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Types of Portable Metal Buildings & How to Choose One That Fits Your Needs

Choosing the Best Portable Building for Your Needs

Some homes in the Tennessee River Valley just don’t come with enough storage space. Perhaps you need more room for your lawn equipment and tools, or maybe you’re looking for extra storage space. Whatever the case, Rocket City Metal & Portable Buildings has the ideal backyard building for you. Our portable solutions are perfect for all kinds of applications and offer the gold standard in quality. Discover the types of portable buildings and how to go about choosing the right one.

Pickup truck with trailer under metal building

Explore the Types of Backyard Buildings

Portable buildings can be more than just a run-of-the-mill broken-down shed! Portable structures come in a variety of forms—you might opt for a straightforward utility shed, or you could add some flair to your property with a spiffy barn. Take your pick from one of these building types and get the details on customization options:

  • Barns: Barns offer ample storage space and sturdy floors. Products from Graceland have excellent ventilation that allows buildings to stay about 15 degrees cooler than similar structures. Check out a wide selection of lofted barns with quaint red siding or traditional buildings with big barn doors.
  • Sheds: When we picture backyard buildings, we often think of portable sheds. These structures are popular for a reason! Compact sheds are perfect for storing gardening equipment, tools, and other household supplies. Choose from dozens of sizes and several exterior colors.
  • Garages: Many types of backyard buildings can serve as both a traditional storage space and a garage. If you need an area to park your bike for the night, consider investing in a convenient portable garage shed.

Consider the Following When Picking a Building

Now that you have an idea of the buildings available to you, it’s time to narrow down your options. With a quick Google search, you’ll find countless structures—checking out all of them can be overwhelming! As you shop for a portable structure, be sure to follow our guide to making the right choice. Take all these factors into account as you search:


The first step to choosing the right building is to decide its purpose. There are all kinds of reasons you may need a shed and determining the “why” behind your purchase is helpful when exploring your options. Here are a few ways you might use your new space:

  • Lawn and garden storage
  • Bulk or seasonal storage
  • Home office space
  • Boat or vehicle storage
  • Tool storage
  • Guest housing
  • Workout space


Next, you’ll want to consider materials. At Rocket City Metal & Portable Buildings, we provide both metal and wooden buildings and have the knowledge to answer your questions. Metal sheds are exceptionally durable and customizable. Making the right choice comes down to understanding your specific needs.

Portable garage with vehicle and trailer inside


Be sure to ask a professional about the features you can expect with each portable building. While standard features will serve you well, you can always pick out some add-ons. Graceland offers these features, among others:

  • Single- or double-pane windows
  • Lofts
  • Porches and railings
  • Shutters
  • Flower boxes
  • Metal or shingle roofs


If you plan to use your portable shed for storage, how much do you plan to store? If you only have a few items, you probably don’t need a massive shed. But if you need to store your growing collection of landscaping supplies, it might be best to opt for a larger unit. Let us know your needs, and we’ll walk you through the best options.


Is my property too small for a portable building? What is the largest portable building you can buy? Our professionals hear these questions all the time. Fortunately, our solutions can be tailored to nearly any size constraint. Be sure to measure (and remeasure!) your space so you know the exact square footage you have to work with. You don’t want to invest in a brand-new building only to find it’s too big or small for your needs.


Gone are the days when sheds were drab and unfinished. Today, we’re proud to sell backyard buildings with curb appeal. While you can still choose a traditional shed, you might instead select a metal car-port, or you may want to store that boat for the season. Plus, you can choose from a spectrum of exterior colors.

Get in Touch With Rocket City Metal & Portable Buildings

So, are portable sheds worth it? If you have things to store or a specific purpose in mind, the answer is yes! Adding a backyard building to your property is convenient and adds home value should you decide to sell your house in the future. At Rocket City Metal & Portable Buildings, we’re excited to help residents of the Tennessee River Valley find the ideal storage solution. As one of the sole providers of Graceland products in the region, our team can help you find a portable building that goes beyond a simple four walls. Contact us today to explore our selection of buildings.

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Have an idea for a carport or metal building but aren’t sure how it will look once it’s constructed? No problem. Our online builder tool allows you to view a 3D rendering of your ideas before putting them into action. Use this tool to customize your structure, preview it, and receive an individualized quote!

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