Benefits of Buying Portable Garages in Texas
Not Having a Garage Can Prove Costly
Homeowners in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana often don’t take into account the financial implications of parking their cars in the elements. Harsh UV rays from the sun will cause paint jobs to fade, or crack and peel, leading to expensive refinishing. The sun also damages the interior finish. Inclement weather, such as hail, can lead to costly broken glass or dents in the body of the car. Rainy or humid environments cause rust to form on the car’s metal components. Sand and salt can wreak havoc on the mechanical systems of those cars kept near the beach. Not only can the elements make auto maintenance costs a nightmare, but they also affect the resale value of the vehicle.
The resale value of the home itself is also a point of consideration. In many areas of Texas, from El Paso to Plano, most homebuyers will not even consider purchasing a home that does not have at least a one-car garage. If a home is in an older neighborhood where none of the houses have garages, adding an attractive wooden or metal garage will help that house sell quicker than others in the area. When the house does sell, it will command a higher price than it would if it had no garage.
Another area where the Texas homeowner will recoup the cost of the garage is on their monthly car insurance bill. Most insurance companies will give customers who park their cars in garages a discount on their premiums because there is less chance of car damage from natural disasters and being hit by other motorists while parked. The garage also reduces the likelihood that the vehicle will be stolen. Customers can expect to pay an average of 5% less on their premiums if they use a garage.
There are also countless benefits that are not quantifiable. It is impossible to put a price on the convenience of having one’s car safe and secure in a garage during inclement weather, or a string of neighborhood car thefts.
Cost a Barrier with Conventional Garages
Despite the obvious convenience, many homeowners are reluctant to add a garage to their homes because of the initial investment in time and money. The typical conventional garage costs in the tens of thousands of dollars. The homeowner must shell out money for costly engineering and design, building permits, site and foundation work, materials, and construction labor, to get a garage built. According to homeadvisor.com, the nationwide average cost for a garage installation is around $26,000 with some garages exceeding $50,000. The delays caused by poor weather, unreliable contractors, and slow-building departments, bring on an additional burden in the form of stress.
Portable Garages Are the Solution
When faced with the potential losses in home and auto value, purchasing a high-quality portable garage is revealed to be a solid investment. Most are unaware that they can have a high-end metal or wooden portable garage that blends in with their existing home for a fraction of the price. Because the suppliers are able to assemble these in an off-site factory, using more efficient manufacturing practices, they are able to offer them at much cheaper prices than a site-built garage. In addition, because these factories are controlled environments, the weather delays that are customary with stick-built garages are non-existent.
The homeowner can also save thousands of dollars on site preparation costs. In most cases, prefabricated garages can be installed on a simple gravel base, eliminating the need to hire contractors to dig and pour concrete foundations.
Cheaper Does Not Mean Uglier
Despite the cost savings, these garages will not be detrimental to the house’s curb appeal. They can be ordered with vinyl or metal siding that complements the existing home. Most manufacturers also offer them clad in paint ready siding, so that the homeowner can paint them with the exact paint color that was used on the home. The roof shingles also come in a variety of styles to match most homes. In addition to the standard garage door, homeowners can also add entry doors and windows to suit their tastes.
The functionality of the garages can be expanded by adding storage space for tools, gardening supplies, bicycles, etc. Some homeowners are even purchasing garages to use as art studios, workshops, and exercise/yoga retreats. In the future, if the homeowner is relocating to a home that doesn’t have a garage, the garage can be transported to a new location.
Wood vs. Metal
While both wood and metal portable garages can make a great addition to one’s home. There are some obvious differences between the two. Concerning cost, metal garages are generally more economical because they can be built more quickly and with much less material. Wood garages require more materials and time to achieve the same design and are thus usually more expensive. Metal garages also require much less maintenance than their wooden counterparts do. Wood garages must be repainted much more frequently, and they are subject to termites and wood rot. On the other hand, a wooden garage is framed like a house and thus it is much easier to customize it and get it to blend in with the architecture of its companion home. Metal garages can be customized as well; however, it is much more complicated and costly to do so. Because of the way they are framed, wooden garages tend to be much sturdier than metal garages and do not tip over easily. In windier areas, metal garages might need more support to keep them stable.
Finally, should the homeowner decide to transport the garage to another location, say to Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, or Austin, he or she will find that the metal garage is much less mobile because it cannot be taken apart and reassembled as easily as the wooden variety.