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Steel Building Prices: How Much is a Metal Building in 2020?

Metal building rendering

Accurate steel building prices are hard to find online, with many companies keeping costs hidden until after a site visit.

This is due to the fact that there are so many options and possible site layouts that need to be taken into account.

However

In this guide, you will find out how much a metal building will cost, with 58 examples for quick ‘ballpark’ quotes.

According to oregon.gov, 50% of the nation’s non-residential low rise buildings involve the use of metal building systems. If you are planning on using this popular building type, you can get up to speed on pricing here in just a few minutes.

  • The average steel building price is $15 – $25 per square foot, but these costs vary depending on your options, size, and complexity of the structure.
  • Lean-to metal building kits cost the least per square foot due to the simple design, and residential steel homes cost the most. 
  • Metal building kits are cheap and fast to build, it’s possible for some simple structures to be erected in just days. 

Here you’ll also find out all you need to know about the factors that affect prices, and how you can build your steel building to stay within budget.

What’s in this guide?

58 Steel Building Prices

Steel building price examples:

  • “Lean-to” steel buildings cost between $1,085 and $3,862.
  • Steel churches cost between $64,800 and $426,960.
  • Metal carport kits cost from $1,427 and $5,578.
  • Metal home kits cost between $19.314 and $53,545.
  • Steel aircraft buildings cost between $7,812 and $13,299.

“Lean-to”

“Lean-to” steel buildings cost between $1,085 and $3,862 depending on size, frame type, and roof style.

Lean-to Size Price
Lean-to frame only 10x20x8 $1,085
Lean-to 3 sided frame only 15x20x8 $1,559
Lean-to with roof 15x20x8 $1,936
Lean-to 3 sided with roof 15x20x8 $3,535
Lean-to 2 sided with roof 18x24x8 $3,864

 

Carports

Metal carport kits cost from $1,427 and $5,578, factors that affect prices include the number of cars to store, wall material, and roof options.

Carports 12x24 tube frame carports metal building rendering 3 1

Carports 12×24 tube frame

Carport Size Price
Carport 2 sided with roof 12x20x7 $1,427
Carport 2 sided with roof 20x20x12 $3,557
Carport 3 sided with roof 12x20x7 $3,633
Carport 3 sided with roof 20x20x10 $4,992
Carport 3 sided with roof 24×2012 $5,578

 

Metal Garage Kits

Metal garage kits cost from $5,958 up to $12,303, with more expensive garages being larger with more windows and doors.

Garages 30x50 garage metal building rendering 3

Metal garage 30×50

Metal Garage Size Price
Clear-span garage with closed walls and ends 38x50x16 $5,958.99
Clear-span garage with closed walls and ends 40x60x16 $7,946.99
Clear-span garage with closed walls and ends 60x130x20 $8,217.64
Clear-span garage with closed walls and ends 50x90x24 $9,319.27
Clear-span garage with closed walls and ends 100x140x24 $12,303.54

 

Metal Aircraft Buildings

Metal aircraft buildings cost between $7,812 and $13,299, this varies based on the number of planes and the geographic location of your site.

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Aircraft hangar 50×60

Aircraft Building Size Price
Aircraft hangar with a closed-end wall 56x84x16 $7,812.99
Aircraft hangar with a closed-end wall 50x82x18 $8,499.99
Aircraft hangar with a closed-end wall 70x118x20 $9,929.99
Aircraft hangar with a closed-end wall 80x128x24 $13,299.78

 

Recreational Steel Buildings

Recreational steel buildings cost between $14,221 and $18,220 depending on what the building is needed for and it’s size

Recreational metal building rendering 2

Recreational metal building

Recreational Steel Building Kit Size Price
Recreational building (closed-end wall) 80x120x20 $14,221.77
Recreational building (closed-end wall) 120x160x20 $17,989.20
Recreational building (closed end wall) 120x220x24 $18,220.95

 

Steel I-beam Structures

Steel I-beam structures cost between $2,955 and $6,925. The I beam is a robust vertical column that can be used to make buildings stronger than tube frames for example.

I-beam Structure Dimensions Price
Regular Roof 12×21 $2,955
Boxed Eave 12×21 $3,055
Vertical Roof 12×21 $3,255
Regular Roof 18×36 $4,410
Boxed Eave 18×36 $4,885
Vertical Roof 18×36 $5,235
Regular Roof 24×36 $6,050
Boxed Eave 24×36 $6,575
Vertical Roof 24×36 $6,925

 

Steel Rigid Frame Buildings

Metal rigid frame buildings cost between $4,804 and $5,119 and suit conditions that require durability. For example in locations with high wind speed or snow loads.

Stable metal building rendering 3

Rigid frame horse barn

Rigid Frame Building Size Price
Rigid frame horse barn building 70x60x18 $4,804.53
Rigid frame horse barn building 60x80x16 $4,901.29
Rigid frame horse barn building 65x80x16 $5,112.62
Rigid frame horse barn building 90x60x16 $5,119.15

 

Steel Truss Buildings

Steel truss buildings cost from $7,295 to $13,595 and are ideal for commercial applications that require strength and a clear open internal space.

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Commercial metal truss building

Truss Building Size Price
Large truss metal building 40×20 $7,295
Large truss metal building 40×24 $8,345
Large truss metal building 50×20 $9,595
Large truss metal building 50×24 $10,695
Large truss metal building 60×20 $12,495
Large truss metal building 60×24 $13,595

 

Metal Churches

Steel churches cost between $64,800 and $426,960, size is the main determining factor but the location also plays a role in cost.

Churches metal building rendering 3

Church Size Seats Price
Church 3,600 sqft 252 $64,800
Church 4,880 sqft 252 $87,840
Church 7,109 sqft 294 $127,962
Church 9,307 sqft 735 $167,526
Church 12,058 sqft 300 $217,044
Church 23,720 sqft 350 $426,960

 

Metal Homes

Metal home kits cost between $19.314 and $53,545, the number of bedrooms and finishing options can increase the price considerably.

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30×40 metal home building

Residential Home Size Bedrooms Price
Home Kit 53m2 53m2 One $19,314.50
Home Kit 86m2 86m2 Two $29,339.47
Home Kit 10m2 101m2 Two $34,693.85
Home Kit 180m2 150m2 Four $53,543.88

 

Steel Walkway Buildings

Steel walkway buildings cost from $916 to $2,444, and using heavier steel or aluminum can increase this further.

steel walkway

Arched steel walkway with a tube frame

Walkway Size Price
Walkway frame only 8x20x6.75 $916
Walkway with a roof 8x20x6.75 $1,448
Walkway frame only 10x30x7 $2,106
Walkway with a roof 10x30x7 $2,444

 

Steel Building Options

There are thousands of combinations of steel building options, so it’s always recommended to compare quotes to get an accurate price. Here are some guide prices for popular metal building options:

  • Sliding sidewall doors range between $1,643 and $3,422.
  • Hollow metal walk-thru doors cost from $735 to $1,811 each.
  • Framed openings cost from $491 to $1,104 each.
  • Gutters cost from $12.76 to $25.42 per linear foot.
  • Insulation costs from $1.67 to $2.79 per square foot.
  • Overhangs cost from $32.14 to $95.45 per linear foot.
  • Skylights cost $170 to $1,108 each.
  • Ventilators cost from $230 to $834 each.
  • Steel sliding windows cost $436 to $623 each.
  • Aluminum windows cost from $310 to $529 each.
  • Thicker 6” concrete floor with 1/2” rebars increase per square foot price by $0.99.
  • Heavier 26 gauge colored steel wall coverings cost $0.60 per square foot extra.
  • No wall cover (just girts) cost $2.35 less per square foot.
  • No roof cover (just purlins) cost $1.99 less per square foot.

What does a metal building estimate look like?

This example metal building estimate from oregon.gov “cost factors for farm buildings manual” is for a Class 5 General Purpose Building containing 2,500 square feet and costs $39,963. Built with a pole frame, exterior wall height of 12 feet with enamel finish. Gable roof with metal cover, concrete floor, and electrical service panels.

Base Factor, Class 5 General Purpose Building
– Using table format method:
— 2,500 square foot Base Factor + $ 13.12
Adjustment factors:
– Cost per square foot adjustments:
— Wall height 12’; add for 2’ higher exterior wall + $0.36
— Galvanized metal roof cover – $0.22
— Square foot costs and adjustments subtotal; 2,500 sq. ft. @ $13.26 = $ 33,150
Lump sum adjustments:
– 60 ampere service panel + $900
– 110 volt outlets; 10 @ $ 70 each + $700
— Lump Sum Adjustments Subtotal $1,600 + $1,600
Replacement Cost From Manual $ 34,750
Multiplied by General Purpose Building LCM x 115%
TOTAL REPLACEMENT COST NEW = $ 39,963

What affects steel building prices?

Design and size

  • Simple, pre-engineered steel buildings are less expensive.
  • Larger steel buildings have a lower cost per square foot.

Steel building costs are partially determined by the design that you choose. Whether it be pre-engineered buildings or one that is tailored to fit your specifications. The more complex and customized your plan, the more it costs.

Another aspect of your building’s design that affects the price is its size. Like for like, larger buildings are more expensive. But, if you consider the price per square footage then in that sense, more substantial buildings are less costly per square foot.

An interesting point about metal building costs is making a building longer is much cheaper than making it wider or taller. This is due to the amount of steel used in the spans being less on long buildings.

However, prices should not be the only factor when it comes to choosing a steel building design. You should carefully consider what you want out of the building, and then decide which building design and size is the best way to achieve your goals. It may be worth the extra initial cost if it translates into other savings down the line.

Geography & Weather

Factors like the ground you build on, to the amount of wind and snowfall in your area can have a considerable impact on pricing.

Wind speed: In general the higher the average wind speed in your area the higher the price. According to a dissertation published in the Texas Digital Library, the expected cost increase is $ 0.78 to $1.56 per square foot for wind speed increases from 100 to 140 mph.

beaufort wind speeds

The beaufort wind speeds scale

 

Snowfall: A higher roof snow load will require stronger support for the extra weight, resulting in extra costs. According to Fema, roof snow load is defined as the weight of snow on the roof surface used in the design of the building structure. A building without adequate snow load for its location does result in building failure. Things that need to be considered are roof shape, roof pitch, wind speed, plus the location of HVAC units, windows, and doors.

The increase in costs for higher snow loads on a metal building can range from $0.53 to $2.43 per square foot.

Steel Building Regulations

Steel Building prices can change due to local and state building regulations and requirements.

If you want to determine the actual price of a steel building accurately, then you need to have a working knowledge of the building laws and regulations in your county, city, and state.

For example, different types of buildings have unique requirements such as requiring appropriate insulation, fire escapes, or a minimum number of doors and windows. This could bring costs up by $1 – $5 per square foot depending on location.

For many, building regulations tend to be forgotten or only given thought much later in the process where additional costs could suddenly pop up. Speak to a professional from the start to mitigate those risks and ensure you construct a steel building safely.

Price of steel

Fluctuating prices of steel cause changes in the costs of steel buildings.

This data from Focus Economics shows the price per metric ton over the last few years.

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Steel (USA) $519.95 $619.92 $828.46 $603.52

The change in the price of steel between 2018 and 2019 would reduce the overall cost of a 5 x 8m steel building, which uses 2.6 Tons (2,600 kg) of steel by $584.84.

Construction

Steel building prices are also determined by the effort required and complexity in its construction.

In general, construction accounts for up to 40% of the total price of a steel building. This covers everything that goes into the process of erecting your building from delivery, materials, and insulation.

Internal structural steel beams (such as I-Beams) cost around $65 per meter, as opposed to Quonset Huts or other self-supporting buildings that don’t require these beams.

There are many other construction factors that affect prices, which are out of the scope of this article. Fill in the form at the top of this page to speak with an expert and discuss your needs today.

Metal building supplier prices

Here is a list of some popular companies their average metal building costs:

Morton Buildings

Morton Buildings

Morton buildings offer a wide range of steel buildings, are BBB accredited, and offer prices for a fully insulated ranch style house shell for $50 per square foot. This could put your 2,500 square foot house at $125,000 in build costs. Morton buildings also offer many other styles of farm, shop, industrial and residential buildings.

Muller Inc

muller inc

Muller Inc offers workshops, garages, homes, storage, and commercial steel buildings. They offer finance for most buildings up to $30,000 at 5.99% for up to 36 months. If you are a deserving non-profit organization you could even get the chance of a free building for your project. A Muller Inc 50 x 50 workshop or barn could cost around $15,000 including standard concrete foundations, galvanized steel walls, and a simple pitched roof.

Freedom Steel

freedom steel

Freedom steel specializes in quality pre-engineered steel buildings. Recently reported prices to include a 24 x 24 storage or utility building for $12,952.41, or a large 80 X 200 multi-purpose farm building with a PBR roof for $109,354.93.

Steel building costs per square foot

Steel structures are usually priced per square foot, below you can find some examples of each type of metal building kits and their cost.

Steel Structure

Average Cost per SQFT

Quonset Hut $12 per SQFT
I-Beam $17 per SQFT
C-Channel $18 per SQFT
Modular $60 per SQFT

 

FAQ

What is a metal building kit?

Metal building kits are pre-engineered off-site and delivered to you for assembly by a team of professionals. Kits are usually cheaper as the expensive design is split over 100’s of building sales. If you are interested in metal building kits, there are over 40 building types, each with almost unlimited options to choose from. Prefab metal building kits cost from $12 – $60 per square foot depending on size and options.

Can a steel building save me money?

Having a steel building could save you a significant amount of money, as it is generally a much less expensive material overall than many others including stone or wood for example.

How long does a steel building take to install?

Installing a metal building kit, depending on the complexity of the structure, could take as little as a few hours or days, to as long as weeks or even months. This depends on the size of your building, the extra materials you want to use as well as things such as whether you need plumbing or electrical work.

Types of steel building

The style of your metal building will impact price, here are some of the more popular frames:

Tube frame

Tube frame steel structures are some of the most basic frames on the market, as they often have a single beam that is bent at the top and eventually meets another beam opposite to it. This creates a type of arch which is finished by a layer of steel sheeting on top to build a roof. Leaving you with a structure that is open-ended and sometimes doesn’t have walls. These buildings are great for carports due to their low cost and ease of construction.

A 20 x 80 (1600m2) tube frame steel building could cost $8,680.

Arched buildings

Arched frame buildings are easily recognized with their semi-circle or arched entrance shape. The most famous of these is the military-style Quonset hut which can be found in farms, garages, and storage yards nationwide.

These are the second lowest cost type of steel building, and provide a clean open space in the middle to house anything from aircraft to winter hay.

A 20 x 80 (1600m2) arched steel building could cost $19,200.

Single-span frames

Single span or clear span frames are simply single roof beams with supporting wall beams on either side. These beam sections can be placed 20 – 30 feet apart to create a building almost as long as the imagination. These sections are called Trusses. The benefits of single-span construction are:

  • Simple to insulate
  • Fast assembly times
  • Clear, open internal space

A 20 x 80 (1600m2) single-span steel building could cost $27,200.

Multi-span frames

Multi-span frames simply have extra beams running from the roof to the floor. These let you expand your building to be as wide as you need. It’s cheaper to use single-span frames, and have a longer building rather than a wider one because there is less heavy steel to use.

A 40 x 40 (1600m2) multi-span steel building could cost $32,000.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the costs of your steel building might depend on many different factors such as the type of construction, the current price of steel, the options you choose along with the geographic location of your site. In short, we hope you have found a good deal of expert knowledge in this article but understand the only real way to get an accurate price for your exact requirement is by speaking with an expert.

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