What Are Prefab Garages? 5 Types to Compare
You might have noticed the words “modular”, “portable”, or “prefab” used in describing garages. For clarity’s sake, both "modular" and "portable" are terms used to describe types of prefab garages.
If a prefab garage is referred to as “modular”, it often means it’s larger and will arrive on-site in the form of several prefab “modules” which require final assembly on delivery. This could be a first story and a loft, two halves of a doublewide garage, or multiple sections of an even larger building.
“Portable” garages, on the other hand, are usually fully assembled at delivery and are simply placed in the desired location. If necessary, they can later be loaded up and moved to a different location.
Both “modular” garages and “portable” garages are generally placed on a prepared foundation of some kind, such as compacted gravel. Whether you hear “portable”, “modular”, or “prefab” in the course of your garage quest, rest assured that all three will still lead you to your desired garage.
In this blog post, let’s clear up any confusion that may still linger around the question “what is a prefab garage?” while offering you 5 options of prefab garages to compare.
What is a Prefab Garage?
A prefab garage is a garage that has been completely or partially manufactured off-site before being transported to its final location. Depending on its size, the garage is built and transported in sections
which enables its quick and easy setup on site. In short, prefab garages are
prebuilt and portable structures that make for time-efficient and simple on-site delivery.
Two Requirements for Your Prefab Garage
When on the quest to invest in a new outdoor storage building such as a prefab garage, there are two requirements that need to be met in order to tie the knot.
First, you’ll be looking for durability. Is your garage going to be strong enough to keep your vehicles and other belongings safe?
Second, you want your prefab garage to be quality-built. Will my modular garage stand the test of time? Will my hard-earned dollars see the fruit of their investment? At Gold Star Buildings we prioritize both durability and quality in the manufacturing of our prefab garages. We believe that durability and quality go hand in hand to ensure your prefab garage will bring you joy and freedom from worry or stress.
What are the Benefits of a Prefab Garage?
In recent years, prefab garages became one of the most popular garage choices for thousands of people all over America. Modular garages are a win-win for many whose houses did not come with a garage or added storage space. Here are some of the benefits driving homeowners to claim a prefab garage as their very own.
Prefab garages save you a lot of money, especially if you choose a prefab garage kit. Modular garages require less money than what is required for building a traditional garage on-site.
These garages are available in many different styles and materials. You have the option to keep your garage’s aesthetics as simple or elaborate as you wish. (take note: the more you opt for increased customization the more it will increase your final cost.)
Instead of waiting months for your garage to be built, your prefab garage can arrive at your house within a few weeks.
Prefab garages are a greener option because less waste is involved in manufacturing these structures since leftover materials from one garage can be used for the next.
Now that the air has been cleared around what a prefab garage is, let’s explore some of the prefab garage options available to you. Remember, durability and quality are key ingredients, essential to ensuring you own the best prefab garage.
Types of Prefab Garages
Metal Prefab Garage Kit
This prefab garage option is a DIY, which means all the parts are delivered to you and then you construct the garage yourself. Since it's technically self-assembled, this design pushes the limits of "prefab" just a little. (Although, metal prefab garages can be ordered fully pre-built as well). Metal prefab garages are easy to set up if you choose the DIY route. Any skill level can conquer the task, but you will have to factor in the added time required to set up one of these garages. These garages are one of the cheapest prefab options and are noted for their fire and bug resistance. Depending on your tastes, metal prefab garages may not be your preferred aesthetic, but they do provide a solid and practical space for your vehicle and storage needs. (Photo: SteelMaster)
Wooden Pole Barn Garage Kit
Initially, you don’t associate barns with garages, but don’t let the name deter you. Pole barns and garages can fall under the same structural family. These prefab garages are also DIY (meaning they also push the limits of "prefab"). Pole barn garages resemble a shed in appearance and its structure is supported by wooden poles that will need to go down into the foundation. The most popular siding for these garages is metal, but there are other siding options available. The flooring choice is often concrete. (Photo: Metal Building Homes)
Fully Constructed Single Car Garage
This prefab garage is a prebuilt classic. A single car prefab garage is created to hold any regular sized vehicle or truck. It is designed with a heavy-duty floor. The strong heavy-duty floor provides years of consistent performance, while reducing your total garage costs from avoiding an expensive foundation. The skids, joists, and siding (if you choose wood) are pressure treated to resist moisture and rot damage. If you are hoping to have a little more space for storage, then consider a prefab, lofted, single car garage.
Double-wide Garage Delivered in Two Pieces
Prefab garages have options! If a single isn’t big enough or if you have more than one vehicle, a double-wide garage is the right choice. Since this prefabricated garage’s style is built large enough to accommodate multiple vehicles it is built in two pieces which are then joined on site. Besides vehicle storage, this prefab garage’s design is perfect for use as a workshop or organized storage space. Double-wide garages also come with a heavy-duty floor and pressure treated skids and joists.
Three Car Prefab Garage
If two isn’t enough, try three! Modular garages come in many sizes. A three-car prefab garage would offer you space for your vehicles, tractor, motorcycle and more! Like the double-wide garage, a three-car prefab garage would be delivered in three pieces and joined on site. They also come with a heavy-duty floor strong enough to hold up your vehicles, lawnmower, or motorcycle. Prefab garages are built in a wide range of sizes (there are even four-car garages on the prefab market). There is no need to feel constricted in investing in a prefab garage. (Photo: Sheds Unlimited)
So, what is a prefab garage? A prefab garage is the most cost effective and timely garage on the market!
Partner with Gold Star Buildings
Here at Gold Star Buildings, we guarantee that your prefab garage is always built with top notch quality and lasting durability. We build fully constructed single car garages and double-wide garages and deliver them throughout Western Pa and Eastern Ohio. So, if you are looking for a prefab garage from Pittsburg to Erie or in any other western Pa cities or towns, Gold Star Buildings is dedicated towards partnering with you to ensure you decide on the perfect prefab garage. At Gold Star we believe that everyone should have a safe, durable space for their valuables and live free from worry in order to focus on the relationships and activities that bring them joy!