What Makes New Metal Building Homes Such An Appealing Alternative to Aging Wooden Houses?
There’s a reason that the home inspection is such a critical part of the traditional home-buying process. The older a wooden home gets, the more problems it will have developed, many of which won’t be discovered until it’s too late. Sometimes it’s loose pipes that cause a flood in the basement, or poorly sealed windows that let a draft in (and drive up your heating bill). Other times its faulty electrical wiring, or damage caused by insects, vermin, and other pests. Sometimes this can lead to problems with your outlets, and sometimes it can lead to a major house fire.
The point is that you’re never entirely sure what you’re going to get. There is one thing you can count on with a wooden home, that over time it will cost increasingly large amounts of money to maintain a space that was never particularly suited to your specific needs to begin with.
Safety and maintenance costs are just a couple of the big reasons metal building homes are surging in popularity, but they are far from the only ones.
Stability to Handle Today’s Weather, Durability to Last a Lifetime
Whether your idea of bad weather is monsoon rains, golf ball sized hail, or a raging blizzard, there is no question that steel can handle it better than wood. The most visible example of this is the vast number of people who got sick of having to pick up shingles in their yard every time the wind picked up, and chose to replace their wooden roof with one made of steel. That steel roof will easily last 40-70 years without losing any strength or durability. The wooden roof will have been completely replaced at least twice by then!
Lower Construction Costs vs. Traditional Wooden Houses
If you want more information on the specifics of what metal buildings homes cost, then skip ahead to the pricing section near the bottom of the page. The bottom line is that thanks to the simpler process involved, it works out to be substantially less costly to install a steel structure than a wooden one.
Easy to Remodel or Redesign as Your Needs Change
Thanks to endless customization options and quick and easy installation and adaptation, you can change your home to match your changing needs. Whether that’s adding an office so you can work from home, or a nursery for a new addition, we can help make it work.
Environmentally Friendly & Energy Efficient Design
Due to their high-quality nature, steel home building materials are perfect candidates for recycling and reuse in new applications. On top of that, metal homes from Steel Carports are engineered in such a way that with proper insulation, they can maintain the desired internal temperature for much longer without having to use your utilities. Saving you money and helping to preserve the environment at the same time!
Precision Engineering – Everything You Want
One of the most appealing things about buying a custom metal building home is the ability to design a home that’s truly unique to you. This helps to eliminate the vast amounts of wasted space that occurs naturally in a traditional home.
Thanks to our precision engineering process, the actual installation process is remarkably quick compared to a wooden house. Think of it like assembling a simple (giant) puzzle that fits together perfectly to become your home. For inexperienced builders, this can be an overwhelming challenge, but our teams have assembled and installed every kind of custom steel structure you can imagine. Our team has installed countless different styles and sizes of metal building homes over the last few years, and no matter what challenges arise during the process, they find a way to get the job done effectively.
Less Maintenance, More Living – Metal Homes Are Built to Last
When you choose a metal building home, you are not only getting something that will withstand the test of time but also give you the versatility you need to create a space that works for you. Many people ask us what the difference is between a metal building and a wood, vinyl or concrete one. To help you get a better understanding, take a look at the information below:
Steel Frame Houses vs. Wood
A steel-framed home is not only up to 50% cheaper than a wooden one, but it is not combustible, and it provides greater strength than wood. Wood may be a more traditional look, but you will end up with a building that will need a lot of maintenance and not last as long.
Steel vs. Vinyl
Steel buildings come with the strength you need, along with offering an environmentally friendly solution. It is also more durable and can keep you safe no matter what the weather brings. It’s true that vinyl is fade resistant and can fit with your building style, but steel adds the solid results that you need and is easy to install.
Metal Homes vs. Concrete Homes
Concrete has been a popular choice because it offers a simple way to create a solid building in a short amount of time. Steel, however, offers even greater efficiency during the assembly process, and it means that you will need a smaller workforce to complete the install to the required standards. Steel is also one of the most durable materials to build with, providing you with a building that is going to last.
Don’t Want a ‘Tiny Home’? Find the Right Size for You
Your home should be designed to fit your family, not the other way around. When you decide to build with steel, you will be amazed at the versatility on offer. Take a moment to check out the sizing table below to get an idea of the range of home sizes you can choose from.
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The Secret(s) Behind the Meteoric Rise of Metal Building Homes
If you are wondering why prefab metal buildings have grown so much in popularity, then you can safely assume that most of it come down to the fact that these buildings are fully customizable and can be expanded whenever you need to.
When it comes to customizing your project, you can take all your dream home ideas and put them into one design that can then be created for you to install. The great thing about customizing a metal building is that you can get the perfect home without spending more than you can afford! Each building can be finished to fit any period or style that you want, so it will fit in wherever you are located.
If your family expands or your needs change, then a steel building can be expanded with very little hassle. You can buy add-on kits or even change the design of your current home to fit your new requirements.
What You Need to Know to Properly Prepare for a Successful Metal Building Home Installation
When it comes to organizing your site for installation, there are many factors that you need to consider. From legal requirements to financing and site preparation to finding the right installation team, there are many things that will require your attention before you can begin. Take a look at the following information to help you get ready for your new metal homes
When you are ready to begin your site preparation, you will need to start by removing any trees or stumps that are in your way, as well as any plants or vegetation. Once this is complete, you will need to remove large rocks that are on the site. Next, you will need to remove the topsoil layer and level the site completely. Make sure that you hold on to the excavated topsoil so that you can use this to fill any holes as the project goes on.
Failure to get the right permits in the right timeframe can halt or even stop you from being able to proceed with your plans. Metal building home kits need approval before they can be installed, and you will need to apply at your local building department. The team there will check your request and ensure that it meets all local requirements and that your plans do not cause any issues with easements, sewer lines, watersheds, and much more. Do not start your installation until you have all the right permits in place!
Take Your DIY To the Next Level with a Prefab Metal Building Home Kit
Building your own DIY home is not only exciting, but it comes with many benefits such as being in control of the design, managing the timing to suit your requirements, and having complete autonomy over the place that you will call home.
When you buy DIY steel building homes, you can expect your kit to include everything you need to get started, including:
- Columns and column anchors
- Eave struts, roof trusses, purlins, and collars
- Girt banding
- Wall and roof panels
- Top plates
- Pre-punched steel studs for your exterior walls
- Upper and lower tracks for your exterior walls
- All the clips and stud fasteners that you will need.
- All exteriors trims
- Plus, any additional features that you have added into your house design
Choosing Steel Carports as your metal home kit dealer not only ensures that you will get the kit you need, but that you will be able to enjoy a home that is built with the finest components and designed to suit your life for many years to come.
The Most Competitive Metal Building Home Prices in America?
Metal building homes cost around $360,000 to build but do not panic! This price includes every single aspect of the build from start to finish, meaning that you can look forward to a beautiful new home, built to your specification for less than $400,000!
This estimate is given by the National Association of Homebuilders and covers the full costs of construction, purchasing land, and includes all the finishing as well as the metal building kit.
If you already own the land you are going to build on, then you can reduce this cost significantly – especially if you are looking for a 40 x 60 square foot home, which will cost from $5,000 up to $30,000 depending on the area you live in and the type of kit you choose to buy.
At Steel Carports, we take pride in offering high-quality kits so that you can build your dream home without breaking the bank, and with our flexible payment options, you could be arranging your new home to be delivered very soon!
Frequently Asked Questions on Metal Building Homes
If you are keen to buy a metal building, then check out our frequently asked questions so that you can get the information you need to make the right choice for you:
We use galvanized steel in our metal building kits because it provides the best protection against all-weather types. Galvanized steel is clean steel that has been coated with molten zinc. This process ensures that your new home will not corrode easily.
When you are ready to buy your kit, make sure to ask the following questions from your dealer: Ask about the maintenance requirements for the kit you have chosen – you should be looking for a dealer that suggests a minimum of two inspections a year.
Your kit should come with all the framing, roofing, siding, and finishing that you need to install the entire house. You should also ensure that all the fixings are included and agree with what other features you need to have installed – e.g., windows, doors, porches, etc.
There are approximately ten stages to any metal home installation:
- Setting your column anchors
- Prepping ready for foundations
- Prepping ready for foundations
- Installing your wall columns
- Getting your roof framed
- Getting your walls framed
- Attaching your walls
- Assembling your porch roof
- Assembling your primary roof
- Trim installation
No, you don’t! Anyone can install their own steel home.
Here at Steel Carports, we offer fifteen different colors for you to choose from, and these can be mixed and matched across the walls, roof, and trims.
The cost of your building depends on the size and finish you choose, but you can expect to pay between $70 - $100 per square foot, making it an affordable way to build a stunning new home.
Steel homes are as unlikely to be hit by lightning or fire as a traditional home. The good news is that if either of these things does happen then you are less likely to be adversely affected because the structure is so safe.
As long as you are committed to caring for your new home, you can expect it to last for around 50 years.
When it comes to delivering your new home, we provide fully certified staff that has the experience and expertise in metal buildings that you need. We will deliver direct to the site you are building on in one go so that you are ready to get to work immediately.