Garages have a vital importance to any home. Since it is roofed and walled on all four corners, it provides the best protection against the harsh elements of the environment and also from theft. Although a traditional site-built garage seems less the hassle, the expenses on construction don’t show any less either. A fully-furnished garage is very costly; hence, a prefabricated garage comes to the rescue. One edgy advantage is its ability to work into your budget. You can either avail a prefab garage kit and do the setup yourself with handy tools or purchase a pre-assembled modular garage with the setup included that can be delivered to you. If you feel like a prefab garage is what you might be interested in, we’ll help you out on deciding ideas why we consider a prefabricated garage a smart choice.
A prefabricated garage is a garage which is manufactured offsite and transported to the location where it will be used, in contrast with a garage which is built on site. There are a number of different styles of prefab garages available, including custom products which can be tailored to specific applications by home owners.
When clients order a prefab garage, it is built at an offsite factory which specializes in making prefabricated structures. Construction includes wiring of the garage, finishing the interior, and the installation of any additional special features requested by the buyer. Meanwhile, the site of the installation is prepared so that the prefab garage installation will run smoothly. Depending on the size of the garage, it may be possible to transport the structure whole, or it may be moved in pieces which are joined together at the site.
It is also possible to build a garage from fabricated modular panels which are snapped together on site. The modular garage option can allow for easy customization, as people can pick from an array of panel designs and styles, all of which will fit together. Customization can include the installation of a storage space, a recreational room, or even a laundry area above the garage.
Both types of garages have their own pros and cons. While a traditional site-built garage has considerably the higher quality when it comes to durability, the prices meet the level as well. Prefabricated garages are cheaper than site-built garages, depending on the site and the design of the garage. In the Philippines, an average sized steel garage including its foundation is approximately 840,000 pesos while a typical prefab garage is usually 1/8-1/3 the cost of a site-built garage. That’s around 105,000-280,000—talk about saving!
In terms of construction time, prefabricated garages finish way faster than site-built garages. Since majority of the materials used for the prefab garage are already pre-assembled in a factory or a modular garage manufacturer, the assembling time is less than building a whole garage from scratch. They could be finished as early as 2 days with a maximum of 14 days.
Prefab garages also tend to be more environmentally friendly because waste is reduced when products are produced in a factory to standardized design specifications. Furthermore, they usually meet or exceed earthquake safety standards with no additional modifications because they are designed from components which are designed to endure the stress of transport.
A strong, sturdy, and durable foundation is much needed in assembling your prefabricated garage. With the various materials available in the market, we’ve come up with three, hard-wearing, most ideal materials to build that perfect garage of yours.
Wood- A wooden garage is a versatile, affordable structure with high aesthetic qualities and these are just three of the many reasons why wooden garages deserve to be known in the Philippine community. Wooden garages usually are dryer inside than garages built from other materials. It will also be warmer during rainy season and cooler during the dry season because of timber being such an excellent natural insulator. Active ventilation aside, timber allows for breathing and prevents condensation which would be detrimental to your perishable goods and valuable possessions susceptible to damp in steel or concrete garages because these materials don’t have the same moisture-regulating properties as timber.
Steel- Steel has always been an ideal building material. It’s strong, durable, and withstands stress and the elements better than other materials. It’s absolutely cost-effective too. Steel is also eco-friendly. It is a recyclable material that doesn’t end up in landfills. With that said, steel prefabricated garages have even more to offer, without sacrificing choice, style, quality, or flexibility. In addition, it’s also sturdy; and unlike wood, steel can withstand weather and pests.
Concrete- Concrete garages are also ideal for storing vehicles because of their stability and durability. They are most likely to sustain a type of damage such as heavy storms and floods. An added benefit is that your car won’t depreciate as quickly when it is stored out of the weather, as it would if it has been parked outside. Also one of the more popular uses for concrete garages, aside from parking, is a workshop. From woodworking to welding and everything in between, a concrete garage can be the perfect place to work on various projects. Since these buildings normally have concrete floors, you won’t have to worry about getting them dirty if you are working on greasy car parts. Most importantly unlike wooden garages, they are also fireproof structures, which can bring you peace of mind if you happen to be doing any type of welding work that might produce sparks. Concrete garages also insulate well against noise, which means that you stand less chance of disturbing your neighbors if you are running noisy power tools.
There are a number of factors you will need to consider though before installing a prefab garage on your property and one of the principal factors to consider is the question of zoning/planning permission in your area. A building permit is required in the Philippines per Republic Act 6541, Section 01.02.03 under the National Building Code of the Philippines. Blueprints and other planning documents are required to be submitted and must be certified by a licensed structural engineer. It usually takes around a month or two for the processing.
Other factors to consider will be site preparation, foundations, excavation, provision of services such as waste, water and power and roofing. It is advised to get a contractor to manage these steps.
Specific needs will also arise in relation to modular garages which are used as motor vehicle workshops for example in respect of the disposal of oil waste, grease and so on.
Purchasing a prefab garage kit is ideal. Prefab garage kits generally come with 2 foot by 3 foot or 2 foot by 4 foot rectangular steel framing. Additionally, they can be built up to unlimited lengths and generally the sidewall height will be up to 16 feet and 52 feet wide. A good tip is to purchase rectangular steel tubing as it is easier to work with and assemble.
When shopping for prefab garage kits you should be concerned about the quality of the steel used in your garage kit, precision engineering and manufacturing, and easy customization of your garage kit tailored to your specific needs.
Most importantly, safety is essential. Wear safety gear such as a helmet, a pair of thick gloves and boots, and safety vests. You wouldn’t want to add more expenses to your construction, right?
Depending upon whether you desire wood prefabricated garage kit or a structure made from metal, the prices obviously will fluctuate. In general, you can expect to pay in the neighborhood of 560,000 PHP for a pre-made wood garage and 105,000 and above if the structure is made from steel or other non-wood materials.
More specifically, the average cost of a prefab concrete garage for a 400-square foot, two-car sized garage would range between 120,000 to 200,000 PHP, not including labor and building permit fees. Same with a prefabricated metal garage, the price would range around those numbers.
Investing in a prefab garage will probably turn out to add value to your property. It will for sure add convenience to your life, whatever you decide to use them for.