Building Costs

What are the general price ranges? First off, remember that you need to pay to prepare and lay a concrete foundation before your building is installed. This will cost you between $5-$10 per square foot. Always remember to ask the metal building supplier whether they include the cost for a foundation. (This is another reason why finding metal building pricing online is deceptive. You need to speak directly to the suppliers.)

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Metal Building Costs

The metal building material costs depend on the quality of your building. If you want a basic metal building without a facade, just corrugated steel sides and no insulation, then you’ll typically pay between $6-$10 per square foot. More complicated buildings, with elaborate facades, cost between $11-$18 pClad Metal Building per square foot. (Remember, this does not include the cost to dig and pour a foundation, labor or delivery).

Finally, labor prices are dependent on the size of the project, the location and other factors, but generally cost between $3-$10 per square foot.

In total, if you want a basic building with simple corrugated steel sides, you should pay between $15-$22 per square foot. If you want a building with a very basic facade, you should expect to pay $22-$35 per square foot. And if you want a steel building that looks just like classic wood construction that has an uncommon design, with an elaborate facade (for example a brick facade), expect to pay at least $40 per square foot.

Pricing Recap

Foundation ($5 – $10 / ft2)

Materials ($6 – $20 / ft2)

Labor ($4 – $10 / ft2)

Total range ($15 – $40+ / ft2)

Important Tip

Be extremely cautious when ordering a metal building online. Metal Building pricing listed online will typically not include shipping, laying a foundation and labor. Also, a building ordered online may not meet your local building codes, resulting in fines or even demolition by your local authorities.

Remember: research and compare quotes online but speak with suppliers and purchase offline.

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