Things You Need to Know Before You Start Constructing Your Metal Building

The decision to construct a metal building is a great one. There are many factors to your metal building that you have likely considered. The type, function, and aesthetics of what will be your new property are all things that have probably crossed your mind. However, there are also other factors you should consider. These considerations aren’t about the construction, but about the company itself and the quality of the products and services they provide.

Whom you decide to have constructed your metal building can be just as important as the materials, and other decisions regarding the building itself. This is because different companies may use materials of different quality, that means if you have two different companies build the same building type there will be variations between the buildings. For that reason, it’s always wise to research the company you have building for you. Look at customer reviews and complaints made to the Better Business Bureau. Thoroughly examine the company and their history to see if they are reputable. Be sure to ask about the manufacturer qualifications and process to obtain more information regarding building materials.

Low Price Doesn’t Equal Good Quality

Low price doesn’t always mean you’re getting good quality. Sometimes a higher rate may be worth it considering the cost of quality materials. Having a flimsy metal building negates its purpose. Be sure that a discount price doesn’t also mean that the quality of your construction is discounted as well.

In today’s time, there are a plethora of scammers who only want to take your money and leave you without anything. Be sure that those whom you have constructing your building are a real entity. A metal building dealer won’t have any problems verifying this for you as they will have a central location (or locations) to verify the authenticity of their existence. If you have any doubts, it’s okay to ask if they have a real office.

Do your research

Check to see if the company you have constructing your building serves your area. Far too often companies claim to be nationwide, but only serving people in specific regions. This can be an incredibly frustrating situation to deal with and certainly something you don’t want to find out after you’ve spent time (or even money) trying to put a building together.

Ask About Customizability Options

Each metal building company has a specific process when it comes to constructing buildings; however, see if they also allow for custom buildings. While having a metal building is excellent, it can be even better if the building fits the specifications you desire. Don’t let a pushy salesperson or anyone bully you into making a purchase you aren’t comfortable with. You want a company that strives to understand what you need from your metal building and truly listen, understand, and strive to meet those needs.

The Understand the Buying Process

Finally, understand the buying process. Also, any fees you may incur before, during, and after the construction phase. A good company will walk you through it and be upfront about what you can expect. Additionally, they will let you know if anything could change during the process.

At Keen’s Buildings, you’re not just another sale or a person for us to turn a profit. We value each one of our customers and strive to meet the unique needs of their project. Contact us today if you have any questions, we would love to hear from you.

When it Comes to Metal Buildings Don’t trust the Discounts!

Discounts and deals, who doesn’t love them? Lower price same quality… right?

We’ve become accustomed to getting things at a cheaper price, but less expensive doesn’t always mean better, and the cost has to come out somewhere. To put it simply many companies cannot afford to create high-quality goods and sell them at a super cheap price. So, what do many of them do? They sacrifice the quality of the goods. In the end, you’ll have a low cost and a low-quality metal building that won’t last.

When trying to decide if something is truly worth it there are a few things you’ll want to consider, first is the person, entity, or company you are purchasing from trustworthy? This is a big factor, and with the sheer quantity of metal building fabricators out there it is extremely difficult to know who you can and can’t trust. A good rule of thumb is to research the company. Customer reviews are your friends, and if you’re going to invest (discount or not) then you want to make sure that your investment is worth it.

Many discount metal building dealers are trying to undercut their competition by drawing people in with low prices, but what they don’t tell you is that the quality is reduced.

A quality metal building will last.

Metal is a very durable material and a metal building, if constructed well, should last for decades. In the end, sacrificing durability and safety in exchange for a cheaper cost is not worth it.

Location

If you are having problems pinpointing a specific physical location, or an office in the real world that should be a red flag for the authenticity of the company. Many dealers can make their site look fantastic online, but may not have a physical location. A reputable dealer will have a physical place you can go to if you would prefer to discuss things in person.

Communication

How a dealer chooses to communicate can also be an indicator of whether or not they are a legitimate business. If a business refuses to answer basic questions or seem to be elusive with their answers, it may be best to look further into the company before conducting business with them.

Reviews

Reviews are critical. From there you can see what others have experienced when working with the company. Don’t skip BBB ratings as they can provide a lot of insight into complaints.

Here at Keen’s Buildings, we strive for transparency and openness with our customers. If you ever have any questions regarding our services or products feel free to contact us. We will happily work with you every step of the way to ensure that you get the building you want.

Don’t let the Southern Sun Damage your Vehicles

Fun in the sun is almost always synonymous with summer. Recreational vehicles, dirt bikes, and boats are just a few of the popular cars that can be used to help take your summer fun to the next level. But sun damage can have devastating impacts on your vehicle. Having a metal building to protect your car can help prevent costly repairs.

How can the sun damage your vehicle?

UV rays oxidized the paint on cars causing them to fade which makes the vehicle to look older and more worn than it is. Additionally, the sun can also cause damage to headlights, and the rubber trims on your car as well as damage your upholstery and the tint on your windows. The interior of the vehicle, like the paint, can weaken and fade when exposed to too much sun.
Exposure to the sun can impact not only how your vehicle looks, but how it runs as well. For example, the fluids in your car are responsible for making the engine run as it should. During hot days this is extremely important as the engine is significantly more prone to heating. During the summer be sure to keep an eye on your car’s fluids, particularly the coolants, so that your engine doesn’t sustain any damage.

Protect your Vehicle

Your vehicle, no matter what it is, is an investment, a property that deserves protecting. Having the right garage to keep your property safe is the first step to making it last for many years.
One of the best things about having a building designed specifically to serve as your garage is the endless customizability options. You can determine crucial elements, such as the ceiling height and size of the building. Our steel buildings can be created to hold just about any vehicle, and we will work with you to customize and design your steel building to fit both your needs and your preferences.

Metal buildings are designed to last. Here at Keen’s Buildings use quality rust-resistant materials to ensure that your construction is not only sturdy but protected. Our buildings are specially designed to withstand harsh winds and rains, while still maintaining their appearance and structural integrity.
Having trouble financing your metal building? We’ve got you covered! Keens’ buildings offer financing options so you can get the metal building you want. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us, 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.

How to Plan and Plant Your Summer Garden

Small vegetable garden with risen beds in the fenced backyard and shed from keen's buildings

 

Summer has come around, and if you have already been planning to plant your garden this year, you are in luck. There are various types of summer vegetables and plant flowers you can grow in your garden, which will allow your family to enjoy squash, cucumbers, snap beans, and tomatoes this summer. For people, who haven’t planted a summer garden before, don’t worry, because this article is going to teach you the basics of planning and planting your summer garden.

There are a lot of reasons why you should consider planting a summer garden because you can relieve stress by working in the garden. You can also teach your children valuable lessons about life, and different plants by getting them to help you in the garden. One of the biggest benefits you gain from planting a summer garden is that you can grow your own fruit and vegetables, which helps you save money on the grocery bill. There are also a lot of fun gardening activities that you can enjoy during the summer with your entire family.

The Summer Gardening Plants

If you don’t have any idea what to plant in your summer garden, you should take a trip down to the local farmer’s market. There is an extensive collection of vegetables and flowers available there, and you can support your local farmers by shopping from them. The best summer flowers include petunias in white, purple, and red, daisies, and sunflowers. Before you buy summer garden plants, make sure you understand how to properly grow and care for them, so that you know exactly what you are doing in your summer garden.

The best thing you can do is to get a storage shed installed in your backyard or garden so that you have a place to store all your gardening equipment. Keen’s Buildings designs custom garden storage sheds, in different styles and sizes, which can be painted to match your home. You can choose the storage shed that best fits your needs and will be delivered and set up in your garden. Having a storage shed in your garden is very beneficial since you can also plant sunflowers and vegetables around it, and give your summer garden some personality.

The Summer Vegetable Garden

You can also choose to plant a summer vegetable garden, and you can set aside a small area for that purpose. The first thing you must do here is to weed out the loose soil, then plant tomatoes, snap beans, squash, and cucumbers, but make sure you water the vegetables generously. If you want your summer garden to flourish, don’t be shy to water it generously, unless it rains frequently where you live.

You should also label the vegetables if you have a variety of different vegetables growing in your summer garden since it helps in taking care of them. You can identify your vegetables easily in this manner, and look after them properly. One thing you must remember that a summer vegetable garden requires a lot of work, so don’t go for it if you don’t plan on looking after the vegetables in your garden.