Your search for the highest quality, American-manufactured steel buildings is over. Bennett Building Systems retailers have partnered with the most innovative custom steel structure vendors in our service area to provide our customers with infinite storage possibilities. Whether you need a carport for your residence, a large workshop building for your business or a steel barn for your farm, Bennett has the knowledge and experience to find the right solution for your needs.
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Advantages of Steel Structures
When considering the construction of a new building there usually are two major concerns: cost and durability. While traditional lumber buildings are sometimes the first consideration, metal buildings are quickly gaining popularity due to long life spans and easy maintenance. In addition to the coat of protective paint your building receives that help to keep it from rusting; your metal building is not susceptible to insects like termites, rot or other common lumber problems.
Bennett Building Systems offers different types of carports, which can be designed to protect your cars, recreational vehicles or travel trailers from the sun, wind, rain and snow. Our goal is to offer you the best quality and price on your installed carports. Whether you need a tall, wide, or long carport, we can design it to your specific needs.
Size – Sizes are available in most any width and length and can be joined for larger buildings
Strength – Carports come with steel roofing, corner-braces & rebar (or cement) anchors
Color – All styles are available in a variety of colors.
Carport Style Options
Boxed Eave Carport: The Box eave style carport is the “A” frame roof design, with an amazing structural outcome. This design has a 6 in roof overhang on the sides and ends and comes with the standard horizontal roof, but also has the option of the vertical roof. Paneling on the sides & ends can be horizontal or vertical.
Vertical Roof Style: A-Frame roof with the rooking panels installed vertically (the corrugated ridges run from the ridge cap down to the eave). This allows for an unobstructed flow off the roof of dirt, trash, leaves, and snow. Construction includes hat channels across the bows to support the roofing panels and add rigidity to the building and a roof ridge cap.
Standard Style Carport: The Standard Style Carport is the rolled shoulder design, making it less expensive and more sturdy. This design has a 6 in roof over hang on each end and comes with the standard horizontal roof paneling. We also offer options of adding horizontal sides & ends, or vertical ends.
Custom Steel Garages
Steel garages can be customized with various sizes, roof-styles and colors. These are great options for providing protective cover right where you need it. We offer different types of enclosed garages, which can be designed to protect your cars, recreational vehicles or travel trailers from the sun, wind, rain and snow. Our goal is to offer you the best quality and price on your installed enclosed garage.
Garage Building Options
Steel enclosed garages are offered in standard widths of 12 feet to 50 feet, 29-gauge sheet metal and framing constructed of durable 14-gauge galvanized steel tubing with many popular colors to choose from. The length of your metal building is unlimited and can easily be constructed to fit your needs. Some options that you will want to consider for your steel garage include:
Size – Single Car Garages, Multiple Car, or Storage Units
Roof – Boxed Eave A-Frame, Regular (Barn), and Vertical A-Frame Styles
Doors – Standard Garage Doors, Walk-in Doors, & Swing Doors can be added to all Metal Garages
Color – Available options on Roof Color, Side Color and Trim Color
Custom Steel Barns
Whether you are looking for a custom metal horse barn, indoor riding arena, pole barn, or a steel machinery storage building, we can guide you in making the right selection. Steel barns can be constructed with an A-frame roof style, vertical roof paneling, and siding for extra strength. We can offer solutions with raised center aisle barns, gable barns, shed-row barns, and custom-made barns that are superior in quality and construction techniques. Let our building consultants show you how that steel barns and farm buildings are an affordable, efficient investment into the protection of your farm equipment, livestock and future.
Customize your barn with several features depending on what is needed or required in your area. Some features that you will want to consider for your barn include:
Doors – Available options on Barn Doors, Walk-in Doors, & Swing Doors can be added to Metal Barns
Height – Up to 20′ Leg Height
Wind Certification – Up to 180 mph Winds
Color – Available options on Roof Color, Side Color and Trim Color
Let’s Get Building!
Delivery and installation of your custom steel building to the location of your choice is included in all pricing.
Who can I contact with questions?
The retail sales manager at your local Bennett Building Systems Retail lot is your first point of contact. They may put you into contact with the manufacturer or installation team depending on your inquiry.
When should I use the extra braces?
It is recommended to use additional braces in your steel structure when the leg height is 8 foot or taller or when the width is 24 foot or wider. Extra braces will make your structure more stable.
How long before you contact me to schedule for delivery?
You will be contacted approximately two weeks prior to delivery and installation with a tentative timeframe of completion of your new steel structure. Your installer, on average, will give you a 24 hour notice with a more precise time of arrival.
How long does it take for the carport, or building to be assembled on my site?
Most units are assembled in less than a day. In some cases, it may take two days depending upon the size of the building.
If installing a garage door what leg height would I need?
If installing a garage door centered on the end (width of building) the leg height can be the same height as the garage door. If installing two garage doors on the end (depending on width of building) the legs need to be 1 foot to two feet taller than the doors. If installing a garage door on the side (length of building) the legs need to be 2 feet taller than the door.
Can I cancel my order?
Yes, orders may be cancelled at any time up to the scheduled production date. Cancellations must be placed through your retailer and your retailer is responsible for crediting any deposit back to you, the buyer. You, the buyer and your retailer must send a written notice to ensure the buyer does not incur any factory charges.
What is the standard warranty?
Bennett works with steel building manufacturers that offer the best warranties in the industry passing on to you value and piece of mind. Warranties details depend on the manufacturer. The information is provided to you during the sales process.
Can I lock in my price today for a future delivery?
Yes, you can delay your delivery up to 6 months after placing an order and paying your deposit. The price will be guaranteed.
How many legs, per side, are installed on carports, garages, and barns?
Most carports require 4 feet to 5 feet between frame legs. The actual distance is determined by a certified engineer and may not be specified by the customer. If you are installing multiple garage doors, there must be 2′ between each and the corners. For example, if you want two (2) 8’x8′ garage doors on the front of the carport, you will need to order a 22′ wide minimum building to accommodate the doors. If you want two (2) 6’x6′ garage doors on the front of the building, you will need to order an 18′ wide at minimum.
What are the standard sizes available for Custom Steel Structures?
Standard sizes range from 12’ wide to 50’ wide free span. Lean-to sides can be added that will expand your building to a width of 80′. Special orders are taken at request so feel free to call one of our sales associates with questions.
Will my steel structure be anchored to the ground?
Yes, all buildings are anchored in accordance with the installation surface. 30 inch Rebar drive anchors are used for ground and asphalt installations. High wind anchors may also be required depending on local and state zoning. Cement pads will have wedge anchors installed to secure the structure to the pad.
Can I make adjustments to the legs if the ground is not level?
There is a limit of 2 to 3 inches adjustment for ground that is not level between the legs and base rail. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to provide a level installation site.
How tall can I order my building?
Bennett Buildings can be ordered with legs from 6 to 20 feet depending on roof type. The roof system will add approximately 1.5 inches additional height at roof center for every one foot of width. For example, a 24 foot wide building will have an additional 36 inches of roof height.
What is the typical length of time to get my building installed?
Most buildings are installed within 4-6 weeks after your order has been verified by our customer care team, you have provided us with proof of permitting and notification that your lot is level, cleared of all debris and when/if your concrete has been poured. Our staff of trained professionals will work hard to ensure the quickest possible installation.
What type of truck is my Bennett Building delivered on?
Bennett steel structures are delivered on a gooseneck trailer pulled by a pick-up truck. The site must be accessible to the truck trailer combination.
What are my payment options?
A deposit of 10% can be paid by credit card or check at the time of order. The order balance will be due at the time of installation. Final payments can be made with check, credit card, money order, or financing.
Do I have to pay sales tax on my order?
Yes, all sales are applicable to local sales tax rates.
What is the advantage of the vertical roof style?
On a vertical roof, the ridges of the steel panels run from the top of the carport or garage to the sides. This roof configuration displaces water, snow, etc., much more efficiently, and water will not pond on the roof. Standard horizontal roof construction will channel water drainage off the ends of the building. Since most door openings are on building ends, a vertical roof is preferred.
What width carport should I buy for 2 vehicles?
We recommend the following widths for your carport based on the number and size of your vehicles.
|Single car, truck or RV||12′|
|2 compact cars||18′|
|2 midsize cars||20′|
|2 full sized cars, trucks or SUVs||22′|
|2 full or oversized cars or trucks||24′|
|3 cars or trucks||30′|
Does the price include delivery and installation?
All Bennett buildings are priced to include delivery and installation. The price that you receive is the turnkey price for our products.
How tall should my building be to cover my motor home, RV or camper?
The height of a carport is defined by the leg height plus roof height at the sidewall. This becomes particularly important if you want to have doors placed on the sides of the building instead of the ends of the building. The center of a building will be a minimum of 3’ taller than the sidewalls. If you need a specific clearance for your RV, car, boat, or anything else you store under the carport, garage, or barn, please verify that requirement before ordering. Our experienced team will be glad to assist in determining your height requirements.
How do I make my site ready for the day of install?
If placed on the ground or gravel, site should be level and smooth. Cement pads should be level and cured prior to installing the structure. All applicable permits and or approvals will have to be obtained prior to installation. The site should be accessible by our installation team with a truck and gooseneck trailer.
What dimensions should my cement pad be?
The slab should be 1 foot wider than the width of the building with a tapered edge and the same length as the roof. A properly poured slab is essential to the longevity of your new building. We will be glad to provide you with a generic foundation design plan upon request. Please call our customer care team with questions.
Will I need a permit?
Requirements vary by city, county, and state. We recommend that you check with your local zoning office for permit requirements prior to ordering your structure from Bennett. Contact your town, village, city or county office to find out if you need special permits, paying close attention to setbacks, width/height/length restrictions, engineering requirements, etc. It is also worthwhile to check with your neighborhood homeowners association.
Glossary of Steel Building Terms
Anchors are used to secure the base rails of the building to the ground or pad. Three anchor choices are offered depending on where the building will be located: Rebar, High Wind or Concrete Wedge. The number of anchors supplied for your building is determined by whether or not it is Certified.
The steel tubing that sits on the ground or pad. The vertical legs of the steel structure are connected to the base rails.
Also referred to as an A-Frame, this style of carport has a triangular gable and an overhang along the sides. While equally strong as a standard carport with its rounded shoulders, many consider the boxed eave carport to be an upgrade because it provides a more traditional building look.
The bow is a term commonly referred to in wood construction as a “rafter”. It is the support structure for the roof of your carport or garage. Up to 24’ wide bows are attached to legs every 4-5 feet to support the roof. Carports, garages and barns over 24’ wide use steel trusses to support the roof.
A Certified steel building has additional supports and anchoring for customers who need a building constructed in a high-wind zone.
Corner braces are pieces of steel channel that run from the the vertical legs of the carport to the bow or truss. Braces provide extra stability to the building reducing the amount of side-to-side sway in windy conditions. Braces slightly reduce the usable interior dimensions of the building, so keep this in mind when deciding how tall or wide you need. Bracing is installed when the leg height is 8 feet or taller and on all 22 and 24 foot wide steel carports.
To install a steel building in certain locations that require permits, the issuing agency often requires engineered drawings of your building. We offer pre-approved generic engineering drawings in most southeastern states. If a custom engineer plan is required, the drawing process is begun after a downpayment has been received.
The framing or support structure of steel buildings are made from steel tubing. Far stronger, lighter weight and resistant to mold, termites, and structural imperfections than wood, the framing of a steel building is its most important element. Bennett Building Systems partners use the premier framing product in the industry to ensure the highest quality, strongest buildings available on the market today.
To install openings in any of our enclosed garages or barns, they must be designed with “frame-outs”. This refers to extra steel framing around the opening to support a garage door or window. When purchasing windows and doors the frame-out is included with the cost. If you prefer to install your own custom windows and doors, frame-out charges for the openings can be added to the cost of your building.
Gable ends refer to closing off the triangular end openings of a carport. Gable ends can add to the aesthetics of your building as well as keeping out more of the elements. The usable height of the entrance opening to the building is reduced by a gable end.
Roll-up garage doors are offered as options on all enclosed steel garages, barns, and utility carports. Garage doors can be installed on the front or sides of your building. The height requirements of your building will vary depending on the desired height of your garage door and its location on your building.
Gauge is a measurement of the thickness of metal. The tricky thing to remember is that the smaller the number, the thicker the steel. For example, many manufacturers use 14 gauge steel tubing standard. Upgraded, thicker tubing is 12 gauge. Panels are mainly made from 29 gauge steel sheets.
A horizontal roof on a carport refers to the installation of the steel roofing panels so that the ribs run from end to end. This is the base installation method on all buildings and is less expensive than the vertical roof option.
J Trim is used to create finished edges where steel panels end, for example, along the bottom of a gable end. J Trim also provides protection against the sharp edges of the panels, and can be ordered in many colors.
Lean-to refers to covered structures added on to a steel building. Lean-tos provide additional shelter and storage space outside of the main building. A lean-to can be enclosed.
Pad refers to the area where you will have your building installed. In many cases, customers have a cement slab poured. Others use asphalt, stone, or simply hard-packed level ground. The most important aspect of pouring a cement slab is to ensure that it is level and square.
A ridge cap is installed at the peak of a boxed-eave roof to provide a finished look and prevent water from entering the building.
A standard roof carport has a “rolled shoulder” design that provides maximum strength for minimum cost. It allows for a seamless roof that offers excellent protection from the elements.
29 gauge steel panels are cut from bulk rolls and formed on a press with ribs that strengthen and beautify the product. These panels are used to make the roof, sides and ends of carports, garages and barns.
Buildings wider than 24 feet utilize trusses to support the roof. A truss includes extra vertical support and a base rail connected to the bow to add strength and stability.
A vertical roof on a carport refers to the installation of the steel roofing panels so that the ribs run from the peak of the roof toward the eaves. The style of roof is considered an upgrade because it requires more material and labor to construct it, including a ridge cap at the peak. The advantage of the vertical roof is that water, snow and dirt are directed toward the sides of the building and is generally easier to maintain than a horizontal roof.