Home ownership has long been a major part of the American Dream. As the decades go on, though, there are more and more reasons to think owning a home might not be attainable. The financial considerations are massive, urban sprawl and developer monopolies reduce choices, and the environmental impact of building a traditional wood construction residence is enough to make some would-be builders reconsider.
But there’s another option.
More and more people are making a new smart choice and building a metal house … a Worldwide Steel metal house, to be specific. Here’s why:
When you build a metal home with a Worldwide Steel kit, you’re saving money right off the bat (the national average build price for a steel building home is $70-90 a square foot, compared to $110-130 for conventional wood construction). You’re also saving money during the build process (our building kits go up a lot faster than traditional construction, no matter how elaborate your interior) and over the life of the home. Steel requires much less maintenance than wood and siding, it lasts longer, it costs less to insure, it’s fire-resistant and non-combustible, it’s less susceptible to infestations and won’t ever mold or mildew.
Make it your own
You don’t have to choose from a developer’s portfolio of model homes to plop in the middle of a hundred other beige cookie cutter builds. With Worldwide Steel, your imagination (… okay, and the laws of engineering) is your only limit. We offer open concepts with clear spans, multiple roof pitches, dormers, wrap-around porches and a variety of colorways. Check out our Online 3D Building Designer to begin designing your own floor plan.
Work with the earth and the elements
Metal homes won’t rot, warp, split, shrink or decompose, they’re less vulnerable to termites, bore bees and other pests, and they’re a lot stronger than wood construction in the face of fire and natural disasters, meaning your steel home can stand up to the elements like a champion. Beyond that, it’s a green alternative. A metal home uses less heat and air (when insulated correctly) when you’re living in it, and is environmentally-friendly during the build process (a 2000 square foot steel house is made of the equivalent of about six junk cars … compared to the 40-50 mature trees for a comparable wood house).
What sets WWSB steel and metal homes apart?
A lot of companies that claim to offer steel and metal houses are actually selling wood-framed buildings with sheet metal siding … a “solution” that doesn’t really solve much of anything. Not only do you lose many of the benefits outlined above, but you run into issues with cord bracing, wind bracing and truss depth. The requirements for each of these mean you’re going to lose space and aesthetic appeal on your interior finish. But not with Worldwide Steel. Our tube leg steel buildings work perfectly as residences because there’s no need to build perimeter stud walls, trusses don’t intrude into the living areas, there’s no cord bracing in the walls that intrude into the interior, and no trusses to work around.
Plus, working with Worldwide Steel means working with a team of experts that really cares about your metal home – from the design process to the build to your years spent living there. Want to learn more about cord bracing, wind bracing and trusses? Want to just trust us on all that and dive right into designing your house? We’re ready to get started. Call us at (800) 825-0316.
Worldwide Steel builds are designed to be easily assembled. We also provide dedicated support from your planning phase through your project completion. However, when all’s said and done you’ve a substantial project on your hands. The decisions you make before breaking ground will affect how you feel about your project for years to come. Here are five questions our experts recommend you ask yourself (and come up with good answers for!) before you make any commitments:
- How do I plan to use the building? Seems simple, right? Worldwide Steel building kits are largely comprised of the same components. However, being in need of a house, a garage, an aircraft hangar, a horse arena or something completely outside-the-box will determine what you need from your building kit. As impossible as it may seem right now, it’s a good idea to think about how your needs for the building might change over the years to come.
- Does my steel building need to be purely functional, or are aesthetics important too? With Worldwide Steel Buildings, you are able to customize and make your steel building look as traditional or as custom as you desire. If you just need a structure for storage, you probably won’t spend much time thinking about how it looks. If you’re building a structure for commercial use (where “curb appeal” has value) or as a residence, you want it to look nice. We recommend starting with the easy-to-use 3D Building Designer tool. From there, our team can help you choose features and materials: mezzanines, cupolas, sliding doors, porches and overhangs, to name a few.
- What are the loading requirements in my area? Buildings of all material makeup should be designed and engineered to meet wind loads, snow loads, and seismic specs. These factors taken into consideration during engineering will help insure a long economic life for the building. At Worldwide Steel, we take these loading requirements very seriously. We provide stamped engineered drawings from a licensed engineer in the state the building is being delivered. This validates every building we deliver is designed to its exact local snow and wind requirements and allows us to back your building with a 50-year structural warranty.
- Will I be erecting this DIY or will I hire a crew? Worldwide Steel building kits are manufactured with the DIYer in mind. Our trusses are pre-punched, bolt together easily and have the purlin and girt clips factory welded for construction ease. Your sheet metal attaches to the purlins and girts with colored, self-drilling screws that are flanged and self-sealing to prevent leaks. Every building comes with a step-by-step assembly manual to guide you through the building process from start to finish. Most of our customers can erect without the need of renting a crane or other heavy equipment. Our customers do find it’s easier and quicker to have a three-man team working together once you reach the sheeting stage of construction. When you have people working on different walls, you can finish much more quickly.
- Do I really know how much this is going to cost? When you work with Worldwide Steel, the short answer is always a resounding YES. Unlike some other steel building companies, you’ll know up-front what your final bill is likely to be. We understand how important entry costs and finish costs are to achieving budget accuracy. We do everything in our power to help you stay on budget and get the steel building of your dreams, without compromise. This means our trained building consultants help you design your structure at no additional cost, we offer our structural warranty directly (not through a broker, so claims are handled directly by WWSB). In short, we go out of our way to provide a fair and honest pricing experience from the moment of inquiry.
If you have other questions or considerations, or you just want to talk through your project with a no-BS expert, call the WWSB team at (800) 825-0316.
How many square feet do I need? Quick tips and expert advice for determining metal building size
At Worldwide Steel, we don’t always think bigger is better. But we do always advocate for making the most out of the space you have, and we’re here to help you do just that.
When you decided to build a metal structure from the ground up, it was probably to fulfill a specific need: somewhere to keep commercial trucks or store a personal plane, a place to live or a new building to house your growing business.
But how many square feet do you need for a metal garage, an airplane hangar, a home or a general-use metal building?
Getting started on sizing
Ensuring you have allotted enough square footage for your needs is one of the most important parts of the metal building kit design process.
Start by outlining the building’s purpose. If it’s going to be a home, how many rooms will it be divided into? If it’s a storage facility, what do you plan to keep there? Vehicles, livestock, product? Do you foresee your need for space expanding in the near future,
Once you’ve detailed what exactly you need space for inside the metal building, consider the space around it. Site planning, which includes due diligence on the plot of land where you want to erect your structure and checking local regulations on accessory buildings, setback and permitting, will ensure your expectations are in line with reality.
Taking your building plan from concept to reality can feel daunting, especially for a first-timer. But when you’re working with Worldwide Steel Buildings, it doesn’t have to. It’s our job to help customers consider all aspects of building design. By ensuring everything you’ll need is properly accounted for, you’ll avoid unnecessary upcharges and costly mistakes.
But if you want to wrap your mind around your building before connecting with us, here are some quick expert tips that you can keep in mind to get started:
- We suggest starting with a 30×60 or 40×60 floorplan for standalone steel home. Adding an additional 24 feet will give you the space to include a two-car garage.
- Consider the space you’ll need for HVAC. Dedicated mechanical rooms average around 25 to 40 square feet, depending on whether there’s one unit or two for an upflow furnace.
- If you’re going to use your metal building for vehicle storage, most customers prefer a 3-4 ft gap between vehicles if possible, especially with larger trucks or small planes. We suggest 16- to 18-foot wide double doors to allow for the best access.
- Know that most standard, commercial-grade garage doors require 17” of clearance. Low-clearance track options can help reduce the clearance to as little as 12” in cases when clearance is compromised, and residential doors often require even lower track clearance.
- Set doors along the eave side of the building in order to use roof pitch track doors, which allows you to take advantage of vaulted ceilings.
Our easy-to-use 3D Design Planner can help you visualize what each of these options will look like, and our experts will help you make sure you’ve made the right choice for your needs.
Why Worldwide Steel? 100% usable space, $0 in maintenance
Here’s where making the most of the space you have comes into play. Our all-steel system, (especially the tube column version) is designed to save you time and money from the get-go.
Unlike some metal building kits, ours eliminate the need to build walls within walls. Because our support system supports interior finish work (meaning you won’t have to purchase hundreds or thousands of 2x4s to build interior walls, like you do with some building kits), Worldwide Steel buildings give you 100% usable space.
Once it’s erected, your steel building will be essentially maintenance-free. By using a colored exterior panel we supply, you will get out of tens of thousands of dollars in repainting over the years, and our all-steel system eliminates the possibility of wood rot, termite damage, and more.
Best of all, our detailing team and consultants provide assistance in the final design plan, for free. Ready to get started? Just give our team a call at (800) 825-0316.