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Metal Building Kits

In recent years, custom metal buildings have become one of the most popular construction options on the market. Far less expensive than wooden structures and more configurable in almost every way, you’ll see these buildings used in a wide range of applications. From residential garages to commercial businesses and even industrial warehouses, these buildings dot the landscape and shape our world.

And for those that possess a do-it-yourself attitude, metal building kits are an excellent option for your next backyard garage, workshop, or shed. These kits come with all the components you’d find in a traditional metal building, except that it’s delivered to you for assembly.

If you possess this DIY spirit, this blog is for you! We’ll delve deeper into these metal buildings, what to expect, and what you need to complete the job!

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What You Receive in Your Metal Building Kit

When you order a metal building kit, you’ll receive the same parts that come in a standard professionally installed structure. This includes:

  • Steel framing members support
  • Wall paneling in your desired color
  • Fastening hardware
  • Anchors systems based on your chosen foundation type
  • Customization features and accessories such as gables, trim, and wainscoting
  • The windows and doors are chosen as part of your design

These components are created in a manufacturing facility, pre-measured, cut to the needed specifications, and packaged up for delivery to you.

Customization Options for Metal Building Kits

One factor that sets steel buildings apart from the competition is their customizability. From top to bottom, these structures can be tailored to your needs. So let’s take a look at just a few ways you can make them work for your needs.


  • Size Options

    Metal buildings come in a wide variety of sizes, allowing you to design a structure as small or as large as you’d like. From small backyard sheds to fully finished warehouses, there are no limits to how large you can go. However, it must be noted that once you reach a certain size threshold, installation of your metal building will require large equipment, such as lifts and excavators, to complete.

  • Numerous Color Options

    In most cases, you’ll be able to choose between one of more than 16 premium color options for your structure. You can even mix and match your trim and roofing colors to make your building truly stand out in the crowd.

  • Doors

    Every enclosed building will need doors in some way or another. And with custom metal buildings, you’ll be able to add as many as you need. From standard walk-in doors to roll-up garage doors, design your structure how you want it. You can even do frame-outs for custom aftermarket doors!

  • Windows

    You’ll also be able to customize your structure with as many windows as you need. This is a fantastic option if you’re designing a building that requires a ton of natural light. And if you want to add custom windows, you can have your structure designed with these frame-outs in place.

  • Anchoring Systems

    The anchor system you’ll receive for your metal building will depend entirely on your chosen foundation type. These include a mobile home or auger anchors for dirt, spiked anchors for asphalt, and specialized bolts for concrete foundations.

  • Framing and Paneling Gauges

    As an industry standard, most metal buildings will come with 14-gauge framing and 29-gauge paneling. However, if you live in a region that sees high winds or heavy snow accumulation, you’ll be able to opt for thicker 12 gauge frames and 26 gauge panels for that extra bit of added strength.

  • Certification

    While not a customization option, some metal building providers will offer both non-certified and certified buildings. Certification is a system that ensures a structure’s ability to handle high winds and heavy snow loads in each region. Non-certificated buildings come with none of these guarantees.

How to Prep for the Installation of Your Metal Building

When it comes to any construction project, proper planning is the key to ensuring that everything transpires smoothly. Failing to plan properly can result in significant hiccups and headaches. So, let’s look at a few ways to prep for your new structure.

  1. Location : The location of your metal building will dictate much about how it can be used. As such, you’ll want to choose a site that rests above natural water runoff and near pre-established utilities such as electricity and plumbing.
    Your building site will also need to be cleared of debris and graded to ensure that it’s completely level.
  1. Dimensions : The second step will be to measure your site and determine how large of a structure you need. In most cases, you’ll want to work closely with a dedicated building expert to ensure you have the right structure size for your needs.
  1. Foundations : Before your components arrive, you’ll want to lay the foundation of your structure according to the pre-determined dimensions. When it comes to laying foundations, it also pays to seek third-party contractors to complete the job. A licensed and bonded concrete specialist can ensure that your foundation is perfectly sized and leveled- so you don’t have to!
  1. Permits and Regulations : In most areas of the US, local municipalities will have specific rules regarding the permits you’ll need before you can begin a construction project. As such, you’ll need to work closely with local building authorities to determine which permits you’ll need and what regulations you must follow.
  1. Weather Severity : It is important to design your building so that it can withstand its environment in order to ensure its durability. If you live in a region of the US that experiences nasty storms or vicious winds, you’ll want to reinforce your building with thicker paneling and framing.
  1. Choose a Quality Provider : There are tons of metal building providers. And some may offer better steel building prices than others. However, you’ll want to choose a provider with a proven track record for delivering quality structures and providing dedicated customer service.
  2. Utilities : As mentioned earlier, you’ll want to ensure that your building site is close to readily available utilities. This includes power access and plumbing. You can save tons of money on your metal building project by handling this early.

How to Install Your Metal Building Kit

Once you’ve laid the groundwork for your structure, it’s time to break ground. Here’s what you’ll need to know to get the most out of your structure’s installation.

Lay the Foundation

If you have experience laying concrete, you’ll already have the skills necessary to plan and lay your foundation. However, if you’re not familiar with this aspect of construction, you’ll likely want to hire professionals to handle this part of the job. In fact, most metal building manufacturers do not encourage laying your own concrete foundation. But if you’re going it alone, you’ll need to correctly measure your concrete slab and place the necessary stakes and tape to create your building footprint. Once that’s complete, you’ll build the concrete form to hold the liquid concrete material.

After completing this step, you’ll need to lay a gravel base and pack it down until it’s uniform, level, and at a minimum of 4” depth. Most foundations will also require reinforcement rods or ribbed steel bars that add an extra layer of strength to the concrete. You’ll need to place several of these across the span of your foundation and attach them using ties.

Once the rebar is in place, you’ll need to mist the gravel and rebar with water. Concrete will become stronger when exposed to this moisture during the curing process.

The next step will be to mix and pour the concrete. After this is complete, you’ll immediately need to cut your form stakes level with your frame and begin to level the surface of your concrete pad.

Now that the concrete is set, you’ll need to edge your concrete and finish the surface with a trowel, float, or brush. Once this process is finished, you’ll need to allow ample time for your concrete pad to set. During this timeframe, it’s beneficial to mist your concrete to ensure a cohesive bond. In most cases, the curing process will take several days.

Anchoring Your Foundation

Now that your concrete pad is in place, it’s time to lay the anchors. This will require you to measure and drill the pilot holes in both your concrete pad and your metal building foundation rails. Once properly measured, you’ll lay the base rails and attach them with the specialized bolts that are included with your metal building kit.

Install the Framing

With your building’s base rails in place, your next step will be to install the framing, beginning with the vertical support columns. After erecting these, you’ll move across your building’s footprint, installing the metal trusses and horizontal support beams.

Roof and Wall Installation

After the skeleton of your structure is complete, you’ll need to begin assembling the roofing and wall paneling using the components and fasteners that have been provided in your building kit.

Accessories

Once the majority of the building is pitched, the last step will be to install the frames for windows, doors, and any accessories that may be included. If you’re using the windows and doors in your kit, this aspect should be pretty straightforward.

The Many Applications of Metal Building Kits

Prefab metal buildings aren’t just old backyard sheds and barns anymore. In fact, they’re used for a vast array of applications. There are no limits to how these structures can be used, from residential buildings to commercial facilities and everything in between. To give you a small example, we've listed a few ways customers utilize their buildings.

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Agricultural Structures

Metal buildings have been an integral part of agricultural life for years. They’re regularly used for barns, livestock shelters, riding arenas, and almost any application on the farm. These structures are prized for their affordability and resistance to mold, pests, fires, and more.

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Commercial Structures

Steel structures also have a special place in many commercial projects. They’re a popular option for office spaces, retail stores, and restaurants, to name a few, providing an endless level of functionality and adaptability.

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Residential Structures

Metal buildings are still highly sought after for many residential jobs, including garages, backyard sheds, storage buildings, and even living quarters!

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Custom Structures

As mentioned, steel buildings are some of the most customizable structures around. They’re perfect for custom jobs like recreational facilities, gyms, event spaces, and commercial self-storage facilities!

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5. Storage Structures

When you need to house your favorite vehicles, belongings, or equipment, very few solutions are more effective than a steel building. These structures can be customized for a wide range of storage needs and are designed to provide years of service with a minimal need for repairs.

 

The Wide Array of Benefits of Metal Building Kits

There is a reason so many folks choose metal buildings and metal building kits for their residential and commercial projects. These buildings do everything! But if you want to break it down, these structures are:

  • No Credit Check More affordable

    With the rising prices of lumber, steel buildings have become the most affordable construction option on the market. As a result, you’ll be able to construct a metal structure, in some cases, as much as 40% less expensive than a stick-built building!

    Additionally, many manufacturers will provide a discount for handling installation on your own! So, you’ll save money before, during, and long after your building is complete.

  • No Credit Check Your Time, Your Schedule

    By choosing a metal building kit instead of having your structure professionally installed, you’ll be in charge of your schedule, allowing you to complete your project on your own time.

  • No Credit Check Show Off Your DIY Skills

    There’s no better way to flex your DIY muscles than completing the installation of a structure all on your own. Not only will you be able to enjoy your facility for years to come, but you’ll also enjoy it knowing it was your work that made it possible.

  • No Credit Check Weather Resistant

    Metal buildings are some of the most weather-resistant structures around! Far more capable of handling high winds and heavy snow accumulation than any stick-built building, you can’t go wrong with a metal building’s strength. In fact, these structures are certified to handle the wind, snow, and seismic loads in your region!

How Much Does a Metal Building Cost?

In some cases, a smaller 12’x21′ metal building will cost roughly between $10,000 to $15,000. However, these structures are intricate and contain numerous steel components. As such, it can be challenging to determine a solid price. There are many aspects of these structures that can fluctuate in prices, such as raw steel prices and the customization options you choose.

To better understand metal building prices, you’ll want to work closely with your chosen metal building expert, who can help provide you with a quote on your desired structure.

Order Your Metal Building Kit from AA Metal Buildings Today!

No matter where you call home, AA Metal Buildings is dedicated to providing you with lasting steel structure solutions. Our premium buildings are crafted from strong American steel and are built using state-of-the-art engineering techniques to ensure they can endure just about anything you can throw at them.

We’re proud to offer affordable structures for any budget, making ownership of a custom steel building easy and stress-free.

So, if you’ve been on the fence about purchasing a metal building kit, give AA Metal Buildings a call at +1 (877) 244-4470! We’ll be happy to walk you through the process from start to finish and deliver the structure of your dreams!