Metal garage buildings – If you want to build your steel garage kit over a concrete foundation, your concrete slab must be at least four inches wide. This extra dimension ensures that the edge of the plate does not break or crack during installation.
If you choose to metal garage buildings under a concrete foundation, the concrete will have to be at least four inches thick – and as much as six inches thick if you plan to park trucks or large caravans inside. Make sure to use 2500 psi concrete, with fiber reinforcement or # 3 reinforcement irons at 24 “centers. If you plan to have your garage hold extra heavy items, consider using 4000 psi concrete.
The fire rating for metal used in these metal garage buildings is very high, which can lead to some savings on fire insurance. You can generate additional cost savings simply by adding only two to two inches of insulation. This corresponds to 2 1/2 meters of masonry, and will give you a very energy efficient, insulated building. Steel is easy to bend and cut. Where theft is concerned, it is much easier to break into a steel building than other types of garages because metal walls and ceilings are easy to cut with steel cutting. Additionally, be careful when driving any vehicle inside to make sure they do not bang and damage the walls.