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Features to Focus On When Shopping for a Metal Structure

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Features to Focus On When Shopping for a Metal Structure

Metal buildings represent an affordable, functional, and durable option for carports, garages, sheds, barns, and more. As you start to explore your options, you’ll come across some terms and features that may make the process seem less straightforward than you originally thought. To help you make an informed decision, here are some of the most important features to consider when shopping for metal carports, metal barns, and metal garages.

Horizontal or Vertical Roof Panels

As you compared metal carports and buildings, you’ll start to see the words “horizontal” and “vertical” describing a variety of designs like tall, short, long, narrow, and side-entry. So what do horizontal or vertical actually mean?

These terms refer specifically to the way the metal panels are positioned on the building, especially on the roof. Horizontal panels run along the length of the building, from front to back. Vertical panels run from the peak of the roof down to the sides. Horizontal panels are ideal for tight budgets, but vertical panels make it easier for rain, snow, and leaves to run off the roof.

Your personal taste can also inform your decision to choose horizontal or vertical roof panels. The traditional “rolled corner” look seen on metal barns and carports is associated with horizontal panels. However, ┬ávertical panels are required when it comes to boxed eaves and other styles for custom carports like colonial or deluxe (steeple) options.


This is an optional feature to add to your metal building, but insulation is a wise choice if you plan to spend a lot of time in your metal garage or workshop. It’s also a good idea if you intend to house animals in your metal barn or if you need extra protection when storing machinery, boats, cars, or RVs. Insulation helps regulate the temperature inside the metal building, keeping it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. According to Coast to Coast Carports, it also prevents moisture from accumulating inside the building from condensation and creates an insect-proof physical barrier.

Height or Clearance

The height of your building is an important feature to consider. Specialty purposes often require custom carports that are built with the specific clearance of your RV, boat, trailer, or machinery in mind. As another example, a riding arena needs to be tall enough for both horse and rider to fit comfortably underneath the roof. The height of a metal building is measured along the walls, and the pitched (angled) roof creates an even greater clearance in the center of the building. Determine the absolute minimum height that you need to comfortably use your metal building, and then use that as your working height.

Doors and Architecture

Metal carports can fit in with the aesthetic of your home and other outbuildings thanks to various architectural additions. A steeple can be added, as can door frames. A variety of colors are also available when building custom carports.

Of course, you also have the option to enclose your metal building, either partially or completely, and add access doors for convenience and security. Walk-through doors and garage doors are among the most common options. Gates and stall doors can also be installed too in the case of metal barns,

It’s important to have a clear understanding of the purpose of your metal building before you begin shopping for the best features. Function and form always go hand-in-hand. For more information and details about metal structures in your area, visit Coast to Coast Carports.

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