I am looking to put a storage building on my property and was wondering
about the advantages and disadvatages of wood vs. concrete vs. steel
vs. vynal vs aluminum (including aproximate price because these sites
that sell buildings dont ever list them.)
I'd avoid aluminum or metal construction personally. I assembled a
6x8 aluminum shed once and it was a complete pain in the butt. I've
never seen so many sheet metal screws in all my life. Plus, it
requires a great deal of care to handle the metal without cutting
yourself. THen again, this was a very cost effective unit, lets say,
so perhaps there are better quality easier to assemble metal DIY sheds
out there .
15x30 though, in many municipalities is large enough that it may
require a concrete pad. Nearly big enough to be thought of and spec'd
as a detached garage. Here, I think we can go up to 100sf before
requiring a pad, but hurricane anchors and steel tethers are required
as a minimum.
Dunno if any of those bits of info are useful to ya. But I'd lean
toward wood or vinyl myself at that size. There are some vinyl based
structures out there that are very easy to put together. I'd have to
guess, ballpark something that size will run around $800-$1000.
First contact your building inspection people and find out what
zoning/permit requirements are. Then go to Menards, HD, whoever, and
look at whatever prefab kit pleases you and fits the city codes. Line
up a good concrete crew for the pad and get a contract. Get a crew for
site prep and another contract. Go down to city hall and get a building
permit, now that you know roughly what your costs are.
The size of structure you contemplate pretty much eliminates vinyl
sheds. DIY steel buildings take incredible amounts of time and fussing
with fasteners to assemble and then need major interior work unless you
are only keeping rough eqipment out of the weather in them. Prefab
structures are by far the most cost effective in most areas on the
dollars per square foot basis. HTH
On 10 Oct 2006 11:23:31 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
I see this kind of prefab storage building ads on late night TV
It looks strong enough and easy enough to assemble for your purpose.
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