The Drawbacks of Hardware Shed Kits

Shed kits are growing in popularity; they are a cheaper alternative that you can pick up at a hardware store. With just a few hours of dedicated work, you can have your very own shed! Easy right? However, these sheds may not be all they seem to be. You’ve heard the old saying “if it’s too good to be true it probably is,” and hardware shed kits are no exception.

Here are a few drawbacks to hardware shed kits you may not be aware of:

Lifespan

Often the lifespan of hardware shed form kits is extremely low. As opposed to getting a couple of decades or almost a century from the quality shed, you may get about a five or ten years at the most from a shed built from a kit. Even for a reduced cost, this a shed kit may not be the most worthwhile investment.

Installation

Hardware shed kits promote easy and fast installation, however putting up a shed is anything but simple. There is the possibility of messing up, and this can compromise the already fragile product. What was supposed to be completed in a few days can drag on for weeks.

Noncustomizable

Because these kits are basically a ready-made shed in a box, your ability to customize it is greatly reduced. Additionally, because the shed is so cheap, you likely won’t be able to add to it, even with the help of a professional, without compromising the structure even more.

Leaks

Hardware shed kits are prone to leaks. Chances are good sealants won’t be used at or around the cracks and crevices of the shed and certainly not near doors. These faults defeat the primary purpose of the shed, which is to provide protection to your storage items.

Cheap material

Hardware shed kits are not built with strong materials. Moreover, the manufacturers of these kits simply want to make a quick buck and don’t really care much beyond you buying their product.

Don’t waste money purchasing a temporary shed that won’t last and may ultimately end up being more trouble than its worth. Here at Keen’s Buildings, we offer you only the best-made sheds, at an affordable price without sacrificing quality work or materials.  Contact us today to learn more!

Rent-to-Own: Is it Right for You?

The consideration of whether you are better to rent-to-own your shed is a vital decision. Both options have their pros and cons. Your unique situation will determine which one you should select. However, there is actually a third option that is not spoken about as often, and that is rent-to-own.

Rent-to-own exists between renting and owning (eventually). Basically, you’ll make monthly payments for a set period of time after you’ve paid it off you have the option of owning the property, if you decide that you don’t want it, you don’t have to own the building.

How rent-to-own can be beneficial

With rent-to-own, you get the benefit of having the storage shed on your actual property. Unlike a typical storage facility that requires traveling, you’ll be able to easily access, your storage shed.

The rent-to-own option is also a fantastic option if you have poor credit, as there are no invasive credit checks. Making regular payments on your storage unit can actually serve to improve your credit score.

The potential uses you’ll have with a rent-to-own shed are extensive as well. If, for example, you are remodeling and need a place to store your belongings a storage shed in your property is ideal. If you decide that you would like your yard space back, you don’t have to claim the storage unit.

When rent-to-own is not beneficial

Rent-to-own is not the end all be all that it may appear to be, there are times you’ll want to consider other options. If you are able to pay for a shed, rent-to-own may not be the best option (because you can get better deals by just purchasing the shed).

If you have good credit and want to keep the building, it may be best to purchase the building if you can afford it. Financing your shed can also be a cheaper option in this situation as well.

Things to consider

If you can pay off your building early, you’ll save money in the long run. If you are opting for rent-to-own storage, shed, remember that you are responsible for the maintenance of the building. Learn more about your options or how we can help by calling us today?

 

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 Buildings: Get the Steel Frame Shed You Need

Get the Quality Steel Frame Building You Need

Are you in need of a quality storage unit or shed that is durable, long lasting, and low maintenance? You’ve come to the right place! We take all of our clients’ needs very seriously. Here at Keen’s Buildings have served everyone from agriculturalist and farmers to homeowners and businesses. We proudly serve Florida and many parts of Georgia.

Metal and steel sheds and buildings are not all created equally. The type of shed you need will have a significant impact on the type of protection it can provide for your equipment. There are hundreds of different metal constructions to choose from. It can be difficult finding the right one for you. However, here at Keen’s Buildings, we like to make things easy for you and bring you only the best, a quality steel framed building that can provide you and your property with the absolute best protection.

Steel frame sheds are strong, as they are stable and have incredible tensile strength. As such, it’s incredibly difficult to damage a steel frame. Additionally, steel framed buildings are easily customizable. You can select from a ride variety of doors, windows, and more to ensure that your shed can serve its purpose to its full compacity.

Keen’s Buildings are trusted by homeowners and businesses alike. We proudly serve the Florida area. We strive to make the entire process relatively easy. If you are having trouble with money, or are concerned about how you can pay for your steel building, don’t worry. We offer a different payment option so you can get your building or shed without having to stress about having to pay it all upfront.  If you want to learn more about us, the services we provide, or the options available to you for creating your metal building contact us today!

 

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.