If you are freezing this winter and sick of scraping snow off of your car give us a call to see about getting a garage built so you don’t have to deal with that any more.
Garage Heating Options
Garage Heat in Minneapolis and St. Paul Garages
Lets discuss the “why” you are heating you Minneapolis or St Paul Garage as this will determine the best heat source.
Flash Heating your Minnesota Garage means you’ll likely only heat the garage several times during the cold season. In this case a hanging heater using gas or propane is probably the best route as it will allow you to quickly bring the garage to a usable temperature and maintain heat in a garage that is non insulated or poorly insulated. This is a quick but not efficient way to heat a garage long term so the use of a hanging heater in your garage is best
Constant Temperature Heating of your garage means that you have planned for the garage project by insulating and venting the roof properly and intend to keep your Minneapolis St Paul Garage at a temperature of between 40 and 70 degrees.
In Floor Hydronic heat is a common term thrown out by many who aren’t considering all of the variables in a tight garage space.
Hydronic heat requires a vent stack through the roof, a pump, the use of glycolin the lines, and natural gas or propane for heat, takes up valuable space in your garage, and requires several different trades to install.
RADIANT CEILING HEAT is our recommended and most preferred system as it costs less to install and operate than all of the alternatives. It is considered “green” as it is completely electric, it is: dustless, noiseless, doesn’t require a vent stack, and takes up zero space in your garage.
The only trade required for this source of heat in your Minneapolis St Paul garage is an electrician.
There is still time before the cold weather rolls around to get your estimate for your new garage. Even to plan for next year’s garage build project and get on our calendar to build next year, maybe even still this year before the winter. Make sure to check out our garage gallery to see some of our many garage options and get ideas on what you would like in a garage. Then stop by and request an estimate. Let’s get your garage build started.
Minneapolis Garage Construction is a licensed building contractor in the state of Minnesota. Our carpenters take special pride in our construction in that each garage we build is customized to fit your specific needs with respect to your property and personal tastes. Permits are required on every project and sometimes a survey is needed to secure a permit.
Our garage building schedule is approximately 21 days from start to completion. Most of our projects begin with the teardown of an existing garage, tear-out of the concrete slab, and pouring a new floating slab with regulation footings to support your new structure.
Our basic garage consists of a Keystone style footing with double 5/8 rebar steel reinforcement poured with the 4-5″ concrete slab. A moisture resistant bottom plate of 2″x 4″ green treated wood (to resist moisture between the concrete and construction lumber) is then fastened to the concrete slab with anchor bolts.
Our walls are then constructed with 2″x 4″ stud grade lumber 16″ on center. 1/2″ wood-based sheathing board is used to construct the walls which are then fastened to the studs for the side walls. We use galvanized (rust resistant), ring shank (keeps nails from loosing there grip over time) nails in our construction.
Our trusses, which provide the support for the roof, are engineered to the specifications of your project. We set these and then nail sheathing to complete the roof and gable ends.
If your garage is located within 5′ of a property line, 5/8 sheetrock on both sides of a neighboring wall is required as a fire barrier. This is Minnesota state code.
Roofing and siding your garage are the next steps. We’ll match your home’s shingle color as close as possible or to your choice. While most customers choose vinyl siding others are available: composite sidings, LP® SmartSide® wood siding, cement siding, stucco, etc. are also available.
Standard two car openings are 7′ high by 16′ wide. We use a 12″ x 18′ header or lamenated beams to ensure that your garage door opening does not sag over the years and cause problems with your opening. We can custom fit any size door to your specifications should you have the need.
Our garage doors can be customized to include windows, locks, and an array of colors. We guarantee the door for life and include a one year warranty on parts and labor and five years on the springs. Door openers will be installed at the time of garage door installations if needed.
Electrical work is the final step and requires a separate permit. It can be done either by the home owner or a licensed electrician.
We do not build garage kits! All of our lumber is hand picked with respect to straightness and environmentally friendly products from environmentally responsible companies.
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