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Can I fully customize my steel building to meet my needs?


Short Answer: Definitely! While customization options vary between contractors, steel buildings are known for their versatility and durability.

The steel building industry is known for various qualities, one of which is the versatility of the structures. Steel buildings are used for many different reasons. For example, as garages for cars, covers for campers, sheds for smaller storage, or workshops for work and personal use. The possibilities are endless! A few ways you can customize your building include dimensions, certain material, roof styles, siding orientation, accessories, colors and foundation

Work with your Project Manager to understand your needs so you can find the most ideal building for you!


In the steel building industry, you will find standard sizes starting at 12′ wide x 20′ long. From here, you can go up to sizes as large as 100′ wide and as long as you need. However, keep in mind that any buildings 32′ wide and above are engineered and manufactured with webbed trussing. Therefore, there is a notable jump in the price due to the additional material. Typical standard sizes go up in increments of 2′ for the width and 5′ for the length. For example, a standard building size is 24′ wide x 30′ long. However, you can always customize your dimensions to a more specific size, such as 21′ wide x 37′ long.

Ideal Building Size

Certain Material

You can customize certain materials on your metal building to meet your specific needs. For example, if rust is a concern for you, you can upgrade to 12-gauge framework with a 20-year rust warranty! Or, if you aren’t insulating your building, you can choose the standard vinyl door rather than the insulated steel door. Check in with your Project Manager to see what features you can customize!

Roof Styles

There are a few different roof styles available for your metal building. Roof options vary by contractor and can greatly affect your pricing. Midwest Steel offers the a-frame horizontal roof with horizontal panels and the a-frame vertical roof with vertical panels. Both said styles have boxed eves. 

a-frame horizontal roof
A-Frame Horizontal
a-frame vertical roof
A-Frame Vertical

Siding Orientation

Siding orientation makes a big impact on the appearance of your building. You can choose between horizontal siding and vertical siding. With horizontal siding, the ridges on the panels will run from left to right. On the contrary, with vertical siding, the ridges on the panels run from top to bottom. Horizontal siding is the standard orientation and is at no extra charge. However, vertical siding is an upgrade due to additional material, girts, that we install on the framework.

Steel Garage rustic red
Horizontal siding
Vertical siding


Optional accessories help you protect your valuables even further than just a shelter. These accessories improve the longevity, effectiveness and functionality of your building. Said accessories include: 

  • Storage options
  • Sealant packages
  • Insulation
  • Overhead doors
  • DripStop
  • 1′ overhang 
  • Roof pitch

For more info on these individual accessories, click here. 


Contractors offer a wide variety of color choices that you can mix and match to find the perfect combination. While most colors are standard and are at no additional cost, some colors may be extra. For example, Midwest Steel currently offers 20 color choices. Of our 20 colors, 19 are at no extra cost. However, one color, Copper Metallic, is extra. A color is typically higher when the steel coil is priced higher from the coil manufacturer. 

Color chart of Premium Steel Buildings


With steel buildings, you have the ability to choose what you would like as the foundation for your steel building. This can range from just level ground to a gravel pad to a concrete slab. However, certain building sizes may require you to go with a specific foundation. Talk to your contractor about your plans for your foundation so you can get proper guidance on the next steps! 

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When you choose Midwest Steel Carports, Inc. you choose high-quality and an exceptional customer experience. To best serve our customers, we never sacrifice value; therefore, our pricing is not the lowest. However, we guarantee an overall industry-leading product and service that will continuously exceed your expectations.  Continue for value.

a-frame horizontal roof


A-Frame Horizontal Roof

A-Frame Horizontal roofs give your structure a residential look. The sheet panels run from side to side and does not have purlins or ridge cap. The increase in price to upgrade to A-Frame Horizontal is the additional welding needed on your trusses (bows). An excellent option to keep your residential look for residential areas for a minimum upgrade costs.


A-Frame Vertical Roof

Known as the best choice for areas that experience extreme weather conditions, the vertical roof style is hands down the best choice for Michigan weather. The roof panels run from the pitch to the eaves causing heavy snows, rain, and natural elements to slide off the roof easily. In order to tie down the panels to the structure, we must add purlins or hat channels lengthwise making the structure more rigid. The finished look with special trim all around the roof and ridge cap makes this roof style the best option.

a-frame vertical roof