Whenever the phrase “steel building” is mentioned, what comes to your mind? Many associate that term with a commercial warehouse or other commercial building. For others, the phrase conjures up a mental image of a metal carport or metal garage they’ve seen. And while all of these are correct, this is far from a comprehensive list.
Steel buildings are used for all sorts of residential purposes, ranging from carports to garages, to barns, to storage sheds, to workshops, to prefab steel homes & barndominiums, and more. There are lots of advantages to choosing steel construction, and you can even assemble and install a residential metal building yourself!
Sure, you can build with wood, aluminum, or other materials. But why would you do that when galvanized light-gauge steel is more rugged, more reliable, and more affordable? Here are a few reasons why a steel building makes better sense for residential uses:
There are many options in terms of building sizes, designs, and applications. Here are just a few of the popular types that Carport Central provides for our customers:
Yes, it really can! In fact, Carport Central has installed a number of barndominiums and metal building homes for our customers. If you’ve never given much thought to a steel-framed structure as a residence or vacation cabin, there are many reasons why you should. For starters, steel buildings are stronger, more weather-resistant, and require less maintenance. These structures are also very flexible in terms of building design & application, and they go up MUCH faster than a traditional stick build. Oh, and as far as cost goes? On average, a steel-framed home is around 30% cheaper to build than a stick build!
Another popular question we get is, does a metal building home qualify for mortgage financing? And again, the answer is yes! Carport Central partners with preferred lenders who specialize in metal building home loans, and we can help you to finance your land, your metal home, and any necessary interior finishing work in one single mortgage loan! If you’re interested in learning more about metal building home possibilities, check out this comprehensive resource page.
Another benefit of choosing a steel building is the fact that you have so many customization options available. You have complete freedom over deciding your exact building dimensions, paneling options and coverage for the roof and sides, optional gable & trim packages, plenty of color & color combination choices, and more!
If you’re ready to move forward with your residential metal building plans, there are a couple of key things to keep in mind: how to plan for the right building size & design and how to prepare your site for building installation.
Start by thinking about how you want to use your building and what all you’d like to be able to keep under protective cover. If we’re talking about vehicles, then take a quick measurement of all vehicles to be included. If we’re talking about general storage space, then think through the space allocation needed to meet your storage needs. Want to finish your steel building as residential space, home office space, a man cave, a she shed, or something else? Then map out a working floorplan, and think through how much interior square footage you’ll need.
One of the great things about choosing a steel building construction approach is the fact that size really isn’t a prohibitive factor. Carport Central can help design, engineer, and deliver steel structures to meet practically any desired building dimensions.
As long as you’ve got the space available on your property, we can help to take care of the rest. If you choose to let one of our professional installation crews take care of getting your building put up, you really won’t have to do much. But there are a few things you’ll need to take care of beforehand to ensure your site is ready to go before the scheduled day of building delivery & installation:
So, how much does a residential steel building actually cost? The answer to that question will really depend upon several important factors, including your chosen building style and dimensions (width, length, and height), the gauge of steel framing, the gauge of roof paneling and side paneling, and which building customizations you choose.
For example, you can go with a roof-only structure (like a carport or open shelter), or you can add as much paneling as you want for a partial or full building enclosure. You can also choose from numerous door, window, trim, and color combinations and can have your building certified for minimum wind and snow loads.
But here’s some good news when it comes to steel building costs. Even though construction material costs have been on the rise in all categories, a steel structure is still more cost-effective than other building options. And Carport Central is committed to helping you get the best metal building at the best price. In addition, we happen to offer the best financing and RTO options in the metal building industry!
At Carport Central, we’re happy to deliver and install your custom metal building anywhere within our 46-state service area for NO extra charge. But if you’re someone who likes to save some extra money by doing things for yourself, you might want to consider going with a DIY steel building kit.
You can still have your custom metal building designed and manufactured to match whatever design and specs you have in mind. The difference is that you can pick up the building materials and install them yourself at a discount! Our metal building kits come with all the building materials you’ll need for installation, including fasteners and anchors. Just get in touch with one of our building specialists at Carport Central today, and we’ll be glad to answer whatever questions you may have and help you get started on your building order. Whatever you may have in mind with your residential steel building, we can make it happen!
You know from our name that Carport Central provides carports, but that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. We’re actually the premier online provider of custom metal buildings in the continental United States! Whether you just need a simple residential carport, or whether you need a residential garage, barn, storage shed, RV cover, workshop, warehouse, commercial building, office space, barndominium, metal building home, or some other custom building design, we’ve got you covered.
To put it simply, Carport Central delivers the best-quality steel structures with the best pricing, best customer service, and best lead times – period. Each individual steel building is custom-designed and custom-manufactured for you – our buildings don’t come off of a shelf. And our friendly building specialists are always standing by to help you get EXACTLY what you want and need in a metal building.
We invite you to experience the Carport Central difference. We don’t just sell metal buildings; we provide shelter for your way of life.
At Carport Central, what’s Central to you, is Central to us!