March 12, 2018

Complete List Of Types Of Portable Buildings – Complete With Picture Examples

types of portable storage buildings

Looking for a storage shed, a backyard office, or even a tiny home? Portable buildings are a great choice for many wants and needs. Portable buildings also come in a wide variety of types and styles. There is the perfect portable building for every preference and budget! If you are looking for the right storage shed or portable building for your home but haven’t made a decision yet, view our complete list of portable building types. We will go over each type and include information that will help make your choice easier! Have any questions about portable buildings? Contact the experts at Dutch Country Sheds now!

Portable Buildings – Complete Listing of Different Types

The section below provides a complete listing of the different types of portable buildings available today, including a brief description and suggestion as to what each type is best suited for. Purchasing a portable building is a big decision! It’s important to know all of your options before you make your final choice.

Prefabricated Wood Buildings

Lofted Garden Barn Shed
Source: Dutch Country Sheds

Who Is This Best For: Wooden buildings are perfect for those who need a secure building for the long term and do not plan on moving from their current property.

Budget: $$ – $$$$

Prefabricated wood buildings are already constructed or come in pre-made pieces and constructed on-site. When made by a reputable company, wooden sheds and portable buildings will last a lifetime.

They are one of your strongest, sturdiest, and more secure options. When you choose a wood building, you choose the option to continually customize to your liking and to your needs. Wooden buildings are also aesthetically pleasing and can be made to match your existing buildings.

Wooden buildings, however, are prone to insect infestations and rot. Because of this, regular maintenance is required to keep your building in tip-top shape. A high-quality wooden shed will typically cost more than other options, but will also last significantly longer.

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Modular Building by Canadian Portable Structures
Source: Canadian Portable Structures

Who Is This Best For: Modular buildings are often used for commercial or industrial lots. For example, portables used in schools are modular buildings.

Budget: $$$ – $$$$

Modular buildings are a type of prefabricated buildings. Many modular buildings are relatively small or size or the size of one room. However, there are even entire homes built the “modular” way!

Since modular buildings refer to a construction method, there are a wide variety of styles and types of modular homes. They may be built out of wood, concrete, or steel. Modular buildings do require maintenance. The amount of maintenance depends on the materials used to build the modular building.

Though modular buildings are often used for commercial purposes, they can be used as a personal storage building or additional space for your home. They often lack the aesthetics that come with other options. However, more expensive modular buildings can be beautiful and customized to your liking.

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Steel Building Kits

Steel Shed Kit by General Steel Buildings
Source: General Steel Buildings

Who Is This Best For: Steel building kits are great for those who enjoy hands-on work. They are also good for both commercial and residential properties.

Budget: $$$ – $$$$$

There are many options when it comes to steel building kits. Some companies have a small selection of floorplans and little customization options. Others provide an almost unlimited number of possible ways to customize and build your steel building. Steel buildings are very strong and can typically withstand even the most severe weather. With so many options when it comes to steel kits, it is likely you will be able to find a building that best suits your residential or commercial needs.

However, steel kits may not be best for the inexperienced builder. Though kits make DIYing much easier, it still requires a basic understanding of construction and tools. Steel as a material is generally strong, but may not fare well in extreme humid conditions or coastal regions.

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Steel & Fabric Buildings

Fabric building by Calhoun Super Structure
Source: Calhoun Super Structure

Who Is This Best For: Steel & fabric buildings are best for those who need a building on their commercial lot or agricultural land.

Budget: $$$$ – $$$$$

Many steel & fabric buildings are significantly larger than other storage buildings. They are often used to store commercial or agricultural products such as salt, fertilizer, or manure.

They are an excellent choice for those who need a building to store corrosive materials such as manure due to the building materials. Steel & Fabric buildings are also environmentally friendly and durable.

Steel & Fabric buildings are generally more specialized than other portable building types. You will typically not find this kind of building any just any residential lot. They have a more specific purpose and specialized purpose. If you are just looking for a simple storage shed, you may want to consider other options.

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Buildings On Wheels

Tiny Home by Tumbleweed Tiny House Company
Source: Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

Who Is This Best For: Buildings on wheels are typically used for those who want to live in their very own tiny home! Not ideal as a storage building, but great for a primary or secondary living space.

Budget: $$$$$

Buildings on wheels are becoming more and more popular as the tiny house movement continues to grow. Many choose to buy a tiny house on wheels so they can live a simpler life and explore the world, all from the comfort of their own home.

If you are looking for a simple storage solution or backyard office, a building on wheels is probably not your best choice. Tiny homes, including tiny homes on wheels, are one of the most expensive options. This is because they are fully equipped miniature homes! However, if you are looking for an eco-friendly, cost-effective living solution, a building on wheels may be a great choice for you and your family.

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What To Consider Before Purchasing

Still unsure which type of building is right for you? Most portable buildings can be used for many different things, but some are a better choice than others depending on your needs. See the list below for some questions you should consider before selecting a portable building.

  • How long do I want to use this building for? Do I just need this building for the short term, or will I need it long-term too? This will help you decide both the building style and material.
  • How big do I need my building to be? This question also depends on how long you will need your building for. If you choose long-term storage, it might be better to buy a slightly larger building. The extra space will come in handy as you and your family grow.
  • What will I use my building for? This may seem like one of the most obvious questions, but it’s important to ask yourself what you will be using your building for now, in the near future, and years down the road.
  • Do I need a multi-purpose building? Some buildings lend themselves to multi-purpose features better than others. Consider the chances of wanting a multi-purpose building now or in the future before buying.

Write down any notes and answers to these questions as you search for the right building. Keeping note of your thoughts and needs along the way will determine what type of building is best for you, your family, or your company.

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Utility Shed Portable Building by Dutch Country Sheds

If you are ready to purchase a wooden portable storage building, or have any questions about finding the right building for you, contact Dutch Country Sheds now to learn more! A storage shed can be the solution you’ve been looking for.

We even have a Rent-To-Own option to make it easy for you to own your very own shed today! Dutch Country Sheds is committed to both affordability and high-quality structures.

We take the time to listen to our customers and help them choose the best design for their particular needs and budget. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.

We are so confident in the high quality of our product that we offer a 5-year blanket warranty.

Our 5-year blanket warranty covers any defect in workmanship, lumber, and products, including the function of the product. Dutch Country Sheds are made to last – we guarantee it with our 5-year warranty!

“Your company produces such a quality storage building! You can tell that quality went into it because quality just shines through it. Even the delivery was a class act. All of you do a great job.” 

– Rick Franklin, a Classic Buildings Customer – More Testimonials Here!

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