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Home / Case Studies / Transforming a Carport into a Metal Garage

Transforming a Carport into a Metal Garage

Why Turn a Carport into a Garage

Metal carports have long been an effective way for people to protect their vehicles, valuables, and equipment from the elements, but some jobs may require extra protection. For these needs, many folks are transforming their open carports into fully enclosed structures. But is this construction avenue effective? Why would you want to turn a carport into a garage vs building fresh?

If you’re considering transforming your carport into an enclosed garage, one of the first things you’ll likely want to know is if it’s a worthy investment compared to starting a new project. Below, we aim to answer just that, from what you'll gain by converting to a garage to crucial things to remember when making the transition.

What You’ll Gain by Enclosing Your Metal Carport

Transforming your metal carport into a fully enclosed metal garage can yield a wide range of advantages, making it a prudent investment for many applications. The transition from an open carport to an enclosed steel garage offers enhanced protection, versatility, and utility. But what does it bring to the table in terms of performance?

First off, transitioning from an open carport to an enclosed garage provides you with an upgraded level of protection from high winds, rain, snow, and more. Items that previously would have been at least laterally exposed to the elements will now be stored in a controlled environment.

This also enables you to enjoy a higher level of security. Items left exposed can easily be stolen, but with four walls and a locked door, you'll know your items are always safe and secure.

And, finally, you have your building’s functionality. As an open carport, you likely won’t be able to use your structure as a workshop. But with enclosed walls and the right accessories, you can use it year-round, regardless of outside weather events.

So, as you can see, finishing a carport with wall paneling and doors can significantly alter how it can be used and enjoyed.

The Cost of Turning Your Carport into a Garage

Deciding whether to add to your current structure or start fresh is a big question at the forefront of many people's minds when undertaking such a project. And much of that will come down to cost. Let's look at this concept in greater detail.

In most cases, the average cost of a metal garage will range between $10 to $25 per square foot, depending on the complexity of the structure and the materials used. Using this information, if you want to enclose two sides of your structure, with each measuring 25 feet in length, 40 feet in width, and 8 feet in height, you’ll get 400 square feet in total. And at $10 per square foot, you’re looking at roughly $4,000 to enclose two faces of your building.

Compare this to the cost of starting fresh, where you'll be responsible for not only the side paneling but the framing, roofing, and other facets of the structure. These additional expenses can add up tremendously, so it's a great idea to compare the overall estimated cost for each avenue before choosing the right one for you and your budget.

Checking With Your Local Municipalities

When it comes to construction projects, performing the necessary due diligence and research can pay off tremendously. Even with something as simple as adding wall paneling and finishing touches to a carport. Most localities will have stringent rules and regulations regarding construction projects to ensure their safety before, during, and after completion.

As such, it’s incredibly important to work with your local building officials to ensure you’ve obtained all permits and are working within the zoning laws established for your area. Failure to do so can result in fines, penalties, and even the ordered removal of your structure.

Examining Your Existing Structure

One of the first steps in converting your metal carport to an enclosed metal garage will be to look at your existing structure. Take note of the following aspects and convey them to your metal building provider to ensure your structure is ready for the upgrade:

1. Examining Your Existing Structure

One of the first steps in converting your metal carport to an enclosed metal garage will be to look at your existing structure. Take note of the following aspects and convey them to your metal building provider to ensure your structure is ready for the upgrade:

2. Soil Type

Soil conditions can significantly impact the foundation of your enclosed steel garage. Evaluate the type of soil on which your carport is situated. Different soil types have varying load-bearing capacities. Consult with a structural engineer to determine if the earth can support the foundation requirements of your steel garage. Soil testing may be necessary to assess its suitability.

3. Roof and Ceiling

Examine the existing roof and ceiling of your metal carport. Consider whether the current roofing material is in good condition and if it can be seamlessly integrated into the new steel garage design. Additionally, evaluate the height and pitch of the roof to ensure it meets your needs. Modifications to the roof may be necessary to accommodate the desired enclosed structure.

4. Foundation

The foundation is a critical component when transforming a metal carport into an enclosed steel garage. Verify that your foundation is level, stable, and capable of supporting the added weight. If the foundation is uneven or insufficient, you may need to adjust or even construct a new one to meet the steel garage's structural requirements.

Wall Choices and Other Costs Involved in Converting Carports into Metal Garages

Believe it or not, there are many ways to turn your metal carport into a fully enclosed structure. Let’s take a look at just a few options available to you and what you can expect in terms of cost from each:

1. Metal Siding

Metal siding is a popular choice for enclosing steel garages due to its durability, low maintenance, and affordability. It seamlessly integrates with the existing metal structure and can be easily customized to match your preferences. Metal siding is available in various styles and thicknesses, allowing you to choose one that suits your climate and aesthetic desires.

2. Concrete Block

Concrete block walls offer excellent strength and durability. They provide superior insulation to metal siding, which can be particularly advantageous if you use your steel garage as a workshop or a climate-controlled storage space. Concrete block walls can also enhance the structural integrity of your garage. However, it's important to note that building concrete block walls may require professional masonry work, which can increase the overall cost of your project.

3. Stone and Brick

For a more upscale and aesthetically pleasing finish, you might consider using stone or brick to enclose your metal garage. Stone and brick walls are known for their timeless appeal and can significantly enhance the visual appeal of your garage and provide excellent insulation and durability. However, this choice tends to be the most expensive option in terms of material and labor costs.

Additional Cost Considerations

One of the biggest ways to stay on top of your metal carport upgrade is to pay close attention to your budget. Taking the time to perform the necessary homework is a recipe for success. And part of that is having a comprehensive knowledge of additional costs and expenses you may incur during construction. To help you, we've put together a few of the biggest things you'll want to consider from a cost perspective:

1. Sectional, Roll-up Garage Doors, and Walk-in Doors

The choice of garage doors is a significant factor in your metal garage cost. Sectional and roll-up garage doors provide convenient access and security, while walk-in doors make foot access easy. However, these options will incur additional costs, so you’ll want to choose what you need while working within the constraints of your budget.

2. Insulation

Insulating your enclosed metal garage is essential if you plan to use it for more than just vehicle storage. Insulation helps maintain a comfortable temperature, reduce energy costs, and control moisture levels.

It’s important to note that the cost of insulation materials and installation will depend on the size of your garage and the desired insulation type (e.g., fiberglass, foam board, or spray foam). While it adds to the steel garage cost upfront, insulation can lead to long-term energy savings.

3. Utilities

If you intend to use your steel garage as a workshop, home office, or living space, you may need to extend utilities such as electricity, plumbing, and HVAC. These utility connections can significantly impact your overall steel garage cost, but can make a big difference in the feel and capabilities of your building.

4. Windows

Adding windows to your enclosed metal garage enhances natural light, ventilation, and aesthetics. The cost of which, however, varies depending on the size, style, and quality of materials. So, while they may increase the initial cost, windows can contribute to a more comfortable and inviting space.

5. Ventilation

Proper ventilation is essential for maintaining air quality and preventing moisture buildup in your metal garage. You'll have the option of adding passive ventilation options, such as doors and windows, to allow ample airflow into your structure. Or you can invest in active ventilation methods, such as exhaust fans and vents. These ventilations may add a bit to your final budget but will serve you well in terms of safety and comfort throughout your building's lifespan.

Need Help with Your Carport Conversion? Probuilt Steel Buildings is Just a Call Away!

Whether you're interested in small DIY metal garage kits, carport kits, or considering upgrading your existing building, Probuilt Steel Buildings has you covered with a wide range of structures to meet any residential, commercial, or agricultural need.

We have years of experience delivering high-quality buildings for a wide range of applications, from backyard sheds to retail storefronts and beyond. And we back them up with industry-leading warranties, guarantees, and certifications, so you know the building you get is designed to last.

So, what are you waiting for? Contact Probuilt Steel Buildings today at (877) 754-1818 and let our team of building specialists help you find the right solution to your storage needs. We’ll work with you from start to installation and deliver a structure that elevates how you work and play.

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