Keen’s Buildings Wood or Steel: Which is Better?

Wood or Steel: Which is Better?

The question of which materials to build from has been a debate for quite some time. Today we’ll be looking at wooden structures versus steel structures. On the one hand, wood is a renewable resource. Metal, on the other hand, can be melted and restructured, without losing its properties or weakening metal seems to be the better option. Between the two it can be difficult to know which is material is better.

Examining the Misconception

All materials produce byproduct as a result of manufacturing. The real question then becomes which material will not harm the environment as much. To understand this, consider the following: there are three common building materials wood, concrete, and steel. Out of these three steel lasts the longest, tends to require relatively low maintenance and requires a small about to produce a structurally sound building. On all accounts, steel wins out as the material that will impact the environment the least, while also having a high durability factor.

The statement of the renewability of wood is misleading. First of all, trees take decades to grow into something that is suitable for woodwork of any kind. Additionally, to be healthy trees require nutrients from the soil. As any farmer could tell you, plants use certain minerals to grow, which can deplete the soil. Minerals in the soil need to be replenished if depleted before the next crop grows. Without this regular watering, the trees will die. Between the cost of fertilizer, and irrigation the cost of producing wood to build is simply not cost effective.

Singel purpose versus multipurpose use

Wooden frames, doors, and even some structures are typically only for single use, it is relatively challenging to repurpose wood and if damaged repairing it does not ensure the structural integrity of the structure. Treated wood also cannot be recycled, in short timber is not a reasonably good material to use for building purposes if you are looking for durability while also trying to look out for the environment.

If you are in the market for an environmentally friendly and durable building, consider steel. It’s easy to repurpose. With steel, you can rest assured that your construction will last for a long time.

 

Things You Need to Know Before You Start Constructing Your Metal Building

The decision to construct a metal building is a great one. There are many factors to your metal building that you have likely considered. The type, function, and aesthetics of what will be your new property are all things that have probably crossed your mind. However, there are also other factors you should consider. These considerations aren’t about the construction, but about the company itself and the quality of the products and services they provide.

Whom you decide to have constructed your metal building can be just as important as the materials, and other decisions regarding the building itself. This is because different companies may use materials of different quality, that means if you have two different companies build the same building type there will be variations between the buildings. For that reason, it’s always wise to research the company you have building for you. Look at customer reviews and complaints made to the Better Business Bureau. Thoroughly examine the company and their history to see if they are reputable. Be sure to ask about the manufacturer qualifications and process to obtain more information regarding building materials.

Low Price Doesn’t Equal Good Quality

Low price doesn’t always mean you’re getting good quality. Sometimes a higher rate may be worth it considering the cost of quality materials. Having a flimsy metal building negates its purpose. Be sure that a discount price doesn’t also mean that the quality of your construction is discounted as well.

In today’s time, there are a plethora of scammers who only want to take your money and leave you without anything. Be sure that those whom you have constructing your building are a real entity. A metal building dealer won’t have any problems verifying this for you as they will have a central location (or locations) to verify the authenticity of their existence. If you have any doubts, it’s okay to ask if they have a real office.

Do your research

Check to see if the company you have constructing your building serves your area. Far too often companies claim to be nationwide, but only serving people in specific regions. This can be an incredibly frustrating situation to deal with and certainly something you don’t want to find out after you’ve spent time (or even money) trying to put a building together.

Ask About Customizability Options

Each metal building company has a specific process when it comes to constructing buildings; however, see if they also allow for custom buildings. While having a metal building is excellent, it can be even better if the building fits the specifications you desire. Don’t let a pushy salesperson or anyone bully you into making a purchase you aren’t comfortable with. You want a company that strives to understand what you need from your metal building and truly listen, understand, and strive to meet those needs.

The Understand the Buying Process

Finally, understand the buying process. Also, any fees you may incur before, during, and after the construction phase. A good company will walk you through it and be upfront about what you can expect. Additionally, they will let you know if anything could change during the process.

At Keen’s Buildings, you’re not just another sale or a person for us to turn a profit. We value each one of our customers and strive to meet the unique needs of their project. Contact us today if you have any questions, we would love to hear from you.

Keen’s Buildings: Order your Metal Building Today!

You’ve probably seen it a few times while driving around, a steel building. Steel buildings have drastically increased in popularity over the past few years. From the country, the suburbs more and more people are taking advantage of the many beneficial qualities of steel. Steel offers a wide array of benefits that you can’t get from building with other materials.

Here are reasons you should opt for a steel building:

Fire resistant

Steel is non-combustible and incredibly resistant to heat and fire. Meaning that even if a fire does start the building may very well come out of it relatively unscathed.

Cost-effective

Depending on the specific size, dimensions, and customizations having a steel building constructed can actually cost less to build than building out of other materials. Because steel doesn’t require much to maintain the expenses you could spend on maintenance and repair is significantly lower, meaning that over time the building will ultimately pay for itself in the costs that you would have spent maintaining and repairing a structure made out of another material.

Pest resistant

Unlike other standard building materials steel does not attract termites or other pests. This is great for keeping the damage to your structure low while keeping the cleanliness high. Steel is also resistant to mildew and mold.

Easily customizable

With steel not only can you take advantage of more space (i.e., thinner walls and the reduced need for support beams) steel is also very easy to customize! You can add interior walls to repurpose a preexisting space, or even extend the building altogether. Steel allows for more elaborate and complex customizations than other materials.

Cost effective to insure

Because steel is fire and pest resistant (coupled with superior strength and is less prone to damage) many insurance companies have no problem offering lower rates for steel buildings than traditional buildings.

Don’t wait, order today!

The cost of metal fluctuates depending on a variety of factors. Don’t wait until the price goes up; order your steel building today!

Here at Keen’s Buildings, we put quality and customer satisfaction above all else. If you’re in the market for a quality Steel building in Georgia or Florida, then you’ve come to the right place! Call us now for more information.

 

Florida and Georgia Metal Buildings for Agriculture

An investment of any sort is an important decision that should be considered carefully. There are a lot of options to weigh. We at Keen’s Buildings understand this and want to make the process for you as easy as possible. That’s why we offer a wide variety of metal building types for you to choose from.

Barns

Barns are the staple of agriculture buildings and have been used for centuries. Wooden barns are quite popular however, they are far from ideal as they are very susceptible to heat and water damage. Unlike wooden buildings, metal buildings do not require a lot of maintenance making metal buildings the friendlier and more economical option.

Garage

Equipment is the life force of any agricultural setting; however, if left in the elements it’s only a matter of time before they become damaged. Housing your equipment, no matter, if it’s gardening tools or heavy machinery, is crucial to ensuring a long lifespan. Rain, wind, and the sun can all severely damage equipment over time. With the low maintenance and high durability of metal, you can rest assured that your steel building will last for a long time, making your initial investment well worth it.

Hay/ fodder storage

If you are keeping livestock, you may find yourself in need of a storage unit for your fodder. It is important to carefully consider how you choose to store your fodder as the storage unit specifications can determine how long your fodder will keep. Damp areas or places that retain a lot of water will cause your fodder to rot quickly making it unusable.

Customize

Create your metal building your way. We have a lot of customizability options for your metal building. From adding extensions to repurposing preexisting space. If you have an idea of the type of structure you want, contact us, and we’ll happily help you sketch out your dream building.

When it Comes to Metal Buildings Don’t trust the Discounts!

Discounts and deals, who doesn’t love them? Lower price same quality… right?

We’ve become accustomed to getting things at a cheaper price, but less expensive doesn’t always mean better, and the cost has to come out somewhere. To put it simply many companies cannot afford to create high-quality goods and sell them at a super cheap price. So, what do many of them do? They sacrifice the quality of the goods. In the end, you’ll have a low cost and a low-quality metal building that won’t last.

When trying to decide if something is truly worth it there are a few things you’ll want to consider, first is the person, entity, or company you are purchasing from trustworthy? This is a big factor, and with the sheer quantity of metal building fabricators out there it is extremely difficult to know who you can and can’t trust. A good rule of thumb is to research the company. Customer reviews are your friends, and if you’re going to invest (discount or not) then you want to make sure that your investment is worth it.

Many discount metal building dealers are trying to undercut their competition by drawing people in with low prices, but what they don’t tell you is that the quality is reduced.

A quality metal building will last.

Metal is a very durable material and a metal building, if constructed well, should last for decades. In the end, sacrificing durability and safety in exchange for a cheaper cost is not worth it.

Location

If you are having problems pinpointing a specific physical location, or an office in the real world that should be a red flag for the authenticity of the company. Many dealers can make their site look fantastic online, but may not have a physical location. A reputable dealer will have a physical place you can go to if you would prefer to discuss things in person.

Communication

How a dealer chooses to communicate can also be an indicator of whether or not they are a legitimate business. If a business refuses to answer basic questions or seem to be elusive with their answers, it may be best to look further into the company before conducting business with them.

Reviews

Reviews are critical. From there you can see what others have experienced when working with the company. Don’t skip BBB ratings as they can provide a lot of insight into complaints.

Here at Keen’s Buildings, we strive for transparency and openness with our customers. If you ever have any questions regarding our services or products feel free to contact us. We will happily work with you every step of the way to ensure that you get the building you want.

Don’t let the Southern Sun Damage your Vehicles

Fun in the sun is almost always synonymous with summer. Recreational vehicles, dirt bikes, and boats are just a few of the popular cars that can be used to help take your summer fun to the next level. But sun damage can have devastating impacts on your vehicle. Having a metal building to protect your car can help prevent costly repairs.

How can the sun damage your vehicle?

UV rays oxidized the paint on cars causing them to fade which makes the vehicle to look older and more worn than it is. Additionally, the sun can also cause damage to headlights, and the rubber trims on your car as well as damage your upholstery and the tint on your windows. The interior of the vehicle, like the paint, can weaken and fade when exposed to too much sun.
Exposure to the sun can impact not only how your vehicle looks, but how it runs as well. For example, the fluids in your car are responsible for making the engine run as it should. During hot days this is extremely important as the engine is significantly more prone to heating. During the summer be sure to keep an eye on your car’s fluids, particularly the coolants, so that your engine doesn’t sustain any damage.

Protect your Vehicle

Your vehicle, no matter what it is, is an investment, a property that deserves protecting. Having the right garage to keep your property safe is the first step to making it last for many years.
One of the best things about having a building designed specifically to serve as your garage is the endless customizability options. You can determine crucial elements, such as the ceiling height and size of the building. Our steel buildings can be created to hold just about any vehicle, and we will work with you to customize and design your steel building to fit both your needs and your preferences.

Metal buildings are designed to last. Here at Keen’s Buildings use quality rust-resistant materials to ensure that your construction is not only sturdy but protected. Our buildings are specially designed to withstand harsh winds and rains, while still maintaining their appearance and structural integrity.
Having trouble financing your metal building? We’ve got you covered! Keens’ buildings offer financing options so you can get the metal building you want. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us, we would love to hear from you!

Keen’s Buildings: Create Your Building Your Way

Metal and steel buildings are an eco-friendly option to traditional wooden structures. On top of that steel buildings are far more durable and low maintenance than their wooden counterparts. The uses of a metal building are limited only by your imagination. When customized and properly equipped metal building can serve any purpose just as well as traditional buildings, without the worry of pesky termites.

Guesthouse

If you’ve ever wanted a guest house, you can now have one, that is so durable and sturdy, you may even consider moving in! Having a guest house can solve storage problems, and any worries you may have if you want host while providing your guests’ privacy. A metal guest house is a fun and affordable option if you’re looking to utilize some extra space on your property!

Storage unit/garage

Storing your vehicles and other property is a surefire way to keep them safe from elements. You can customize your storage unite to accommodate whatever you need to store. Additionally, because metal buildings are easy to customize, you can easily add to your building should you need more space.

Workshop

Workshops are fantastic to have. It provides you with a safe place to work, and you can minimize any hazards that can arise if you are using your workshop to house heavy or dangerous equipment. You can create your workshop as a standalone building or customize it to match your house.

Office

Adding a steel building to your house is easier than ever. You can easily create a separate space to serve as your office if you require additional space to work. Because metal is durable you can also rest assured that anything you keep in your office will stay safe.

The uses of metal buildings are only limited only to your imagination. If you are in need of a metal building or want more information give us a call. We would be more than happy to help.

Keen’s Buildings: Boost Returns on Investment with Steel Buildings

Boost Returns on Investment with Steel Buildings

A building can be the difference between a high RIO and a low one. What a structure is made of will dramatically impact the building’s overall lifespan, so it’s worthwhile to invest in a quality building. Below are a few reasons why you should consider using steel for your construction needs.

Lifespan

The roofs of steel buildings last for quite some time, even when the surrounding area has eroded away, steel continues, surviving both trial and time. Pretreated to last against harsh weather and naturally, fire resistant steel is a superb building material that can provide both stability and protection. A metal roof can last for decades. If built and maintained your structure can last for generations!

Low maintenance

In the long run, regular maintenance can cost you the same if not more than the total cost of the property (this goes doubly so for materials that are susceptible to damage, like wood). Steel buildings, on the other hand, have no such weakness and require minimal maintenance to keep them in pristine condition even against decades of harsh weather, strong winds, and torrential rains.

Grow to suit you

Steel buildings are incredibly easy to modify. If you require more room, it’s simple to expand your steel building. You can even convert your existing rooms into separate rooms to suit your needs. Additionally, it’s possible to reinforce your steel building.

Insulation

Unlike other buildings, steel buildings are quite easily insulated. Having an insulated structure will save you on heating and cooling expenses all while helping protect your building from condensation. This can increase the overall lifespan of your metal building dramatically. Insulation is a great way to keep people and livestock comfortable while also preserving energy.

Insurance costs are lower

Insurance companies realize that steel is resistant to many elements that would lay a typical building to ruin. Fire resistant, pest resistant, and able to withstand extreme weather, it’s no wonder insurance companies charge less to ensure steel buildings.

If you want a quality steel building look no further than Keen’s Buildings. We have a multitude of customizability options and will gladly help you bring your steel building into fruition. We also have payment plans to help you cover the cost of your steel building. Contact us today for more information.

 

Why you need a Carport for your Recreational Vehicle

Hundreds of thousands of people have purchased a recreational vehicle in the past year alone. Housing your RV in other lots can get expensive, easily reaching a thousand dollars per month. With such a costly investment wouldn’t you want to ensure your property is safe?

Having a personal RV carport is a cost-effective alternative to protecting your recreational vehicle without having to worry about incurring damage. Unlike a facility, you don’t have to worry about monthly fees. Because a carport will protect your RV from the elements, the carport pays for itself, as it will save you money on costly repairs to your RV that you may have otherwise had to make due to weather conditions or UV rays.

There are quite a few things to consider before you start construction on your steel carport.

First and foremost, be sure you have the room necessary to build a carport. Depending on the size of your vehicle you may need more or less room. Consider where you want your carport to be positioned and measure to see if it’s feasible to put a carport in that particular location.

Next, find out if your homeowner association are okay with you having a carport. Most homeowner associations will object to your building a carport that is visible from the front of your house. Some homeowner associations will be okay with you having a carport behind your residence. Check with your homeowner association first to see if it’s all right before you start construction.

Check with your local authorities to see what the building regulations are and to find out if you need any permits.

Having an RV shelter on your property is incredibly convenient. Not only will you save hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year. You also don’t have to worry about the hassle of having to pick up your RV. Whenever you want to travel, you can simply pack up and go, saving you precious dollars in gas money.

Because all of our steel structures are customizable  you can design a specialized to suit your unique needs and desired tastes. Contact us today for a free quote.

 

Keen’s Buildings Things to Know when Designing your Recreational Vehicle Storage Unit

Recreational Vehicle Storage

RV’s are an excellent investment, but without proper protection, your RV could be easily damaged. Florida is no stranger to harsh weather conditions. A structurally sound metal building can help protect your RV from tornadoes, hailstorms, and fires. Even without the severe weather the sun and salt in the air are more than enough to cause corrosion to your RV. Unlike other materials steel can also withstand heat better than materials like wood. Because of this many insurance companies will decrease the price of your fire insurance if you have a steel storage unit to house your RV. To maximize on this, you should have about three inches of fire-resistant insulation on all the walls of your building.

Things to consider before having your metal RV storage unit built

The first consideration is where you plan on keeping your structure. Ideally, you’ll want an even flat plot of land to save on the costs it would take to level the area. Additionally, you’ll want to select a spot that is not lower than the ground around it. If the area around your garage is low then water could collect there; however, there is a solution to this, and that would be to create a drainage system or a channel to encourage water flow to go elsewhere.

The Foundation

A strong foundation is the pinnacle of any lasting structure; however, there are a few things to consider. The less expensive and faster option is to anchor your structure which entails embedding stakes into the ground. You can also add a concrete slab for your RV to sit. The flooring and size of your garage is another critical decision to be made. Using only gravel for your flooring will make it difficult and uncomfortable should you need to perform any maintenance on your RV. Gravel is also not the best thing for your tires.

The more involved and expensive option is to have a concrete base created and place the metal building on top of this base. Not only will it help protect your tires, but it will make maintenance significantly more comfortable to perform.

Determining the size of your garage

When building your metal garage, you’ll need to take space into account. Consider the size of the RV when fully extended. Also, take maneuverability and if you plan to upgrade your RV into account. You’ll want to have enough space to freely move around in so you can clean or repair your RV easily.

Customizing your building

We at Keen’s Buildings take great pride in our customization options. The freedom and choices for exactly how you want your RV garage to look and operate are entirely in your hands.

Before building be sure to consult your local and state laws regarding any building limitations that exist in your area.