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  • Everything You Should Know Before Buying a Metal Carport

    Before making a significant investment in a metal carport, it's critical to know about the various aspects of these structures. Metal carports are not only functional but also add value to your property. It’s a decision you should take seriously and choose the best solution for your property. With 30 years of experience in the steel building industry, the Indaco Metals team knows a thing or two about carports, and we’re excited to share that knowledge with you. In this guide, we'll explore everything you should know before buying a metal carport, ensuring you make an informed and confident decision. Understanding Your Needs The first step to begin your journey towards owning a metal carport is understanding your specific needs. The purpose of your carport will significantly influence your choice. Are you looking for a simple shelter to protect your vehicle from the elements, or do you need a larger structure that can serve as a multi-purpose storage area? Knowing the primary function will guide you in selecting the proper size, design, and features. Moreover, consider the local climate and weather conditions. If you live in an area with heavy snowfall, your metal carport should be designed to handle the weight of snow. Likewise, in regions prone to high winds, you'll need a carport to withstand these forces. Consulting with a local contractor or expert can be beneficial in understanding the specific requirements of your area. The Indaco Metals team has been in the steel building and carport business for decades, and we’ve helped individuals across Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and beyond as they choose carports of various sizes and designs to fit their needs. All of our steel carports are built to withstand 90 mph winds. Whether you’re in an area with high wind speeds, heavy snowfall, extreme heat, or a combination of wild weather, we’ll know what you need–reach out today. Types of Metal Carports Metal carports come in various types and styles, each offering unique benefits. Two of the most common options are steel carports and aluminum carports. Steel carports are incredibly durable and can last for many years. They provide excellent protection against harsh weather conditions. On the other hand, aluminum carports are lightweight and easy to install, making them a popular choice for homeowners looking for a quick and cheap solution. However, the steel carport kits Indaco Metals produces may be a better choice as they are more durable and reliable than any lightweight aluminum structure you’re considering. Depending on the size and specifications, they may be comparable economically, too. Our team can provide you with the specs and pricing for a steel carport kit in our standard sizes (12x20, 20x20, and 20x25 feet) or a custom size. Another factor to consider is whether you want an attached carport connected to your house or a freestanding carport that stands independently. Attached carports are a seamless extension of your home, while freestanding carports offer more flexibility in placement and design. Sizing and Dimensions When choosing the right size for your metal carport, size truly matters. The size should accommodate your vehicles and any additional items you want to store. Start by measuring the dimensions of your vehicles, including width, length, and height. Remember to account for any future purchases or changes in vehicle size. Ensuring the carport's dimensions meet local building codes and regulations is essential. Local authorities may have specific requirements regarding setbacks from property lines, distance from existing structures, and maximum height. Adhering to these regulations is crucial to avoid potential legal issues. We also recommend measuring the land or location where your carport will be placed. Our standard sizes are 12x20, 20x20, and 20x25, but we can customize a kit to suit your needs as well. Customization and Aesthetics Metal carports can be customized to complement your property's aesthetics. You can choose various colors, finishes, and designs to match your home or personal preferences. Many manufacturers offer additional features such as side panels, customizable colors, and decorative trims. These options allow you to create a carport that serves its functional purpose and enhances the overall look of your property. Our steel buildings and carports are fortified with a high-performance two-coat modified siliconized polyester coating. When baked onto the metal, a chemical bond forms, creating a durable finish that resists damage by ultraviolet rays and does not flake. Check out our color options page to learn more. Selecting the Right Manufacturer Choosing the right manufacturer for your metal carport is perhaps the most important decision. Wherever you are located, you should look for reputable companies with a track record of producing quality steel structures. Reading customer reviews and seeking recommendations from friends or neighbors who have purchased metal carports can help make an informed choice. Make sure the manufacturer provides a warranty for their carports. A good warranty is a sign of confidence in the product's durability. Understanding the warranty terms and what they cover is essential, as this can save you money in case of unexpected issues. If you want to learn more about the quality of Indaco Metals’ building materials and warranty, contact our team. We would be happy to talk. Installation and Permitting While some homeowners may opt for a DIY installation, hiring a professional contractor is often recommended. Experienced installers ensure the carport is correctly assembled, anchored securely, and meets local building codes. Before installation, you may need to obtain the necessary permits from your local authorities. Permit requirements vary widely, so you must check with your local building department to determine what's needed. Please ensure the appropriate permits to avoid legal issues and potential fines. Maintenance and Durability Steel carports are known for their durability and low maintenance requirements. However, regular upkeep is necessary to ensure your carport lasts many years. This includes cleaning the structure, inspecting it for signs of wear and tear, and addressing any issues promptly. Routine maintenance involves cleaning the carport to remove dirt and debris, which can accumulate on the roof and frame. Inspect for any loose screws, bolts, or damaged components. Regular inspections will help identify potential issues early, preventing them from becoming significant problems. Indaco’s Carports - The Reliable Choice for OK, TX and Beyond Purchasing a steel carport is a significant decision that requires careful consideration of your needs, local regulations, budget, and design preferences. By understanding the different types of metal carports, sizing and dimensions, roof styles, and customization options, and selecting the right manufacturer, you can make an informed choice that adds value to your property and protects your vehicles and belongings. Investing time and effort in researching and planning your metal carport purchase will result in a durable and functional structure that enhances the functionality and aesthetics of your property. So, make an informed choice and reach out to the Indaco Metals team for more information about our steel carport kits.

  • Color Options & Information

    All of Indaco's metal products are available in one of 15 Valspar colors, galvalume, or galvanized. Let's look at each of the options: Sherwin Williams Coating Colors While some manufacturer's sheet metal panels are painted, Indaco Metals are fortified with a high-performance two-coat modified siliconized polyester coating. When baked on to the metal, the molecules chemically bond, forming a durable finish that resists damage by ultraviolet rays and does not flake. This coating comes with a 40-year manufacturer's limited warranty. These colors are available in sheet metals for all projects, including trim. The colors available can be viewed in the image above; colors may differ slightly from how they appear here, depending upon your screen's color and brightness settings. Feel free to stop by either of our facilities (Shawnee or Sand Springs, Oklahoma) to see samples of each color in person. Galvalume Galvalume steel is similar to galvanized, but the sheen is smoother and reflects more light. Galvalume treated steel includes aluminum in the coating, which contributes to a corrosion resistance twice that of galvanized. However, galvalume is not appropriate for some use cases, because it does not hold up well in areas with saltwater, and also degrades faster when in contact with concrete and mortar, among other things. This metal is also slightly less malleable than other coatings, so it may be a more challenging material for projects that require rounding. If you're not sure what color or coating to choose, feel free to contact us for more information.

  • Will I need insulation for my metal building?

    This video should help you decide if you will need insulation for your metal building. Insulation is an option available with every Indaco building kit. Certified R-10 is our standard issue, but a variety of thicknesses and R-values are available to meet your needs.

  • Everything you need to know about Indaco's building kits

    Indaco manufactures and sells high-quality kits to build a wide variety of metal buildings. Regardless of the size or framing of your building kit, Indaco Metals includes all components for building assembly in addition to a menu of add-ons for function and curb appeal. Click a section to skip to it: What's included with Indaco Metals building kits? Choosing what type of panel What else will my building need? How can my metal building have better curb appeal? Will the building conform to my city's codes? What is included with Indaco Metals building kits? An all-steel frame #1 (26 gauge) pre-painted sheet metal Your choice of two panel profiles, Duraloc or R-Panel Your choice of 15 Valspar® paint colors (with a 40-year manufacturer limited warranty) Matching screws, trim and accessories 3′ wide commercial steel-frame, walk-through door Illustrated assembly instructions designed for local codes (engineered, stamped drawings are also available) If one of our standard kits won’t meet your needs, we can design a custom building to your specifications! If your project is in the hands of a contractor, Indaco Metals is glad to work directly with your contractor to provide you the best quality at a competitive price. Choosing what type of panel Indaco's building kits all give you the option to select R-panel or Duraloc sheet metal profiles for your project. But what's the difference? R-panel sheets are considered "standard" and feature a 1.25" rib for every foot of length. Duraloc has a much lower profile, with .75" ribs. Depending on your use case / environment, one may be a better choice than the other. Give us a call to talk about what sort of structure you are needing and if we would recommend a specific panel type for your project. What else will my building need? Insulation Metal buildings can become dangerously hot in the summer months, and wide changes in temperature outdoors can cause considerable condensation inside the building. Whether or not you are planning to climate-control your metal building, insulation may be a worthwhile investment. Vinyl-reinforced insulation is available as an add-on to every kit. Certified R-10 is our "standard issue" when you choose to insulate, but a variety of thicknesses and R-values are available. Windows & Doors While we do not supply windows or overhead doors, we have a list of providers for these kinds of building additions and plans to add these features to your building does impact the kit we put together for you! Make sure to let your sales rep know how many windows or doors you plan to add in what sizes, along with where they will be on the building so that we can provide you with additional framing and trim pieces so that your building kit will support your vision. Gutters Especially for larger metal buildings, adequate guttering is vital to ensure that runoff does not cause erosion issues around your new building (or pouring water above entrances!). Indaco offers guttering as an add-on to all building kits. Lean-tos specially in the agricultural industry, having an adjoining lean-to on a metal building makes sense for a covered area to park items like tractors and their attachments, hay reserves, or other items that do not have to be in a fully enclosed space, but need to be protected from precipitation. Talk to our sales team if you think a smaller building with a lean-to may be a good fit for your needs and budget. Ridge Vents Ridge vents increase ventilation using natural airflow, and can increase the longevity of your roof, but may not be right for every building. Ask your sales representative if ridge vents are right for your specific project. How can my metal building have better curb appeal? There are endless options to customize the exterior of your metal building to increase its appearance and function. Here are a few additions that Indaco can include as add-ons to your metal building kit: Cupolas Sometimes called “lookouts”, these small structures placed along the roof ridges of larger buildings are often added for visual interest, but they can also provide additional roof ventilation and introduce natural light. Wainscoting Improve the aesthetics of your building with a wainscot styling – choose a complimentary (usually darker) color of sheet metal to be installed all the way around your building on the first three to four feet from the ground of your structure’s sidewalls. Skylight panels Indaco’s translucent fiberglass "skylight" panels interlock seamlessly with the metal sheets for the sidewalls of your building; they are not recommended for use on roofs A cost-effective (best applied on walls, not roofs) shine brilliantly and interlock with our metal sheets. Will the building conform my city's codes? Indaco Metals buildings are designed to meet the International Building Code (IBC) requirements and conform to codes within city limits. However, municipal building codes can vary widely, so check with your contractor or municipality if you have any specific concerns. Additionally, size and configuration of buildings may be subject to zoning laws depending on your area. If your building will be erected within city limits, it is likely that your project will require a building permit.

  • Considerations when erecting a metal building

    We know choosing the right metal building can be overwhelming. Indaco Metals is here to make it easy! For nearly 30 years, families, businesses, and building contractors alike have chosen Indaco Metals for their metal buildings, metal roofing, and carports, including our complete all-metal truss and rigid frame building packages. Whether you're planning to purchase from Indaco Metals or another provider, when considering the purchase of a steel building there are a number of factors that need to be included in your decision -- let's walk through the most important questions: What is the building for? Metal buildings can last for a very long time, often longer than our lifetimes. It can be helpful to think about what we -- whether "we" is a family or a business -- need the building for now as well as how our needs might grow or change over time. Planning your purchase to meet your needs in the long-term can make your dollars go further, and keep you satisfied with the investment much longer. Determine what kinds of equipment will need to come in and out of your building -- You need to determine if regular walk doors are sufficient, or if overhead doors are needed. If overhead doors are required, the type (roll-up or sectional) and number need to be ascertained. Knowing what kind and what sizes of doors and windows and where you want them on the building will help you select the right size building. Please note - Indaco Metals building kits do not include doors or windows, but we do have lists of recommended suppliers and builders. How big should my building be? In most gabled steel buildings, the maximum door clearance is at least two feet below the eave of the building. For instance, if you need a 12-foot clearance through a door you need to plan for a 14-foot eave, at a minimum. The best gauge is to figure out how much room will be required in the interior height of the building. Warehouses and some manufacturing facilities need to allow for taller storage areas and bigger heavy machinery clearances. Deciding the Square Footage of the Structure What will be stored inside? will vehicles or equipment need to be able to move in and out of the building regularly? How much space is needed for those items to navigate within the structure? If you're not sure, one of our knowledgeable sales representatives would be happy to go over your needs with you and make recommendations. Will you need to expand in the future? Before you buy, think about whether you plan to expand in the future; it could change your buying decision now. Once the width is determined on an I-Beam building, that dimension is “set in stone” because of the support structure. That said, most I-Beam steel buildings are expandable lengthwise by removal of the end-walls. Check with the steel building manufacturer or supplier you are considering purchasing from to see if future expansion is feasible. Can I have a two-story metal building? If you are considering a two-story steel building, it is important to note that steel I-Beam framed buildings need at least a 22 foot eave height in order to comfortably accommodate a second story. The loading characteristics that need to be engineered into the building in order to accommodate the interior mezzanine can be expensive, so if you are under a strict budget for your building project you may want to consider a single story building with the additional required square footage on one level. That said, we are happy to help you undertake a storied project. I want my building to be aesthetically pleasing. Is a metal building a bad choice for this? I-Beam steel buildings have changed in recent years in both function and design. The ugly metal boxes that once represented steel buildings are now largely gone. Sidewall and trim applications are now improved. With the use of Silicon Polyester paints, steel roofs can be painted to be more aesthetically pleasing. Most steel building manufacturers and suppliers also offer premium quality options that include simulated brick, rock, stone, and stucco finishes. With the proper use of accessories and options a steel building cannot be distinguished from its traditional counterparts. Steel buildings can now be fabricated to almost any shape, size, and dimension as opposed to the limited “cookie-cutter” offerings of the past. This includes everything from circular sports complexes to hexagonal fellowship halls and other configurations that can now be fabricated to specific requirements. For example, many steel buildings that require uniqueness of design are enhanced with the use of mansards and parapets on the roof applications. What is the ideal roof pitch? Steel buildings can be configured to include roof slopes from 1:12 to 6:12 pitches. Remember, though, that the steeper pitched buildings are generally more expensive because more steel is utilized in the roof make-up. The use of a steeper pitched roof is highly recommended for moisture drainage and as a preventative to “ponding” complications. Higher precipitation areas of the country should strongly consider the application of a standing seam steel roof. A standing seam roof, however, is more expensive than the screw-down roofs that normally come standard with an I-Beam framed building. Can steel buildings really be a do-it-yourself project? Some steel building companies offer buildings that are supposedly “do it yourself”. This is a correct statement in a number of instances if the building is small – as in a garage or storage shed. Larger steel buildings usually require the involvement of a qualified erector or general contractor. Make sure by talking with the building supplier before you buy the building that the building is truly a “do it yourself” project, if so represented. If the building size requires professional installation, ask the supplier about qualified erectors in your area. Know the price of the erection of your steel building before purchasing it. Paying attention to these factors will go a long way in selecting and purchasing the correct steel building for your next project.

  • What is the difference between a rigid frame and a trussed frame metal building ?

    There are a few differences in rigid and trussed frame metal buildings. Truss frames are the more common frame style, and meet the requirements for most use cases. Truss framed buildings are generally more economical than rigid frames. Rigid frames are much stronger and a better option for larger buildings; these frames can hold up to larger snow loads and wind speeds than truss. Additionally, rigid frames lend more flexibility as windows and doors can be placed anywhere along its sidewalls, whereas trussed frames are limited in this regard. Indaco's Rigid Frame Building Kits For a heavy-duty metal building almost limitless in size, function, and design, insist on Indaco Rigid. With solid steel beams, wall supports, and bolt-together rafters, Indaco Rigid framing structures defy wind and water for generations. Our rigid-frame buildings can be as small as a horse barn (30 by 40 feet is the minimum size for a rigid building) or as large as a factory. The buildings can be as simple as your land area allows, or as exceptional as your imagination allows. Customized sizes begin at 30′ x 40′ x 10′. Your building’s primary frame is factory-coated in primer with rust inhibitors. Indaco’s quality control ensures your sheet metal, trim, and components meet the industry’s highest standards. Rigid buildings come standard with closures and a pre-formed ridge cap to ensure a weatherproof seal from top to bottom. Rigid buildings require no welding; all parts come factory-welded, identified, marked, and pre-punched. Trussed Frame Buildings Our fully engineered metal truss buildings can be welded or bolted together – it’s your choice! Packages are available in 6 standard widths at 3/12 pitch – from 20×20 to as large as 60×120. Other pitches are also available.

  • About Indaco Metals

    Indaco Metals has been providing affordable, quality products for the metal building and metal roofing industries since 1995. We know that our commitment to exceptional customer service is why we have literally thousands of satisfied customers. We also know that referrals from these customers are the leading source of hundreds upon hundreds of new Indaco Metals customers every year. Indaco Metal's Mission To provide its customers with a quality product at a fair price and with unsurpassed customer service. A History of Success In 1995, Joe Inda and his wife, Charlotte, started Indaco Metals with only one employee. Together, they worked many long hours to ensure the success of their business. Joe’s strong conviction that people should get a quality product at a fair price and with exemplary customer service remain as core principles of Indaco Metals today. From our original 6.000 square foot plant, Indaco Metals has grown steadily and today encompasses over 42,000 square feet of manufacturing, office, and warehouse space. In 2005, Indaco Metals expanded its product line to include rigid frame buildings, which have proven to be an increasingly popular and important part of our product line. Indaco Metals is a true family owned and operated business. Joe’s son, Josh, is a registered professional engineer and serves as Indaco’s CEO. Joe’s son-in law Steve Moore serves as Indaco’s COO. Now 21 years after its beginning, Indaco Metals is going strong with over 50 dedicated employees committed to upholding the principles that have made the company a success. How We Can Work For You If you have any questions about how Indaco Metals’ products can work for you, don’t hesitate to call or come by to consult with one of our professional customer service representatives to discuss your needs. Or, simply stop by our plant to see how our products are produced! We will also be more than happy to give you an online estimate.

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