If you are looking to purchase a metal or steel building in the near future, it would do you a great deal of good, if you knew about the difference between types of steel buildings and metal structures. They are known by different names throughout the country, and in some cases, it can lead to confusion when you are ordering a steel building or metal structure. You may come across words like an awning, lean-to, garage, carport, car cover, barn, or combo-unit, and they can baffle you.
Fortunately for you, we are going to cover the main differences between types of steel buildings and metal structures, so that you don’t get confused when looking at storage and parking options.
First of all, we will start with basic definitions for metal structures, so that you have a general idea about what each type of building means.
1. Carport, Awning, Car Cover, Shed:
These are generic terms, which define either a fully enclosed structure with windows and doors or a simple roof. When you order a carport, you should know that it only offers a simple roof, and you can add metal on the sides. You can also get a 3-sided carport if you want. See examples of carports by visiting our carports section.
This will be similar to a carport, with the only difference being that it will be fully enclosed, and will also have a door. There are also roll-up garage doors, and you can install this structure with insulation, windows, and house doors. Our garage section has many different designs and installations.
The lean-to sounds funny, but is very effective, and acts as an additional roof that is connected to a garage or a carport. It is shorter than the main structure, and can either be attached to one or both sides of the structure. You can also have lean-tos that are fully and partially enclosed with windows, and doors.
4. A Barn:
A barn is similar to a lean-to, and can be attached to a garage or a carport. You can choose to have a fully open or fully enclosed barn, depending on your requirements, and there is also the option of adding additional rooms to it as well.
5. Combo Unit:
The combo unit is basically a carport that has a fully enclosed utility room attached to it. These utility rooms are similar in width to the carport, and can also be installed with insulation, windows, garage doors, and house doors.
6. RV Cover:
The RV cover is just like a carport, with the only difference being that it has trailer legs. RV covers are generally all, and maybe from 12 feet to 14 feet high. You can also choose to add additional posts to double the strength of the RV cover.
These were some of the different names of metal structures and steel buildings that you can choose to buy from Keen’s Buildings. It is important that you know the differences between them so that you can avoid confusion and make an informed decision.