Reasons you should Choose a Steel Barn Versus a Pole Barn

The decision to build a barn is not one to be taken lightly. One of the decisions you’ll have to face early on is the type of barn you want to build. Generally, when building a barn, you’ll find yourself with one of two choices, the traditional pole barn or the steel barn.

If you find yourself unsure of which is better allow us to present five reasons you should select a steel barn over a pole barn.

Long term cost effectiveness

While a wooden pole barn may seem like the cheaper of the two options when paired with a steel building the upkeep suggests a different truth altogether. Wood is susceptible to many damaging factors that could easily rake up costly repairs. Steel is immune to many of the negative attributes that plague wooded structures. Termites, rot, warping, water damage, and fire are all things that can damage your wooden structure, compromising it entirely, steel, on the other hand, has no such weakness.

a steel barn will pay for itself in the costs of maintenance you would have to pay if you opted for a wooden pole barn.

Safety

Due to the fragile nature of wood safety is easily compromised. When being used to house your valuable investments or livestock steel is a much safer option as it is impervious to rain and does not damage as easily as wooden structures do. Steel buildings have relatively easy upkeep and don’t require the same time and attention as wooden structures. Pool barns also tend to sink into the ground over time (particularly when built on soft soil or areas with heavy rainfall).

Easily customizable

If you require more space or need to make any alterations, a steel building is far more flexible to change than a wooden one. Here at Keen’s Buildings, we have a multitude of specialized and custom steel structures for you to choose from. We also allow you to customize your building. You can add as many windows and doors as your heart desires.

Having trouble covering the cost of your steel building? We have payment plans so you can get your steel barn and not worry about having to pay it all at once. For more information about the services we provide or our payment options call us today!

Living in Florida: Preparing your Steel Building for High Wind Speeds

Preparing your Steel Building for High Wind Speeds

In Florida, high wind speeds are quite typical, between thunderstorms and hurricanes Florida is a pretty windy place. For that reason, you’ll want to protect your buildings and keep them safe from this unexpectedly hazardous environmental factor.

When combating wind, there are a few fundamental things that will help. One of the first things you’ll want to consider is the best frame for your building. The height of your building, for example, is a crucial factor to consider. For example, the higher you build, the more wind force it will encounter and the more likely it is to blow over (mainly if proper structural security measures aren’t utilized). You’ll want to consider using beams for additional support as well. With the adequate support and roof selected steel buildings can withstand incredibly strong winds.

Utilizing high wind anchors

Powerful anchors are necessary to provide structural integrity against mighty winds. Typical buildings, like wooden ones that use staples and nails, are unable to stand up to the force of incredibly strong winds in the same manner that steel buildings are. Nails and staples are often pulled out against the strength of the winds resulting in tremendous damage. Anchors, as well as strong bolts and screws, can help a building stay together even in hurricane-like conditions. Bolts and screws are stronger and will spread the uplift force more evenly across the entirety of the building so that it stays together as opposed to ripping apart.

Roofs

As mentioned before the taller a building is, the more susceptible to winds it is. The roof you select will also play a huge role in the building’s security against winds. A flat roof will take on more wind force than a pitched roof will. To understand this concept fully, think of the wings of a plane. They are flat. Wind passes over the flat wings of an aircraft creating lift. If you have a flat roof wind is more likely to rip your roof off. Additionally, a steel roof has panels meaning that there are fewer places for the wind to get inside and create lift.

Here at Keen’s Buildings, we take great pride in providing you with the best options for your steel buildings. If you have any questions, give us a call. We would be more than happy to help!

 

Keen’s Buildings: Metal Buildings for Farming and Agriculture

Metal Buildings are often preferred to wooden ones for agricultural and farming for many reasons. Steel buildings are very durable and will help protect your farming equipment, livestock, and produce. Selecting the type of structure, you want is just part of the equation, there are still a variety of factors to consider when you are planning to have a metal building built on your property. The first question you’ll need to answer is the purpose of your building. The purpose of the building will help determine other factors, such as the amount of space you need.

 

 A metal building for equipment storage

Your equipment will last much longer when protected from the elements. Rain, snow, and heat can all damage machinery and other equipment. Furthermore, because you’ll have a single location to keep all of your equipment it will help you stay organized. Space and location are two significant factors for your metal building. You’ll want the building to be far enough away so that your household is not disturbed by the sound of the machinery, but close enough for you to be able to react to theft or tampering attempts. Selecting durable tamper-resistant locks for all entrances into the building has been shown to discourage thievery. You’ll also need to consider the amount of actual storage space you need. A good rule of thumb is to measure out the flooring and build around that. Keep in mind the area you’ll need for maneuvering as well.

 

A Metal Building for Livestock

When raising livestock, it’s essential to provide a safe and sturdy shelter for them to sleep and seek refuge from the elements. Unlike machinery and equipment living creatures require a bit more planning. Ventilation, space, and temperature control are all crucial to keeping animals safe and healthy. Ample space will reduce the spread of disease and prevent aggressive behavior. Ventilation ducts should be placed on the roof of the building to prevent ice build up on the roof. The size of the structure you have built will depend heavily on the type of livestock you keep.

 

A Metal Building for Fodder Storage

Keeping fodder for your animals is essential for most farms how the feed is stored can impact the amount of dry matter loss. Hay is a favorite food source for certain livestock. Unfortunately, it can get damp and rot, making the feed unusable in the process. Losing some hay will happen naturally; however, an optimized storage system can significantly reduce the amount of hay you’ll lose. You’ll want to select the materials you choose for your barn carefully. For example, avoid using gravel entirely for your flooring as it traps moisture and can destroy your hay. If possible, try to have a flooring with a slight slope so water that collects can drain. Additionally, a layer of cloth between the floor and hay can absorb some of the moisture that collects.

Fantastic Ways to Customize your Carport

Your carport isn’t only a place to protect your vehicles, It’s also an extension of yourself, and what better way to express yourself than some unique and stylish customization options. At Keen’s Buildings, we aim to please. Here are a few unique ideas to make your carport your very own or to add functionality to a seemingly single functional structure.

Mimic the look of another building

Just because your metal structure is a carport doesn’t mean it has to look like one. You can create an entirely different look and feel to this seemingly simple structure by designing it to look like another building. Carports that resemble barns are very popular and can create a rustic look and feel to your property regardless of where you live. That paired with a few matching accessories on your property and you can create a reasonably homely environment.

Enclose the sides for added style and protection

Enclosing the sides of your carport is not a novel Idea. It creates a cozy confined space, which facilitates a sense of privacy. Having a wall can add much functionality to your carport in general. Whether you decide to hang tools up or display awards, this wall can be used for many things, plus it provides added protection against the elements.

Add a space for storage

Simply because you’ve opted for a carport as opposed to a garage doesn’t mean you have to go without storage space. You can easily add a room to your carport. What you use the room for is entirely up to you. You can use it for extra storage space, create a mini-workshop, or even a mudroom to kick off your shoes to keep your abode from getting dirty.

Here at Keens Buildings, we like to facilitate dreams.  All of our structures are entirely customizable, and you can always add to it later. Contact us today for more information.

Creating your Metal Workshop with Keen’s Buildings

When compared to its wooden counterparts’ steel buildings are far more durable and cost-effective. Metal structures are also resident to fires, mildew and even rust, making it the perfect material from which to construct your metal workshop!

Power and water

When constructing a metal building there is much to consider. If you are building a workshop, chances are you’ll want to have water and electricity. Call your utility company before you start building to find out any relevant information regarding the connection. Additionally, you’ll want to determine exactly where you want to place your breaker panel within your workshop. The majority of companies will often want your breaker panel as close to the meter as possible.

Lighting is also important, allowing areas for natural light to enter your workshop can help save on the lighting bill. If you plan on utilizing skylights be sure that they are placed correctly to allow for optimal lighting within your workshop.

When should I start construction on my workshop?

Late spring is often the best time to begin construction as the ground will be dry. Additionally, you’ll have ample time to complete your structure prior to winter (as well as getting any necessary paperwork and documentation in order). Metal buildings don’t take nearly as long to construct as buildings made out of other materials. If you are planning on utilizing your workshop year round, then insulation is a must. Insulation is good because it will protect your building and help keep condensation to a minimum. Although steel buildings are resistant to rues thanks to their zinc and aluminum alloy coating, excessive exposure to water can still cause damage, decreasing the lifespan of your building.

Roofing

The roof of your building will be exposed to much stress such as the sun and rain. For that reason, Keen’s Buildings ensure that the roofs we create are strong, durable, and require as little maintenance as possible.

Here at Keen’s Buildings, we put the customer first. We make sure all of our buildings are structurally sound and able to washstand incredibly harsh conditions. Contact us today to receive your free quote!

Keen’s Buildings: Building your Dream Garage

A metal garage is a fantastic way to protect your vehicles from the elements; however, there is so much more to it than that. A quality metal garage can increase your house resale value, making the investment well worth it! When it comes to building a garage, it’s never a bad idea to err on the side of more than less. Life often has unexpected turns, and you may have to upgrade to a larger vehicle. Investing in a large metal garage up front will save you the work of having to increase the size later, should you ever need to.

Benefits of a Metal Garage

Metal structures do not require support beams; this means when it comes to space you’ll get more bang for your buck! In addition to that, metal is fire resistant and not susceptible to rot, termite infestations, or warping. A metal building can also be constructed in a significantly shorter time frame than their wooden counterparts.

Metal is also eco-friendly. The vast majority of metal buildings are created from recycled materials. The best part is that if you ever don’t need your metal building anymore, it can be recycled or easily moved.

How much space Do I need?

Generally, the amount of space you’ll need is relevant to the size of the vehicle you are storing. Naturally, if you are planning on storing a larger vehicle, you’ll need a larger space. You’ll also need to take into account the necessary space you’ll need to move around in comfortably. If you are planning to use your garage as a workshop, as well then more space will be required. If you are adding a workshop add about ten extra feet to your structure layout, this will allow you to fit a workbench and a tool storage area comfortably.

Customization and other utility and styling choices

To capitalize on your investment, if you wish to resell your property, you’ll want to make the garage and your home match. Depending on the style of your house and property one important consideration is whether or not you want your garage attached or detached to your home.

Installing the same panels for your garage as the ones on your house will create a uniform look to your property. If you want utilities (such as lighting and water), you’ll need additional permits. Be sure also to follow local building codes. If building regulations are not abided by you may have to rebuild all or part of your building. You may also have difficulties selling your house.

Here at Keen’s Buildings, we take great pride in providing excellent customer service and quality products! If you have any questions or inquiries, contact us today! We would love to hear from you.

Keen’s Buildings: The Problem with Renting in Florida or Georgia

The True Cost of Renting

Renting seems like a good idea, particularly if you are living in Florida or certain parts of Georgia, where the cost of living is high. The unfortunate truth is that renting is really only okay for short periods of time. This is because after a certain point you’ll start to see diminished returns. In the long run, you will end up paying more for renting than you would have if you actually purchased the property.

Renting comes what a whole host of disadvantages, such as rules and restrictions when it comes to freedom of use and renovations to the property. Additionally, there is no guarantee that the lease will be renewed on the property. This will undoubtedly leave you in a stressful situation with you having to figure out relocation arrangements. Perhaps the biggest issue is that the chances of you ever recovering the money you spent renting the property is zero. Allow me to explain. When you buy property, it is costly up front but when it is paid off, not only will you have the freedom to make alterations. You’ll also be able to resell the property if you ever decide to relocate. This means that you can recover some of the money you spent on the property.

You can also make money off your purchased property even without selling it. For example, you can rent it out to others, and you can potentially save money in the long run through tax deductions. We understand that owning a metal building can be the cause of apprehension for some. After all, there is maintenance and upkeep, that you’ll have to worry about. However, the cost to maintain a metal building is actually pretty inexpensive.

Many people in Florida and Georgia choose Keens’ Buildings. Here is why:

  • Excellent financing options
  • $0 Down financing available
  • Free Setup
  • Free Delivery
  • Custom Designs Available
  • 5 Locations to serve you
  • Largest volume dealer in Florida.
  • Largest volume dealer in Georgia
  • Military and first responder discounts

If you need a metal building You’ve come to the right place. Keen’s Buildings has helped countless people in Georgia and Florida get the building they needed. Get your free quote today, or call us if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you!

Flex Space: The answer to your space-related issues

Flex Space

Traditionally, buildings are made with very solid and sturdy materials. Bricks, cement, and cinderblocks are quite common for building materials. The only trouble with building out of materials such as these is that they are incredibly difficult to make alterations to. This may be a problem because it is not uncommon for a building to not be necessary anymore (like when a business relocates). Luckily, buildings are often repurposed and used for things other than what they were originally built for. One example is converting what was once a residential area (such as an apartment building) into a business headquarter.

For a business owner deciding when to expand is an important decision. Expand too soon one will be left with too much space that is not utilized in the correct manner. Early expansion can also result a cost the business may not have been ready to make. Expand too late and the business could lose out on opportunities.

In some cases, a business will want to acquire the entire building. In other cases, a business will not want to commit to purchasing or using the entire space. That’s where flex space comes in. Flex space is an industrial space in which the space can be changed to meet the needs of whoever is using it. This means that for businesses doing things like adding or removing offices is fairly easy. Space is also significantly easier to repurpose to suit the needs of the business. Flex space is a flexible space that has the potential to become a different type of space or environment.

Can I utilize flex space with a prefabricated building?

Absolutely! In fact, flex space is perfect for buildings that have already been made. Flex space puts the control of your building layout in your hands. You can easily change the spaces and easily repurpose them. This is perfect for expanding into spaces that you haven’t wanted to incorporate and is perfect for business growth. Putting up walls (temporary or fixed) is incredibly easy.

There really isn’t a construction method that allows for easy expansion like flex space. If you’re looking to create a space for your building look no further. Keen’s Buildings will work with you every step of the way, from selecting materials, to customizing and installation. Contact us today for more information.

Live in Florida? Keep your RV in Top Shape for your Next Trip using This One Tip

Keeping your RV Safe for your Next Trip

An RV is the fun and easy way to travel and really enjoy the journey, not just the destinations. Plenty of people want or even have an RV, travel trailer, motor home, or camper. Traveling cross country with your friends and loved ones is a fantastic way to bond and grow closer, making an RV a great investment. Memories are priceless and being able to create those memories is truly a valuable experience.

With both a financial and experience-based investment made it’s only natural that you’ll want to keep it safe. Protecting your RV safe is crucial to ensure that it will last for years to come.  The weather, neighbors’ kids, or, if you live in Florida, the ocean air, can all damage your RV.

How Florida conditions can damage your vehicle:

There are plenty of perks when it comes to living near the ocean. The cool ocean breeze, the sun, and beautiful views are just a few of the many things that attract people to the state of Florida. Unfortunately, that nice ocean air and the intense sun can reap havoc on your vehicle’s paint job. This happens because the sun opens pores in the paint. The open pores increase the absorption if the salty moisture. This causes corrosion. Paint is not the only thing that Florida’s unique conditions will damage, brake calipers, nuts, and bolts can also corrode as well.

You may feel that during the winter with the humidity decreasing your vehicle is safer, but this is simply not the case. Because dew accumulates far more during the winter than the summer the chances of corrosion skyrockets during the cooler months. The longer a vehicle is exposed to these conditions the greater the resulting damage will be.

How to Keep your RV safe:

There is a period of about five to seven years where you won’t see much damage. However, constant exposure to the Florida elements without protection will damage your vehicle. Accumulation of rust can spell costly repairs so it’s a good idea to take preemptive measures to prevent this from happening. In addition to taking the normal care measures to keep your vehicle safe (i.e. washing and waxing) it’s also a good idea to store your RV in a safe place, such as a prefab metal building.

Unlike other vehicles, an RV is not easily stored in a typical garage, so unless you already have accommodations, you’ll have to prepare a special storage unit to keep your RV safe from the elements. Keen’s buildings will work with you to ensure that you have the proper storage for your RV. Our team of experts can also advise you on which materials will be useful, so you don’t have to take a college course on building materials, and can instead focus on other things, like where you want to go next.

Life is an adventure, and we at Keen’s Buildings want to make sure that all the elements you need to carry out that adventure is as safe as possible. Trust professionals, trust Keen’s Buildings. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you!

Why Metal Storage Sheds Are Superior to Wooden Sheds

When it comes to storage, one of the most popular avenues is a metal storage shed. People all over America prefer to have metal storage sheds instead of the traditional wooden ones. There are a lot of ways metal storage sheds are superior to the wooden ones. A metal storage shed is more environmentally friendly, energy-efficient, durable, and long-lasting.

There are several ways you can use your metal shed. For instance, you can use it as a workshop, home office, tool shop, or for storage purposes.

Advantages of Choosing Metal Storage Garages

You may be reluctant to choose a metal storage shed over a wooden shed because of the cost, but it is actually superior in the long run. Getting a metal storage shed is an investment that will stay with you for years to come. Additionally, their maintenance is also easier.

Following are some of the advantages of metal storage sheds. After reading these amazing benefits, you will definitely see how the metal storage sheds are far better than wooden sheds.

Less Maintenance

Like we mentioned before, wooden sheds are harder to maintain as compared to metal storage sheds. Wooden sheds are more likely to suffer from structural damage than steel ones. A few things that can cause damage to the wooden sheds are fires, floods, and storms. And let’s not forget the deadliest disaster – termites. Yes, termites can eat away the wooden foundations of your shed, leaving you with a skeleton. Getting rid of termites will cost you an arm and a leg, figuratively, of course.

All these issues will go away when you have a metal storage shed. You will not have to worry about termites, damp conditions, or fire hazards when you have a metal storage shed.

Much More Secure

Have you ever heard that a burglar cut through a metal storage shed and stole things? We are sure that your answer is no. It is much easier to penetrate through a wooden shed. Metal storage sheds will ensure that your stored items remain secure from the clutches of burglars and thieves.

No Need for Foundation

Yes, you read that right. In most cases, you will not require a foundation for your metal storage shed. This will help you cut down on the installation cost significantly. All you need for the installation of your new metal storage shed is a flat surface, and you are good to go.

Modern Designs

If you are picturing your metal storage shed as a tin box, then you are wrong. It is much more modern than that. You can renovate and paint it just the way you like to add a modern touch. Additionally, your metal storage shed can be custom-designed to suit your needs.

Are you looking for reliable vendors who will solve all your storage problems? Look no further, because you just found the best one. Keen’s Building will help you get your dream metal storage shed. Contact us today and get your storage shed delivered.