Now You Really CAN Design Your Perfect Metal Building Online, Thanks to the 3D Building Estimator

By Scott Kyles   |   Posted In: Prefab Metal Buildings, Customized Buildings

Now You Really CAN Design Your Perfect Metal Building Online, Thanks to the 3D Building Estimator

The Way People Shop for Metal Buildings in America Has Changed Forever

Up until recent years, about the only option you had for purchasing a custom metal building was to get in your car and head over to visit a brick-and-mortar metal buildings dealer or manufacturer. But even if you could find such a metal buildings provider in your area, the selection likely wasn’t all that great, and your options for customization were still somewhat limited.

Carport Central set out to change all that when it first launched back in June of 2014. The founders of Carport Central had a clear vision for creating a new and better way for folks to shop for residential, commercial, and agricultural metal buildings. Their plan was to create a nationwide, online-based network which would pair buyers with the best network of custom metal building manufacturers in America. They knew that they’d need a shopping platform which would be comprehensive and engaging, yet also simple to access and navigate. They also knew they’d need to build a team of the best-trained, best-equipped building specialists in the business. Their ultimate goal was to give customers access to the absolute best products available, while also providing a personalized level of customer service that had never been seen before in the industry.

In order to create a truly exceptional customer shopping experience, the Carport Central team knew they’d have to partner with the right web design partner. They found that partner in Cibirix; the rest, as they say, is history! One of the first challenges they faced together was the creation of a truly cutting-edge building design tool that would be integrated into the Carport Central website. Thus was born the 3D Building Estimator!

What Is the 3D Building Estimator?

The 3D Building Estimator is very much what it sounds like – it’s an easily-accessible digital tool that allows anyone and everyone to create their own custom building designs. Configurators like these have existed in the broader construction space, but for many years there weren’t any truly exceptional configurators that were specially-designed just for the metal buildings industry. Carport Central worked with Cibirix to change that by developing a 3D Building Estimator which would be perfectly suited for meeting the needs of their customers, building specialists, and manufacturer partners alike. The result has been nothing short of a game-changer in the way people can now shop for custom metal buildings!

How Does the 3D Building Estimator Work?

The 3D Building Estimator utilizes advanced 3D rendering capabilities to allow browsers to create personalized design plans for their own ideal metal building. Here are a few highlighted features of this powerful tool:

  • Create your own custom metal structure plan by selecting your desired building type, size, roof style, lean-tos, walls, partial enclosures, trim, colors, framing and siding steel gauges, wind/snow certification options, and more. You can also choose where to place any doors, windows, and frame-outs on your building.
  • When you add or take away customizations, the 3D Building Estimator includes pricing quote updates in real-time, based upon the installation location of your building.
  • As you’re creating your design, you have the ability to visualize your building in stunning 3D, full-color detail, and you can navigate from a full 360° point of view.
  • Once you finish creating your building design, you can save it, have the PDF delivered to your email inbox, and even share it to your social media.
  • Customers can even use their 3D Estimator-created plans to initiate their custom building order online through our quick, easy, & secured ordering process.
  • The 3D Building Estimator isn’t just powerful in its scope and capabilities; it’s also incredibly simple to use, and is fully accessible from any computer, tablet, or smartphone!

Try Out the 3D Building Estimator for Yourself!

At Carport Central, we understand that shopping online has become a way of life for the American consumer. Thanks to our 3D Building Estimator, we’re happy to be able to offer you the online metal building shopping experience you both want and need! And not only do we enable you to create your perfect virtual building plan; we can then actually do what it takes to turn your building plan into reality!

We’re proud to be able to say that we source the best steel buildings and structures in America. None of our custom buildings comes out of a box or off of a shelf; each one is specifically crafted to match your exact specifications! Here are a few more reasons why you should choose Carport Central for your perfect metal building solution:

  • We partner with only the best American manufacturers, and our exclusive relationships mean we can get you your building faster, too!
  • Delivery & installation of your building is INCLUDED with purchase – all for no extra charge – and we currently serve 46 U.S. states!
  • Nobody in the metal building industry provides more ways to help you afford the building you need – we offer traditional financing, rent-to-own, and layaway plans that are simply unbeatable!
  • Nobody beats our standards for giving personalized customer service!

Carport Central is about much more than just selling you a metal building or structure; we’re about Providing Shelter For Your Way Of Life. Reach out to us online, or if you’d rather just talk to a live human, give one of our friendly building specialists a call at (980) 321-9898. Come and experience the Carport Central difference for yourself!


  • Scott Kyles

    Scott Kyles serves as lead content writer and marketing consultant for Central Steel Group, the parent company of Carport Central. He’s been speaking to the metal buildings industry and its customers for over 5 years, and also holds professional certifications in secondary science education, training, and customer experience.

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