Prefabricated Garages - design, ideas, pros & cons
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
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.
Prefabricated garage- what is it anyway?
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.
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
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.
Site-built or prefabricated? Which is better?
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
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.
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.
Sturdy materials on the long run
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.
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 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 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.
Construct you own DIY prefab garage!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Costing and expenditure
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.
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
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.