There are two types of galvanized steel tubing that we use: 14-gauge and 12-gauge. The 14-gauge tubing is 2 ½” x 2 ½” and is used for many of our structures. Our 12-gauge steel tubing is 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” and is used for a majority of our bigger projects due to its strength and durability. The sheet metal we use is 29-GA with a premium 40-year paint, but you can also purchase our 26-GA sheet metal for a slight upcharge.
Throughout the process of choosing, purchasing, and installing your metal building, we protect our lien rights. This allows us to file a mechanics lien if you do not pay in full upon completion of installation. A mechanics lien clouds the title of the property and gives the contractor, subcontractor, or materials supplier the right to sell your property to cover the costs of labor and supplies.
The size of the structure will play a role in choosing the size of your garage door as there are a few rules to go by. For example, if your garage door is going to be installed centered on one end, the leg height must be one foot higher than the garage door. If two garage doors are being installed on the end or a single door is going to be offset to one side, the legs will need to be two foot taller than the door/s. The legs also need to be two foot taller than the door if you are installed on the side of the building. We do like to mention that there will be additional charges added to the price of your structure if the garage door is to be installed on a side.
If you purchase a 12’W x 21’L carport, the frame width will be 12’ and the length will measure 20’. For an 18’W x 31’L carport or garage, the width will be 18’ and the length will be 30’. The extra foot that is added to the length of the structure is a result of the 6” roof overhang.
**Note: Vertical roofs do NOT have an overhang.
Our lead times depend on your location and the weather in your area, the number of orders coming into the manufacturing plant, and how many orders we have in your area. The majority of our installations are completed within 3 to 5 weeks; however, there are some areas that can be pushed to 5 and 6 weeks. During certain seasons of the year, lead times can be pushed back due to rain, high winds, snow, or threatening weather.
If you order a steel structure that does not have siding or sheeting on all four sides, it will move or sway with the wind. Keep this in mind if you are planning to order a carport or RV cover and your area is prone to high winds. The taller your building is, the worse the swaying will be. If this worries you, the best solution is to order a fully-enclosed garage or add additional paneling to the carport. If you would like to keep your carport open, you can bury posts in the ground and bolt them to the side of your unit.
There are three types of anchors we use for installing structures, including concrete expansion bolts, mobile home anchors, and 30” rebar anchors. For concrete pads or footing as the foundation, we use the traditional concrete expansion bolts. Our crew will drill holes into the pad, insert the anchors, then tighten the bolts. If the concrete happens to break out the side, you can easily use the concrete patch to fix it. Winslows Custom Buildings will NOT be held responsible in a case such as this. The 30” rebar anchors are intended for dirt or gravel foundations while the mobile home anchors are mostly used on our certified structures. Mobile home anchors can also be purchased for non-certified structures for an additional charge. Be sure to check for gas lines, sewer, water, or subterranean risks BEFORE our crew comes to install the building. Winslows Custom Buildings is not responsible for any unmarked subterranean hazards.
Before we can install your metal building, you need to be sure the designated site is clear of any debris or vegetation, is level, and accessible to our crew. The installation team must be able to drive within 50 feet of the site or additional labor fees will be charged. If you are not having the unit installed on concrete, we can still erect the building on your property as long as it is level. You are also responsible for covenant searches, rights-of-way, the site prep, and obtaining any required permits. Please keep in mind that trees, houses, fences, outdoor buildings, and other obstacles can cause setbacks with our delivery and installation. Please make sure there are no power lines near the designated site as it is also illegal to install buildings under overhead powerlines. If you neglect to notify us of these impediments in writing, you will be charged.
The tallest legs that we offer at Winslows Custom Buildings are 14’ tall. Anything taller than 14’ can be ordered for an additional cost with special approval. We provide the proper tools for our crews to install all structures up to 14’ tall. If your building is 26’-30’ wide or wider with legs taller than 12’ tall, a lift will be required; any structure over 30’ wide requires a lift no matter the leg height. The lift is also the customer’s responsibility; we do not provide those.
While each roof will provide reliable protection to your vehicle/s and valuables, there are a few differences. Horizontal roofs are installed with panels that run from end to end, draining any precipitation off the front or back of the building. Vertical roofs have panels that run from side to side, easily channeling any and all precipitation and other debris off the roof and away from the base of the structure. Our vertical style is much stronger due to additional framing, lasting longer than our other styles. If you order a structure that is 32’ wide or wider, you are required to include a vertical roof.
While we are more than happy to help our customers at Winslows, there will not be much of a price change. We recommend working with one of our dealers closer to you, they are experienced, professional specialists that will ensure you get your dream building.
The spacing between the frame legs and the bows is generally 4 or 5 feet on center. With 26’ wide structures, or wider, all are spaced at 4’ centers unless the customer has a specific size in mind.
Your structures frame size is an outside measurement. Frame size is normally 1 ft shorter than call size.As examples a 12×26 frame is 12×25, a 20×21 frame is 20×20 and a 24×31 is frame size 24×30 and so on. If you have questions about this please contact us for more information.
A concrete pad should be the same size as the frame of the building, not larger because water can seep under the base rail and into the building.
All garage type door should have a door recess in the slab 6″ wider than the door and protrude 5-6’s in side the building and approximately 1-2″s deep. ( a 2×6 works well here.) This will not allow water to enter the building under the door. Look at the garage door on most modern homes for example.
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