Memorial Weekend

Keen’s Buildings would like to take the time to give a shout out to all the past and present service men and women who have served our country so selflessly to ensure our freedom. Keen’s Portable Buildings salutes these heroes.

Now, we all know that Memorial Day kicks off summer. Summer means pool parties and good times. It also means summer storms and Hurricane season. Everyone knows the damage high winds and driving rains can do to your prize winning hot rod. Or how the hot summer sun can deteriorate the seat on your new mower.

A heavy duty steel carport will work great to keep your vehicle covered and protected form the elements.

A portable storage building can be ordered with double doors, a big rollup door, or a five foot swinging door to accommodate any size lawn tractor a person could think of. Windows, colors, electrical and doors are all items that can be custom ordered to suit the needs of the buyer.

Before going kicking things off this Memorial day in a bad way. Check out all the ways to protect your investments with portable storage buildings and heavy duty steal carports.

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.

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.

Isn’t it time for a change from your wood garage?

Steel garages have come a long way in the past years and are changing the minds of most home owners that do not already have built-in garages. Unlike most steel garages, Keen’s has the option to allow you to customize your next garage, allowing it to have a personal touch and match your established home.

More importantly, Keen’s steel garages come with a quality and strength like none other. Before steel garages came about, we only had one option to contact a designer to create a wood garage from scratch. Although these wood garages were totally customizable, they came with a lot of cons such as production time, money spent verses home value, weather challenges and termite infestations.  Then as time pasted and the popularity of steel garages came about, most consumers realized that the benefits of a steel garage exceeded those of a wood garage except they all looked the same.

Some things to take note with Keen’s steel garages are that they will be:

  • Termite proof
  • Water-Resistant
  • Ideal for all weather
  • Not highly flammable as wood is


With Keen’s steel Garages, you not only get the high quality production of the steel and all of its benefits but you are able to do something most cannot with their steel garage; personalize.

Metal Structures are Just Easier to Maintain

Sometimes we will ask our customers are Keens Buildings why they made the decision to switch to a steel building to house their possessions.  The answer we most commonly get is the fact that they are easier to maintain then other types of structures that may be made of wood for instance.  Have you ever owned a structure that was made from wood?  Did it eventually start to rot and suffer the effects of deterioration?  Those effects are natural in wood based products and come as a result of wear and tear.  There is literally nothing you can do about it.  A metal garage or carport will give you the piece of mind to know that you will not have to deal with that rotting or insect damage that wood structures are often known for.

When is the last time you have seen a steel or metal structure have some kind of mold or mildew issue?  Probably not too often and this is why we are seeing more and more people coming over to the side of metal structures.  People in the past balked at carports or other steel structures because the cost was high.  This is simply not the case anymore.  In fact we find we can almost best the price of our wood-based competitors almost every time.  A more durable product as a comparable if not cheaper price sounds like a no brainer to us.

Are you new to even the concept of a metal carport?  If so, then let us know and we will be able to educate in whatever aspect of the industry you are curious about.  At Keens Buildings this is what we do. We specialize in all things carports and metal structures and our goal is a 100% positive experience for you.

Carports Keep You Dry

We have all different kinds of clients with all different kinds of needs at Keens Buildings including those who want to take advantage of a carport’s most basic featutre: the fact that it keeps people dry.  Yes it may seem simple, but when you think about it isn’t that the most simple use of any metal protective structure?  Some of our customers were just simply sick of getting out of their car and dealing with their elements as they walked into their house.  They chose to partner with Keens Buildings because we engineer and design carports that fit seamlessly into any driveway and provide people that protection from the elements that they are searching for.

We will work with you to design structures that will fit on your land that you have available.  Do not know where to start as far as building a carport goes?  Well you are in luck because we have years experience in the industry and are ready to educate and guide you through the process.  We provide dedicated staff to your project who will be wit you every step of the way, you never have to deal with a new team member who has to get up to speed.

Some people we know chose to get carports just so their groceries would not have the chance of getting wet.  When you think about it, that actually makes sense given the price of groceries these days and how valuable they obviously are in our day to day life.  Our carports are metal structures that are not only expertly designed, but they are easy to maintain and virtually eliminate the day-to-day maintenance that wooden carports may require.  Contact us today to get a free consultation so we can show you how we can make your worries a thing of the past.

Our Steel Structures are Constructed Faster

At Keens Portable Buildings, we realize the need for our customers to have their carport or metal carport structure installed quickly. We have experience working with all different kinds of buyers that find themselves in all different types of situations as far as installment goes. We do many things throughout the design and delivery process to ensure your structure appears on your property as soon as possible without ever compromising quality. This is why all of our carports and other steel structures are actually pre-engineered and then delivered to your site ready to go. This is why the measurement aspect of the buying process is crucial.

Through our manufacturers, we actually ensure that anything unique that needs to be done to the structure is done in advance, making installation much easier. Any welding or drilling, for instance, that can be done in advance is completed on site at our manufacturer before it is delivered to your location.

Pre-engineering our structures so they are delivered in ready-to-install condition is only one of the ways we make accommodations for our customers. In order to experience other aspects of our uncompromising customer service, please contact us today. We would enjoy the opportunity to show you what makes us a leader in our industry. We can be reached either through our website at or by our customer service hotline at (386) 364-7995.

Why Metal Carports are a Great Green Choice

These days, it’s all about “going green,” from the type car you drive, to the pest control products you use in your yard to the building materials you choose for your new or renovated home and metal carport. Keen’s Portable Buildings has you covered on one of those choices.

Our carports are built entirely of metal, which requires no harmful chemicals such as resin, wood treatments or pesticides that you typically see in traditional  construction, renovation and maintenance. Once it’s installed, a metal carport also is highly resistant to water, mildew and mold, which can emit toxins that make your family and pets sick.

Our metal carports are built to last, using heavy duty 29-gauge standard steel roof and side panels and 14-gauge standard steel tubular framing. If your metal carport is ordered certified, it’s specifically engineered to withstand heavy snow loads and high wind speeds common in your area, plus meet all the city, county and state building code and permitting requirements no matter where in the continental United States you live. Plus wood boring pests that can destroy a structure, such as termites, can’t eat through metal. Your certified metal building is guaranteed to stand firm for decades. But should you decide that its usefulness is over, metal building materials are 100% recyclable – a major “green” factor.

To further green your metal carport, consider insulation. Several environmentally-friendly insulation types including fiberglass, foam board and reflective insulation are easy to install in an enclosed metal carport and help conserve energy, further control moisture and resist pest invasions. Foam spray and rigid foam board insulation contains no HDFCs, VOC or Formaldehyde and does not settle or “gas off” over time and it completely seals your metal carport, blocking outdoor pollutants and allergens. And reflective insulation is made with aluminum foil – also completely nontoxic. These are important green considerations if you plan to use your enclosed metal carport as a workshop, office, studio, children’s playroom or for any other use that means you or the ones you love will be spending lots of time there.

Lighting your carport also can be eco-friendly. Install solar-powered lighting fixtures on the outside of your enclosed metal carport, or in and around your open structure. Motion sensor lights conserve even more energy and save money by activating only when someone is nearby.

To learn more about metal carports and their eco-friendly attributes, contact Keen’s Portable Buildings at 1-386-364-7995.