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Portable Building Types

Portable Building Types


Texas portable storage buildings are available in a wide variety of colors, styles and types. There is no standard terminology in the Texas portable building industry.

Almost every portable building dealership we know has it’s own terminology for different types of portable buildings, so we thought a little explanation might be in order, so when you are shopping different dealers, you can compare apples to apples.

For the sake of comparison, we will break this down into 3 types. These types are the basic buildings offered by most storage building dealers. This does not exclude the possibility that some builders may create something that is completely unique to the industry, or that the quality of workmanship, or the quality of materials used could make one product in the same category superior to another, or that one dealer may offer more in the way of accessories or extras than another.

Utility sheds

This is what most people envision when talking about a storage shed or storage building. Most builders offer a basic stripped down model. These may be built with a gable roof of the type seen on a ranch bunkhouse, or a gambrel roof as commonly seen on barns in some parts of the country. They usually have a slightly less “beefy” frame than higher priced models, although this is not always the case. It pays do do your homework, even for a small utility shed, because there is a wide variety in what is offered for the same price from dealer to dealer.

Portable barns or shops

Portable barns are called different things by different dealers. In most cases, these are slightly larger buildings with a heavier skeleton than a utility shed. Usually, but not always, the barns and shops are similar in construction, with the exception of the roof. In general, a barn will have a gambrel, or barn type roof, and a shop will have a gable or a-frame type roof. As with the utility sheds mentioned above, it pays to do your shopping and make comparisons.

Portable cabins

A small portable cabin with a porch.

The majority of the dealers we are familiar with have a “top of the line” product they call a cabin. These portable buildings are often have more in common with the structure of a home than a utility building. Roof types may cause some variation in terminology, but not always. The type and variety of amenities and accessories varies considerably from builder to builder, so again, your homework will be worth the effort when it comes time to plop down your cash, or sign a financing agreement.

Making comparisons

When choosing a building, and a portable building dealer, there are a few things you should keep in mind. As we have seen, what constitutes a barn with one dealer may be a completely different building with another. The type of material used, whether wood or metal may be a factor, especially when dealing with home owners associations. The the cost and numbers of accessories that come standard as opposed to the cost of another builder adding them. The cost of delivery. Some dealers include this in the total cost, some may sell a building for less and add the delivery cost at the end. The overall strength of the building’s construction. The quality of material used, and the overall fit and finish of the building.