Metal garages represent one of the more economical ways to add space to your property, especially if you are concerned about storing vehicles or wish to create a work area. Before you elect to put one up, though, it's worth learning a bit about them.
One of the primary reasons that people prefer to construct metal garages is that they can be built quickly. Presuming you already have a spot leveled out to put one in, it's a project that you and a friend can knock out in one or two weekends. There are also many contracting companies that would be happy to build one for you.
Bear in mind that you may need to build in additional time for other aspects of the job, such as pouring concrete for the floor and running wiring for electrical systems. If you're going to use a concrete floor, make sure to plan for where the support posts of the garage will go, otherwise, you may need to cure the concrete, adding time and costs to the project.
A-frame metal garages are increasingly the preferred choice for buyers, especially folks in northern areas where snow loads during the winter may be a concern. Most have an A-style peak and straight sides, and they can be found in models that accommodate anywhere from one to four bays, depending on your requirements. In addition to A-frame garages, you will also see ones with flatter roofs, and there are models that are rounded, too.
The main options for metal garages are going to be steel and aluminum, and it's common to see kits that use a mixture. Steel tends to be more durable and to provide greater insulation value, but it also ends up being more expensive. You will also need to keep steel surfaces painted in order to deter rust and corrosion. Aluminum is lighter, and it does not rust. It also doesn't have to be painted.
When working from a kit, you can expect a metal garage to start at around $5,000 in costs and go up. At the low end, you'll be getting something that's not much more impressive than a carport. As is the case with many projects, you can easily scale up and add tens of thousands of dollars to your costs. A good high estimate is that every square foot will cost $25.