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Four Things To Consider When Choosing A Guard Shack Building

You’re in the market for a guard shack building and there is a wide variety of options to choose from. Sizes, aesthetics, and functionality, it certainly can be trying to make the right decision when you have to weigh in so many different factors. At Guard Buildings, we understand the challenge and we’d like to show you a few things to consider when you’re setting out to choose the best guard shack building for your needs.

Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Guard Shack Building

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First of all, it’s important that your guard booth is in the right size. The questions below will help determine the guard shack size that meets your demand:

  • What is the primary function that your guard shack will serve?
  • How many guards will be working in the guard shack building at one time?
  • What kind of equipment will be stored in the booth?
  • Do you plan to move the shack around frequently?
  • Are you in an area with high crime rates? (Larger booths have a more impactful presence and can store more security equipment)
  • What is your budget?


If you are still not quite sure, here are some standard sizes of guard booths that we offer for your reference.


It’s crucial to factor in the location where your guardhouse will be installed when you consider purchasing one. Whether the building is installed permanently or temporarily, you need to make sure that the guardhouse location gives your security staff good visibility of the entrance to your facility. You also want to look out for site conditions and limitations, such as the location climate and the size of the traffic island. Additionally, if a guardhouse with a restroom is what you have in mind, you want to make sure that plumbing is accessible at your desired location.

Security Threat Level

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Most guard shacks are built on materials like aluminum, carbon steel, and stainless steel, which suffice to support your security staff in handling burglary, break-ins, and vandalism. However, when it comes to facilities like military bases or government agencies, since the security threat level is much higher, more resilient materials are required. Specifically, you want your guard booth to be bullet and blast resistant. In addition, there are special features that can be incorporated into your guard shack building to enhance protection, including:

  • Sally ports
  • Fixed cameras
  • PTZ cameras
  • High-intensity lighting

Comfort Level

Since your employees will be spending a large amount of time in the guard shack, you should ensure that their working environment is comfortable. Besides interior features like HVAC and a restroom, you can also consider tinted windows, floodlights, and bollards as additional protection. This type of investment helps your security staff feel appreciated and cared for, which goes a long way in helping them perform their jobs at their best.

Choose a Trusted Guard Shack Building Manufacturer

From custom shacks and booths to bullet and blast resistant structures, Guard Building has what it takes to satisfy your security demand. Meeting rigorous standards like the High-Velocity Hurricane Zone, we pride ourselves on the quality works that we do. We also stand behind them by providing you with a full lifetime warranty on the frames of each product that you purchase from us.

For more information, please email us at or give us a call at (919) 413-7395. You can also request a quote for your next custom guard shack here – we’ll be more than happy to assist you!