Metal Building Prices & Cost Guide for 2022

On average, installed metal buildings are priced between $24 and $43 per square foot, this includes the base building kit, a 4-inch concrete foundation, delivery, and construction.

Explore the factors that affect metal building prices below, then estimate a final cost based on your needs.

Standard model red iron building
Standard Model Red Iron building
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Prices for Popular Metal Building Sizes

30x40
Package price for standard 30x40 metal building
From $27,540 Product description

Standard 30x40 steel building customized with two 10'x12' framed openings & overhead doors and one 3'x7' (3070) walk door. A lean-to is also included in this design.

Dimensions

30x40x14

Pitch

2:12

SKU

BG304014CPT

Options & Upgrades
  • Two 10'x12' overhead doors
  • One 3'x7' walk door
  • A 12'x40'x7' lean-to addition
  • Six 3'x7' windows
  • One 3'x3' cupola
40x60
Package price for standard 40x60 metal building
From $49,732 Product description

A standard metal building upgraded with two overhead doors, two walk doors, and an attached lean-to. Skylights have also been added to this structure.

Dimensions

40x60x16

Pitch

3:12

SKU

BG406016CPT

Options & Upgrades
  • Two 12'x14' overhead doors
  • Two 3'x7' walk doors (3070)
  • Attached 12'x40'14 lean-to
  • Sixteen skylight panels
  • In hunter green & polar white
50x100
Standard 50x100 pre-engineered steel building
From $90,600 Product description

A standard 50x100 steel building upgraded with two rollup doors, six walk doors, door canopies, and roof skylights. Exterior finished in royal blue & polar white.

Dimensions

100x150x18

Pitch

1:12

SKU

BG5010018WHS

Options & Upgrades
  • Two 10'16' roll-up doors
  • Six 3'x7' walk doors (3070)
  • Thirty-two skylight panels
  • Seven 4'x3' windows
  • Two door canopies

What Factors Affect Metal Building Prices?

It is essential to understand that a range of factors can influence the price of a metal building kit - this is why a metal building supplier can only give an approximate price without a comprehensive understanding of your individual project.

Once they are clear on what you require and know the precise location of your proposed structure, they can then provide you with a fixed-price quotation in writing.

Here are some of the main factors that have a bearing on kit pricing:

 

  • Global Steel Prices

    Every metal building kit is priced differently, depending on the complexity of the design, the size of the building, and many other factors that you control depending on your needs.

    However, one wild card factor beyond your control is steel commodity price. Steel is the source of metal buildings’ strength and durability. The price of steel, however, is far less consistent than the buildings themselves.

    As with all commodities, steel prices can fluctuate with an unpredictable market, and steel prices can change on a daily basis and can also vary based on the manufacturer, depending on each provider’s purchasing power and sales.

    Steel prices have fluctuated significantly since 2015, with an all-time high in 2021. Prices for 2022-2024 are expected to decline, but the unpredictability of global trading due to the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with ongoing supply chain issues may affect that forecast.

    Geopolitical events and other global factors also affect steel commodity prices. (You can find out more about current and historical rates here.)

  • The Location of the Building Site

    Where you intend to build will affect the final price of your metal building. Here are the main factors to consider:

    Local Building Codes - Where (geographically) you intend to build affects the gauge of steel needed to manufacture your building to meet local building codes for wind, snow, and seismic conditions. Buildings on a coast, in hurricane zones, in snowstorm-prone areas, or near earthquake fault lines require additional steel to support the increased loads. Our suppliers will work with you to ensure your building satisfies those requirements.

    Fuel Price - Current fuel charges will impact the shipping rates for building kit delivery. Most of our suppliers have multiple shipping locations around the country, but as you can appreciate, some buyers are located further from the nearest shipping point than others.

     

  • How Building Style, Size and Design Affect Pricing

    Keep in mind size and complexity when budgeting for your new metal building. Larger buildings are logically higher priced overall, but the cost per square foot declines significantly as buildings get larger. For example, a 5,000-square-foot building may cost $16/sq ft., while a building half that size may run $20 per square foot.

    Easy-to-construct buildings like garages and shops are significantly cheaper than complex church buildings with varying roof profiles and pitches. The style, size, and design factors that impact steel building prices include:

    Building Style - Buildings with more complex roof styles, such as gambrels and monitors, are more expensive; the cheapest option is a single-slope roof profile with a low pitch.

    Building Size - Smaller buildings are less expensive overall but may cost more per square foot.

    Standard Dimensions - Choose a standard building size like 30x40 over a custom size like 28x34. Size up if you can, you won’t regret the additional space!

    Building Design - More complex and custom designs with features like overhangs, porches, or mezzanine levels can impact pricing significantly. Wherever possible, keep it simple.

    Roof Pitch - Steep roof pitches (3:12-5:12) require more material and, as such, are more expensive than a building with a single-slope roof or low 1:12 pitch.

    Additional Framed Openings - Creating the frames for doors and windows requires additional steel, adding to the overall price of the metal building kit package.

    Exterior Finishing - Upgrading the exterior finish of your building from standard metal siding impacts overall pricing. Structural insulated panels (SIP), stucco, brick, Hardie board, and other finishes are all priced differently.

    End Use - Buildings used for living and working will have different construction and foundation requirements than those used for storage or agricultural purposes. How you plan to use your building, the type of insulation and ventilation required, the types of doors you will need, and other factors related to end use all affect metal building prices.

    Remember that standard sizes like the ones listed on this website (30x40, 40x60, etc.) are cheaper than a custom size (28 x 34). Opt for the largest steel building that fits your budget and building site. You’ll save money and have more space compared to a non-standard size.


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How Much Does a Metal Building Cost per Square Foot?

A typical metal building cost can range between $15 and $25 per square foot for the kit building package. You will also need to budget for the foundation at $4-$8/sq ft and construction at $5-$10/sq ft. This will give you a total cost in the range of $24 to $43 per square foot. The final cost can approach $100 per square foot with an interior build-out and customization (if required).

 

Calculating the square foot cost of a metal building

Other Metal Building Cost Considerations

In addition to the kit price, other factors must be considered when planning a budget for your metal building. Detailed below are some of the main costs you will need to consider. The reason for the variation in costs is primarily down to these two factors:

Local Labor Rates - Depending on where you intend to build, labor rates for laying the foundation, erecting the building, installing services, and any finishing expenses can vary by as much as 60%.

Local Material Costs - Again, the cost of concrete, road base, and any interior finishing materials will vary depending on where you intend to build.

 

Primary Costs

Building Kit Delivery
Some suppliers include delivery charges, so be sure to check before placing your order. Building package delivery fees vary by the kit’s weight, delivery destination, and manufacturer but generally run 4-7% of the total building kit cost. Delivery fees are more expensive the farther away you are from the manufacturer.

Building Permit
The cost of a construction permit in the United States & Canada varies based on the size and complexity of the building, as well as the town and state/province where the project is located. Small towns might charge as little as $150, while larger cities could demand as much as $7,500. On average, building permit fees fall between $550 and $2,000.

Site Clearing & Preparation
Site preparation costs will vary depending on the lot you intend to build on and the amount of work required to prepare the area for the foundation. Estimates will vary by location and on local soil and climatic conditions. The following rough estimates are given as a guideline and based on the square footage of the building, not the lot size.

  • Surveying $1,500 - $2,000
  • Plan Design $750 - $2,500
  • Soil Testing $700 - $1,800
  • Site Clearing $1 - $4 per square foot
  • Site Grading $0.4 - $2 per square foot

Construction
As with some of the other estimates outlined on this page, metal building construction costs will vary greatly based on the location of the job site due to local market forces and labor rates. As a guide, you should budget $5 - $10 per square foot for construction. How you intend to erect your building will also affect your build cost. See the panel below for additional details.

Concrete Foundation
Foundation costs will vary by location, soil conditions, the type and thickness of foundation required, and local labor and material costs in your area. For non-complex designs, you should factor in $4 - $8 per square foot for a concrete slab foundation.

 

Design & Customization

Design
If you choose to work with your metal building kit supplier, your design costs are included. Alternatively, if you require a more elaborate design for your building and choose to work with an architect, you should factor in approximately 7% for their services. If you require professionally designed floor plans, electrical and plumbing plans, these can run anywhere from $300 to $2,500.

Insulation
Insulation costs for a metal building will primarily depend on the type of insulation you choose. Here are some rough estimates for the most common types of insulation used for steel frame structures:

  • Fiberglass Batts or Rolls - $0.5 - $1.5 per square foot
  • Spray Foam Insulation - $1.5 - $2.5 per square foot
  • SIP Panels- $5 - $10 per square foot

Framed Openings
Framed openings need to be added to your building wherever you need doors or windows to be placed. Additional steel is required for each framed opening and, as such, needs to be factored into your budget. The required number and size of each opening will dictate the final cost for these, but here are some estimates:

  • Window openings $200 - $400
  • Walk door openings $300 - $600
  • Overhead door openings $400 - $800

Commercial Overhead Doors
Overhead door costs will be dictated by the width and height required for your chosen application. Without listing every possible combination, here are some rough estimates:

  • Sectional garage doors $900 - $4,000
  • Roll Up Doors $1,200- $5,000

Personnel Doors
Typical 3’x7’ (3070) personnel doors range from $450 - $850.

Windows
Window prices will vary greatly depending on whether they are standard vinyl or architectural grade but will typically fall in the range of $200 - $700.

Gutters & Downspouts
The cost for gutters and downspouts can range from $3 - $15 / linear foot. These primarily vary depending on your material choice (vinyl, aluminum, etc.). The size of your steel building will determine how many linear feet of guttering will be required. To get a ballpark figure, add the length of each wall and its height. You will need to add the height twice for two downspouts. Then add 10 percent as a safety measure.

Here are some ballpark estimates based on the square footage for our most popular building sizes:

  • 30x40x12 (1,200 square feet) - approx. 125 linear feet = $375 - $1,875
  • 40x60x16 (2,400 square feet) - approx. 200 linear feet = $600 - $3,000
  • 50x100x18 (5,000 square feet) - approx. 350 linear feet = $1,050 - $5,250

Alternate Siding Options
If you require an alternate siding option rather than the supplied metal siding, here are some rough estimates:

  • Hardie Plank $2 - $6 per square foot
  • Vinyl Siding $3 - $5 per square foot
  • Wood Siding $7 - $11 per square foot
  • Stone/Brick Veneer $12 - $18 per square foot

Interior Build-Out and Finishing
The cost to finish the interior of a metal building can range from almost zero for a basic storage building to over $100 per square foot for a fully finished metal home.

  • Interior framing & dry walling $8 - $18 per square foot
  • Electrical (rough-in) $2 - $6 per square foot
  • Plumbing (rough-in) $2 - $6 per square foot

Your Construction Choice Will Affect the Final Cost

Do It Yourself

Do-it-yourself construction can save you anywhere from $6,000 for a small 1,200-square-foot building to tens of thousands in construction fees of $5 to $10 per square foot.

Self Build

With this option, you serve as the general contractor by hiring and coordinating the construction crew, plumbers and electricians for the project. This option can save you 10-20% in general contractor (GC) fees.

GC Build

As noted, a GC will charge 10-20% of the project cost. This is the most costly method of construction but can also be the fastest route with the least amount of stress.

Cost Breakdown for Popular End Uses

Small 2 bedroom metal home

30x40 Residential Building

A small two-bedroom metal home can cost anywhere from $35,040 to $45,840. This includes the kit at approx. $24,240, foundation at $4,800 and construction at $6,000. Please note - interior finishing costs can add a further $60+/sq ft depending on the level of finish.

Basic 40x60 farm building

40x60 Agricultural Building

A basic agricultural building with a perimeter foundation and dirt floor can cost between $62,352 and $81,072. The cost breakdown includes the kit at approx. $43,632, foundation at $6,720 and erection at $12,000.

5,000 sq ft commercial building

50x100 Commercial Building

The price range for a typical 5,000 sq ft commercial building could be $125,800 to $170,800. The cost breakdown includes the kit at an average of $80,800, the foundation at $20,000, with construction at approx. $25,000.

Average Square Foot Costs for Common Metal Building Sizes

DIMENSIONS (FT)KIT COSTINSTALLED FROMCOST / SQ FT
30x50$30,300$43,800$29.20
30x60$36,360$52,560$29.20
50x60$54,540$81,540$27.18
60x80$87,264$125,564$26.16
60x100$96,960$150,960$25.16
80x100$129,280$201,280$25.16
100x150$227,250$362,250$24.15
100x200$303,000$483,000$24.15

Metal Building Cost Estimator

Use the estimator below to get a rough idea of your final installed building cost. This factors in the cost of the building kit, the concrete foundation, delivery, insulation, and construction. It does not account for accessories such as doors and windows. Most of our suppliers provide two framed openings with their standard kit packages but be sure to verify this when placing your order.

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9 Ways to Save Money on a Metal Building

One of the best ways to save on your construction project is to take on as much of the work as possible yourself (be the GC) and to shop around for the most competitive contractors for concrete, construction, plumbing, and electrical work. You can save 20% on the fees GCs charge by acting as the general contractor yourself.

Here are some other ways to save money on your new building:

DIY Build. If it’s feasible for you to erect the metal building yourself, you could save between 20% and 30% on construction costs.

Reduce Design Complexity. Choose a simple design. More complex designs require additional steel and engineering time.

Avoid Costly Design Changes. Not accounting for all your building details now may be costly in the future. Change orders after the manufacturer has begun production can be very expensive, so make sure you have planned and finalized your details before purchasing your building kit.

Choose a Simple Roof Profile & Low Pitch. The cheapest option is a single-slope roof with a 1:12 pitch. Like the design point above, more complex roof profiles such as monitor and gambrel roofs require more material, engineering, and construction time. The sweet spot for most customers is a gable roof with a 2:12 pitch.

Reduce the Number of Doors & Windows. Reduce the number of framed openings to a minimum; these can add up quickly. Also, wherever possible, choose standard-size doors and windows that are readily available locally.

Reduce the Building Height. Try to be realistic about the height of your steel building; the higher you go, the more steel is required, which will also impact your heating and cooling expenses.

Plan Ahead for Expansion. Red iron buildings can easily be expanded at a later date as long as you specify ‘expandable end walls’ on your initial order. If you fail to do this, then the cost of adding additional bays down the road will be significantly more expensive due to the additional engineering that will be required.

Schedule Off-Season Construction. Building at the right time of year can be an effective way to save on construction costs. In colder climates, the most economical time for building is usually early spring and late autumn, with summer being the most expensive.

Compare Quotes. Building kit costs can vary based on manufacturer and location; you’ll want to get at least four written estimates from different manufacturers. This is where we can help; provide us with details of your project, and we will match you with four of the most suitable suppliers. Get competing price quotes for your metal building kit.

 

What are some mistakes to avoid when buying a kit building?

Don’t expect an accurate price until you’ve identified the exact location and size of your building. Customers often find they need more space than they originally anticipated. Consider that most prefabricated steel buildings are only one story or one story with a mezzanine, so you may want a longer or wider building than if you were planning a multi-story structure.

Don’t count on cost accuracy until you’ve fully planned your building. We can’t emphasize enough: that you’ll want a detailed plan before making a purchase decision. You will need to work with your chosen building supplier or contractor to nail down all your requirements and possible customization options required.

You may get an initial quote based on the estimated dimensions, building site address, and end-use of your building, but delivery, equipment, and customization costs can vary greatly from coast-to-coast.

Make sure you include the following when requesting a quote:

  • The ZIP/postal code of your proposed job site (for local code compliance)
  • Preferred building design and roofing style
  • The number and type of doors and windows you require
  • Whether insulation is required

Make sure you’re comparing apples to apples. Cheap metal structures from eBay or big-box hardware stores may use hollow tubular framing rather than solid-steel I-beams. Tubular framing does not have the same longevity or wind/snow load ratings as high-quality steel I-beam framing, so if you go the cheaper route, remember that you’re paying for what you get.

Check manufacturer reviews. BuildingsGuide can help you find the best steel building suppliers for your needs, and we only recommend high-quality, vetted manufacturers that we stand behind. But you should also do your own research, especially for the peace of mind. Read reviews and testimonials about your supplier before you make a final decision.

 

Common Questions

  • What is the most economical metal building size?

    Metal buildings only become economically viable when they reach 1,200 square feet. The cost per square foot starts to come down with buildings over 4,000 square feet, with the most economical size being in the range of 4,800 and 10,000 square feet.

  • Which is cheaper, a pole barn or a metal building?

    Typically, pole barns under 2,000 square feet are cheaper to build than metal buildings. Pole barns that don’t require a foundation will also be cheaper. But, metal buildings over 2,000 square feet can be cheaper due to recent increases in lumber prices. Metal buildings are also up to 40% cheaper to construct than pole barns and require virtually no maintenance.

  • Why are steel buildings less expensive to insure?

    Steel buildings are generally cheaper to insure than traditional timber-framed construction because they are structurally engineered to withstand the harshest environments for snow, wind, and seismic activity. They are also inherently fire-resistant and are not susceptible to pest damage and rot. You can save up to 40% on insurance premiums in certain areas by choosing steel frame construction.

  • Will metal building prices go down in 2023?

    There are strong indications that prices for metal buildings will soften further during 2023. Prices had already declined by 10%-15% from mid-2022. With reduced market demand, supply chain improvements, and declining hot-rolled coil (HRC) steel prices, we anticipate further price reductions throughout 2023. This could, however, be tempered by Chinese steel production levels, which have been falling since Q2 2022.

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