A prefab garage kits are a set of parts that you buy and assemble yourself-this saves on the primary cost of getting something installed in your home – labor.
Most prefab garage kits have walls made of corrugated steel or aluminum, and the front is sometimes made of wood, but usually also steel or aluminum. The first thing that you’re going to need to realize is that projects like these should not be taken lightly. Although these are prefabricated garage kits, they still require a lot of work to assemble. You’re going to want is friends, possibly one with a truck or other large vehicle. The more friends you have to do this, the easier it will be to manage a massive project.
Some considerations for a prefab garage kit:
- You’re going to need to know what you’re going to need in the garage to begin with. Does it need to house one car? Two? Three? Now, a car is roughly four feet wide, some are a foot or two wider, cap that at six feet, then you need space between the cars and space to park, so a prefab garage kit to fit one car should be at least 8 feet wide, but preferably 10 to 12, to be sure and to allowed space for storage and getting out. So for two cars you would probably need sixteen to twenty feet of space.
- After you have decided what kind of prefabricated kit you are going to build, you should check with your country to see if that sort of construction is allowed in your county. Snow loads, average wind speed, what sort of foundation it needs to have, etc.
- How do you want your prefab kit to look? Do you prefer a metal exterior, or a painted wood? Do you want windows, doors etc?
Building Your Prefab Garage Kit
After obtaining the necessary permits and deciding on the particular design of your garage, it is time to begin construction. The first step is to make sure that the ground you’re putting the garage on is level.
With four people, depending on the size of the garage, this shouldn’t take more than a few hours. If you feel like you want to rent equipment to help you do this, do so, however it is not necessary-the shovel method works just fine as well.
The next step will be to arrange the joists and beams as constructed, with a metal garage, you won’t really have to worry about where you’re nailing things, as the only spots for bolts will be the ones provided, where they’re supposed to go. Make sure to assemble the walls and the roof together before you try any assembly of the four sides, as usually it will be easier to put them all in place when the whole side is assembled.
The walls should be fairly easy to assemble, but the roof truss can be a whole different story entirely, you have large steel beams intersecting at odd angles, preferably on the ground but sometimes put in mid-air for the assembly process. This is where I recommend friends.
Follow this basic guide to assembling a prefab garage, and you’ll have it done in no time, having saved a huge chunk of money in the process.