When you are thinking about a new garage, accessory building or light
commercial storage building you don’t think about framing. You think
about what you are going to put in the garage. You think about how large
a garage you want. You think about what color siding and what type of
shingles you want. You think about what type and how many windows you
want in your garage. You think about what size garage doors and entry
door you want to put in the garage, accessory building or light
commercial building. What a homeowner does not think about or knowledge
of is the framing of that garage. Most people do not know anything about
how a building is built – how it is framed. That is understandable as
most consumers do not have any framing experience. It is a gray area
that the consumer has to step out in faith after interviewing a company.
The consumer comes to a point where they believe that the building
contractor knows what they are doing. There are ways to check on the
integrity of the building contractor: the local BBB, the local
principalities and today, on-line reviews. Oh, the wonder of the
Depending on what part of the country you live in dictates what local
building and Zoning codes are necessary. Why does geography matter?
Certain areas have shrink-swell problems with the soil. Certain parcels
of land have drainage issues. Some properties have wind speeds that can
affect the integrity of the garage. Certain areas have frost lines that
are more significant than other areas. And, the topography of a parcel
of land can greatly affect any building project. Property elevations
affect the foundation of any new structure.
The International Code Council dictates which new construction
building codes are applicable for certain building projects. A home has
some different building code requirements than residential garages or
accessory buildings have. There is risk when a homeowner elects to run a
job. The local building inspectors and principalities provide support,
but they can’t build the project for the consumer. An experienced
building contractor should know all the building codes applicable to the
garage, accessory building or habitable space.
Framing a garage is much like framing a home IF you have a building
contractor who is dedicated to both his trade and willingly compliant
with building codes. There are specific requirements as to how corners
are framed. There are specific codes on how the wall are to be secured.
Ladder framing for second story garages is also an important part of
framing a two story garage. Openings in the walls, whether for a garage
door, an entry door or window all have header support and that proper
support affects how the walls are built.
Call H.W. ENTERPRISES, INC. or visit H.W. Enterprises for
your building needs. H.W. Enterprises, Inc. has been building garages
and shell homes for over 59years. What other building contractor could
you want to put your faith in? Call 757-595-4562 for a free estimate or visit http://www.hwenterprisesinc.com. We would be honored to build the garage, accessory building or home for you.