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.

The Advantages of Multifunctional Utility Carports

Confused about what multifunctional utility carports offer in terms of benefits and convenience to you? Are they even worth the investment? Keen’s Buildings has all the answers you need. We have been designing and installing custom multifunctional utility carports based on the needs of our clients for nearly 20 years. What is one of the great thing about buying multifunctional utility carports and metal structures from us? Each building comes with free setup and free delivery in Florida and Georgia.

So, what is a multifunctional utility carport? The name sounds complicated, but this metal structure is a hybrid of a utility shed and a carport. It serves both purposes and can be the best place for keeping things stored away as well as being a place where you can park your vehicles. The carport/storage building combination offers a massive range of benefits, such as providing your vehicles with a safe storage place. Additionally, it protects them from the harsh weather. You can also decide where the storage area should be placed in the carport, as it can at the side or the end of the carport.

The best thing about multifunctional utility carports is that they are affordable, durable, and customizable.

The Many Advantages of Multifunction Utility Carports

Keen’s Buildings has been designing and installing all types and sizes of multifunctional utility carports in Florida and Georgia since 1999. There are so many advantages you can avail from using this hybrid structure. We have highlighted some of them for those individuals interested in multifunctional utility carports.

➢ Functionality

This metal building serves multiple purposes and is a great place for holding gatherings, a workshop for hobbies, a covered workspace, and a storage place. You can also park your vehicles like snowmobiles, bicycles, motorcycles, lawnmowers, and more!

➢ Endless Customization

Another great advantage of multifunctional utility carports is that they come with an extensive range of customization options. You are able to select the number of doors you want (and their placement), the type of roof, and the overall size of the metal structure. You can also choose whether the wall panels will partially or completely fill the walls to leave an open area for airflow. Apart from that, you can also decide the type of steel and metal that is used to enhance the structural strength of the multifunctional utility carport.

➢ Optimum Utilization of Space

This carport offers the maximum use of space possible. Additionally, you can have it custom-designed to gain even more space. You can choose whether to have a front entrance, a side entrance or entryway in the covered area to protect against bad weather. You can also choose to have the metal structure insulated.

➢ Aesthetic Enhancement

A multifunctional utility carport can transform the space on your property and add a significant aesthetic enhancement. You can have it made in any innovative design you desire to ensure that your metal structure is eye-catching. Our team can help you improve the aesthetics of any carport.

The amazing versatility of multifunctional utility carports is the biggest advantage they offer to people. If you are looking for these amazing structures in Florida and Georgia, get in touch with Keen’s Buildings today.

How to Choose the Best RV Carport for Your Recreational Vehicle?

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Families that are looking for the ideal vacationing vehicle will all agree that RVs are the best option available. It doesn’t matter where you want to go, RVs provide you with a lot of room and freedom to travel all over the country. The best part is that you don’t need to book any hotels or eat at expensive restaurants since you are taking your mobile home along with yourself on your journey.

However, RVs don’t come cheap, and if you have invested in one, it is important that you protect your investment, and cut down on maintenance costs by purchasing an RV carport. This will keep it covered from the elements, and ensure that you don’t experience any problems on the road. But how do you decide which RV carport is the best one for your recreational vehicle?

There is no shortage of options available, but that only confuses people. Here, at Carport Empire, we provide high-quality RV carports in all shapes and sizes. If you are looking to choose the best RV carport for your recreational vehicle, here is how you should go about it:

What is main purpose of your RV carport?

Are you looking for additional security for your vehicle, or only want a carport that shelters your recreational vehicle from the elements? These questions will help you choose an RV carport with specific features that will provide you with exactly what you need.

Where do you plan on installing your metal RV carport?

You should consider the area you plan on installing your metal RV carport. Is it big enough for the carport cover, or do you want to install it somewhere else that has more space? Make sure you choose a size and style that fits with the space you have available.

What about local building regulations?

In some areas it is required by law to get certification for a new structure, so that it can handle snow and wind, without falling apart and damaging property. So, make sure that you check out the local building regulations for installing an RV carport on your property.

What is the weather like in your area?

The main purpose of the RV carport is to shelter your recreational vehicle from the elements. Therefore, it is important that you consider the weather conditions in your area before you buy one. Is the weather mostly wild? Or do you get a lot of thunderstorms? Choose an RV carport depending on the type of weather you will be dealing with, since there are specific types of RV carports to deal with weather.

What are your style preferences?

RV carports come in different styles, so you can choose any type that you want. Whether you want a fully enclosed carport, or one that is open from the sides, depends on your style preference. There are also a lot of color options for the carport, and you can choose to match the color of your recreational vehicle with the color of the RV carport.

Condensation Problems with your Metal Building? Here are some Tips You Must Read.

 

 

Metal buildings are safe from termites and rot, but excessive moisture can still damage them. This is due to condensation, which is created by damp insulation in a steel building and promotes mildew and mold growth. This makes the interior of the building smells musty and leads to asthma and allergy problems. The problem with wet insulation is that if it is in constant contact with a metal surface, it will lead to corrosion and the fasteners and panels will start collecting rust.

What causes condensation in metal buildings?

To prevent condensation in metal buildings, it is important that you learn why and how condensation takes place in metal structures. There are two main reasons for condensation to form:

1. The air must be moist

If the humidity level in the air is extremely high, it will increase the chances of condensation, because the interior of metal buildings is designed to withstand the humidity of about 30% to 50%.

2. The difference in temperature between the air and the surface

Warmer air will hold more moisture than cold air, and metal buildings in chilly weather will have very cold walls. When the warm air gets inside the building and hits the cold surface, it gets chilled and creates condensation on the metal.

However, there are different ways you can prevent condensation from occurring in metal buildings.

These include:

  • Reducing humidity inside the building, by getting proper ventilation.
  • Ensuring the air inside the building doesn’t meet with the cold metal roof and walls.

Here, at Keen’s Buildings, we want to ensure that everyone learns about the best ways to prevent condensation in metal buildings:

1. Install vapor barriers

Vapor barriers are great at protecting metal buildings from condensation. These barriers are great for keeping moisture outside the building, and the best way to work with vapor barriers is to seal the building tightly. This keeps moisture out, and vapor barriers act as radiant heat barriers, which will address humidity and temperature differential together. All side/end laps, foundation sills, doors, and windows should be sealed with vapor barriers to keep moisture out.

2. Use continuous insulation

You must get proper insulation that regulates the temperature inside the building. This keeps the interior temperature stable, whether it is day or night, and limits the amount of dew that is on the surface of metal buildings. Continuous insulation stops moisture-laden air from reach the interior of the building and therefore stops condensation from happening.

3. Look for condensation troubles up above

Make sure that the insulation underneath the roof isn’t coming in contact with the metal because this is one place where hidden condensation can take place. Moisture seeping in and roof leaks can lead to condensation because moisture buildup promotes condensation.

4. Prevent water seeping from below

Moisture can seep up from the ground as well, but you can prevent that by using drainage materials, crushed rock, or gravel under the concrete slabs. This prevents condensation around the base of the structure. You should also ensure that roof runoff water and other sources of water drain away from the metal building to prevent condensation from below.

With 5 Locations to serve you, we invite you to contact your nearest location for any additional questions.  Find the location nearest you http://keensbuildings.com/choose-your-keens-location/

Cleaning a Keen’s Buildings Steel Building Made Easy

Now that you’ve got your Keen’s Buildings Steel Building, durable storage structure built you will want to keep it clean and organized. Taking a few hours and a little sunshine to maintain the appearance of your building is key for keeping mold, mildew, and stains your steel building. These helpful guide lines should offer some ways to tackle the task. With A Mixture of Dish soap and Water: Get a bucket with a tablespoon of mild dish soap. Keep in mind that for every file gallons of water used, you only need a few teaspoons of soap. Next take your garden hose to rinse the siding and outer structure thoroughly. Once you’ve loosened the dirt, on the outside, use a long handled scrub brush with soft bristles or oversized sponge. You don’t want to scratch the surface of our building with a harsh cleaning utensil. Work your away all around your structure and then rinse down the building with your garden hose When Using A Power Washer: Power washers can have intensive water pressure settings which be more effective for removing dirt on the exterior of a Keens Steel Building. Power washers can be rented or purchased depending on how often you may use one. Most power washers come with attachments like long handled brushes with bristles that rotate. Often times these power washers come with cleaning solutions that help get rid of tough stains on the siding. Be sure to use a low setting on the power washer if you’ve chosen a vinyl or wooden structure. High pressure blasts directly hitting non steel surfaces can be damaging. Remove mildew with a Special Cleaner: Stubborn spots and stains can require a bit more than elbow grease. Try using a special cleaning solution with a tooth brush to concentrate on those tough stains. Rinse clean let dry then repeat the process. Many home improvement specialty stores carry cleaning solutions made for vinyl and wooden surfaces. While a Keens Steel building structure can withstand high pressure blasts you want to be mindful not go overboard with certain chemicals in specialty cleaners. They can cause surface discoloration. Use a Water and Vinegar Solution: A-70% water 30% vinegar combination is the right ratio for this solution. Many environment concerned clients prefer to use all natural products. A vinegar based cleaning solutions is a green alternative that is rather effective. You want to wash down your building with the vinegar solution, let it set for 30 minutes, rinse, repeat and dry. Try a combination of laundry detergent and water: This is as another cost-effective structure cleaning option. 1/3 cup detergent for every 6 gallons of water is the suggested proportion. If you are using a power washer you can use this mixture as your cleaning solution. Long handled sponge mops or scrubbing brushes will work up a good lather on your steel building. Rinse off the surface with a garden hose or power cleaner, repeat, and then let dry. We suggest that you use caution when cleaning your steeling building from Keen’s Buildings. If you have questions, please feel free to contact one of our sales specialist in an office near you - http://keensbuildings.com/choose-your-keens-location/.

Now that you’ve got your Keen’s Buildings Steel Building, durable storage structure built you will want to keep it clean and organized.  Taking a few hours and a little sunshine to maintain the appearance of your building is key for keeping mold, mildew, and stains your steel building.   These helpful guide lines should offer some ways to tackle the task.

With A Mixture of Dish soap and Water:  Get a bucket with a tablespoon of mild dish soap. Keep in mind that for every five gallons of water used, you only need a few teaspoons of soap.  Next, take your garden hose to rinse the siding and outer structure thoroughly. Once you’ve loosened the dirt, on the outside, use a long handled scrub brush with soft bristles or oversized sponge. You don’t want to scratch the surface of our building with a harsh cleaning utensil.  Work your way all around your structure and then rinse down the building with your garden hose

When Using A Power Washer: Power washers can have intensive water pressure settings which be more effective for removing dirt on the exterior of a Keens Steel Building. Power washers can be rented or purchased depending on how often you may use one. Most power washers come with attachments like long handled brushes with bristles that rotate. Often times these power washers come with cleaning solutions that help get rid of tough stains on the siding. Be sure to use a low setting on the power washer if you’ve chosen a vinyl or wooden structure.  High-pressure blasts directly hitting nonsteel surfaces can be damaging.

Remove mildew with a Special Cleaner: Stubborn spots and stains can require a bit more than elbow grease. Try using a special cleaning solution with a tooth brush to concentrate on those tough stains. Rinse clean let dry then repeat the process. Many home improvement specialty stores carry cleaning solutions made for vinyl and wooden surfaces. While a Keens Steel building structure can withstand high-pressure blasts you want to be mindful not go overboard with certain chemicals in specialty cleaners. They can cause surface discoloration.

Use a Water and Vinegar Solution: A-70% water 30% vinegar combination is the right ratio for this solution. Many environment concerned clients prefer to use all natural products.  A vinegar based cleaning solutions is a green alternative that is rather effective. You want to wash down your building with the vinegar solution, let it sit for 30 minutes, rinse, repeat and dry.

Try a combination of laundry detergent and water:  This is another cost-effective structure cleaning option. 1/3 cup detergent for every 6 gallons of water is the suggested proportion. If you are using a power washer you can use this mixture as your cleaning solution. Long handled sponge mops or scrubbing brushes will work up a good lather on your steel building. Rinse off the surface with a garden hose or power cleaner, repeat, and then let dry.

We suggest that you use caution when cleaning your steel building from Keen’s Buildings. If you have questions, please feel free to contact one of our sales specialist in an office near you – http://keensbuildings.com/choose-your-keens-location/.

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.

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.

Setting up a Storage Building

When you purchase a storage building, you may have the opportunity to have the new building professionally installed. This service is typically provided by businesses that manufacture the storage buildings themselves and those who create customized buildings to suit your own personal needs.

When you work with a storage building manufacturing and installation company, you will visit the main office and choose what type of design you want along with the size of storage building that you require. Many of these places will allow you to customize the color and other designer features such as doors and windows for example as well as the materials that will be used to construct the building itself.

Once you have placed your order, the manufacturers will get to work, constructing your building the exact way that you want it. It may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks in order for the company to get your job completed. Once they have the building finished, they will deliver it to your home and get to work on setting it up so that it may be used.

You can specify exactly where in your yard you would like to have your storage building set up. However the installation crew may have to suggest an alternate location if the area you have chosen is on a slope or hill, or other area that may make installation difficult. This should be discussed with the manufacturers whenever you are choosing your storage building specifications so that you can think of another place to set up your building if you need to.

A storage building can be an expensive investment depending on the quality of the materials that were used to construct it, and the size of the building itself, but it can be a very worthwhile addition to your property because it serves a great purpose. You will have more room in your home once you are able to move all of those storage boxes out to the new building and all of your outdoor equipment will be safe from the wind and rain while it is stored away for the winter.