If you’re a first-time buyer, you may be asking yourself “how much does a steel building cost?” While we are able to provide you with price ranges below for planning purposes, steel is a complex commodity and there are several factors that affect the cost of metal buildings.
We always recommend requesting an accurate quote since the cost of a steel building can change drastically from company to company due to estimating accuracy, purchasing power and current sales.
The cost of metal buildings can even change day by day if an unexpected price increase hits the global steel industry due to a spike in demand, lack of supply, or world affairs.
The Factors Affecting the Cost of Metal Buildings
When it comes to the cost of metal buildings, one common misconception is that there is one standard price for each building size. When our customers ask us how much does a steel building cost, it is common to ask us for a “price list” or “catalog of prices,” like you see in leading shed brand advertisements.
While we understand why a first time buyer may come to expect a standard list of steel building costs, generating an accurate list of metal building costs for each building kit would require a daily estimate of every size in every zip code throughout the United States in addition to accounting for these factors:
- Design: Adding doors, windows and other customizations along with engineering your building for the codes and loads associated with your area will affect pricing.
- The Price of Steel: Can change daily especially during a trade war or after an unexpected event.
- Economies of Scale: The price per square foot for steel buildings typically drops at the 5,000 SQFT threshold. The next price break tends to happen after the building is larger than 10,000 SQFT.
No matter where you are in the process of building, your team at General Steel will make sure you understand what your building will cost according to current steel prices and what we expect the price to be should you decide to postpone your project.
Frequently Asked Pricing Questions
Source; General Steel Corporation