What factors will affect the price of my steel building?



Short Answer: Various things can have an impact on the price of your steel building. These can include aesthetic factors, structural factors, and optional accessories. In short, almost any decision you make can affect the price of your building.


Almost any decision you make when customizing your steel building can affect the final price of your project. These different factors vary greatly between each building contractor and are not limited to the list below. For the sake of simplicity, these factors can be grouped into different categories which are aesthetic factors, structural factors, and optional accessories.


Aesthetic factors are any factors that mainly have an effect on the appearance of the structure. These factors can be considered when you intend to have a residential building or simply have a focus on the “looks” of your building. However, if you simply plan on using your building for storage reasons, these factors may not be too concerning for you. These factors can include the following:

  • Building colors
  • Siding orientation
  • Colored screws
  • Wainscot

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.

Siding orientation has a great deal to do with the appearance of your building. This option 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.

Colored screws are a small detail that can make a big difference on the aesthetics of your building. Colored screws are ordered to match the colors of your structure whereas standard screws are silver. Colored screws are also standard on all Midwest Steel Carports garages and workshops! Although the screws seem to be a relatively small detail that you may overlook, having colored screws on your building can add a finished look to the structure and are thus at an extra cost.

 A wainscot, or “two-tone”, is when you choose to have the bottom few feet of your siding a different color from the rest of the siding. The wainscot will typically match the trim or roof color of the building but can be any color you would like it to be. A wainscot can be added on both horizontal and vertical siding; however, adding a wainscot on vertical siding is at an additional cost whereas is it free of charge on horizontal siding. This is due to the fact that a vertical wainscot requires more material and more labor during installation.


Structural factors are any factors that affect how the structure is engineered or manufactured. These factors are considered when customizing or purchasing any steel structure and will be discussed with your salesperson during the initial quoting process. A few structural factors that will affect your final price include the following:

  • Roof style
  • Dimensions
  • Location
  • Leg height
  • Anchors

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.

The dimensions of your building are one of the biggest factors that affect the final price tag on your steel structure. 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, if you’ve taken measurements of your property and what you are storing and decide that your ideal structure is 25’ wide x 32’ long or maybe 27’ wide x 37’ long, your price would be based and the next size up. Therefore, for a 25’ wide x 32’ long, you would be priced as a 26’ wide x 35’ long and a 27’ wide x 37’ long would be priced as a 28’ wide x 40’ long.

Believe it or not, your location also plays a big role on the price of your project. This is due to the fact that every area has its own snow load requirements, thus requiring more material. For example, the upper peninsula of Michigan has areas with snow loads of 80 lbs per square foot whereas western Ohio has areas with snow loads of 30 lbs per square foot. Structures that are engineered to meet a higher snow load are manufactured with significantly more material for reinforcement.

The leg height of your structure refers to the height from the base rail of the building to the eves of the roof. The leg height can be manufactured differently depending on the height of the structure; for example, at Midwest Steel Carports any standard height, 12’ and below, is manufactured with a single leg whereas any structure that is­­­ 13’ tall and higher is manufactured with a double leg and any structure that is 15’ tall and higher is manufactured with a ladder leg. Buildings with a leg height taller than the standard 12’ leg can also have labor and equipment fees.

Anchors are how your steel building will be reinforced and anchored into the ground for support. The types of anchors used on your building depend on the base your building will be installed on. If your building will be installed on concrete, it will require concrete anchors, if it will be installed on asphalt, it will require asphalt anchors, etc. If you choose to have anchors added onto your structure, they will wind certify your unit for a specific wind speed and are added at an additional cost. 

Optional 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

There are several different storage options that can be added to your structure. Depending on your contractor, you can add side lean-tos, dividing walls in the main structure, and storage areas in the back of the unit. All storage options can increase the functionality of your structure. All of these options vary in price due to how you would like to customize the structure. If you are interested in adding a separate storage area to your structure speak with your contractor to see which options are available to you and which option would be the best fit to meet your needs. For further information on side lean-tos, click here.

Sealant packages can include such options as silicone sealant packages and foam gap enclosure packages. These packages are not required but highly increase the effectiveness of your steel structure. Silicone sealant packages are essentially products that seal any gaps beneath the base rails of your structure to minimize water seepage into the building. On the other hand, foam gap enclosure packages are meant to minimize the amount of light that enters the structure due to the ridges on the sheeting. These packages also act as a barrier against debris and small critters that can fit in small spaces.

There are various ways that you can insulate your steel structure. Some options include roll-out insulation and spray foam insulation, with roll-out insulation being the industry standard. Roll-out insulation can be applied during installation whereas spray foam insulation is applied after the building’s installation is complete. However, while spray foam insulation is highly effective and recommended for larger projects, not all contractors offer spray foam insulation. For more information on insulation, click here. Check in with your contractor for info on which insulation option is best for your particular project.

Overhead doors can be a great option for your steel structure. Overhead doors are residential, panel doors that can be installed during installation or after installation. This option is typically considered when you plan on using your building regularly and or daily or plan on making your structure residential. There are various overhead door options and models that are available for steel buildings through contractors and third parties. Pricing varies greatly between contractors and product features.

CondenStop is a thin film that is applied to the steel sheeting on your structure to minimize the amount of sweat that accumulates on the steel panels. This can be considered when you plan on having your building installed on ground or in an area where you experience constant fluctuations in the weather conditions. While CondenStop is not an industry standard, we recommend checking in with your contractor to see what moisture control options are available to you. For more information on condensation control, click here.

Upgraded accessories are essentially any accessories that are upgraded from the standard options offered. This can range from steel service doors to vinyl, insulated windows or commercial steel sheeting. These are typically considered when you are interested in increasing the effectiveness or functionality of your structure. Upgraded accessories are offered at an additional cost directly from your contractor and or third parties. Pricing varies by the type of product that is being considered.

The industry standard for overhangs on steel buildings is typically approximately 6” all around. However, other overhang options can be considered if you are interested in increasing the distance from your siding for water run-off or snow and debris run-off. At Midwest Steel Carports, Inc. we offer a standard 6” overhang all around or an upgraded 1’ overhang all around, however these options do vary greatly by contractor. This option is offered at an additional cost due to an increase in material used.

The standard roof pitch varies by contractor and can range from, but not limited to, a 3/12 pitch to an upgraded 5/12 pitch. While this upgrade option is typically not required, it can increase the effectiveness of your roof run-off when dealing with rain, snow, and debris. Contact your contractor to see if this is an option that may be a good option for your new project.

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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.