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Metal or wood - Workshop ?
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IC in Alabama    Posted 02-28-2002 at 18:25:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am planning on building a insulated workshop 40x60x14. What are the pros and cons of the metalbuilding vs the wood built directly on the slab. Also if the wood built type, building it on a block foundation like building a house. 4-6 blocks high then building the walls on top of that. I am open for any sugestions or ideas. Thanks in advance for any advice.

ShepFL    Posted 03-03-2002 at 21:14:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
IC -
FWIW, I built a metal shop. I chose metal over wood due to the Southeast climate and TERMITES!

As you know it gets very hot and humid down here, also winters aren't enough to kill many bugs. Also, my homeowners ins. would not cover TERMITE structural damage on the shop but would cover the contents. Below is a link to some pics of my shop.
Feel free to drop me a line if any questions.

Spence    Posted 03-01-2002 at 13:23:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pre-packaged metal shell structures are readily available in different sizes. They are good starter units and all you have to do is finish the innards.

They also make quonset style metal units as well. These are the airplane hanger type.
Since they are half round your basically
bolting the wall and the roof togeather on assembly. They are stronger than the straight structures good for hurrican country. They usually sit on a half wall of cement block. Not as easy building internal walls and insulating.
Most of the ones I seen had the orange spray on insulation stuck to the inside ceiling.

My shop is tin all around and it suits me fine.
Since I also use it has a garage and I do a lot of welding I wainscotted half the shop wall with tin sheathing for fire safety. I'd do the whole thing
if I had the money.

rhudson    Posted 02-28-2002 at 19:46:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I like wood because i'm on a budget. with wood, i control how much i'm going to spend per month ( that is if you do your own work). with metal you're going to have to put the cash up front. i like the idea of the stud on block. i did my shop like that to get extra ceiling height. but the main reason is fire safety. if you use a torch, you're going to get sparks rolling to the corners of your walls. you don't want them against a wood stud wall.

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