By Sylvia Rosen
Metal buildings have become highly popular in a number of industries since they are affordable and can withstand even the harshest environmental conditions. Even better, a well-constructed metal building done right, can have enticing curb appeal to attract customers to a business.
Metal building uses
While metal buildings are most commonly used for warehouses, they are also widely used today for commercial office space, storage buildings, barns, garages, retail storage areas, manufacturing facilities, churches, airplane hangars – and more. Metal structures are an inexpensive alternative to other types of buildings and they can be used for almost any purpose.
As a construction owner, you may notice a spike in the trend of using metal as a building material since it is much less expensive for both new construction and remodeling. There are very few building materials that can beat the affordability of steel construction while providing the same adaptability and heavy-duty reinforcement.
For most commercial office buildings, a typical steel structure that stands between 2 and 4 stories high, can range from as little as $130 per square foot to $230 per square foot, depending on the local cost of labor.
Additionally, the taller a metal structure is, the more cost effective it becomes. Increasing the height of metal construction from 5 to 10 stories for example, could save approximately 4 percent per square foot on the overall project.
When planning a steel construction project, it is important to note that a climate controlled building will hike up the cost of construction considerably. For example, a typical 64 x 30 metal building with insulation may cost up to $21,000, while a basic 40 x 50 uninsulated steel workshop totals about $15,000. Overall though, insulated metal buildings cost less to build than those made of lumber.
When it comes to constructing a metal building, code compliance is a big consideration. Different municipalities have unique standards and requirements regarding acceptable steel structure designs for both residential and commercial properties. In some areas, deed restrictions and zoning requirements can limit or exclude metal as an exterior building material.Sylvia is an online writer who writes on a variety of construction topics, products and equipment, including metal buildings. Connect with Sylvia on Google+.