your home or other property investments. When you invest in a building from General Steel you’re purchasing the highest quality steel building materials available in the industry today. General Steel buildings are incredibly durable and resistant against the elements and pests like termites, making them virtually maintenance free, saving you money in the long term on costly repair and maintenance costs.

What is a Steel Garage Kit?

Engineered for your locale, pre-punched and delivered with no welding necessary.

Metal garages can be simple or complex. Some of our customers simply want a structure made completely out of steel with a man door and a rollup door, while others choose to add windows, skylights and even cranes. No matter what options you choose for your new garage building, all will be included in one easy delivery to your job site.

Base Garage Building Package

Base Garage Building Package

Click to see a completed garage kit with sectional doors and a 3070 man door.

Base Building with Components

Base Garage Building Package with Sectional Doors

What Your Garage Kit Includes and What You Can Add

Base building packages with a full line of customization options.

As you can see above, a base garage package can be easily customized to suit your exact needs. While the example shows which components we recommend to create a functional garage, you can also choose to add numerous other accessories such a set of windows to increase ventilation and natural light. We suggest ordering the framed openings from General Steel for components such as doors and windows as part of your building package. This can be built into your quote from the start and allows you to shop for your doors and windows locally as well as through our components department.

Included Standard Features
  • I-Beams
  • Secondary Framing
  • Wall Sheeting
  • Roof Panels
  • All bolts and screws (anchor bolts not included)
Easy to Add Options
  • Walk, Roll Up or Glass Storefront Doors
  • Windows (horizontal or vertical slide)
  • Insulated Panels (or typical insulation)
  • Steel Framed Openings
  • Gutters and Downspouts

While our component selection is the best way to increase the functionality of your garage kit, it’s not the only way to customize your garage. Check out some of our most popular color schemes in the photo gallery below to see how you can personalize the aesthetics of your garage.

Pictures of Metal Garages

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General Steel Garages

30′ x 30′

40x60 Garage Building New Mexico40′ x 60′Oversized Two Car Garage Kit30′ x 50′One Car Metal Garage Kit with Leanto40′ x 50′Metal Garage Kit with Overhang42′ x 90′
Steel Garage for Monster Truck40′ x 60′Two Car Garage with Leanto30′ x 30′One Car Metal Garage Building30′ x 60′Crimson Red Garage Kit35′ x 36′

Why General Steel Garages Are Your Best Choice

Fast delivery, easy to assemble and the best warranties around.

General Steel is the industry leader in providing metal garages and shop buildings. In fact, metal garages are one of our top sellers. We’ve become the industry leader because General Steel offers uncompromising quality and service, and our steel buildings provide considerable cost-saving advantages compared with conventional pole barns, stone, or other conventional types of construction.

See what our customers have to say below and on our customer reviews page. We’re confident you’ll agree that if you want a high-quality building from a company that you can trust, General Steel should be number one on your list.

Johnny's Red Garage in NC

Garage Testimonial from North Carolina

"I’m very satisfied with the building, it’s been through a couple of hurricanes and it’s still standing. Each storm had 90-100 mph winds that blew a lot of trees down around the county. My building made it through with no problems at all."


Success Story: Johnny’s Metal Garage in NC
Betty's General Steel Garage in Colorado

Garage Testimonial from Colorado

"I wanted to thank you for the great building you sent to us. I’m sending you a photo of the finished garage. Thanks for helping me finish up with this project. I’m very satisfied with how it looks and the strength of the building. All in all, I truly believe I saved money going with the steel, rather than wood. The contractors couldn’t get over the size of the red iron and the whole project itself. People love the look and want one like it. I’ll be glad to give an endorsement for the building. It turned out to be the perfect building for us. I love the colors I chose."


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Our Project Consultants are ready to help you plan your upcoming garage project and provide you with a free quote! To get started, simply contact us through our website, call us at 1-800-745-2685 or find us on your favorite social media platform like Twitter and Facebook. We look forward to speaking with you and delivering the garage space you’ve been dreaming about.

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