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!

 

 

Florida and Georgia Metal Buildings for Agriculture

An investment of any sort is an important decision that should be considered carefully. There are a lot of options to weigh. We at Keen’s Buildings understand this and want to make the process for you as easy as possible. That’s why we offer a wide variety of metal building types for you to choose from.

Barns

Barns are the staple of agriculture buildings and have been used for centuries. Wooden barns are quite popular however, they are far from ideal as they are very susceptible to heat and water damage. Unlike wooden buildings, metal buildings do not require a lot of maintenance making metal buildings the friendlier and more economical option.

Garage

Equipment is the life force of any agricultural setting; however, if left in the elements it’s only a matter of time before they become damaged. Housing your equipment, no matter, if it’s gardening tools or heavy machinery, is crucial to ensuring a long lifespan. Rain, wind, and the sun can all severely damage equipment over time. With the low maintenance and high durability of metal, you can rest assured that your steel building will last for a long time, making your initial investment well worth it.

Hay/ fodder storage

If you are keeping livestock, you may find yourself in need of a storage unit for your fodder. It is important to carefully consider how you choose to store your fodder as the storage unit specifications can determine how long your fodder will keep. Damp areas or places that retain a lot of water will cause your fodder to rot quickly making it unusable.

Customize

Create your metal building your way. We have a lot of customizability options for your metal building. From adding extensions to repurposing preexisting space. If you have an idea of the type of structure you want, contact us, and we’ll happily help you sketch out your dream building.

Why you need a Carport for your Recreational Vehicle

Hundreds of thousands of people have purchased a recreational vehicle in the past year alone. Housing your RV in other lots can get expensive, easily reaching a thousand dollars per month. With such a costly investment wouldn’t you want to ensure your property is safe?

Having a personal RV carport is a cost-effective alternative to protecting your recreational vehicle without having to worry about incurring damage. Unlike a facility, you don’t have to worry about monthly fees. Because a carport will protect your RV from the elements, the carport pays for itself, as it will save you money on costly repairs to your RV that you may have otherwise had to make due to weather conditions or UV rays.

There are quite a few things to consider before you start construction on your steel carport.

First and foremost, be sure you have the room necessary to build a carport. Depending on the size of your vehicle you may need more or less room. Consider where you want your carport to be positioned and measure to see if it’s feasible to put a carport in that particular location.

Next, find out if your homeowner association are okay with you having a carport. Most homeowner associations will object to your building a carport that is visible from the front of your house. Some homeowner associations will be okay with you having a carport behind your residence. Check with your homeowner association first to see if it’s all right before you start construction.

Check with your local authorities to see what the building regulations are and to find out if you need any permits.

Having an RV shelter on your property is incredibly convenient. Not only will you save hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year. You also don’t have to worry about the hassle of having to pick up your RV. Whenever you want to travel, you can simply pack up and go, saving you precious dollars in gas money.

Because all of our steel structures are customizable  you can design a specialized to suit your unique needs and desired tastes. Contact us today for a free quote.

 

Keen’s Buildings Things to Know when Designing your Recreational Vehicle Storage Unit

Recreational Vehicle Storage

RV’s are an excellent investment, but without proper protection, your RV could be easily damaged. Florida is no stranger to harsh weather conditions. A structurally sound metal building can help protect your RV from tornadoes, hailstorms, and fires. Even without the severe weather the sun and salt in the air are more than enough to cause corrosion to your RV. Unlike other materials steel can also withstand heat better than materials like wood. Because of this many insurance companies will decrease the price of your fire insurance if you have a steel storage unit to house your RV. To maximize on this, you should have about three inches of fire-resistant insulation on all the walls of your building.

Things to consider before having your metal RV storage unit built

The first consideration is where you plan on keeping your structure. Ideally, you’ll want an even flat plot of land to save on the costs it would take to level the area. Additionally, you’ll want to select a spot that is not lower than the ground around it. If the area around your garage is low then water could collect there; however, there is a solution to this, and that would be to create a drainage system or a channel to encourage water flow to go elsewhere.

The Foundation

A strong foundation is the pinnacle of any lasting structure; however, there are a few things to consider. The less expensive and faster option is to anchor your structure which entails embedding stakes into the ground. You can also add a concrete slab for your RV to sit. The flooring and size of your garage is another critical decision to be made. Using only gravel for your flooring will make it difficult and uncomfortable should you need to perform any maintenance on your RV. Gravel is also not the best thing for your tires.

The more involved and expensive option is to have a concrete base created and place the metal building on top of this base. Not only will it help protect your tires, but it will make maintenance significantly more comfortable to perform.

Determining the size of your garage

When building your metal garage, you’ll need to take space into account. Consider the size of the RV when fully extended. Also, take maneuverability and if you plan to upgrade your RV into account. You’ll want to have enough space to freely move around in so you can clean or repair your RV easily.

Customizing your building

We at Keen’s Buildings take great pride in our customization options. The freedom and choices for exactly how you want your RV garage to look and operate are entirely in your hands.

Before building be sure to consult your local and state laws regarding any building limitations that exist in your area.

Keen’s Buildings: Building your Dream Garage

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

Benefits of a Metal Garage

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

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

How much space Do I need?

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

Customization and other utility and styling choices

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

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

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

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

Keeping your RV Safe for your Next Trip

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

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

How Florida conditions can damage your vehicle:

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

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

How to Keep your RV safe:

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

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

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

Tips to Maintain Your Metal Garage

Maintaining Your Metal Garage – Some Helpful Tips


Most people favor a metal garage over a wooden one as it is easier to maintain. With a wooden garage, you have to put a lot of effort to keep it presentable. You don’t need to spend that much time or money on the maintenance of a metal garage.

However, this does not mean that you don’t pay proper attention to your metal garage. Your metal garage is an investment. And to make sure that it remains in good condition, you need to keep it properly maintained.

Luckily, we have some tips that will help you keep your steel garage in top shape.

Maintenance Tips

Regular maintenance of your metal garage will ensure that it lasts longer. If you ignore the maintenance, you might end up paying a heftier amount in repairs than you would have if you were aware of the problem beforehand. Following tips can help extend the life of your metal garage:

•        Regular Checks

Regular checkups of your steel garage can help you detect problems before they exaggerate. When left undetected, the minor problems can grow into bigger ones that can bring trouble in the future. For instance, if there is a rust problem and you don’t detect it, the structure of your metal garage can be compromised.

•        Take Action Quickly

Anything from weather to unwanted guests like squirrels can damage the structure of your metal garage. Steel garages are sturdier than those made from other materials, but with time, they can get damaged. Any minor problem should be dealt with immediately before to the deterioration progresses. Taking action promptly will save your time as well as your money.

•        Keeping Pests Away

Pests are a problem no one can escape from. These tiny little creatures have the ability to cause havoc in your steel garage. Are the bugs bugging you? Do you see critters, rodents, and bugs crawling around the structure? Well, you need to take care of them immediately or they can ruin your belongings stored in the metal garage. Don’t let the cuteness of the raccoon fool you. It needs to go.

•        Let it Snow

If you live in a cold area, then there is another thing that can threaten the life of your steel garage – snow. The buildup of snow and rain can cause damage to your steel garage. As time passes, the snow can have an impact on the roof of your metal garage. Make sure that you remove as much snow as you can reach. Adding gutters in the structure can help drain the excess water from rain as well.

•        Cleanliness is Necessary

Cleanliness of your steel garage is necessary. A dirty garage is an invitation for pests and animals to set up camp. Regular cleaning will ensure that nothing harms the things stored inside the garage.

You also have to clean the outside of your metal garage. Leaves, twigs, and grime can coat on the upper later of your garage. It can block the gutters which will prevent the water from draining, compromising the structural integrity of your steel garage.

These tips will surely help increase the life of your metal garage.

Do you want to get a metal garage made? Then, you have come to the right place as Keen’s Buildings are experts when it comes to building metal garages. We can build any size of steel garage you want. Our skilled contractors will make sure that your garage is built with care and excellence. Get in touch now.

Metal Garage Workshop – Things You Need to Set It up

Are you planning to get a garage workshop? Conflicted about which one you ought to choose – metal or wooden? Well, don’t worry because we are here to help you make a decision. And not just that, we will also tell you what things you need to set it up.

What Material to Choose

Now, this is one of the most common debates that we hear – which garage workshop is better: wooden or metal. The answer is simple – metal.

The reason why we prefer metal garage workshop over a wooden one is durability and maintenance. Wooden sheds need more care and maintenance, whereas metal garage workshop doesn’t require that close monitoring. The other reason why a metal garage workshop is superior to a wooden one is due to its durability.

Come snow or rain, a metal garage workshop will keep your tools safe. On the other hand, the wooden garage will have a hard time doing that as the wood can get damp and attract insects like termites and carpenter ants.

Things You Need to Set up

Now that you have chosen the metal garage workshop, you need to start focusing on things you need to set up. Use the following guide to set up the ultimate garage workshop:

Storage

The first thing you need to work on is storage. You need plenty of storage to make space work. Make sure that you make the most of every surface. While storing your tools, make sure you remember the place of each one.

Organizing Your Metal Garage Workshop

Keeping your workplace organized is essential. If your metal garage workshop is not organized, you will end up doubling your work. Make sure every tool has a place. Once you are done working with it, you store it in its correct place.

Also, keep an eye on the inventory. You don’t want to run out of nails in the middle of the workday.

Electrical Outlets

You will need electrical outlets to operate your power tools. Most people don’t judge the distance from the electric outlets and the worktable. Make sure that you install the outlet close to your workplace. It will surely be a nightmare if you realize you can’t reach the electrical outlet after you are done designing your metal garage workshop.

Tools

Apart from the power tools, the following tools are a must-have in every metal garage workshop:

  • Drill press
  • Table saw
  • Band saw
  • Compound miter saw
  • Belt sander
  • Anvil/vise
  • Grinder

Are you ready to slap on your work gloves and head to your own metal garage workshop? We know the perfect place where you can get an excellent one. Keen’s Buildings will provide you with the best metal garage workshop.

The Many Advantages Metal Garages Offer Over Wooden Garage Structures

When you’re purchasing a new garage, there are several options you must consider so that you get the best value for money. There are several choices of garages available to you. One deciding factor in the overall lifespan and durability of the garage you build rests with the material you select. A lot of people prefer metal garages over wooden ones, because of the many advantages of a metal building. If you want to learn more about what benefits metal garages, then you have come to the right place.

Keen’s Buildings has been building, delivering, and installing high-quality metal storage buildings to clients all over Florida for nearly 20 years. We are the best in the business!  We have compiled a short list to highlight the advantages of metal garages over wooden ones.

Comparing Wood and Metal Garages

The most popular materials used for constructing garages are wood and metal. Both types of garages have their own positives and negatives. However, if you’re looking to get value for money then a metal garage is your best bet. The aesthetics of wooden garage structures are pleasing, but they are more expensive than metal garages. Additionally, wooden structures require good maintenance, since wood tends to rot, warp, and crack as it ages.

➢ Superior Quality

Metal garage structures will remain in pristine condition for several years. They don’t chip or rot nor do they invite insects, like termites, inside. Keen’s Buildings provide the best in refined quality metal garage structures, so you won’t have to worry about your metal building easily denting or corroding. The quality of our metal garages are unmatched by their wooden counterparts!

➢ Cost-efficiency

Everyone is looking at value for money when making investments on their property. The cost-efficiency of metal garages is one of the biggest reasons behind their popularity. Metal garages cost less to build and require minimum maintenance. You don’t need to replace metal every 2 years since it can withstand severe weather conditions and doesn’t rot.

➢ Construction and Installation Time

Metal garages don’t take nearly as long to build as their wooden counterparts. You won’t find the same timescale if you are getting a wooden garage. This is mainly because metal is lighter than wood and is easier to install and lift. You will pay less for labor costs with a metal garage than a wooden one. Metal garages are also easier to construct when it comes to safety. Additionally,  metal buildings are easily customized or expanded.

If you’re going to buy a new garage structure, you should consider the many benefits of metal garage structures. For more information on metal garage structures and steel storage sheds, visit Keen’s Buildings today!