Memorial Weekend

Keen’s Buildings would like to take the time to give a shout out to all the past and present service men and women who have served our country so selflessly to ensure our freedom. Keen’s Portable Buildings salutes these heroes.

Now, we all know that Memorial Day kicks off summer. Summer means pool parties and good times. It also means summer storms and Hurricane season. Everyone knows the damage high winds and driving rains can do to your prize winning hot rod. Or how the hot summer sun can deteriorate the seat on your new mower.

A heavy duty steel carport will work great to keep your vehicle covered and protected form the elements.

A portable storage building can be ordered with double doors, a big rollup door, or a five foot swinging door to accommodate any size lawn tractor a person could think of. Windows, colors, electrical and doors are all items that can be custom ordered to suit the needs of the buyer.

Before going kicking things off this Memorial day in a bad way. Check out all the ways to protect your investments with portable storage buildings and heavy duty steal carports.

Is Your Carport Ready For Winter?

We have almost reached the end of November, and if winter hasn’t settled heavily on your area, it probably soon will (at least those of you in the more northern areas of the country). Your boats and RVs have probably been winterized and put away to hibernate for the season, but if you’re storing them beneath a carport, you need to know they are going to be safe from the accumulating weight of ice and snow.

If you live in an area where snowfall can pile up on the roof of your portable buildings, you better be sure that the structure can handle the extra load. At Keens Portable Buildings all of our steel carports and garages have been designed to handle sever ice, wind, and snow. As you look at your different options, though, there are some points to consider if your area sees a lot of snow every year.

The Right Shape and Materials

If snow accumulates on a flat roof that can cause more wear and tear on the structure. If you expect a lot of snow every year, you will need some kind of round or angled roof that allows the snow and ice to slide off. In many cases, a valance carport is good enough to keep the weather off, but if there’s high winds or an excessive amount of snow, you may want to go with a fully enclosed structure (especially if you’re storing your boat or RV there for months at a time).

A strong, steel frame with heavy duty trusses will help make sure your garage, shed or carport can take the strain. Galvanized steel with some form of rust-resistant coating will help it last for years, avoid corrosion, and provide the protection you need.

The materials used on the roof are also extremely important. We’ve crafted ours to withstand excessive amounts of moisture and the heavy weight of snow. If, however, you have had your carport for a while, be sure to double check the roof and make sure it hasn’t developed any leaks or cracks over the years.

Complete Protection from the Weather

A strong carport or outdoor storage shed will help you protect your important possessions from the ravages of harsh weather. You won’t have to shovel out your car every morning and your tools and other vehicles will be protected while they sit in hibernation.

Deciding What Size Metal Shelter or Shed to Get That Fits Your Needs

Purchasing a metal storage garage is a big decision that takes some time to review and discuss. While there are several things to take into account when deciding on purchasing a metal carport or shed there are two items to think over that are the most important. The first is to determine what your metal storage shed will be storing and how big of a metal garage you will need to shelter those items. To help with those decisions, we’ve created a brief list of what items are most commonly stored in metal storage sheds and how to decide which size shed/garage to purchase.

If You Are Storing A Car

If you are purchasing a storage shed to house and store a vehicle, it is very important to get a metal garage that fits your car with space to spare. You will first want to measure the length and the width of the vehicle being stored as well as how tall the vehicle is at its absolutely tallest point. That will ensure you have a carport that is the perfect fit for your car. But what many people forget is that once the car is snuggly nestled in its new home, you still need to get out of the car without dinging the doors. If you are using your metal storage shed for a car, always give yourself enough width (usually a few extra feet) to get out of the car, as well as enough height to stand up without bumping your head.

If You Are Providing a Shelter for Animals

If you intend to use your metal garage to provide a shelter for animals it is important to take into account the type of animals you intend to house. For larger animals such as horse and livestock, you will want a much larger metal garage with openings for stalls and entrances. For caged animals like guinea pigs or rabbits, measure out the width and stacking height of the cages as well as the depth. Be sure to compensate for a pathway between each side of the cages and take into account whether or not you may need more space in the future and plan accordingly.

If You Are Storing a RV or Boat

RVs and boats can be stored under metal carports or in metal storage garages and each has its benefits. To further protect your RV and Boat form the elements, it is suggested to purchase a fully enclosed garage with a garage door. You would measure this the same way as you would if you were storing a car. Measure the width, length and height of the car and then add a few extra feet to the width to account for opening doors and getting out of the garage. Also, remember that if online prices only go to a certain height, contact us and we can discuss custom carport and metal storage garage options.

If You Are Storing Every Day Outdoor and Household Items

If you are using your metal storage shed to store household items, then you will want to make sure there is plenty of space for your items, with extra space to spare for organizing and walkways. If you have items that are temperature or light sensitive, you can look into custom options that allow temperature control as well as windows, skylights and lighting systems. Other custom features available are security systems for those precious and valuable items being stored.

The Metal Shelter or Shed That Fits Your Needs

Always remember to measure what you are storing and prepare for having walkways, organizing and extra space if needed. One important thing to remember is that we have staff on hand to answer any questions you may have, so if in doubt call us, and we will gladly provide you with the information you need.

10 Uses for a Steel Garages and Storage Sheds

The first thought of many people considering purchasing a steel garage or storage shed is that it can only be used to store cars or to house garden tools but we’ve made a list of 10 (and believe us there are many more) uses for a storage shed or steel garage to help open your eyes to all that a steel storage shed can be.

You can use your storage shed as a…

1.  Animal shelter

Several people use storage sheds and steel garages as a place to keep animals such as bunnies, guinea pigs, and other crated or cages animals. The sheds can be custom made with shelving units to house such animals and are convenient and close to home to care for these animals that may not be allowed in the house. Other people use large steel garages to offer outdoor animals such as dogs, cats, horses, goats or other farm animal’s protection from the extreme weather elements of rain, snow, cold and heat.

2. Place of Business

Renting and paying utilities on a place of business can be difficult for a small business just starting out but to keep your operating costs and over head low, you may want to consider using a storage shed as your place of business until you feel ready for a piece of business reality
3.  Hobby Shop

Many steel garage owners use their sheds as a place to do hobbies that there may not be room for in the home. Whether it is being used for quilting, sewing, or crafting, storage sheds are the perfect place to store all craft and hobby material as well as the best place to step away and enjoy your hobbies.

4. Game Room/Man Cave

Every man deserves a place to go hang out with his buddies and play poker, pool or just to watch the big game. Using a storage shed as a man cave and game rooms gives the man of the house a place to escape to and enjoy.

5. Workshop

Larger hobbies such as welding or wood working can take up a lot of space in a home and cause unnecessary dust and dirt. To combat this, many wives are suggesting their husbands do these hobbies out in the steel garage. This gives men a place to work that they won’t have to clean up every time they step away and keeps dust and dirt away from the house.

6. Place for Home Storage

Old couches, Christmas décor and old toys can all be stored out of the way in a dry and protected place when they are stored in a metal storage shed or garage. These storage buildings can house all the extra home items you don’t have room for, don’t need to be used at the moment and don’t want to get rid of.

7. Pool House

Storage sheds as a pool house offers a place to change for the outdoor pool can house a Jacuzzi or even just store the pool supplies out of the way but close to your outdoor pool.

8.  At-Home Gym

Going to a gym can be time consuming and expensive but using your storage shed as a workout area allows for easy access, no travel time, no membership fees and complete work out privacy.

9.  Mediation Area

Steel garages can easily be turned into a place of relaxation and mediation that can be accessed year round. A storage shed is the perfect place to perform morning mediation, yoga and pray and also offers a secluded place to relax and study.

10. Guest House

If you need some extra space for those guests on the way, convert the steel storage shed. With a few modifications, these metal garages can transform in to a spacious temporary living quarters for visiting family and friends.

Storage Shed Accessories and Features to Purchase with Your Metal Garage

Purchasing a storage shed is a wise choice and there are several uses and reasons to buy a metal storage garage. Whether for storage or used for a woodworking shop, the accessories to storage sheds are just as important. There several accessories to go inside of or customize your storage garage to fit your specific needs and we’ve created a short list of the most used customizable shed accessories.

Benches

Benches are perfect for the gardener who is storing gardening supplies in her storage shed or using it as greenhouse in the winter. Benches make good resting spots as well as storage places for smaller items like gloves and hand shoves. Benches are also nice if the garage has been converted to a man cave and requires extra seating.

Ramps

Ramps are a great addition to metal garages that are housing RVs, cars, four wheelers, and other motorized vehicles. They allow for smooth pulling into a metal storage garage and reduce the risks of injury when stepping into the shed.

Lofts

Lofts in a metal storage shed offer owners extended overhead space for more storage of items they may not use regularly. Christmas décor, old children’s toys, etc… all could be stored in overheard lofts and the storage shed protects them from the elements while providing extra space below for larger or more used items.

Windows

When storage sheds are used as play or hobby areas, some owners like to have a window to look out of or to peek in on the children at play. Windows can be installed in custom sheds and are also great in metal garages used to house large animals like livestock and horses.

Skylights

Skylights are also a custom option that is great for air circulation in the hot summers and for light in the winter months. Some owners like them for when they use their storage shed as a greenhouse to provide natural light for the plants.

Shelves

Adding a shelving unit to your shed is a great idea when the metal garage is being used for storage, as a hobby area or as a car shop. Shelves that are accessories to metal garages can be built in to prevent falling over and the ruining of other property so if you think you may want shelves, purchase them with your metal storage shed.

Work Benches

Work benches provide work areas for the gardener, mechanic, woodworker and toy train maker among many others. Adding a work bench to your metal storage shed is a smart choice if you plan on using your garage for activities that could benefit from a stable and flat working area.

Security & Temperature Control

For valuable items, being stored in a metal garage, it may be wise to get a custom accessory of security cameras. For items that are temperature sensitive, another accessory to consider is the option of temperature control.  Both of these options may be good considerations if you are using your storage garage as a play place for children. It keeps them safe from heat stroke or being too cold and allows you as a caring adult to keep an eye on them without needing to be in the shed with them.

Storage Shed Accessories

No matter your reason for owning a metal storage shed, be sure to check out the accessory options they come with so all your needs can be met.

Should You Build a Carport or a Garage?

Carports and garages both offer protection for your vehicle from harsh elements throughout the year, whether you live in an area that is hit with heavy snow every year or the lack of trees in your neighborhood leaves it open to excess sun damage. With either option, your car will receive some of the protection it needs, you won’t have to scrape iced windows before leaving the house, and it can even add some value to your property.

The question is, then, which one is better for your situation? Many people might automatically assume that the garage is the better choice in most instances, but that isn’t necessarily always true. There are definitely some advantages to both, so you just have to decide which one fits your situation better.

The Advantages of an Enclosed Garage

Any time you are working with an enclosed structure, there will be a number of inherent advantage. Obviously, something that has all four walls and a roof will offer even more protection from the elements than a carport, but it will also offer an added degree of security for anything you want to store inside it. The ability to lock the doors and windows means you can do more than just park your car there.

These walls also make the structure more stable, so a garage is likely to stand up to harsh weather conditions for longer. If you’re looking for an addition to the home where you can keep your car or other valuable possessions, and plan to be in the home for a while, this may be the best option for you.

Carport Benefits

A carport, on the other hand, is going to be a more affordable option than a fully enclosed garage. With the quality steel and engineering that goes into these structure, though, they are still extremely durable and can stand up to serious weather conditions.

A carport is also a more versatile option. Since it’s more of an “installation” than it is a “construction project,” it can be set up without any major excavation of the land. And if the location turns out to be not quite right, you can always adjust its positioning without a lot of work. It’s also important to note that without these structures require a lot less maintenance than a garage, and with our range of designs, you can find something that will go perfectly with your home.

Single Carports – Choose between Lean-to and Standalone Covers

When you’re looking for an affordable car cover, the most obvious choice is between a metal lean-to and stand alone single carports. If you have no space constraints, you could have a free-standing carport built to your specifications. On the other hand, if space is a limitation, a lean-to structure is the solution.

Lean-to’s are attached to the house and are constructed to blend with its architecture. You could have a flat or sloping roof, depending upon the pitch of the roof of your house. A sloping roof is ideal in a place with heavy snowfall as the snow slides off, saving you tedious clearing hassles. With the wall of your house on one side and strong metal roofing, a lean-to carport can provide your vehicle with the protection it needs.

Free-standing structures offer you a lot of flexibility. You can build your single carport as small or as large as you want to and locate it on a site of your choice – subject, of course, to your area’s building rules. There are several roofing options available for these carports. The standard single carport measures 12’X21′. Available in a pre-fabricated package, a stand alone steel car port can provide excellent cover for a car, RV, trailer, or boat.

Whether attached or free-standing, single carports have to be installed the right way. If you have simple technical skills, you could purchase a do-it-yourself package and set up your stand alone car port on your own. However, a car cover that is attached to your home has to be planned and installed carefully, and it’s best to rely on professional support. Purchase your single carport from a reliable dealer and benefit from a comprehensive coverage solution.

Commercial Carports – Strong with So Many Application Possibilities

Commercial carports can suit a variety of business needs for storage and weather-protection. They are strong structures with the ones made out of metal being a more affordable and low-maintenance option compared to those made of wood. Depending on the specific requirement, they can be installed on gravel, ground or concrete surfaces.

Multiple Applications

Some of the possible applications of these carports are:

  • Car rental agencies can use them to protect their fleet of vehicles
  • They provide adequate cover for outdoor events
  • Large ones can be used to provide shade to livestock or horses or to store big tractors
  • They can be used to protect farm equipment and machinery
  • Small ones can provide cover for vegetable/fruit stands
  • Ideal shelter for outdoor retail displays
  • Parking for staff, tenants or customers
  • Completely enclosed models can be outfitted as offices, workshops or distribution centers

Other Advantages

There are other reasons why commercial carports are a great investment. They have several customization options including a wide range of color choices. Certified models provide the guarantee of having satisfied all building code and permission rules imposed by your state, county or city. Financing options are available for the carports and you can have them professionally installed by your dealer.

Carports with Additional Storage Areas

There are carports that have been designed with additional storage areas built on to them so that the owner can enjoy having all of the great qualities that a custom built garage has to offer without having to pay an installation crew to build one. A carport is a structure that covers your vehicle or other large piece of equipment that must be kept outdoors such as a tractor or riding lawn mower.

Many people who own these items may not have a garage connected to their home and therefore they need to purchase a building or structure like a carport to keep their expensive lawn equipment or vehicle protected from harmful weather or other outdoor elements.

While a standard carport is able to serve the purpose well, a carport that has additional storage space added on to it offers even more benefits because it can provide you with extra space to store away smaller lawn equipment, garden tools, or large storage containers that are full of seasonal decorations.

There are also some carports that can be used as barns, and have compartments where livestock can rest and tractors or other farm equipment can be stored away. This is a very convenient option for people who have small farms with one or two horses or cows on their land. They do not have to invest in having a large barn built when they only need an area for a handful of animals to stay. These barn ‘carports’ are made out of high quality metals that are built to last and withstand everything that nature has to throw at them.

Many carport companies will also have metal buildings in stock as well that can provide you with adequate storage space for all of your lawn equipment or seasonal holiday decorations. These steel buildings can also add value to the price of your property and a metal building will hold up much longer and provide more protection than a standard wooden storage shed could.