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


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 such as garages for vehicles, RV carports for recreational vehicles, sheds for everyday storage solutions, carports for simple yet effective shelters, steel workshops for work and personal use, and many more. The possibilities are endless! A few ways you can customize your steel building include dimensions, certain material, roof styles, siding orientation, walls and enclosures, accessories, colors, and foundation.

Before making changes to your building, we recommend checking in with your contractor and letting them know what your needs are so they can help you find the most ideal building for you!


In the steel building industry, you will find standard sizes starting at 12’ wide x 20’ long and can go up to sizes as large as 100’ wide and as long as your needs would require (all varies by contractor). However, keep in mind that any buildings 32’ wide and above are engineered and manufactured with webbed trussing and 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 a 24’ wide x 30’ long. However, you can always customize your dimensions to a more specific size, such as 21’ wide x 37’ long.

Certain materials

Certain materials of your steel building can always be customized to meet your specific needs. For example, if you feel like you may benefit from a thicker gauge framework for a longer rust warranty, you can upgrade to the 12 gauge with a 20 year warranty! Or you may feel like a steel door rather than a vinyl door offers your building more security, which is also always an option. Check in with your contractor to see what features you can customize!

Roof styles

There are various different roof styles that are available for your steel building. While the amount of roof options varies by contractor, these options can greatly affect your pricing. Specific roof styles you will find at Midwest Steel Carports, Inc. include the regular roof with horizontal panels and rounded eves, the a-frame horizontal roof with horizontal panels and boxed eves, and the a-frame vertical roof with vertical panels and boxed eves. The regular roof is standard and at no additional cost, whereas the a-frame horizontal and the a-frame vertical roof options are at extra costs due to an increase in the amount of material being used. For more info on our roof options, click here.

Siding orientation

Siding orientation has a great deal to do with the appearance of your building. The option of vertical siding can be considered when you would like your building to have a different look than the standard horizontal sheeting or you would like the siding to match the orientation of your existing buildings. Horizontal siding is standard and is at no charge, whereas the vertical sheeting is at an additional cost due to additional material being used on the framework.

Walls and enclosures

Do you plan on having your building open or fully enclosed with doors and accessories? This is a question you’ll hear when receiving quotes for a steel building. Although customization options vary among contractors, you can essentially have your building all open with no siding, be partially enclosed with partial panels, or be fully enclosed with sidewalls, doors, and accessories.


Optional accessories are essentially any factors that can be beneficial yet not required for your structure. These factors can be considered when wanting to increase the longevity, effectiveness, or functionality of your structure. Some optional accessories you may be interested in include the following:

  • Storage options
  • Sealant packages
  • Insulation
  • Overhead doors
  • CondenStop
  • Upgraded accessories
  • 1’ overhang
  • Roof pitch

For more info on these individual accessories, click here.


Contractors offer a wide variety of color choices that can be mixed and matched any way you’d like. While most colors are standard and are at no additional cost, some colors can be at an additional cost. For example, Midwest Steel Carports, Inc. offers 20 color choices and one color, Copper Metallic, is at an additional cost.


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. We recommend talking to your contractor and letting them know what your plans are for your foundation so you can get proper guidance on the next steps.


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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.