Metal Building Kits

Affordable, easy, and the fastest way to build

A metal building kit makes it easy for you to construct a custom residential, commercial, or farm building. Each package arrives pre-engineered and customized with everything you need to construct a building more quickly and cheaply than conventional construction.

On this page, you’ll find everything you need to know about planning, designing, and constructing a prefabricated metal building for your home, business, or agricultural operation.

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Popular Buildings

Residential Buildings

30x40 metal home with 2 bedrooms and attached carport
Prefab kits are a great solution if you're looking for a durable, long-lasting, and low-maintenance building for your new home, barndominium, or shop house. All buildings are custom-made, in a wide range of sizes, from tiny ranch homes to two-story homes spanning several thousand square feet. See our sample designs for each type of residential building style.Sizes & Designs

Commercial Buildings

Pre-engineered steel commercial building
Pre-engineered steel buildings are the most common choice for new low-rise commercial construction projects, accounting for over 60% of the market. Thanks to their clear span widths of up to 300 feet, fast and efficient construction, and low maintenance, they are an ideal choice for many organizations looking to expand their operations.Sizes & Designs

Farm Buildings

50x100 farm building for feed or produce storage
Red iron buildings are fast becoming one of the most popular construction choices for expanding agricultural operations, cattle ranches, and hobby farms alike. With clear span widths of up to 300 feet, metal farm buildings are ideally suited to large cattle barns, feed and crop storage barns, equipment sheds, and machinery maintenance shops.Sizes & Designs

Shops

30x50 shop with lean to
Metal workshops are suitable for commercial use (auto businesses), private use (woodworking/auto projects, etc.), and farm shop applications. Adjust the building's square footage, height, and door placement (and clearances) to suit your specific setup. View typical shop sizes and layouts.Sizes & Designs

Garages

30x40 three car garage with two overhead doors
Whether you need a parking garage for multiple vehicles, a drive-through garage for boats or trailers, or a garage with loft space, steel building kits are custom engineered to fit your garaging needs. View popular garage sizes and layouts to help you find the ideal solution for your home or business.Sizes & Designs

Metal Homes

30x40 metal home with 2 bedrooms and attached carport
Metal-framed homes are popular for new home construction due to their fast, economical built times, durability, and near-zero maintenance requirements. All homes are custom manufactured to your specifications for size and style, whether you need a small two-bedroom ranch house to a two-story home with multiple bedrooms and living spaces. View our collection of spec homes.Sizes & Designs

Shop Houses

50x80 shop house three bedroom with wrap around deck
Shop houses are a great option for those looking for affordable and durable live-work accommodations. There are a variety of styles to choose from, and all kits are fully customizable to suit your work and living requirements in terms of space and number of bedrooms. Explore our collection of Shouse designs and layouts.Sizes & Designs

Warehouses

5000 sq ft metal warehouse building
Pre-engineered metal warehouses are the most efficient option for new warehouse construction in terms of both cost and time. Buildings can be customized to meet your organization's specific requirements, whether you need a 50,000 sq ft distribution center, a 5,000 sq ft flex warehouse or just 1,200 square feet for an expanding e-commerce business. View popular sizes and layouts.Sizes & Designs

Metal Barns

40x60 barn in red with two sliding doors
Whether you need a large cow barn for 1,000 head of cattle or a small 30x40 hay barn for your farmstead, all metal barn kits are custom engineered to your specifications. View popular barn sizes and layouts to find the ideal solution for your operation.Sizes & Designs

Horse Barns

40x60 six stall horse stable
A prefab structure is an excellent option if you're looking for durable, low-maintenance, and cost-effective stables. Whether you need to stable two horses on your hobby farm or looking to expand a commercial boarding and training facility, all structures are custom designed to meet your requirements. Browse our selection of popular sizes and layouts to find the perfect solution for your equestrian needs.Sizes & Designs

Riding Arenas

70x200 indoor horse arena building
Are you looking to add to or start an equestrian property? A modern metal riding arena can be quickly erected and demands almost no maintenance. Their column-free design and up to 300-foot widths make them an ideal solution for large competition, rodeo, and small dressage arenas alike. All buildings are manufactured to your specifications and can be configured as either covered or fully enclosed.Sizes & Designs

Kennels

Dog kennel structure for 16 dogs
Looking to expand or start a new canine facility? Metal kennel buildings are ideal for commercial dog boarding kennels, breeding kennels, and doggy daycare facilities because of their fast, economical construction, durability, and low maintenance costs. Explore our sample floor plans and designs to get inspiration for your new kennel structure.Sizes & Designs

Aircraft Hangars

50x100 Metal airplane hangar building
Do you need more hangar space for your airport or flying club? Steel buildings are an excellent option for both commercial and private aviation. They can be designed to accommodate one Cessna 172 or multiple large jet aircraft with bay widths of up to 200 feet. All hangars are customized to your specifications for square footage, height, and door clearances.Sizes & Designs

Churches

Prefab metal church building
Prefabricated buildings are an excellent choice for churches (both large and small) looking for custom, modern and stylish designs at an affordable price. Benefit from fast, economical construction, long building warranties, and low maintenance requirements offered by metal framed structures.Sizes & Designs

RV Garage

30x60 rv garage for class a motorhome with workshop and office space
Looking to save on storage fees? Metal RV garages can be configured to fit whatever size motorhome, trailer, or 5th wheel you need to store securely. The square footage, height, and door location (as well as clearances) of the building can all be customized to meet your specific needs. View popular garage sizes and layouts to help you choose the best option.Sizes & Designs

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Benefits of Metal Buildings

Cost Savings Fast construction, low material cost, insurance savings, and low maintenance.

Safety Safe, strong & sturdy, dimensionally stable, reduced fire risk, and improved grounding.

Environmental Recyclable, reduce waste, energy efficient, and less toxic.

Plus Ease of expansion, ease of relocation, unlimited design options, and no painting required.

What's Included in a Kit?

All standard kit packages include all the components needed to erect a basic building. You then customize the building shell to suit your intended application by adding any number and size of windows, doors, skylights, etc. You can also customize the roof style and pitch - choose from a traditional gable roof, a single slope (shed) roof, a monitor, or a gambrel-style roof.

  • What's Included

    Kit Packages Include

    • American-made I-beam framing
    • Pre-marked parts
    • Pre-punched holes
    • All roof purlins and wall girts
    • Long-life fasteners
    • Weather seal package
    • Engineer stamped erection and anchor bolt plans
    • Detailed construction manual
    • Complete trim package
    • All nuts, bolts, clips and fasteners
    • Fast delivery from multiple shipping points
    • Two framed openings (add extra if required)
    • 1:12 or 2:12 roof pitch (3:12 - 5:12 also available)
    • Pre-painted 26-gauge metal roof and wall panels
    • Up to a 40-year structural, paint & panel warranty

    Base model Kit Building
    Base model steel building kit
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  • Features

    Key Kit Features:

    • Clear-span sizes from 1,200 sq. ft
    • All kits engineered to meet local codes
    • Certified to 160MPH wind and snow loads up to 120 lb/ft2 (PSF)
    • Certified to to 110 lb/ft2 (PSF)
    • Red-oxide primer baked onto all components
    • Simple DIY construction for buildings up to 5,000 sq. ft.
    • Kits can be customized with doors, windows, and other options
    • Kit packages include numbered, pre-punched components
    • Fast delivery from multiple shipping points
    • Fast build times, with savings of up to 60% compared to traditional construction
    • Save up to 40% on insurance costs (due to fireproofing)
    • Save up to 40% on energy costs with treated ‘cool metal roofs’
    • Virtually maintenance free, with 40+ year warranties*
    • Easily expandable when you need more storage space
    • Minimal waste: only 2% for steel versus 20% for conventional construction

    *Vary by supplier

    Building with I-Beam Framing
    Building with I-Beam Framing
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  • Specifications

    Building Specs:

    • I-Beam (primary framing) min. yield strength 55k psi *
    • Secondary framing 12-16 Gauge Min. 55k psi *
    • 26 or 24 gauge PBR metal sheeting (80k psi yield strength)
    • 26 gauge color‐coated trim and flashing
    • Bolts: A-325 for primary framing
    • Bolts: A-307 for secondary framing
    • Wind Loads: 110 mph (2000 IBC Exp. C)
    • Snow Loads: 50 lb. /sq. ft. (standard)

    *Vary by supplier

    Building Engineering CAD Plans
    Building Engineering CAD Plans
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  • Exclusions

    Items not Included:

    • Delivery
    • Permits
    • Foundation
    • Construction
    • Insulation
    • Interior finishing

    Pouring concrete for a building foundation

Why choose a metal building kit?

Metal building kits offer versatility, durability, and affordability. Pre-engineered kits can be configured for virtually any application, from simple garages to custom modern family homes. The solid steel I-beam framing is precision-engineered to meet local building codes for wind, snow, and seismic activity, making them a durable, long-lasting building solution.

In addition, metal building kits are more affordable than other types of construction due to reduced material waste and construction costs.

Furthermore, metal buildings are a solid investment, as they are permanent structures built to last, come with warranties of up to 30 years, and require little to no maintenance.

Overall, a metal building is a solid investment that adds value to your property, requires little maintenance, can be erected in 30% less time than conventional construction, and can withstand the harshest of weather conditions.

  • Fast build time to occupancy
  • Economical construction costs
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Highly durable & long lasting
  • Clear span, 100% usable floor space
  • Engineered to meet your local codes
  • Custom-made to your specifications
  • Easily expanded for future growth
  • Adds value to your property
  • Improved fire resistance
  • Warranties of 30yrs+

Common Questions

  • Why are metal frame kits popular?

    All buildings are constructed from factory-engineered kits. Find out why novices and experts alike love kit buildings ...

    Metal frame buildings are everywhere in the United States and Canada, even if you don’t always see them right away. You’ve probably seen them used as agricultural buildings, warehouses, or garages, and using prefab kits to build homes or retail stores is increasingly common.

    These building systems are strong, versatile, and up to 50% cheaper than conventional construction.

    Whether you want a warehouse, a hunting cabin, or a custom-built home, every pre-engineered metal building (PEMB) is precision-designed and fabricated using state-of-the-art computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) processes. These advanced engineering processes allow for highly efficient material utilization and the production of structural members with a high strength-to-weight ratio that minimizes raw material costs and waste.

    Steel has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any construction material - about 25 times greater than wood and steel frames are actually lighter!

    Your custom-designed building will be delivered directly to your construction site all at once, so you won’t be waiting for materials or managing extra fees or delays from multiple manufacturers.

    Steel buildings require fewer total building elements, and every single bolt and fastener you need is included in each kit building package.

    Construction is far more turnkey than conventional buildings and requires fewer on-site laborers, lowering the total cost of construction.

  • How long does it take to erect a building?

    A metal frame building can be constructed in just a few days. The typical timeline for metal-framed building construction from a kit is 4-28 days, compared to several months for other construction options.

    Smaller buildings under 2,000 square feet can be built in just a few days. Larger buildings, such as a 10,000-square-foot warehouse, can be completed in a matter of weeks rather than months with traditional construction methods.

  • Are metal structures cheaper than other buildings?

    The total cost of ownership for metal structures remains low, even in unpredictable or hurricane-prone areas. Insurance premiums are up to 40% lower because steel buildings are fireproof, weatherproof, and extremely damage-resistant. Warranties start at 20 years, so buildings are intended to be long-lasting.

    You’ll also save on maintenance costs over time. Metal structures don’t rot, mold, or shrink. They arrive already painted with high-quality rust-proof paint in your choice of colors. They won’t invite damage from termites, ants, or other pests. They have 60% lower HVAC costs, are easy to clean, and don’t require extensive exterior maintenance.

    Simply put, pre-engineered buildings are more predictable to build and maintain, lowering costs throughout construction and throughout the lifespan of the building.

  • Can you live in a steel building?

    Absolutely! They make great family homes or a combination of home and workspace (AKA shop houses). Many homeowners choose metal for its low cost and versatility in design, they are also a popular choice for barndominiums.

  • Do I need a permit for a new building?

    In most cases, yes. Depending on where you live, most buildings larger than a shed (typically 200 sq ft) require a permit for construction. Check your local laws or visit our building codes guide for more information. You can also research local codes on our building codes by state page.

  • Are steel buildings environmentally friendly?

    I-beam steel buildings are considered to be a green building solution, from raw materials to building maintenance. Engineered with up to 70% post-consumer materials, all steel buildings are 100% recyclable. Manufacturing your custom building is also less wasteful, with only 2% unused materials as opposed to almost 20% wasted materials for traditional lumber construction.

    When fully insulated, steel buildings are more energy efficient than buildings from other construction materials, and their longevity means that fewer resources are wasted over the building’s lifespan.

    Cool metal roofing panels are easily finished with state-of-the-art coatings to reflect, rather than absorb, light and heat from the sun, lowering the cooling costs and emissions in hot environments. The use of cool roofs can result in as much as a 30 percent reduction in heat gain through the roof, and due to the applied reflective coatings, they can also provide up to 40% savings in building cooling costs.

  • Are kit buildings truly DIY?

    Do-it-yourself enthusiasts love the streamlined planning, design, and construction process of steel prefab buildings. Did you enjoy building with erector sets as a child? Constructing a metal framed building might remind you of that experience—with the added reward of adding your own custom doors, windows, and other personalized options.

     These buildings strongly appeal to people who like to build and customize their own homes and workspaces.

    They’re also a favorite of those who would rather save money by taking on much of the construction process themselves. But are they really do-it-yourself?

    Think of pre-engineered buildings as semi-DIY. You can control the design, color, windows and doors, and style of build. You choose the kit and design the building to best suit your needs.

    With some construction experience and adequate planning, DIY constructing a building is totally doable. This is particularly true for smaller buildings under 2,000 square feet. However, we strongly recommend that professionals design and install the concrete foundation.

    See our build process section for an overview of the planning, designing, and construction process.

  • What kinds of materials are used?

    American-made steel is used in all of the buildings you’ll find on BuildingsGuide. The steel is made from up to 70% recycled materials and doesn’t warp or shrink. It can withstand much higher loads than wood. If you live in an area where you may experience hurricanes, tornadoes, or earthquakes, steel is more resistant to those natural phenomena, able to withstand peak gusts of 160 mph, and are significantly more likely to remain standing during strong seismic events.

    Typically, the metal components are painted in the factory with high-quality rust-resistant paint, usually with a 30-40 year warranty. The paint our manufacturers use also won’t chip, peel, blister, or crack.

    Building manufacturers offer many color options, so you’re not stuck with basic beige (unless that’s your preference).

    Straight out of the package, steel frame buildings are more environmentally friendly. They don’t require the same additional chemical treatments that wood buildings require. The provided bolts are rust-resistant and won’t expand over time.

    All building packages are custom-engineered to meet or exceed your local code requirements for wind, snow, and seismic activity.

    Most everything in your kit package is 100% recyclable as well, making them a sustainable construction choice.

  • Do steel frame kits use tubular or solid steel framing?

    All kits on BuildingsGuide use solid steel I-beam framing. They can be engineered to withstand 160 mph wind gusts. These buildings are known as 'rigid frame' buildings for a reason. They’re the durable, extremely strong beams used in most modern commercial construction projects.

    Retail, eBay, and other online suppliers may sell kits with tubular steel frames. These types of frames are hollow steel tubes with no longevity or rigidity. They can only withstand up to 50 mph winds and don’t handle the same snow load. These types of structures are ideal for semi-permanent carports etc. Due to their semi-permanent nature, these buildings won't add value to your property, whereas a solid steel structure will stand the test of time and add equity to your property.

  • How long does It take to put up a metal structure?

    Construction times for metal framed buildings are shorter than other construction options since all the framing is pre-cut and drilled at the factory. A team of four (4) people can erect a small structure (under 2,000 sq ft) in just a few days. For larger structures, the time frame is slightly longer, but a crew of five to seven (5-7) people can generally erect a building up to 5,000 sq ft in about a week.

    Whatever size you choose, metal frame buildings go up much faster than wood, brick, or concrete buildings!

The Construction Process

Red iron building - build process

How are Steel Building Kits Erected?

  • Step 1: Planning

    As with any major project, careful planning is key to ensuring you get the right building at the right price that is best suited to your intended application.

    Choose a building size and style. In the initial phase, you’ll determine the size of the building you need (Length x Width x Height). Don’t underestimate how much space you will need! (But also recognize that if you need to add to your building, it’s easy to add more modular sections to your existing building.) NOTE. If this is possible, specify ‘expandable end walls’ when ordering your building from our suppliers.

    Decide on a building height. This largely depends on what you intend to use your structure for. Start by identifying the largest door clearance you will require, add two (2) feet to this as a safety measure, and then add a further two (2) feet to give you your required height. For example, if you have a truck that is 8 feet in height, you will need a 10’ door opening with a resulting eave height requirement of 12 feet.

    Make initial building permit enquiries. At this stage, it is a good idea to have an initial conversation with your local building department to verify if a building permit will be required. If a permit is required, you can verify with the building department what information they will require for the permit application. You are responsible for ensuring all city, state, and regional codes (wind, snow, seismic) will be met before you order your building and begin construction. Read more about building codes, permitting, and zoning.

    Decide on construction options. Will you go the do-it-yourself route and construct your own building, hire sub-contractors and self-build (be your own GC), or hire a general contractor (GC) to oversee the project? If your building is over 2,000 square feet, you may want to hire an experienced contractor to erect the building. For more details, see our construction options article.

    For more, see our article on planning a building project.

  • Step 2: Design

    One of the benefits of working with our suppliers is that they will assist you in the design of your building and advise you on the most suitable options. Alternatively, you can also engage an architect if you require a highly stylized building.

    Select your roof profile. You’ll want to consider the roof style you want and the pitch. Here's our guide to the available building roof styles.

    Decide on building design options. All buildings start as a basic building shell. You then decide how you need to customize this to best suit your needs. Color, number, type, and size of doors, windows, porches, awnings, siding, etc. - the base building is the canvas for your dream structure! Or it can be just a basic garage with a couple of additions. You do you. Here’s our guide for choosing building customizations.

    Choose interior finishing options (if required). At this point, you can choose or design your own custom floor plan and decide on the level of finish your need. For more, see our article on planning and designing a building interior.

  • Step 3: Ordering & Contracting

    Now that you have a good idea of the overall size, style, and design of your building, it’s time to find the most suitable building supplier. This is where we can help….

    Get at least four written quotes. Not all buildings are priced the same, so it is advisable to shop around. BuildingsGuide is here to help you find the most suitable local supplier for your project.

    After telling us a little about your requirements, we will then match you with up to four suppliers who deliver to your job site. Start by getting up to four competing quotes for your new building.

    Comparing quotes is crucial to finding the best building for your purposes at the best price. Read about BuildingsGuide’s cost comparison service and how it works.

    Choose a building supplier. Compare cost, quality, specifications, supplier reputation, and customizations before choosing a building supplier.

    Place a building deposit. Your initial deposit is usually 10-30% of the total cost of the building. Once you place a deposit, your supplier will then provide you with a set of engineering drawings (blueprints) for your building. You will also need a set of engineering drawings for the foundation. Please note – not all suppliers provide these. You will need to hire a local structural engineer to have these drawn up if they don't.

    Once you are in possession of the engineering drawings for the building, you can finalize the following:

    1. Arrange Financing (if required). Financing a prefabricated building can be tricky. Most U.S. banks don’t provide homeowner financing for steel structures. Don’t worry, though, there are options: here’s our guide to financing.
    2. Apply for building permits. As part of the permit process, you will be required to submit plans for the building along with a site plan illustrating where you intend to build.
    3. Contracting. If you elect not to construct the building, you will need to sign contracts with sub-contractors or a general contractor for the construction and finishing of your building.
  • Step 4: Pre-Construction

    Site preparation. Much like planning for a baby’s due date, you’ll want to consider how you handle the delivery of your building package. Here’s our guide to building site prep.

    Run services. Arrange for power, cable, water, and sewer lines to be run to the project site.

    Pour the foundation. Before receiving your building, you need a level and compacted building site and a concrete foundation with anchor bolts. Here’s our guide to building foundations. We STRONGLY advise that you have a professional concrete company take care of this stage, as the foundation is a critical stage of the process.

  • Step 5: Delivery & Construction

    Prep for delivery. Have a forklift or other lifting equipment ready to offload the delivery truck. For a detailed look at this step, see our article on prepping for delivery.

    Pay balance on the building. At this point, you will pay the outstanding balance on the building. This will either be just before the building arrives or at the delivery time. Be sure to discuss this with your supplier.

    Store the building components. Have a dry, level area ready to store the building components in preparation for construction.

    Schedule contractors. If you are subbing out your construction, confirm time schedule with your contractors.

    Construction. The day you’ve been waiting for!

  • Step 6: Finishing

    Hookup Services. Get utilities connected and operational.

    Install Insulation. Add insulation to your building (if required). For more, see our article on insulating a steel building.

    Interior Build-out & Finishing (if required). Frame out your interior rooms and finish your building’s interior. Your building kit has everything to construct your building, but you’re in charge of the interior. Here’s our guide to working with the peculiarities of a metal frame building interior.

    Walkthrough & Inspection. Like any newly constructed building, you’ll need to schedule and complete a building inspection with your local building inspector.

    Move in, throw a party, and enjoy!

How much do metal building kits cost?

The average price of metal building kits is typically between $10 and $20 per square foot, with larger buildings costing less per square foot. In addition to the cost of the kit, you will also need to factor in the cost of the foundation, which can range from $4 to $8 per square foot, and the cost of construction, which can range from $3 to $10 per square foot. The cost of finishing the interior of the building can vary greatly, starting at around $10 per square foot and going up to over $100 per square foot for fully finished interiors.

ItemSquare Foot Cost
Building kit (shell)$10-$20
Foundations$4-$8
Construction$3-$10
Interior Finishing$10-$100+

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