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If you intend to build a garage, either attached to your home or not, there are many costs and options to consider as a homeowner. Depending on the location, complexity and size of the garage you choose to construct, there could be a number of different contractors and materials necessary to complete the job. You should evaluate all your options against your needs ahead of time to properly budget the project and know all your costs ahead of time.

National Build a Garage Costs

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National Build a Garage Costs
Average reported cost $22,929
Number of Cost Profiles 958 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $1,200
Maximum reported cost $49,000
Most homeowners spent between: $17,725 to $26,261

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Every garage is going to need a steady base and floor. When constructing any garage, you will have to hire a mason or concrete worker to pour and construct a stable slab. It is very important to make the ground completely level and to level the concrete itself, so calling a professional is essential. Having your garage floor professionally done will ensure its longevity. In addition, a professional concrete company will offer services to seal and finish the concrete, generally using an epoxy coating.

There are many options for types of garages, both attached and separate from the home itself. The decision whether to have an attached garage or not is generally a matter of preference, although price can have a large impact as well. Metal garages can be extremely cost effective and easy to place while significantly decreasing the amount of labor needed. Generally coming pre-assembled or in large pieces, these garages can range in size from a one car for a couple thousand dollars to a 40 foot by 60 foot investment costing $20,000.

Metal garages of any size have many different applications: They can be used to house cars or other motor vehicles such as dirt bikes, motorcycles or snowmobiles. These pre-fabricated garages are often seen on the property of homes with a lot of land because they can also store tractors, ride-on lawn mowers and snow blowers as well as other large outdoor appliances.

Another practical and cost-effective method of garage construction is a car port. These wooden or metal awnings are not always enclosed, but they do offer protection from snow, rain and wind. They also come in a plastic-type material that does allow for full enclosure. This is a very practical solution for someone looking to protect their vehicle from the elements without hurting their pockets. Like metal garages, car ports generally come pre-assembled or with large pieces that are easily put together. Car ports are a very convenient and inexpensive alternative to a garage in most cases. They can be assembled directly over existing driveways and even attached to homes to give them a more fluid look. Many car ports are used similarly to covered patios.

Constructing a garage on your property is a major investment that can save you time and money in the long run. Regardless of whether you choose wood, metal or plastic, with a little planning it is possible to have a cost-effective garage built that is perfect for your needs.

Last updated on May 17, 2016

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