Keen’s Buildings: Selecting the right carport size for you

There are many aspects of choosing a carport for you to consider. One of the most important elements is the size. While we live in a society that tends to offer up the idea that more is always better, that’s not always the case. Here are a few ways to help you choose the perfect size carport for your needs.

Number of vehicles

Carports come in a variety of shapes and sizes. For example, you can get a single carport; typically, these carports are wide enough to house a standard-sized car or pickup truck with enough room to allow the door to open easily. For most people, a standard carport such as this will do the trick; however, it is not by any means the only type of carport.
There are double and triple carports as well. Just as the name implies, these carports are larger and can hold larger vehicles (or multiple smaller ones). Single, double, or triple carports typically describe the width of the carport.

The width is not the only dimension of your car port that you have control over. Length and height are the other two dimensions you can customize. A smaller car would not require as much length as a longer vehicle. Similarly, a tall vehicle will require the carport to have more hight than a short vehicle. Ultimately, the size of your carport boils down to your needs as a vehicle owner.

The future

If you plan on purchasing another vehicle, or already have another vehicle you would like in mind, then consider that as well when having your carport built. Will you have two vehicles, will your current one be exchanged? How does the size of the vehicle you won’t compare to the size of the vehicle you currently have? All of these questions play a role in helping you determine the appropriate size for your carport.
Another way to look at it is if you are unsure you can build a double carport, just in case you get another vehicle, even if you don’t have plans to do so soon. Lastly, you can always add to a preexisting carport. One of the beautiful things about metal is that it is easily altered and expanded upon.
If you have any questions or want to consider, your options call Keen’s Buildings today!

Increase the Value of your Property by Adding a Keen’s Buildings Carport!

Add a Keen’s Building carport and increase the value of your property

A house is one of the most significant investments a person will make in his or her lifetime. A vehicle is another huge investment. Why not protect your vehicle and increase the value of your home at the same time? It seems impossible, but it’s surprisingly simple to do with a high-quality metal carport from Keen’s Buildings.

Keeping your house in pristine condition and making necessary repairs are both solid ways to maintain the value of your house should you ever wish to sell it. If you do plan on selling your house one day in the future, these two elements can help make the process easier and more rewarding. However, these processes will only help you retain the value of your property, not increase it. While retaining the value of your house is indeed fantastic, many of us would agree that it could be better to increase the value of your property.
The addition of a carport or metal building to your property can add value to your house by increasing the number of amenities it has upon selling. To a vehicle owner, a carport is tremendously useful as it can offer excellent protection for their vehicle from the weather.

All of our steel structures are customizable. We can help you get the carport exactly the way you need it. Whether you want to install doors, windows, walls, or select the perfect roof, you can do so easily with us! Another benefit of our carports is that unlike other materials, metal is incredibly durable. It is fire, pest, and water damage resistant.

Keen’s Buildings constructs top of the line carports using quality steel. All of our carports are installed by professionals so you can rest assured that the job will be done right!

Keen’s Buildings: What to look for in a Carport

On the surface, it may seem like all carports are the same. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when you are selecting the perfect carport to keep your vehicle safe. You’ll want a carport that can withstand unfavorable weather and last for years to come. If you are living in Flordia or Georgia, you’ve come to the right place! Here at Keen’s Buildings, we specialize in steel constructions, such as carports. We have a wide array of customizability options so you can build your carport to suit you!

Gauge for strength

When you have a carport built, it’s probably safe to say that you want something that will last. A sturdy carport that can not only stand against the test of time but the weather is ideal. That’s why gauge is important. The gauge of steel os the thickness of the steel. The lower the gauge, the thicker the steel. We use 14 gauge steel, which is able to withstand the harsh environmental climates of Georgia and Florida.

Roofs

Your roof is an important aspect of our carport, so it will take the brunt of the weather. You need a sturdy roof that is not susceptible to being ripped off in the event of strong winds. In general, roofs can be placed into one of two categories a vertical roof and a horizontal roof. The vertical roof has the panels running vertically along the roof’s slope, with the horizontal roof having the panels run horizontally up the slope. A horizontal roof may make it more difficult for rain and snow to fall off the occur roof, while a vertical roof tends to cost more. In a state like Florida, where heavy rains occur, it may be best to opt for a vertical roof.

Customize your carport

All of our constructions are completely customizable! If you want to add doors, change the size, design, and capacity of your carport, we will gladly accommodate you.

All of our carports are carefully installed by our installation experts. With us, everything you need to bring your ideal carport into reality will be carefully constructed from initial planning to final installation! If you are living in Flordia or Georgia an in need of quality steel structures, then look no further than Keen’s Buildings.

Keen’s Buildings: How to Pest-Proof your Metal Building

In our homes and storage spaces, we like to believe in a sense of security. A clean metal building is always nice, and pests are things that we want to avoid. Let’s face it, you had your metal building built for a reason, and a pest hotel isn’t it.
Bugs and other undesirable pests need a few crucial things to survive, food, water, and shelter. While you may not be able to do much about the shelter, you can certainly control their access to food and water. Bugs, rodent, and other pests can find their way into your metal building, but with a few preventative measures, you can keep your building protected.

Remove any trash

First and foremost, remove anything a bug or rodent may eat. Keep any trash you have outside of your shed and dispose of anything that you no longer have use for. Along with removing the trash, take steps to keep your shed clean. Sweep and vacuum regularly and remove any eggs, webs, or bugs when possible. This will deter them from nesting in your shed.

Trim any hedges or tall grass around your metal building

Tall grasses and hedges, particularly if they are touching your building, can create an access point into your building. To reduce the risk, keep the area around your metal building neat and free of anything that can easily allow bugs or pests to climb onto the walls and into the seems of your building.

Fill any gaps in your building

Gaps in your shed door or between the wall panels, as well as any holes cracks, or other entry points are all welcoming uninvited guests to create a dwelling. Be sure to have all these places sealed and properly treated so that you can keep the inside of your metal building pest-free.

You may also benefit from hiring an exterminator if there is already an infestation. Additionally, having your property treated before there is a problem is an excellent preventative measure.

Keen’s Buildings: Completely Customize your Steel Carport

One of the many things that makes Keen’s Buildings the best business from which to purchase your steel carport is the sheer volume of customizability options we have. For many building manufacturers customizing your building can mean significantly increasing the price. However, we strive to balance high quality with affordability. Not only can you get the carport that suits your needs, but you can also get it at an affordable price!

Not all vehicles are the same. So, you should be able to utilize your carport for whatever you need. Whether it’s to protect your RV until you are ready to use it or to keep your Sudan safe from the weather a carport can be built to accommodate the size of your vehicle. That’s where our customizability options come in! You can adjust the size of your carport and add walls!

Below are a few more features you’ll be able to customize:

Color

Choosing a color for your steel carport can be a fun process. You can paint it to match your house or blend it into the environment (or make it stand out if you want). The good thing about paint is that it can offer a protective coat to your metal carport, which can help protect the metal from water.

Roof

Choosing the best roof for your steel carport is also important. Where you live, and your needs can all play a role in determining which roof is best for you. A roof that won’t be easily ripped off is fantastic if you live in an area that is prone to high winds. Some roofs are designed to allow for precipitation to easily slide off, which is ideal for areas with high precipitation.

Sides

The sides of your structure are important; you can choose to have closed sides or open sides, depending on your needs and preferences.

You can customize everything from the floor, doors, walls, and windows, of your carport, in addition to the width and height. To learn more about how we can help you get the carport that is right for you, call Keen’s Buildings today!

Keen’s Buildings: The End of Summer RV Vacation Checklist

Just because summer is almost over doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a fun RV Trip! In fact, the offseason may be the best time to go. With prices dipping due to decreased demand and the weather getting cooler, why not take a cross country excursion? Every trip’s made better when you’re properly prepared. That’s why we’ve compiled this end of summer vacation checklist so you can have everything you need to enjoy your RV trip!
If you’re going on a road trip and taking shelter from the weather in your RV, then you’ll need many of the same amenities you would need for your home, here is a list, so you don’t forget anything.

Clothing and bedding

Clothing and bedding are essential to braving the weather. When you’re packing, be aware that the weather can change, so you’ll want to bring clothing that is suitable for the environment you’ll be traversing in. That means bringing a raincoat, jackets, socks, etcetera. You’ll also want to pack some sheets or a sleeping bag (depending on your needs) and some rags and towels for washing up.

Hygenic items

Be sure to pack any hygienic items you need to stay clean. This includes any of your favorite soaps, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, tissues, or anything else you may need to keep you looking and feeling your best!

First aid kits and medication

No one wants to imagine themselves getting hurt or falling ill, least of all while they are on their vacation; however, it can happen. Stay prepared by making sure that you have your first aid kit fully stocked with antibacterial ointments, compresses, bandaids, disinfectants, gloves, and cotton swabs. Additionally, if you or anyone on the trip requires specific medication, be sure to bring it. Being prepared can make all the difference in the world!

Food and cooking supplies

While on vacation you’ll need to eat. So be sure to pack any cooking supplies, oils, pots, pans, dish soap, disposable plates, and uncles. You may also want to carry as any seasonings and the food you want to prepare – unless you plan on purchasing it while on your trip. It’s a good rule of thumb to take a little extra food just in case you need it. Be sure to carry plenty of bottled water on your trip as well.

Miscellaneous

Lastly, take any items that you will need personally. Some of these items may be obsolete (depending on your situation). Here are a few items you nay need on our trip. Sunscreen, insect repellant, A GPS, solar power charging devices/batteries, cleaning wipes, a tool kit, and a wi-fi hot spot.

When you have everything you need for your RV trip, then you can spend that time enjoying yourself and not being concerned about obtaining necessities.

Keen’s Buildings: Why you should have a metal garage

Metal Garage

A car or vehicle of any sort is an investment, one that many of us rely on to get us from one place to another. If something happens to our vehicle, it can be difficult and costly to recover. But a metal garage doesn’t just have to be for vehicles; many people convert their garages into living rooms, a place to work, or even use them as storage spaces. Regardless of what you use it for opting to go with metal is a far safer and long-lasting alternative.

Today many people are opting to build an external garage. They are customizable, so they can easily suit your needs. Additionally, if you are building with the metal, it doesn’t take as much work to add to your construction, repurpose, or recycles it.

Storing your vehicle from the weather can prolong your vehicle’s life. Sun exposure can damage the paint, causing it to chip and peel, which can expose the metal to the weather, leading to rust. Salt in the air and heavy winds and rain, or unexpected weather (like hail) can also damage your vehicle. With a metal garage, you can limit the exposure to the sun and unfavorable weather.

If you are using your garage as a work area, a metal building can offer a lot of benefits. Firstly, with proper insulation, you can control the temperature of your construction easily, making it a comfortable work environment. Additionally, because the metal is naturally fire-resistant, you can keep any important documents or materials safe in the event of a fire.

A metal garage is perfect for storage. Many of us collect items over time, and it can be expensive and costly renting a storage unit. Dangerous tools or oils can damage or stain the interior of your home. Storing your belongings in a metal garage is a fantastic option for things you may not want in your home.

If you are looking for a garage or a storage solution, then look no further than Keen’s Buildings. We offer a wide variety of completely customizable constructions, with affordable payment plans.

 

Keen’s Buildings: Why you should choose steel for your garage

Steel is the material of choice when it comes to commercial buildings, and for very good reason. Many of the same reasons why steel is such a desired material for commercial buildings can also be applied to a steel garage.

Low maintenance

When housing your investments, like your tools or a vehicle, you don’t want to worry about the protectant being subject to damage. Steel is resistant to many things that can lead a wooden building to ruin, like fire, water damage, termites. With a protective layer of paint, steel is also resistant to water damage, unlike wood which can swell and rot. If this happened, the cost of repairs for a wooden structure can take a long time to repair and will cost you greatly.

Quick to construct

A steel building is constructed significantly quicker than wooden buildings. Depending on the type you can have your steel garage constructed and ready for use in a matter of weeks (as opposed the several months, as is common with most wooden buildings).

Cost-effective

Steel is not only durable and long-lasting, but it’s also cost-effective. With proper cleaning and maintenance, when required, your steel garage can last for an incredibly long time. Steel buildings have been known to last for upwards of 80 years! And even when they have outlived their use, the material can easily be moved and recycled.

Eco-friendly

Steel is significantly easier on the environment than wood. Wood takes years to grow and with the water, and minerals needed to produce a healthy tree a lot of resources are used. Steel, on the other hand, can be recycled and used without adding further damage to the environment.

Reduced insurance cost

Because steel is so durable, many insurance companies will reduce your insurance rates for steel constructions. Additionally, you’ll increase the value of your property if you ever decide to sell it.

Steel is a fantastic material to construct garages from. If you need help selecting a style for your garage, or just want to know your options, Contact us today!

 

Storage solutions: Should you rent or buy?

It doesn’t take much to acquire a lot of things before you’ll need a storage solution. Over the years, between all the gifts, tools, and just day to day living we acquire many things. However, as our belongings increase our ability to store it more or less stays the same. That is, unless we take matters into our own hands. If you have an attic, garage, or basement that is overflowing then it’s time to consider another storage option. There are many alternatives at your disposal.  But one looming question remains. How do you know whether you should rent or buy a storage unit? That is the question we have set out to answer.

Rent

Rent is good as a temporary solution but it’s a far cry from an optimal solution in the long term. If you are trying to move, then a rented area may be best, but honestly, there are more downsides to renting. Firstly, rented storage units are often very expensive. Renting storage may cost anywhere from $150 to $250 per month or more (and that depends on a variety of factors, such as the storage location, amount of storage space, and the company). You also will not be able to access your belongings outside of business hours or keep an eye on your belongings.

Buy

Purchasing a storage unit offers more convenience.  You only have to make a one-time payment for the storage solution. If it is on your property, you can also keep an eye on it. You don’t need to worry about waiting for certain times to access your property. Additionally, if you are having the storage solution built, you can request to have it constructed to your specifications.

If you are looking for the perfect storage solution, call Keen’s buildings today. We offer high-quality metal constructions that are completely customizable.

 

Examining Some of the Greatest Metal Constructions in the World

Metal’s been used for centuries as a building material for some of the most famous, durable, and spectacular structures in the world. Because metal’s so durable the structure built with it can last an incredibly long time. As you will soon see some of these metal buildings have been around for decades.

The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building’s one of the most easily recognized metal construction in the United States. This is likely because it was an amazing engineering feat of its time. Residing in New York City and towering at a whopping and impressive 1,454 feet tall. The empire state building is nothing short of engineering genius. This impressive metal building remains standing after almost an entire century and held the title of world’s tallest building for approximately three decades.

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower’s famous throughout the world and easily recognized as a dazzling landmark of France. Constructed back in the 1800s the Eiffel Tower’s considered to be one of the world’s most valuable and treasured metal constructions. Also, this iconic tower has a price tag that easily reaches into the billions.

The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch is a beautiful example of why metal’s such an amazing building material. It looks pretty much the exact same as it did when it was first built in 1963. Residing in Missouri, these two structures serve as a claim to man’s ingenuity and the incredible things that’s done with steel.

The Statue of Liberty

Many of us have read stories of people in the past. Immigrants, who upon entering America, were greeted by this beautiful statue. France gifted the Statue of Liberty to the United States of America. Because the Statue of Liberty’s thin copper plates that cover the putside this once brown statue now has a unique color. As years passed it changed to the now-familiar shade of green because of the reaction between the air and copper (though the environmental conditions played a huge role in this as well).

Metal is truly versatile and very durable material. As you can see, it has the capacity to last hundreds of years. So, if you want to capitalize on the many benefits of steel, Keen’s Buildings for your next metal building! We have countless options to choose from. Because we put your needs and satisfaction first all of our buildings are completely customizable!