Letting us know where you plan on building is essential to providing an accurate building estimate. All we need is your zip code, but that tells us everything in terms of proper loads for snow, wind and seismic conditions. We make sure it’s engineered right, but keep in mind these factors do influence your final cost.
Find Your Property
Map, Measure, Price
If you’re not sure what size you need, our map app will come in handy. Simply type in your address, zoom, place a building and then use the price your building form to get a quote.
Step 2: Building Info
Intended use and size considerations.
Accurate metal building prices are based on many external as well as controllable factors. Below we will explore two factors that you control as the buyer. Understanding these two inputs will guide you through Step 2 of the pricing process.
Metal Building Kits
Find Your Building Type
All of our 25+ metal building kits start out as base building packages. From there we help our customers tailor their kits according to intended use and then engineer the building to be in compliance with local codes and loads. It’s important for our team to know up front what type of building you plan to build so that we can suggest the right components and cost saving ideas.
If you’re new to steel buildings, it’s no problem! The table below provides common sizes for popular building types. If you’re still unsure of what size you need, give us your best guess on the form and we’ll get you into the best size to accommodate your needs.
Building Size Help
Example Sizes by Use
Base PackageTypical SizeTypical Use
This size building works well for garages, workshops, homes, storage buildings, retail stores and stables. Each building type can be created by adding the right functional components such as sectional doors for garages and horizontal slide windows and a walk door for a shop.
This size building works well for metal garages with storage, breweries, RV storage and small private aircraft hangars. This is also a popular size for metal homes.
Depending on the location, the 5,000 square feet threshold usually results in a lower cost per square foot. This size building works well for steel warehouses, manufacturing facilities, churches and gyms.
Larger buildings such as our 80×150 are commonly sourced for warehousing, schools, riding arenas, sports facilities and commercial buildings.
Roof Pitch Help
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Metal Building Components
Customizing the Look and Functionality
All Glass Storefront Doors
Typically used for a business or professional building entrance. Glass storefront doors are available in a 3070 and 4070 and 6070 size as well as in a single door or double side by side door as shown.
Aluminum Horizontal Slide Window
Windows are a common accessory for any type of building. Horizontal slide windows slide open horizontally and provide the interior of the building with natural lighting. Horizontal slide windows are available in three sizes including 3' x 3' and 4' x 3' and 6' x 4'
GenStone is a revolutionary pre-engineered faux stone, brick, and rock paneling system designed for use on metal buildings. Typically used to increase curb appeal and for its added R-Value, GenStone is only available through General Steel. For more information and available styles, visit the GenStone page.
Gutters control the moisture runoff from the roof and help to move snow or rain water away from areas around the building where you do not want moisture to pool. Many General Steel customers choose gutters for their steel building for not only their functional use but also because gutters can enhance the exterior look of the building.
Downspouts "Gutters and Downs"
Downspouts work in conjunction with your gutter system. They are placed at the end of the gutter system to carry moisture to an area where it is not problematic and can drain properly away from the building.
Walk doors are available in three sizes through General Steel including 3070 and 4070 and 6070. You may choose the hardware used on each particular door including panic hardware.
Roll Up Door
Most commonly used for garage doors on garage buildings but also make an effective application for trucking facilities, manufacturing facilities and warehouses. Roll up doors come in various sizes depending on what your intended end use will be.
Steel Framed Opening
Steel framed openings come with or without full wrap trim. Your framed openings are used to accommodate a wide range of accessories including roll up doors, hangar doors and walk doors.
The components you choose can improve the functionality of your building or simply make it more aesthetically pleasing. Most of our customers wait to choose their components and colors with their Project Coordinator at General Steel, but we recommend getting familiar with the options available to you early on. That way you can decide what you’d prefer in terms of doors, windows and insulation.
Good timing is essential to a successful project.
We offer a 90 day price lock guarantee and we can even hold delivery for several months in order to align your project with the best timing. Below are three factors you should consider when it comes to project timing and why our price lock promise is so important.
Weather and Seasonality: If you live in an area that experiences especially harsh winters or hot summers, choosing to commence construction during a temperate season can help ensure the success of your project.
Price of Steel: As a commodity, the cost of metal buildings is heavily dependent on the global pricing behavior of steel. Therefore, when you decide to lock your price is directly correlated to your final building price. See our annual steel prices forecast for more information.
Sales: Our goal is to get you into your metal building at the most affordable price. We won’t compromise on quality or service but we do offer select sizes at a discounted price through our building specials page.
Metal building kits are simple to assemble, but who’s going to do the work? Many of our smaller buildings are do-it-yourself friendly while others require the skills of steel building contractors. Either way, through our network of preferred contractors, we can price out any range of construction services you need and provide you with an estimate at any time during the process.
Construction Services: Simply let your representative at General Steel know what construction services you would like us to estimate and we will provide those figures along with your building quote.
Step 3: Your Info
What Happens Next
Each of our metal buildings is individually estimated according to your location, the intended use and the current price of steel. Nothing is more important to us than providing you with an accurate quote and getting you into a building at the most affordable price. Therefore, we may contact you if we have questions regarding your request or more importantly, we may have a building on sale that isn’t exactly what you typed into the form but will work for your intended use.
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We’ve assembled the most experienced team in the industry and we’re ready to help you get your project headed in the right direction. If you need help pricing your building, give us a call at 1-800-745-2685, Tweet us @gensteel or find us on Facebook to speak directly with one of our Project Consultants today.