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Steel or wood garage? #2788037
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Trying to decide whether to go steel or wood walls


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Re: Steel or wood garage? [Re: roadntrack] #2788048
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I built a wood framed garage , steel has some good points too .. just a matter of preference ..don't think the cost is much different


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Re: Steel or wood garage? [Re: roadntrack] #2788049
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Lots of variables. What part of the country the garage will be built at could make a difference. How high the side walls will be will also make a difference. Insulation and interior wall covering also matter, as might local building codes. The appearance of surrounding buildings may play into it as well, might not want to have the only garage in the area built like yours. Gene

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Check out the price of material it should make the decision easier.

Re: Steel or wood garage? [Re: second 70] #2788105
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I have both and advantages to each one. Steel is less upkeep, quick to install and assemble and easy to expand depending on the style and manufacturer. The steel building seem to take more insulation than the wood structures to keep warm/cool and prevent sweating. I like both and have a tendency to over insulate either way, also make sure you use a good moisture barrier under the concrete.

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Steel much cooler however more expensive to heat

Steel much easier to get a permit, less fire codes to meet

Steel goes up faster than a stick building

Easier todo finish work in a wood building


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Re: Steel or wood garage? [Re: roadntrack] #2788207
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Really depends on how you want to finish it out. I went with steel because I needed the strength for the long span. The contractor I used had some different options for finishing the inside. They used a wrapped insulation and then installed white steel panels for the inner walls. The electrical was then run in conduit on top of the white panels. They also installed windows although you might not want windows in your shop depending on the neighborhood.

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Re: Steel or wood garage? [Re: AndyF] #2788267
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I went with steel exterior, no rot and won’t have to paint in my lifetime.

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Re: Steel or wood garage? [Re: poorboy] #2788280
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Originally Posted by poorboy
Lots of variables. What part of the country the garage will be built at could make a difference. How high the side walls will be will also make a difference. Insulation and interior wall covering also matter, as might local building codes. The appearance of surrounding buildings may play into it as well, might not want to have the only garage in the area built like yours. Gene


I agree with those points. Also need to consider how large the building is going to be. Wood works just fine for a small structure, you'll need steel if it is going to be very large or if you want to support weight. I had to go steel on my shop since I wanted a bridge crane. No way are you going to hang a bridge crane from any normal wood structure. Wood is easier to work with for a backyard carpenter so if a person is going to finish it themselves then wood might be a good choice.

Re: Steel or wood garage? [Re: roadntrack] #2788472
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When I was contemplating steel/stick for my 4-car garage a friend quipped "if you're worried about security, all you need is a can opener to get into a steel building". grin


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Mine will just be a 12x28 Main concern is condensation with steel vs wood


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Re: Steel or wood garage? [Re: roadntrack] #2788492
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Originally Posted by roadntrack
Mine will just be a 12x28 Main concern is condensation with steel vs wood


I have a 40x50 Steel building in Northwest Pennsylvania and condensation has not been an issue for me.

Re: Steel or wood garage? [Re: hudsonhornet7x] #2788515
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Steel stud guys are more money than guys who do wood framing where I'm at. It's two different groups with two different sets of tools.

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Originally Posted by John_Kunkel
When I was contemplating steel/stick for my 4-car garage a friend quipped "if you're worried about security, all you need is a can opener to get into a steel building". grin


This happened to a friend of mine in a nice area. They cut a hole in the side of the building to get in, opened one of the barn doors and cleared him out in one night. He lost 90k worth of stuff.

Re: Steel or wood garage? [Re: parksr5] #2788643
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In Central Alabama the heat, humidity and my location on a small lot in a residential neighborhood went into my choice of steel garage.

Re: Steel or wood garage? [Re: RusTy/SE] #2788841
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Well I am contemplating a 50x80, going big enough to put everything out of the sun and snow...pole barn was my first choice up until I realized that I have a high water table at 3' below grade, so I will just do a steel building on pilings


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Re: Steel or wood garage? [Re: mopargem] #2789127
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Originally Posted by mopargem
I went with steel exterior, no rot and won’t have to paint in my lifetime.


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Re: Steel or wood garage? [Re: roadntrack] #2789202
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Ass all have said depends..
I went with wood frame for multiple reasons;
Matches the character of my house
Type of tools/equipment required to construct
familiarity of construction process
cost to finish interior
insulation cost
potential future conversion to a residence - never know I may get tired of playing with cars
All vinyl /Aluminum exterior

that was my decision process anyways...

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Re: Steel or wood garage? [Re: John_Kunkel] #2789221
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Originally Posted by John_Kunkel
When I was contemplating steel/stick for my 4-car garage a friend quipped "if you're worried about security, all you need is a can opener to get into a steel building". grin


If someone is going to cut their way into a building it is a lot easier to cut wood than steel.

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That look nice. I see that you used a steel interior in your wood building. That is a good idea in a shop since the steel siding will stand up to more abuse than drywall. It is a little harder to install though.

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