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Metal Garage FAQ by National Custom Builders

 Will I Need To Get A Building Permit for My Metal Garage?

 

Answer: The necessity for a building permit is dictated by your local building codes and enforcement. While we don't mandate permits in most areas for installation, it's advisable to consult with your local authorities for a smooth construction experience.

 

Additional Information: If a permit becomes essential, we will supply engineered plans stamped and sealed to meet your state's wind and snow load criteria.

Do These Buildings Come With A Warranty?

 

Answer: Yes. Every metal building sold by National Custom Builders comes with an impressive 41 years of combined warranty. This coverage spans from the raw steel materials to the craftsmanship of the installation.

 

What Size Does My Concrete Slab/Foundation Need To Be?

 

Answer: At a minimum, the concrete slab or foundation should match the building's perimeter measurement. A 6-inch (or more) perimeter footing is also suggested.

Additional Information: Local building codes might set forth more specific requirements, so always check with your local officials.

 

Can I Order My Metal Building with Insulation?

 

Answer: Absolutely. Given the varying climatic conditions, insulating your new metal garage is often indispensable. We extend a thinner, foil-backed, vapor barrier insulation as an upgrade. However, for the most effective temperature regulation, we recommend spray foam insulation.

Optional Building Features:

  • Design Options:

    • Vertical or Horizontally Oriented Ribbing

    • Fully Customizable Color

  • Structural Variations:

    • Frame Gauge Choices

  • Insulation Options:

    • Vapor Barrier/Insulation: For just $1.25 per linear foot, avail a vapor barrier type insulation for your new metal building. Note: It's vital to have this installed prior to paneling. Post-insulation addition isn't feasible.

  • Additional Enhancements:

    • Doors & Windows

Gallery: Explore our Example Gallery to view some of our past projects and get inspired!

For any further questions or customization inquiries, don't hesitate to reach out to our dedicated team at National Custom Builders.

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Optional Color Match Screws

We also offer additional enhancements to further customize your building. Options include a variety of doors and windows to suit your style and functional needs. Furthermore, we provide an option for color match screws, ensuring a seamless and aesthetically pleasing exterior. If you're looking to save a bit of money, non-color match screws are also available, allowing you to prioritize your budget without compromising on quality.

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The Essential Guide to Rat Guards: Protecting Your Metal Buildings

When it comes to safeguarding your new metal building, one aspect that should never be overlooked is the protection against rodents. Rats and mice can cause significant damage to buildings, chewing through insulation, wiring, and even the metal components, leading to costly repairs and maintenance issues. That's where rat guards come into play—a simple, yet highly effective solution to keep these pests at bay. In this article, we'll dive deep into the world of rat guards, exploring their importance, how they work, and why they are a must-have for your metal building.

Understanding Rat Guards

Rat guards are designed to prevent rodents from climbing up the metal siding of buildings and gaining access to the interior. Typically made from durable materials like metal or heavy-duty plastic, these guards are installed at the base of structural supports or along the edges where the roof meets the walls. Their design is simple but effective, creating a physical barrier that rodents cannot bypass.

The Importance of Rat Guards

The significance of installing rat guards on your metal building cannot be overstated. Rodents are not only a nuisance but can also pose serious health risks, carrying diseases that are transmissible to humans. Moreover, the damage they can inflict on a building's structure and internal systems like electrical wiring can result in fire hazards, power outages, and the deterioration of the building's insulation properties. By installing rat guards, you protect your investment from these risks, ensuring the longevity and safety of your metal building.

How Rat Guards Work

Rat guards work by providing a physical barrier that prevents rodents from gaining the traction they need to climb vertical surfaces. The guards are typically shaped like a cone or disk and are installed around the base of support columns or along the edges where potential entry points for rodents exist. When a rat or mouse attempts to climb past the guard, they are unable to grip the smooth surface of the guard and slide off, effectively preventing them from accessing the upper parts of the building.

Installation and Maintenance

Installing rat guards is a straightforward process that can be done during the construction of a new building or added to existing structures. It's essential to ensure that the guards are placed at all potential entry points and that they fit snugly to prevent rodents from squeezing through any gaps. Maintenance involves regular inspections to ensure the guards remain in place and are free from damage that could compromise their effectiveness.

Understanding Insulation Types for Metal Buildings

Insulating your metal building is crucial for maintaining a comfortable interior environment and optimizing energy efficiency. Different types of insulation cater to varied needs, climates, and structures. Here, we explore three common insulation types: 2' fiberglass, double bubble, and spray foam, to help you make an informed choice for your project.

2' Fiberglass Insulation

2' fiberglass insulation consists of fine glass fibers that trap air, slowing the movement of heat. This type of insulation is commonly used due to its versatility and effectiveness in temperature and sound control. It's installed in rolls or batts between the metal framing of buildings, providing a cost-effective solution for enhancing energy efficiency.

Double Bubble Insulation

Double bubble insulation features two layers of polyethylene bubbles sandwiched between reflective surfaces, typically aluminum foil. This design reflects heat, making it an excellent option for controlling temperatures in both hot and cold climates. It's lightweight, easy to install, and acts as a vapor barrier, helping to prevent moisture issues within the building.

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam is a liquid insulation material that expands into a foam, creating a tight seal against heat movement and air leaks. It offers superior insulation performance, filling gaps and providing an airtight barrier. Spray foam is particularly effective for challenging spaces and provides both high thermal resistance and moisture protection, making it ideal for comprehensive climate control in metal buildings.

Choosing the Right Insulation

When selecting insulation for your metal building, consider factors such as climate, building use, and budget. 2' fiberglass offers a traditional, cost-effective approach for basic temperature and sound control. Double bubble insulation provides an excellent heat reflection property, making it suitable for a wide range of climates. Spray foam, while more expensive, delivers top-notch thermal resistance and air sealing capabilities, ideal for maximizing energy efficiency and comfort.

Each insulation type offers distinct benefits for metal buildings, enabling you to tailor your choice to the specific needs of your project. For optimal performance, consult with insulation experts to determine the best option based on your building's design and location.

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