Prefabricated metal buildings have been known for their durability and longevity. Most importantly, steel buildings are cost-effective and much quicker to erect. Warehouses, barns, and workshops made from steel are available at affordable prices. A standard metal building costs from $10 to $25 per square foot. 

No matter the size and design of your metal building, you can save a lot of money by choosing steel over other materials. With a prefab building, it’s possible to reduce expenses without reducing the quality of the project. Follow our tips to save a few dollars on your next metal building project.

Pick the Right Building Size

As we all know, the smaller the building, the lower the costs will be. A wide structure requires more steel to support that width. Always remember that bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. Owning a metal building with more space than you need is a waste of money. This will only drive up initial construction costs and slow down completion time. On the flip side, it’s more economical and cost-effective to build a small structure and expand it in the future. 

Most metal buildings are designed for future expansion. It has expandable mainframes and endwalls that allow you to change or modify the metal building in the future. To learn more about metal building expansions, consult with a trusted contractor in your area.

Plan Carefully

Before anything else, it’s important to have a plan ready. The more detailed your plan is, the more successful it will be. In addition, having a well-thought-out plan will significantly reduce your costs. This lessens unnecessary modifications that might result in expenses and budget overruns. 

How much space do you need? How are you planning to use your structure? What kind of features do you want in your metal building? Answering these questions will guide you in achieving the steel structure that you’ve always dreamed of.

Your plan should include the type and structure of your metal building, the expected budget, customizations, and more. Here are some of the most common steel building accessories and upgrades you might want to consider:

  • Sectional and Overhead Doors
  • Canopy Configurations and Overhangs
  • Galvanized Framing
  • Skylights and Light Transmitting Panels
  • Gutters and Downspouts
  • Partition Walls
  • Interior Wall Panels
  • Insulation
  • Ventilation Systems

Go for Standard Steel Buildings

Compared to customized lengths, a standard-sized structure is available at a lower cost. Many manufacturers offer metal buildings in different sizes, such as 30×40, 30×60, and 60 x 100. The most common metal building is around 40×60 feet. Standard-sized metal buildings are cheaper because some of their aspects and features are repetitive and can be mass-produced. Buying a standard steel building will help you save costs compared to its customized counterpart. 

On the other hand, custom metal buildings don’t follow the standard fabrication process. This means they need to be designed, cut, and fabricated to meet the specific needs of the building owner. Like any custom home project, you need to pay a bit more to personalize your steel structure. 

Determine the Optimal Crew Size

Labor takes up a large chunk of your overall project cost. If you want to reduce your expenses, you should know the optimal crew size. Having the right size crew on the job is essential to the success of your metal building project. 

For example, a four-person crew can erect a 60×100 metal building within a week. When you hire a large crew, the project can be completed quickly. The more people work on your metal building, the faster it will be done. 

However, this may result in the misallocation of crew resources. More people also mean higher labor costs for you. If you want to reduce construction costs, work with an experienced contractor who will deliver results while staying within your budget.


These are just some of the ways you can keep your construction costs to a minimum. When it comes to prefab structures at affordable pricing, Texas Custom Metal Buildings of Midland is a trusted name. There’s no need to break the bank to get high-quality metal buildings. Our team can help with all sorts of projects, from a metal garage to a barndominium.

We’ll help you get the most out of your money with our pre-engineered metal buildings. To request a free quote, feel free to reach out to us today!