Modern metal buildings are durable, attractive and very functional. They are being used as both residential and commercial structures today. Steel structures are very cost-effective when compared to traditional building methods that can take months to complete. The price of a building depends on many different things. Five main factors can affect the final cost of a steel building.
The complexity of the design for the building is one factor that will affect the final cost. Many companies today that are selling steel buildings actually have catalogs of pre-engineered structures for a variety of purposes. These are premade designs for storage sheds, garages and barns. Choosing a custom design will add to the overall price. Buildings that have complex interior layouts, that are non-rectangular or that have many unusual design features will cost more to create. They can also potentially cost more to manufacture. They are still usually less expensive than traditional buildings.
The size of a building will directly affect the cost. Smaller buildings are almost always less expensive as long as they are not designed according to incredibly complex standards. Large buildings will usually cost more. One simple reason is that larger buildings will require more steel to manufacture even if the design is relatively simple. Another reason is that it takes longer to fabricate and check the parts of a very large building. The most notable differences in cost will occur with the largest buildings like those used as hangars or industrial facilities.
Additional Features and Accessories
Many of the metal buildings used for storage are very basic. It is possible to add a number of different features and accessories to make the building more comfortable or efficient. Adding features like gutters, insulation and liner panels will all increase the price of the building. Another major factor is the number of doors and windows. Adding doors and windows requires significant design changes. They also require more steel and other materials. Adding pre-installed accessories like ventilation fans or lighting can cost more as well although they can simplify construction later.
Meeting Building Codes and Tolerances
Some areas have strict building codes that must be met. These codes often change from one municipality to the next. Additionally, buildings used for some commercial or industrial purposes require specific tolerances beyond what is usually seen. Buildings that need to be modified or specially designed just to conform to building codes and industry standards are likely to cost more than stock kits used to make a garage or office. The advantage of metal buildings is that these types of custom changes are usually easy to plan and implement.
Labor When Erecting the Building
Many types of steel buildings can be easily erected without professional contractors or even special equipment. Larger or specialized buildings, however, do occasionally require cranes and other equipment. Labor costs are sometimes a factor that affects the overall cost of a building. A very large building that has a custom roof and framework could take several days to erect. The actual cost of labor to erect a building is still far less than what would be required to build a traditional structure.