Building a metal building is not the same as building from wood. Instead of screws and nails, you need to solder metal together to make it stronger and to stand up to the elements. One example of building a metal building is a carport, often found attached to the home. It is a metal garage building that houses a car, RV, boat, or anything else for that matter and they are usually steel carports. This is because building a metal building should be out of something structurally sound.
Steel is one of the most versatile engineering and construction material found anywhere in the world, making it very important for building a metal building. Another positive attribute about steel is that it can be recycled over and over without damaging its quality, so it is often called “the EnviroMetal.” Found in Anatolia, the earliest known piece of steel was discovered over four thousand years ago. These qualities are what make steel an important part of commercial metal building.
Building a metal building, such as a carport, offers some resistance from wind, rain, hail, and other weather related incidents. However, it does not protect for example, an RV, from all weather as would a traditional garage. A Minnesota architectural firm suggested the name “auto space” as the name for a carport but it did not stick. Even though the term carport did stick, many people use their carports to house RVs and boats.
In fact, Americans own over 18 million recreational boats and the sales of boats and other marine accessories increased 6% in 2011 for a total of $32.3 billion dollars. Building a metal building to house these recreational accessories can be an expensive or inexpensive job depending on who is building the structure. DIYers can often build a metal building much cheaper than sourcing out the job to a professional.