As steel garages become more and more popular, the market place is more competitive. In the past, steel garages were used mostly for military and commercial customers. However in recent years the retail market for residential parking space as seen in surge in demand.
Meeting the increased demand, new companies have sprung up exclusively for this market. In order to keep up, more established companies have added the construction of metal parking lots to their list of services. Many traditional home improvement companies and contractors have joined the market place. In the past they served homeowners looking to give their houses face-lifts. Back in the decades of the 1960s and 1970s, aluminum siding was a popular trend among homeowners. Aluminum siding was partly in response to the energy crisis in the early part of the 1970s. Homeowners wanted to save money on their home heating and cooling costs. Aluminum siding was marketed to save homeowners money on their heating oil and electricity costs.
In the past, home improvements and renovations were based more on the exterior facades of houses. Many home owners also wanted to replace windows. For similar reasons that other owners went to aluminum siding, those that wanted new windows hoped to provide better heating insulation for the winter. This was done to also help reduce the costs of heating homes.
Home parking facilities were largely overlooked. When people purchased homes, many bought ones that didn’t have enclosed parking. A driveway was sufficient enough. Indeed, the price of a home was more expensive with an enclosed parking space than those without. When homeowners wanted to increase the property value of their home, they might have added an enclosed space. More often than not, they did so for convenience. During rain and snow, they simply wanted to get from their home inside their cars without getting wet.
There were also additional practical considerations when homeowners changed their parking spaces. Families discovered that they needed more than one car. Sometimes, up to three cars were used by a single family. Homeowners decided to build enclosed parking spaces to accommodate more cars. By the 1980s’s the larger the enclosed parking space, the greater the value of the home.
By the decade of the 1990s, homeowners found that even their parking spaces for two or more cars were still insufficient as more drivers opted to purchase Sport Utility Vehicles of SUVs. They found that one of these vehicles took up the space of one and half smaller sized cars. Hence, many homeowners discovered that their parking spaces had become obsolete.
The market for steel garages is growing as more North Americans purchase larger vehicles. Many homeowners are discovering that their traditional parking spaces do not serve their needs. In the decade to come, the parking spaces of North American homes will become increasing made of metal.