Steel Building Prices & Estimates
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Steel Price: Like most materials, steel is a commodity across the world and the price fluctuates with the market demand on an almost daily basis. Steel and other materials can have their price influenced by any number of factors, from earthquakes or tsunamis to the strength of the dollar or even as simple as how much is being produced.
Building Style: What style of building do you need, a Quonset hut style building or a more traditional, pitched roof style building? Quonset huts can be up to 30% cheaper and less expensive to construct (especially if you go the self-build route).
Size: Obviously, the price increases with the size of the building. This being said though, once a building exceeds 2,000 square feet (SF) then the overall square/foot price starts to drop, see table below.
While the widths vary from structure to structure, the height of pre-engineered buildings is generally restricted to one story, although a loft or mezzanine could be built in if desired. The length of your building can, within reason, be as long as necessary. For more information on designs and dimensions, please see our building design page.
Framed Openings: Along the lines of needing a customized building, extra material is required for the framing of openings and will result in an added cost. To withstand strong winds, overhead doors need support on the sides as well as the top and bottom edges. Wind locks to prevent the door from caving in during a storm are recommended.
Finish: Whether its metal sheeting, brick, stucco or hardie board on the outside of your structure, or a mezzanine and/or partitions on the inside, your desired finish will have an impact on the final cost of your metal building.
Standard vs Custom: Generally, standard-sized buildings are less expensive than custom-sized buildings, since they are more readily available through suppliers. If you’re needing a custom sized building, it can be more cost-effective to up the size a little and opt for a standard size.
Location: Inclement weather, be it rain, wind or snow, can create delays during construction. After construction, weather must remain a consideration. Extreme conditions, such as hurricanes or seismic activity can wreak havoc on the wrong structure for your location. Extreme wind can cause damage, be it losing a part of the structure, a total collapse, having it topple over or sliding from its foundation.
Equipment Rental: Are you renting or buying the tools needed, or will they be supplied by the contractor? Will you need lifting equipment such as a crane or scissor lift in order to complete the construction of your pre-engineered building?
Foundation: Is a foundation for your structure already in place? If not, how thick and/or large do you need your foundation to be? At a minimum, a 4″ slab can run anywhere between $4-8 per square foot. If heavy vehicles and machinery will be housed in the building, 6″ slabs are recommended.
Insulation: Both the type and thickness of insulation needs to be considered. There are four main types of insulation: Fiberglass Blanket, Rigid, Foam-Core Sandwich Panels and Spray-on Cellulose.
With standard sized steel structures, the larger the structure, the lower the average cost per square foot. As you can see in the table below, the difference between a 30×40 building and a 100×100 building can offer a saving of up to 27% on your total cost.
|Building Size (ft)||Square Footage (SF)||Estimate Cost||Cost / Square Foot|
These are the types of prices you will find on standard metal buildings. However, if it’s a crane building, the prices will be higher due to the increase in size and extra engineering required to support heavy gantry cranes. This will also apply to other structures that will house heavy plant, machinery, and vehicles. For more information, please see our page on crane buildings.