Frequently Asked Questions
There are two types of galvanized steel tubing that we use: 14-gauge and 12-gauge. The 14-gauge tubing is 2 ½” x 2 ½” and is used for many of our structures. Our 12-gauge steel tubing is 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” and is used for a majority of our bigger projects due to its strength and durability. The sheet metal we use is 29-GA with a premium 40-year paint, but you can also purchase our 26-GA sheet metal for a slight upcharge.
Throughout the process of choosing, purchasing, and installing your metal building, we protect our lien rights. This allows us to file a mechanics lien if you do not pay in full upon completion of installation. A mechanics lien clouds the title of the property and gives the contractor, subcontractor, or materials supplier the right to sell your property to cover the costs of labor and supplies.
The size of the structure will play a role in choosing the size of your garage door as there are a few rules to go by. For example, if your garage door is going to be installed centered on one end, the leg height must be one foot higher than the garage door. If two garage doors are being installed on the end or a single door is going to be offset to one side, the legs will need to be two foot taller than the door/s. The legs also need to be two foot taller than the door if you are installed on the side of the building. We do like to mention that there will be additional charges added to the price of your structure if the garage door is to be installed on a side.
If you purchase a 12’W x 21’L carport, the frame width will be 12’ and the length will measure 20’. For an 18’W x 31’L carport or garage, the width will be 18’ and the length will be 30’. The extra foot that is added to the length of the structure is a result of the 6” roof overhang.
**Note: Vertical roofs do NOT have an overhang.
Our lead times depend on your location and the weather in your area, the number of orders coming into the manufacturing plant, and how many orders we have in your area. The majority of our installations are completed within 3 to 5 weeks; however, there are some areas that can be pushed to 5 and 6 weeks. During certain seasons of the year, lead times can be pushed back due to rain, high winds, snow, or threatening weather.
If you order a steel structure that does not have siding or sheeting on all four sides, it will move or sway with the wind. Keep this in mind if you are planning to order a carport or RV cover and your area is prone to high winds. The taller your building is, the worse the swaying will be. If this worries you, the best solution is to order a fully-enclosed garage or add additional paneling to the carport. If you would like to keep your carport open, you can bury posts in the ground and bolt them to the side of your unit.