Steel construction has a number of benefits. They’re extremely durable and are a fast and easy way to add extra space to your property. And if you work with the right manufacturer, you can get the perfect kit based on your specifications that you’ll be able to assemble yourself. However, you can make incorrect choices when designing and building a steel building if you don’t take everything that matters into account. Here are four things you should consider before buying a steel building.

The Local Rules, Restrictions and Regulations

No matter where you live, you have to obey the local regulations that determine what can be built where. Learn about your area’s zoning rules because you don’t want to order a steel building only to find out you’re not allowed to put it up. Find out in advance whether building permits are required. Fortunately, most steel building manufacturers will give you the technical drawings you need for the permit phase.

Your Purpose

While you may be considering building a steel building, you need to determine why you need a steel building. Is it a garage? Is it a new home? Is it a workshop or a place of business? Will it be your new warehouse or shed? The purpose of the building will determine which styles and models are best for you, from its size to its amenities. For example, a barn could be open-ended, while everything else needs to be closed. Depending on the type of building you’re building, you may want to choose vinyl or brick end walls to make it look good.

Your Budget

Know your budget before you start making calls or checking out designs online. Understand that the budget has to include not just the steel building but the assembly costs, site preparation, permits, and any other costs associated with the project.

For example, your steel building needs a foundation, and you may have to pay taxes on the purchased building. While choosing steel buildings will help you save money over traditional construction, last-minute changes and poor planning can add to the cost of a steel building.

Unscrupulous vendors may tack on hidden costs and extra fees that drive up the price too. Go with a reputable supplier that will be able to give you a full estimate and advice on how to reduce costs without sacrificing anything. They also have a wide selection of buildings for all budgets, so you’ll be able to choose one that fits your needs without breaking the bank.

Your Timeline

Steel buildings tend to be put up much more quickly than traditional construction, but this will not happen overnight. The building must be fabricated and delivered to your site. Plans need to be approved. Permits must be checked. There will probably be site preparation involved, like clearing trees and pouring a concrete foundation. Don’t try to save time by using engineered drawings and preliminary anchor bolt plans as the guide for pouring concrete. Talk to the project manager to come up with a viable timeline and determine what time frame is best for you. For example, soil conditions can change throughout the year, and that may affect the construction plan.


Your steel building may be the physical manifestation of years of planning and preparation. Take the time to get it right so that you’re happy with the end result.