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Steel buildings are becoming increasingly popular in the construction industry. Their durability, low cost compared to conventional construction and the fact that they take much less time to build than do other types of new construction. You may find steel buildings used as warehouses, garages, barns and livestock housing, aircraft hangers, factories and even residences. Steel building prices can vary depending on a few different factors, one of the most important being the price of steel at the time.

Like other commodities, the price of steel fluctuates based on market conditions, but generally ranges anywhere from as little as $6 per square foot to $20 per square foot. Depending on which company you decide to work with and the specifics of the contract, the price you’re quoted may (or may not) include the cost of transportation, having a foundation poured, construction and the cost of the building materials themselves.

The pre-planning stage of the project is when you’ll need to come up with the projected total cost of your new steel building. One factor which will greatly influence steel building prices is the total square footage of your building, since these buildings are generally priced by the square foot by manufacturers and steel building contractors.

One thing to keep in mind as you begin to plan your project is that the price you’ll be quoted for a steel building of the size you specify will not include additional features. These options can increase the price of the project considerably. For instance, additional insulation can raise the cost of your building project by several hundred dollars to as much as a few thousand dollars or more depending on the building’s square footage. Color roof sheeting is another optional feature which can make your building more expensive; over a thousand dollars in some cases, again depending on the size of your new steel building.

Adding gutters and rainspouts to your building also adds to its cost, but this is a fairly modest increase, all things considered; for a smaller metal building, this could mean adding just a few hundred dollars to your total cost. Standard (3’ x 7’) doors and windows also cost extra, especially insulated doors and windows; and brick finishing can get quite pricy, increasing the cost of the project to $40 per square foot. If your supplier doesn’t provide labor as part of the cost of the building, then you’ll need to pay for this on an hourly basis.

Shopping around for a metal building is like shopping around for anything else for your business or organization. It’s important to evaluate your options and choose a supplier who can provide you with a high quality metal building that meets your criteria and fits into the budget you’ve allotted for the construction project.

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