How the World Steel Market and Other Factors Help to Determine the Price of Your Metal Building

By Jay Lara   |   Posted In: Prefab Metal Buildings, Customized Buildings

How the World Steel Market and Other Factors Help to Determine the Price of Your Metal Building

Custom steel buildings are wonderful multipurpose facilities that can be used for all sorts of applications, including everything from vehicle parking, storage, and farm use, to automotive repair shops, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, retail storefronts, and even finished residential space. What can you do with a custom steel building? Pretty much anything you want! The only real limit to how you can take advantage of one of these rugged structures is your imagination.

If you’re shopping around for the best metal structure, it’s helpful for you to understand what determines how much a metal building will actually cost you. Prices can vary based on a number of connected influences, but the good news is this – steel structures are actually cheaper than you may realize, and they carry many decided advantages over wooden, aluminum, or other structures. Let’s take a quick look at some of the factors which will decide the price of your particular steel building:

  • World steel market
    The world steel market is incredibly complex and somewhat hard to predict, partially due to the fact that is such a global enterprise. There are several major steel-producing countries including China, Brazil, the U.S., Mexico, and Indonesia, and demand for steel continues to grow in essentially every developed nation on Earth. But like any commodity, prices for steel can and do vary, and can even change quickly based on local, regional, and global factors.
    Case-in-point: the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This virus has led to extended closures of several Chinese steel factories. But how does this impact the world steel market? Bear in mind that China produces more than half of the world’s steel, so any disruption in Chinese steel production will necessarily affect the worldwide balance of supply and demand.
    Beyond basic supply and demand, other factors influencing the world steel market include import/export tariffs, natural disasters, wars, and the current strength of the American dollar. The steel market can really be somewhat volatile. Because of resulting changes in material costs, what a steel building cost just a few years ago is really not a good predictor of what the same steel building might cost today.
    The good news is that Carport Central helps you to avoid the stress of having to worry about steel market-driven price swings! By simply placing a deposit on your desired custom steel building, you can lock in your building price with Carport Central for up to one full year!
    Now, let’s take a look at a few more basic factors that will determine your particular building cost:
  • Building size
    This should come as no surprise, but a good rule of thumb is this: the bigger your metal building, the more it will cost. At the same time, there is also an economy of scale when it comes to steel structures. As your building size increases, the cost per square foot actually decreases. In other words, you’ll get more bang-for-your-buck with a 70′-wide metal workshop than you will with a 30′-wide metal garage.
  • Custom features
    When it comes to a steel building from Carport Central, you’re completely in the driver’s seat in terms of the design and other options you choose. None of our structures comes out of a box or off of a shelf – every building we provide is custom made-to-order! You choose the roof style, paneling and trim options, steel gauge for materials, colors, door and window options, certification for wind/snow loads, and more!
    With Carport Central, you have many customization options available to you (some of which can vary by manufacturer and location), and whichever options you choose will obviously affect the building’s total price.
  • Site foundation
    Upon what type of foundation will you have your metal building installed? Concrete? Asphalt? Gravel? Something else? The foundation you choose will necessarily impact your total out-of-pocket costs. (NOTE: Carport Central doesn’t provide ground preparation or concrete services.)
    The good news is that the foundation you choose for your building is completely up to you! In fact, you can save some money by choosing not to pour a hard foundation if you don’t need it for your intended building use. As long as your site is leveled and cleared, we can install and anchor to most any surface, including bare ground!
  • Delivery and installation
    Getting your building delivered and installed is an additional charge you typically have to factor into your total metal building cost. But not when you order from Carport Central! We INCLUDE delivery and installation in all of our service areas, for no additional charge! That’s just one more financial benefit you gain by doing business with Carport Central. And thanks to our exclusive relationships with top manufacturers around the country, you’ll get your building put up faster, too!

Want the best price? Place your order with Carport Central today!

We get that you want a low price, but we also know that you don’t want a cheap building. What you really need is the right building with the right installation at the right price, all from a company who really stands behind every one of their products. Rest assured that Carport Central is uniquely poised to help you check every box on that list!

Don’t trust discount dealers who are willing to skimp on product quality, workmanship, customer experience, and ongoing customer service. Cutting corners to try and save a few bucks really isn’t worth the risk, and that’s simply not how we do business at Carport Central.

We understand that purchasing a custom steel structure is a significant investment, and we’re here to make sure you get what you need. Here are just a few features that set us apart from everyone else:

  • We’re the premier online provider of metal structures in the U.S., and we maintain preferred partnerships with the nation’s best manufacturers and installers.
  • Create your own custom building plan with our easy-to-use 3D Design Tool, all from the comfort of your couch!
  • Ready to talk to a real human? You’re in luck, because we happen to be real humans! Our friendly, expert building specialists will take the time to LISTEN, and we’re happy to answer all of your questions. We’ll be here for us when you need us down the road, too.
  • Delivery and installation of your custom metal building is included at no extra charge!
  • Looking for some preferred financing or rent-to-own options? We’ve got them for you!
  • We stand behind our products by offering some of the best warranties for framing, siding, and workmanship you’ll find anywhere!

Carport Central is about so much more than just selling you a metal building.

We’re Here to Provide Shelter For Your Way of Life!

Check us out online, or just pick up the phone and give us a call.

Come experience the Carport Central difference for yourself!


  • Jay Lara

    Jay Lara is COO of Carport Central, and brings nearly 20 years of metal building industry experience. He’s worked in every aspect of the business, ranging from engineering to design to fabrication to installation to sales, and he’s passionate about bridging the gap between B2B and B2C for the metal buildings market.

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