Storage solutions: Should you rent or buy?

It doesn’t take much to acquire a lot of things before you’ll need a storage solution. Over the years, between all the gifts, tools, and just day to day living we acquire many things. However, as our belongings increase our ability to store it more or less stays the same. That is, unless we take matters into our own hands. If you have an attic, garage, or basement that is overflowing then it’s time to consider another storage option. There are many alternatives at your disposal.  But one looming question remains. How do you know whether you should rent or buy a storage unit? That is the question we have set out to answer.

Rent

Rent is good as a temporary solution but it’s a far cry from an optimal solution in the long term. If you are trying to move, then a rented area may be best, but honestly, there are more downsides to renting. Firstly, rented storage units are often very expensive. Renting storage may cost anywhere from $150 to $250 per month or more (and that depends on a variety of factors, such as the storage location, amount of storage space, and the company). You also will not be able to access your belongings outside of business hours or keep an eye on your belongings.

Buy

Purchasing a storage unit offers more convenience.  You only have to make a one-time payment for the storage solution. If it is on your property, you can also keep an eye on it. You don’t need to worry about waiting for certain times to access your property. Additionally, if you are having the storage solution built, you can request to have it constructed to your specifications.

If you are looking for the perfect storage solution, call Keen’s buildings today. We offer high-quality metal constructions that are completely customizable.

 

Keen’s Buildings – Steel Buildings: The Eco-Friendly Option

Going green has increased in popularity over the past few years as more and more people grow environmentally aware. Currently, our way of life is not sustainable, but if we all pitch in and do our part to help the environment, we can make a tremendous difference. Opting for a steel building as opposed to a metal one can go a long way in helping the environment.

Recycled material

Metal buildings are often made out of recycled metals making them a significantly reusable resource. Additionally, recycled metal won’t decrease in strength or possible uses like other materials.

Product emissions

Metal does not result in the same amount of emissions as when working with other materials. Steel production plants produce little waste, and some penalties are so efficient that they don’t produce any carbon dioxide, the water used in the production and manufacturing of steel is recycled.

Energy efficient

The energy used to heat and cool a typical building often accounts for about half of the total energy. With a steel building, good insulation, insulated panels, and a reflected roof, you can dramatically cut your expenses. The cost of making your steel building as efficient as possible will pay for itself.

Durable

Metal buildings will last a long time and require little to keep up and maintain. While easily overlooked, the durability of a building is an essential aspect of going green. Unlike wood, steel is naturally pest and fire resistant meaning that a lot less can damage it. A mishap that can completely annihilate a wooden building may not even phase a steel building.  Treated wood may be more resistant to pests, fire and water damage. However, the chemicals used to treat wood can pose health risks, this is particularly true for animals who may be interacting with the wood.

Steel buildings are an excellent investment, not just because it’s beneficial for the environment, but for your wallet, as well. If you need help deciding which building will work best for you or want to consider more options, call Keen’s Buildings today! We would love to hear from you!

 

Tips to Keep your Shed in Good Condition for the Summer

 

With summer in full swing, you’ll want to be sure that your shed stays in good condition. Here are some things to help keep your shed in running order for the summer.

Outside maintenance

Remove any debris

Between dirt, fallen leaves, and pollen chances are that the outside of your storage shed has gotten dirty. Cleaning the outside of your storage unit can help it last longer as trapped moisture can create mold, moss, and mildew, which can build up over time. Giving your building a good wash can help improve airflow (which will prevent mold from growing). Additionally, cleaning and removing any debris and accumulated leafy can deter critters from hanging around your shed.

Trim grass

Grass or plants touching your shed can make it easier for critters to access your shed. To prevent this, keep bushes, grass, and trees trimmed. Also, if you have any heavy branches over your shed that can potentially break consider cutting the branches away, so it doesn’t fall on your roof in the event of a storm.

Add a fresh coat of paint

Paint can add an extra layer of protection to your building. Wind, shrubbery, and day to day events can damage the pint, so adding another coat will not only help keep your building safe, but it will also add to its aesthetics.

Check the roof

Your roof will take the brunt of the rain and the sun. Sun can lead to moss build up. If you have moss build up, you can remove it with a gentle brush and a detergent. Be sure that the detergent you use is safe for shingles or the type of roofing you have. Check for damages or missing shingles.

Inside maintenance

Check the interior

You may be surprised just how fast outdoor buildings get dirty. Do a thorough job cleaning the inside of your storage shed. Remove all the sheds contents for the best results.

Checks for damage

After you’ve thoroughly cleaned your storage unit take the time to check for any damage. Check the doors, windows, leaks.

Pest control/prevention

If you notice any damage from pests, it’s best to have your shed treated. The risk of pests making a home out of your shed increases, particularly if they need to stay warm in the colder months. Be proactive and have your building treated. Trim and grasses that is touching your shed and remove anything pests may eat.

Inspect your accessories

Be sure also to examine any shelves or other accessories you have in your shed. Check for signs of wear and aging. The last thing you want is to have your property damaged because of a faulty shelf. Look for any compromised wiring, broken outlets or lights that may have burned out.

Organize

When you are replacing all the contents back into your storage unit, take the time to organize the contents of your shed. If anything is broken or damaged replace it. If anything is wet be sure it dries completely before putting it back in your sherd. The leading cause of mold is moisture.

 

 

Keen’s Buildings: Things to Think About when Picking out your Shed

There are many factors to consider when building a shed. Having a good plan will save you time, money, and energy. Much of your planning for your shed will depend heavily on the purpose of the shed. Your intended purpose will help you decide which size shed is best for you as well as the style and accessories. Here are a few things to consider before you start building.

Size

The size of your shed is a crucial element. The size will depend on a few factors. What you need and the amount of space you have available to build are two such factors. The more you build, the higher the cost will be. So, you’ll also need to take your budget into account. You may think that it may be good to err on the side of more is best, however, you don’t want to have wasted space, so carefully consider what you need and aim for the best cost to space ratio for your unique situation to avoid having to pay for space that you won’t use. Here at Keen’s Buildings, we offer a wide variety of sizes, and all of our buildings are completely customizable.

Style

The style of your shed can have an impact over how long your shed will last. Sheds come in different styles, and some are more durable and will last longer. If you plan on moving or only using your shed for a relatively short period, you may not want to go with an extremely durable shed. The outward appearance of your shed isn’t the only thing you need to consider when selecting the right style. Some styles, like sheds with high walls, can offer a lot of loft storage space, while other shed types, like an A-frame shed, are more aesthetically pleasing.

Material

There are a variety of materials to choose from when building your shed. Each material has its own unique properties and can offer different advantages. Wood is heaver, but it can muffle some sounds better, and the material is thicker. However, it typically takes a long time to build. You may also want to get the wood treated for water and pests. Metal is another popular material it’s easy to work with and expand, should you decide you want to add on to your shed later.

Color

The color of your shed is an aesthetic choice. Paint can protect your shed by essentially creating a water-resistant coat over the raw material of the shed (wood, metal, etc.). You can paint your shed to blend with the surrounding environment, or to match your house.

Call Keen’s Buildings today to learn more!

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?

 

Pick the Right Shed for your Lawnmower

When you are building a designated shed, it can be difficult to know exactly what you need. Lawn equipment, such as lawnmowers, require protection from the elements if you want to get the absolute most out of a lawnmower. In order to create the optimal shed for your investment, you’ll need to consider the size weight and dimensions of your lawnmower. A push lawnmower is very different from a heavy-duty lawnmower. A heavy duty lawn mower can weigh upwards of one thousand pounds; this weight can break or otherwise damage flimsy sheds.

You need to make sure that your shed can handle your lawnmower, here are a few things to consider when building your shed.

Style

Firstly, will your shed be just to store your lawn mower or will you store other things in it as well? Depending on your needs, you may have to consider which style is best for you. For example, if you want to have additional loft storage space, a shed with high walls may be an option. You can also take aesthetics into account when selecting your shed’s style. Be sure you understand what the styles you are considering can actually accommodate. You don’t want to have a shed built only to find out it can’t actually accommodate your lawn mower.

Just like lawnmowers can be different sizes, so can sheds, measure twice, build once. Be absolutely sure that your lawnmower can not only fit in the shed but the doorway as well. You’ll also want additional space for maneuvering and maybe some extra storage space for tools, a jerrycan, or parts.

Ramps

A heavy duty lawn mower is similar to a car. With that in mind, you’ll want to consider maneuvering when you have your shed built. You’ll also need to consider the ramp that will allow you to drive your lawnmower into the shed. You’ll want to make sure that your ramp is durable and able to handle the weight of your lawnmower. Be sure that your ramp is wide enough to drive on as well.

Reinforced flooring

As we mentioned before cheap flooring can reap havoc on flimsy shed floors. If you have a heavy duty lawn mower be sure to, opt for reinforced flooring. You don’t want to damage your shed in an effort to protect your lawnmower.

Vents

Vents are important for your shed. Because a heavy-duty lawn mower uses gasoline and produces exhaust, dangerous fumes should be able to easily escape. This is extremely important if you are emailing to do any work or maintenance in your shed.

Storage space and activities

If you plan on using your shed for more than storing your lawn mower you may want to consider additional space and accessories. You can gain a lot from adding shelves as well. Here at Keen’s Buildings, we take each client very seriously. Call us today to learn about the different types of sheds we offer!

 

Create your own Man Cave

Having a man cave can be a great way to get away and work on a hobby. However, it can be difficult getting the space you need, particularly if you’re designated man cave is a part of your hone, like in a designated room or part of a garage. That’s why turning a shed into a man cave can be the perfect option! You can either build a shed or turn a preexisting shed into your own personal hideaway. Here are a few ideas for you if you are trying to decide how best to utilize your man cave space.

Gaming or movie den

Who doesn’t like to kick back and enjoy a fun game or movie sometimes? Whether you want to have a marathon or just get away for a few hours to relax a gaming or movie shed will not only offer you a haven for which to experience your preferred media, but it will also offer you the privacy in which to enjoy it. You can enhance your shed further by adding some comfortable chairs, blinds to block out the sun, and some quality speakers for a truly immersive experience.

Music Shed

Sometimes you just need a place to practice, free of distractions or disturbances. Alternatively, maybe you want to practice with some friends away from others. Either way, a music shed can be the perfect solution! You’ll also have a designated area to store your equipment, so you don’t have to carry it each time you want to practice.

Motorcycle Workshop

Working on a bike, motorcycle, or another type of vehicle is a job that many people associate with doing in a garage. However, there may not always be adequate space. Having another area can provide you with the room to work if you don’t have a garage or it’s currently in use. Depending on the size of your shed, you may also be able to have company with you and additional space for which to store your tools and other equipment.

Barbeque

How doesn’t love a good barbeque? Between state holidays and the weekends, there is plenty of opportunity and reasons for a good barbeque. You can also accessorize your shed to accommodate a few of the things you need to throw down, like a refrigerator, and fold up tables and chairs if you like to enjoy the great outdoors while you eat.

Office

If you work from home or have to bring work home with you, an office can be a lifesaver. Create a comfortable work environment. You can equip your shed with all the work essentials like a computer, desk, and any tools you need for your trade.

There are many options for your man cave, and the options are limited only to your imagination! If you want to create your own personal man cave shed, then contact

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Where do I buy a Storage Shed in South Florida?

With so many people claiming to be and have the best product or services, it’s complicated knowing where to go and whom to trust. This issue exists, even between metal building construction companies. Many metal construction companies build out of sub-par materials, which in the long run can cost you considerably in safety concerns or repair costs. Thankfully, there is Keens Buildings. We take every project very seriously and only provide you with the absolute best in building materials and customer service.

Where do I buy a storage unit?
If you are living in Florida and require a storage unit, you’ve come to the right place. Our expert sales representative will help guide you through the entire process. Simply select the location that is nearest you, fill out an application, and we’ll take care of the rest! We can install your metal building quickly and efficiently on site. Whether you are looking to have your storage shed on your property as a resident, or you are a business or corporation we will gladly meet your unique needs.

Why choose Keen’s Buildings?
All of our metal buildings are completely customizable. Because metal such a versatile material you can even repurpose your metal shed If you want to use it for something else later on. Metal is easy to expand, and you can also add additional rooms relatively quickly. Here at Keen’s Buildings, we pride ourselves in quality. We take care to make each construction to the client’s specifications all while providing longevity and durability to the construction. From carports to metal buildings, each project is handled with the utmost care.

Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help provide you with your ideal storage shed.

 

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!