Leonard Storage Buildings: Frame Consturction
This page will allow you to learn more about how Leonard builds its storage building frames, the different construction types, which models have which type, and why Leonard's frames are better
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  Which frame construction should I choose?
For most customers, a storage building's frame material is one of the most important decision factors.   Customarily, steel frame construction is considerably more expensive than that of traditional wood framing; however, Leonard has been improving its steel bending and welding processes for over 40 years.  To this end, Leonard has driven the costs down so that the two are now comparable. Take a look below to see the advantages of both. Also be sure to read more about siding and roof materials which tend to be the primary cost drivers.

Wheather you choose wood or steel, you will find that Leonard places a premium on stregnth and durability.

Wood Frame

Some people find wood frame storage buildings easier to modify post delivery.  Hanging wall finishes (paneling / sheet rock), shelving, or built in cabinetry to wood frames is similar to adding it to your home.

If you plan to insulate the building post delivery, you will find that normal house insulation fits nicely into the 2"x 4" walls.

In some cases neighborhood covenants and/or zoning statutes require wood frame structures, although, usually these regulations only apply to the exterior material of storage buildings.

Wood buildings also have a little sturdier feel due to their weight; however, the steel frame buildings actually offer a little more structural strength.

Steel Frame

People who buy Leonard's steel framed storage buildings typically do so because of the cleaner interior look and the strength per pound which they provide. The lighter but stronger frame is a easier to move and holds up nicely even when relocated multiple times.

Because the fame is made of galvanized steel it is naturally pest proof and resistant to moisture.  This combination of stregnth and durability have earned Leonard's steel framed buildings a reputation for being the toughest portable building on the market.

Take a look at the recent photo submitted by customer who's storage building was hit by a tree and see the unparalled durability.

Side note: The narrower wall width provides two extra inches which adds an additional 15 cubic ft. to a 6'x 12'.



Wood Frame


Leonard wood frame storage buildings use the typical wall skeleton of vertical 2"x4" studs that stand between horizontal 2"x 4" base and top plates. These White/Spruce pine studs are placed on 16" centers for models with Cedar or Rough Saw Lumber and 24" centers for all others with models with the exception of the Basic.


Steel Frame


Leonard steel frame storage buildings use a cage construction scheme with single piece bent bows. All joints are skillfully hand welded to provide extrodanary strength. These 1"x1" metal tubes are placed on 24" centers and joined by interior cross members.

Leonard Steel Frame storage building performs well under extreme stress

note to TJ: get description of the story behind these pictures - call Lot 115 New Bern

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