Frequently Asked Questions
Are there standard building sizes?
Yes! Midwest Steel offers you standard building sizes. These sizes act as a guide to help you understand how much space you may need for
Can I customize the metal building?
Definitely! Metal buildings are known for their building versatility and structural durability. Although customization options vary among contractors, you can typically customize your building on
Can I tour a steel building in person?
Definitely! Midwest Steel offers you the ability to take a tour of our steel buildings in person at many different locations. Currently, you can visit
Can you live in a steel building?
Yes! A popular use of metal buildings has become “barndominiums” which are a mix of a barn and a condominium to make creative and unique
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Do I need a permit for a metal building?
This all depends on your local township or city! Things that your township or city will look at to determine if you will require a
Do metal buildings come in kits?
Yes, you can purchase your metal building as a kit that can be picked up and installed on your own time. Some contractors also offer
Do steel buildings meet local codes?
Yes! All steel buildings should be engineered and manufactured to meet your local codes. For example, your building should be inspected and approved to meet
Do steel buildings sweat?
Yes, steel buildings experience condensation and sweat. However, there are many ways in which you can minimize or eliminate this common issue! Condensation occurs due
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Foundation requirements for my steel building
Your steel building can be installed on many different foundations. The most common and preferred sites include concrete, gravel, ground, and asphalt. Below are a
How long will installation last?
There is a general rule of thumb you can follow for a rough idea on how long your installation should last. Essentially, for every thousandth
Insulation options for a steel building
There are many different insulation options available for a steel structure. A few options include Batt and Blanket, Spray Foam Insulation, and Bubble Insulation. Insulation
Metal building weather-resistant properties
Your new metal building has been engineered to meet local codes and withstand numerous different weather conditions ranging from heavy snow to hail and high
Should I get roll-up doors or overhead doors?
This is a personal preference for each customer. While some clients consider the roll-up doors to be the best option for their project, others may
Should I pour concrete before or after installation?
Pouring your concrete before or after installation is a personal preference. However, we highly recommend you check in with your township to see if there
What are anchors?
Anchors are how your steel building is reinforced and anchored into the ground for support. The type of anchor used on your building depends on
What is a steel building?
A steel building is a structure that is manufactured and installed with steel. These structures may have some additional non-metal material, such as wood, but
What is the difference between 12-gauge and 14-gauge framing?
12-gauge and 14-gauge tubing are two options of square tubing available to you for your structural framework. The 14-gauge tubing is 2 ½ x 2
What service area does company cover?
Currently, Midwest Steel services the following states: Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, & Ohio. Certain states offer partial coverage, so contact your Project Manager today to
What warranties does my building come with?
Your building comes with many warranties that range from your building material to your structural stability. While your warranties will vary depending on your chosen
Which roof option is best?
Midwest Steel currently offers two different roof styles for you to choose from: A-Frame Horizontal and A-Frame Vertical. The A-frame Horizontal roof option is considered
Why is vertical siding an upgrade?
Vertical siding is an excellent option for customers that are interested in a residential or commercial building. However, the vertical orientation is an upgraded option
Will water seep underneath my base rail?
Yes, you can have water seeping beneath your base rails if you do not have a sealant package applied during your building’s installation. Water seepage