Why you need a Steel Building if you’re a Farmer

Many buildings explicitly made for agriculture are wooden structures. Wood buildings are significantly more prone to sustaining damage than steel buildings over time; this can cost you considerably.

Wood is prone to swelling and rotting when wet for too long. Wood is also susceptible to molding. If you want your wooden structure to be resistant to water, you’ll need to have it treated.

Why is a wooden barn a bad choice?

Wood is also known for attracting termites and other pests. Termites are especially common in warmer climates, so if you’re living in Florida, you’ll need to keep a lookout. Once an infestation has occurred, it can be incredibly challenging to get rid of them. Within a few months, and an infestation can easily become unmanageable and devastate your structure.

Lastly, wood also far more flammable than metal. This is an important factor if you are living in Florida because of the large frequency of thunderstorms. While fires can occur for a variety of reasons; however, the end result is often catastrophic. Not only will you lose your building but all its contents as well. From farm equipment to livestock, you want to rest assured that all your property is safe.

For these reasons, many farmers are opting to have their agriculture building constructed from metal. Metal buildings are naturally more water, fire, and pest resistant than their wooden equivalent. Additionally, with metal, you can maximize space as metal can bear more weight without the need for support beams.

If you are looking for an eco-friendly and durable alternative to a traditional wood barn, consider building out of steel. Our metal buildings are completely customizable so that you can create an ideal agricultural building for you. Contact Keen’s Buildings to learn more. If you are having any problems financing your metal building, talk to us about our alternative payment options.

 

Selecting a Foundation: Things you need to know before an Installation

It can be exciting getting a custom building constructed; however, there are a few things you can do to make the entire process go smoother.

Check out building codes, with local authorities and your home owner’s association to see if there are any permits required, social rules, or regulations you need to abide by. In the case of permits, you can find some relevant information online. Fill out any required paperwork before having your metal building installed. If your building requires water or electricity you can have a plumber or electrician visit the site. In many cases, it is easier to have electrical lines and pipes ready and installed before the construction process of your metal building.

Determining your foundation

Deciding whether you want to have your building installed on a soil foundation or a concrete foundation is important because it plays a role in the flooring of your building. Keep in mind is that there may be some work involved when it comes to having your foundation installed.

Soil

If you want a soil foundation, here are three steps you can take to make the process easier.

–    Firstly, you’ll want to remove any vegetation from around the installation site. Having vegetation present will weaken the soil potentially compromising the anchoring of your structure.

–    Select a level area. You can create a level area by compacting the dirt in and around the site.

–    Clear any debris from the installation site.

Depending on the construction

Concrete

Like with a soil foundation, you’ll first want to start with removing any vegetation from the site.  Here are a few more things you need to do if you want a concrete foundation.

–    Determine your boundaries and level the area where the concrete needs to be poured. The state you are living in and the construction you are building will determine some aspects of your boundaries and the amount of concrete you need.

–    If you are certifying your building take note of any required regulations before the concrete is poured to ensure that it meets building codes.

–    Because concrete needs to set, typically for no less than 72 hours; you’ll need to prepare the installation of your building to provide ample time for the concrete to cure.

Selecting the proper foundation for your project is the first step in creating your dream, metal building. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

 

 

Keen’s Buildings: Useful Tips to Accentuate your Metal Building

Steel buildings are used for everything from carports and barns to sheds and tiny homes! However, just because your building is metal doesn’t mean it has to look like one. Metal buildings are easily refurbished, painted, and decorated to look and even feel like a home. Here are just a few ways to customize your metal building.

Walls

The exterior walls are essential not just in appearance, but function as well. These walls are the first thing everyone will see and what people will come to associate your metal building with. Additionally, your walls have the job of taking the brunt force of the elements as well as keeping you, and everything you store inside your metal building, safe. You can add vinyl or aluminum siding, windows, or even some additional doors to your building.

Shade

You can extend your overhang to add some shade to your metal building. This is particularly useful if you are planning to use your metal building like a home, hideaway, or if you have a patio. You can also experiment with the flooring material of your patio (like using tile) to really create a homely feel.

Windows

There are a large variety of window types you can use to brighten your interior space. Windows are also useful in adding to the appearance of your metal building.

Space management. You may want to consider how to utilize the space of your metal building best. This is particularly useful if you are using your building for a barn or home. Consider building in shelves racks or counters. Hooks can also be a wonderful addition if you need to hang things like potted plants or tools.

Decorate the outside. A garden, some lawn ornaments, or even outdoor lamps can really help sprues up your exterior. At Keen’s Buildings, we strive to make your ideal a reality. Call us today to learn more about our services.

Important Things you need to know about Commercial Metal Buildings

The decision to expand your office or to add additional space to a preexisting building is no small feat to a corporation. However, choosing a metal building can be a saving grace that can help reduce both the time needed to complete the process as well as the money spent on the overall operation. If you are on the fence about using metal to build for your commercial building here are five important considerations.

Metal buildings are sustainable

Some of the most significant building landmarks in the entire world are constructed out of metal. The Eiffel Tower and the Empire State building are two such examples. Some metal buildings have been constructed well over a century ago and are still standing and in reasonably good condition. That is a testament to just how sustainable metal is as a building material.

Metal requires fewer resources to make than almost any other building material. Additionally, unlike other material metal, is extremely durable and not susceptible to rot or pests. Steel also produces fewer toxins when refined than other building materials.

Metal is very easy to recycle and repurpose. Additionally, if you purchase a special portable metal building, you can move your metal building easily making it ideal for changing locations.

Energy efficient

A metal building is easily insulated so that you can stay cool in the hotter months and warm in the colder months. Energy conservation is an essential aspect for anyone with a commercial metal building. You can save on costs and help protect your building at the same time (sense insulation can help control condensation).

Versatility

Metal is among one of the most durable building materials on the planet. However, its strength is not the only thing that makes this building material valuable. Metal also tends to be flexible, which is perfect for absorbing impact. Additionally, building interior spaces that would be impossible (or at least very difficult) using other materials.

Steel has a very impressive strength to weight ratio. This allows you to construct relatively large buildings without the need for support walls or beams. Beams limit the interior space of your building.
You have significantly more options with a steel building thanks to the versatility of the material.

Longevity

Metal is not susceptible to rot or pests. Insurance companies recognize the durability of metal buildings and as such are typically willing to lower the cost it takes to insure the building. Metal is so durable you will spend significantly less on repair and maintenance costs. This means that a metal building is a lifetime investment that can serve you for an incredibly long time, perhaps even for generations to come.

Affordability

The raw material needed to construct a metal building is relatively inexpensive. All around the cost of producing a metal building is even less costly to the environment. That coupled with the fact that a metal building has longevity means that over time your metal building will pay for itself.

If you are making the economical decision to have a building constructed then do your wallet and your future a favor and go with metal!

 

Storage Sheds and Outdoor Sheds in South Florida

Why rent space at a storage facility when you can build your own? It can be tempting to pay a storage facility to house the things you may not have room for. However, it comes with a few risks and undesirable requirements. Firstly, price. Many storage facilities will have you pay a fee (usually monthly or annually) these fees can compound and add up over time. Eventually, you may end up spending the same amount, if not more, renting. When it comes to cost over time buying a storage space is more cost effective. You also can’t easily maintain your property if you are renting a storage unit. lastly, with renting a storage space, you’ll have to travel to reobtain your belongings.

Why should you choose metal?
Steel sheds are fantastic for adding more storage space and no one makes metal buildings like Keen’s Buildings! Our sheds are designed to withstand the harshest weather conditions Florida can throw at you. Additionally, metal comes with a few perks that you won’t find with other materials, such as it being low maintenance and naturally fire and pest resistant!

The benefits of a metal shed go beyond merely being pest and fire resistant. Metal is an eco-friendly option that is easy to transport and takes relatively little time to install. That means you can spend let time worrying about your construction and more time utilizing it! Metal is also easy to recycle and creates significantly less by-product when being repaired and repurposed than other building materials. It is also incredibly durable and has the potential to outlive many other building materials by decades!

Our team is here to help!
We can help you navigate all of your shed needs. Our sheds are customizable, so you can design and create it to fit your unique needs. Call us today for more information!

 

 

Keen’s Buildings: Common uses for Portable Buildings

Portable buildings are versatile and can be customized to fit your unique needs. If your building has out served its use that is not a problem as metal is easily repurposed or recycled. Essentially, if you get a metal building you don’t have to worry about it turning into a one-and-done home that cannot be utilized for something else, should it outgrow its original purpose. Here are a few common things metal buildings are used for.

Tiny home

Tiny houses are an easy way to downsize and are very convenient. Additionally, you can get really sturdy tiny houses that are capable of withstanding harsh weather. With a metal tiny house, you can add safety to the many benefits as metal is a very durable material that is both fire and pest resistant!

Portable storage

It can be a pain having to pay for storage space. If you miss a payment, your space could be forfeit, and you run the risk of losing your property. With portable storage, you can take your things with you anywhere you go. Be it tools for your trade or priceless family heirlooms you can rest assured that your precious items will be safe with you.

Laundry room

An expansion to your house is often incredibly convenient. With home expansions, it is easy to build upon what is already there. Detached laundry rooms are fantastic especially if your drier heats up your house. A typical expansion can take a long time to add, but with a metal portable building, you can expand your space in no time and have a designated place to do laundry, hang clothes and store your washer and drier.

Workshop

There are times when you need a space to work or repair things and what better way to do that than to have a workshop or repair room. You can keep all your tools safe from damage and easily available to you while you work.

Office

Having your own space can be a tremendous advantage, particularly if you work from home. With a Metal building, you will have a safe place to store all your documents. You can rest assured that your work-related materials will be safer as metal is resistant to termites and fire.

Why wait? Get your portable building today!

If you are looking for an affordable space that can be purposed for almost anything then consider getting a portable metal building. It’s a cost-effective solution for space. Here at Keen’s Buildings, we would be more than happy to meet your building needs. Contact us today to learn more.

 

Keen’s Building: Calculate the Cost of your Metal Barn

Gazing at your family’s beloved, old, yet classic wooden barn can be a fairly nostalgic feeling until you look at the cost for repairs. It’s difficult to maintain feelings of sentimentality when something is drilling an insurmountable hole in your pocket. Let’s take a look at exactly why metal barns may actually be a better option for both your building and wallet.

 

Why choose metal?

The advantages of building with metal vastly outweigh that of wood in terms of price and longevity.

  • Unlike wood, steel won’t rot
  • Steel is a very durable option being both fire and pest resistant
  • Metal can be recycled and repurposed
  • Steel is eco-friendly

Metal has a ton of advantages and to make matters even better; it doesn’t cost nearly as much to maintain or repair. Take for instance a steel framed building with a metal roof versus a typical asphalt roof. The steel framed building will likely have a warranty that lasts 40-50 years. An asphalt roof will only have a warranty of about 15 years. Beyond that, incurrence companies are typically willing to lower insurance costs of metal buildings thanks largely to metal buildings being so durable.

To have a proper understanding of what will drive the cost of a metal building we need to examine the primary influence of cost fluctuation: design choices, building code costs, and the variable costs. Let’s look at each of these one at a time to see how the cost of your metal building is impacted.

 Variable cost

Variable costs are prices that differ depending on a few things. These prices are often out of your control and can include things like material prices and labor costs. Naturally, variable costs will be a little different depending on the company you choose to have constructed your metal building, as well as the supplier of the raw material.

The first step to pricing any project is to consider the material used. In the case of building with metal, it is not uncommon for the prices to fluctuate depending on the demand. For metal, in particular, you’ll start to notice a drop in the price if your building is over 5,000 square feet. The price will drop again when your building reaches the 10,000 square feet arena.

Another variable cost that you’ll notice is the cost of fuel. Expenses needed to ship the necessary material will likely be factored into your overall costs. This is a necessary expense that will fluctuate greatly depending on your location.

The purchasing power of the construction company will have significant impacts on your building costs. Some companies can get steel at a discount, particularly if they purchase the materials in bulk.

Lastly, there are labor costs. The cost of labor can alter greatly depending on market demand. Still, there will likely not be a great difference in the labor costs for metal versus a steel building.

Building code costs

Building codes are preset costs imposed based on your location. These costs are set by your local, state, or regional government.

As mentioned before, building codes differ depending on your location. Someone living in a coastal region may need their building to withstand higher wind speeds. A person living inland, as such there will be cost differences to accommodate these requirements.

If you live further north your building may need to meet snow load building codes, to withstand the weight of fallen snow. Typically, these buildings are designed to withstand over one hundred pounds per square inch.

In areas prone to earthquakes the building codes differ. These codes are in place for safety purposes, so if you find yourself needing to pay more remember it’s to ensure the safety of your building and your life.

Design costs

These are the costs that you have the most control over. The structural designs you select, and any accessories, ascetics, and decorations you want will impact the cost.

Two major design choices will have a significant impact on your overall building cost. The overall width of your building and the shape of your roof.

The beautiful thing about metal buildings in that you can pretty much build it any length you want provided it fits your budget. However, the width of your building can only be roughly 200 feet (though some people will say 300 feet on the extreme end) before load-bearing walls or columns are required.

The roof shape is another key aspect of the overall price of your metal building. In general, a gabled roof or a straight wall single slope roof will be more expensive than an arched Quonset roof.

Additional costs will depend greatly on the function of your metal building.

Additional metal building prices

As you see the final cost will fluctuate significantly based on a number of both controllable and uncontrollable variables. Talk to your metal building contractors to weigh your portions and.

Keen’s Buildings offers a large variety of styles and building options to accommodate your particular needs. Click the button below to get a quote.

Keen’s Buildings: Rent to Own Storage

Storage Building Solutions: Rent to own

Whether you’re a homeowner, contractor, or even a school a lack of storage space can easily become an issue. Renting a storage building is often expensive as the month to month cost quickly adds up and you’ll have little to show for it, save for a hole in your wallet. Here at Keen’s Building, we’ve got the perfect solution for you!

Purchasing storage space can be difficult. Though ideal to own storage space, the truth is that it’s not always a viable option.  With bills to pay it’s perfectly understandable that purchasing storage space can be low on the list, but luckily there is rent to own. With Rent to own, you can acquire an affordable storage space via monthly payments. Should you decide to, you can purchase the storage space at the end of your rental term.

For some this option can seem suspicious; however, unlike other options, there are not invasive credit checks. There are a plethora of advantages when it comes to rent to own. For example, the one-time deposit, free-delivery, and set up. There are no high construction costs.

If that’s not enough to convince you there is the added bonus of potentially owning the storage space. With a typical storage rental, you pay from month to month without any potential to gain anything at the end. However, for rent to own you not only get time with the storage space to grow accustomed to it, but you can also purchase it at the end!

With our storage spaces, you can choose from a plethora of colors, designs, and styles on both the inside and outside of your storage area. We build according to your specific needs. Whether it’s for a residential area or a commercial one we seek to accommodate you whatever your needs are!

Don’t let storage be a problem! With Keen’s Buildings, you can have the storage space you need without burning a hole in your wallet. The best part is that we can have your rent to own storage space available for you in a short time.

 

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.