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Photo of the finished interior of a Worldwide Steel Buildings barndominium

One of the greatest benefits of a Worldwide Steel building is the level of customization we offer. Many other metal building companies just give buyers four walls of steel framing in predetermined sizes, plus metal sheeting for the walls and roof. At Worldwide Steel, from the moment you begin conceptualizing your building design, you’re presented with options. From doors, windows and skylights to gutters, eaves and cupolas, you can truly make your building your own.

For some of our customers, customization stops there. Maybe they’re storing heavy machinery, hay or building a workshop. In these cases, function comes well before form. They just need heavy-duty building materials, proper ventilation, and the right size doors. Maybe some plumbing, HVAC and electrical. These customers choose Worldwide Steel for the quality of our prefab metal building kits, the enjoyment of working with our team of experts, the ease of construction and our industry-leading 50-year structural warranty. And they’re right to do so. Our buildings hold up to time, hard use and the elements.

But what about our customers who are building homes, barndominiums, man caves, small business buildings, rec centers and churches? When people will be spending a lot of time inside a building, you want some additional comfort and beauty on top of the durability that’s a given with Worldwide Steel building kits.

In these cases, it’s easy to finish the inside and outside of your steel building just like you would traditional construction. Outside, you can finish your steel building with something other than corrugated metal sheeting – stucco, wood or vinyl siding, cedar shakes, even brick. Then there are porches, patios, walkways, landscaping and a variety of other elements to add curb appeal. Our customers often customize the outsides of their steel buildings for one of three reasons:

  1. They need to comply with the regulations of a local building or homeowners association that requires a certain look
  2. They want to attract new clients to their place of business, and know that the more inviting a building looks, the more attention it will attract
  3. They are constructing a steel building they want to match an existing traditionally-constructed building, like adding a stand-alone garage or shed to their home.

Inside, additional finishes are usually desired for comfort, looks, privacy and practicality. And the possibilities are endless. Multiple food-framed rooms, insulation, drywall, wood walls, shiplap walls, staircases and second stories, wood, tile or vinyl flooring … anything you could expect to find in a home or office building, you can include in your Worldwide Steel building.

Of course, adding interior and exterior finishes will add to the final cost of your metal building. However, all things considered, it is almost always still less expensive to finish out a metal building than traditional construction. Plus, even with traditional finishes, you still get the benefits of steel – like the resistance to mold, mildew and pests, the ruggedness to stand up to fires, weather and other natural disasters, to name a few.

Plus, you can save money and express your creativity by either DIYing your finishes or choosing designers, contractors and suppliers yourself, rather than having to choose from a pre-approved (and marked-up) list of vendors provided by your builder. If that sounds daunting, don’t worry.

There are quite a few customization options you can purchase directly from Worldwide Steel to be delivered as part of your building kit. And when you’re looking for metal building finish options beyond what we provide, we don’t leave you to fend for yourself.

In cases where we don’t directly manufacture or supply building finish accessories, we partner with some of the highest-quality finish providers in the midwest. When we recommend another business to our customers, you can be sure we’ve done our due diligence. The product will be quality, the craftsmanship will be quality, and the service will be exceptional.

Case in point: Elmwood Reclaimed Timber. We love partnering with Elmwood because we’ve seen how their reclaimed wood paneling can transform a metal building, and because they’re just great people to work with. Whether you want to panel the walls of your man cave with a rustic reclaimed barnwood, add an accent wall of American walnut to your bedroom, add timber beams to the ceilings of your barndominium, or add a warm-yet-corporate finish to your office building with American ash, Elmwood has you covered. Just like Worldwide Steel, they offer unbelievable customization options. Whatever you have in mind, give them a call to talk it through! They’re passionate about their craftsmanship and are always ready to help make your interior and exterior finishes the best they can be. You can check out some of their projects for proof (and for inspiration).

Ready to get building? Let’s talk. Call Worldwide Steel at (800) 825-0316 today.

Worldwide Steel Building site.

When you’re excited about starting construction on your new metal building, it’s easy to focus primarily on the building itself. The paint colors, the siding, the facade, the unlimited potential. After all, Worldwide Steel offers so many options for bringing your construction dreams to life, and our 3D Online Building Designer makes it fun to see how changing the specs of your building could change the way it looks and functions.

But before you get too carried away with designing your dream building, you need to know where that building is going to be located. Whether you’re still looking for land or choosing a plot and building orientation on property you already own, it’s crucial that you think carefully about your building site.

From zoning requirements to deed restrictions, soil and water issues to utilities access, wind and sun exposure to grade, metal building site selection can make or break your project.

When you work with Worldwide Steel, however, you aren’t left on your own when it comes to building site selection. Usually, do-it-yourselfers are solely responsible for complying with local building restrictions and all other site selection considerations. Our experts do the grunt work for you and with you. We check local building codes, wind and snow loads, zoning restrictions and anything else that could mean trouble for your new building.

But we can’t choose your building site for you (and you wouldn’t want that anyway). A site that will impact your satisfaction with your metal building for decades to come.

And because our building kits are truly DIY, won’t be there once your kit is offloaded from the delivery truck. That means you’re responsible for how the building ultimately comes together on the property. So we figure you want to feel confident about where you’re going to build.

Here are a few things we advise our customers to consider when they’re choosing and preparing a construction site for their new steel building:

  • Survey the site carefully. Make sure you’re aware of any permits you’ll need to build a commercial or residential building, where any underground utilities may be, the exact boundaries of the property, and the grade.
  • Consider the total space you have and/or need. Your metal building will need more room than just its square footage. Any access, walking, parking, growing or green space also needs to be accounted for.
  • Look at the grade. Is your building site flat? Will water run away from the building? If so, will it negatively affect anything on the property around it?
  • Clear and level. You will likely need to regrade the building site, level the property or clear trees and brush.
  • Ensure your documents are in order. Confirm the accuracy of permits, property deeds and building plans you’ll need to legally begin construction.
  • Think about your climate. Unique frost lines, soil types, average weather conditions and location may influence the site selection and building design choices you make.
  • Face the right way. Sun exposure can seriously impact the efficiency of your building.
  • Know which utilities you’ll need and how you’ll access them. If there are already utility lines running under the property, you’ll need to avoid them during construction. If there aren’t, how easy will it be to get them? If you aren’t able to tap into a city’s water supply, you’ll need to plan for a well and a septic system.
  • Confirm the site’s accessibility. You’ll need clearance for construction, space for the delivery truck and setback according to local laws at the very least.
  • Have your soil tested. If it hasn’t been mapped and you haven’t built on the property before, it can be helpful to get a soil test performed. If your soil is too loose, too hard, or contains too much clay, it can affect the functionality of your building. A professional will likely be able to mitigate any issues, but it is important to know about them so they can be dealt with.

We’re confident you’ll love your custom-built metal building. But we’ve been in business long enough to know that customers who put as much thought into site selection as building selection are those who are happiest with their decisions for years into the future.

Want to chat metal building site selection? So do we! give us a call at (816) 307-2614.

A partially-assembled building
At Worldwide Steel Buildings, we pride ourselves on three things above all else:

  1. Industry-leading metal building kits (with industry-leading 50-year warranties)
  2. Our sky’s-the-limit design/build expertise (no middlemen to be found)
  3. A true DIY construction experience (no special skills or equipment required)

We say you can DIY the assembly of your metal building, and we mean it. 

While other steel building vendors require you to hire contractors and rent expensive specialized equipment, our user-friendly metal building kits mean no need to hire outside help, no need to buy unexpected supplementary materials or tools, and no need to slow down the construction of your new metal building. 

With a toolbox full of basic tools, an extension ladder, steel-toed boots and thick gloves, tin snips, a screw gun, a metal cutting blade and a way to unload and hoist your building materials, you’re ready to start building.  

Our metal building kits show up ready to be assembled, straight off the truck. All you need when your steel building kit arrives is a way to unload the materials from the and to hoist the steel trusses during assembly.

Everything we package and deliver is designed to make the unloading, handling and assembly of your steel building kit as easy and safe as possible. 

However, as soon as our delivery truck arrives on your property, that property becomes an active construction site. There will be heavy materials involved in your build, and safety should be your top priority. 

Here are some tips and things to keep in mind while unloading, handling and assembling your metal building kit: 

UNLOADING

  • Wear protective shoes, gloves and safety gear. 
  • Clear your jobsite. Make sure a truck can access your concrete foundation and there’s room for all your building materials upon delivery. 
  • Know how you are going to get your building material off a flat-bed trailer. Most of our customers like to rent a tractor or skytrack if they don’t already have one. 
  • Remember that least-handled material is safest-handled. Know exactly where each part of your building kit is going when it comes off the truck, and unload in a manner that creates an easy pathway to get materials where they’re going.
  • Know what’s in each bundle you’re unloading so you know where to put it the first time.
  • Be prepared with 2x4s. You won’t want to unload your metal building materials directly onto the ground where water or mud could damage them. 
  • When your material bundles are delivered, inspect them for any damage that may have occurred during shipping. If you find any, let the driver know so a notation can be added to the Bill Of Lading.

HANDLING AND STORAGE

  • Once again, we recommend only handling your metal building kit when you absolutely have to. The more materials are moved around, the more risk there is for injury or damage. 
  • Be careful with painted surfaces. Our paint coating is durable and impact-resistant, but dragging it across other metal surfaces may mar the finish.
  • We don’t recommend storing your metal sheeting in its bundles. If, however, something prevents you from starting assembly right away (like inclement weather), keep your materials as dry as possible. We recommend keeping them off the ground, elevating one end of roof and wall sheets, and covering materials with a canvas (not plastic) tarp.

ASSEMBLING

  • Worldwide Steel metal building kits are delivered with easy-to-read step-by-step building instructions. Read them carefully. This isn’t the time to wing it. 
  • Don’t try to be a superhero. Make sure you have enough manpower to assemble your metal building safely. You and your crew don’t need to be experts, but you do need to be clear-headed and wearing proper safety equipment. 
  • Don’t be afraid to brag. Once your metal building is assembled, take a few steps back and admire it. You designed and built that yourself! 

Worldwide Steel metal building kits – no matter what type of building they become – are easy to assemble. And with some pre-planning and proper precautions during unloading, handling, storage and construction, they can be fun to assemble, too. 

Want the fun to start right now? Check out our 3D Building Designer online and watch your steel building take shape virtually. Then give us a call at (816) 608-8681 and talk to one of our steel building consultants about turning it into reality.

 

At Worldwide Steel, we’re committed to customer satisfaction. Not just when your steel building is shiny and new – when it’s shiny and old, too. That’s why every metal building, house, shed or hangar we help you design comes with a limited 50-year warranty: one that we consider the best steel building warranty in the business. It’s easy to understand, it’s comprehensive, and it’s backed by Worldwide Steel pride.

Not many other steel building vendors provide a warranty as all-encompassing or long-lasting as ours, and we think we know why: When you work with another steel building company, they’re probably sourcing parts and services from third party suppliers. We don’t do that. We’re your manufacturers, we’re your consultants, we’re your advisers. And we’re good at what we do, too.

From the first time you get on the phone with a Worldwide Steel team member, you’ll be able to hear and feel the pride we take in our work, the excitement we have about your project, and the knowledge we have about the steel building industry. Any time you have a concern about your design, we’ll be there. Any time you have a question about the building process, we’ll be there. And if you need us to make something right fifty years from now, we’ll be there.

But here’s the other thing about our warranty … you’re probably not going to need it. Worldwide steel products are the highest quality in the industry, we take great care to ensure every one of your projects is well-thought out and well-executed, and that it meets the coding and zoning standards of wherever you are.

If you do happen to need our warranty, though, we make filing a claim as easy as possible. There’s no need to jump through hoops to get what was promised to you. At Worldwide Steel, when something goes wrong, we fix it. As quickly as possible.

Our warranty guarantees that, under normal use and operation, your web steel trusses and other Worldwide Steel-supplied parts will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for fifty years from the date of delivery. And if you choose to purchase pre-painted steel roofing and siding panels as part of your steel building kit, the paint on those is under warranty, too! We work with Central States Manufacturing to guarantee your color-coated finish won’t crack, check, peel or lose adhesion under normal conditions. So not only can you be sure your metal building will function properly for years to come, you can be sure it will keep its looks, too.

What really sets the Worldwide Steel warranty apart, however, is that our reputation depends on it. As the manufacturer, our reputation of quality and service is on the line. We offer this steel building warranty, and we back it up ourselves. Since we offer our warranty directly, and not through a middleman or broker, any warranty claim you may make is handled directly by us.

We want you to look back on the process of erecting your metal building with fondness, whether you’re showing it off when it’s brand new or helping your grandkids maintain it years and years from now.

And from the very beginning, Worldwide Steel buildings are made to last. We take the time to ensure yours is designed to your local snow and wind requirements, is built to code, and is backed by a warranty that protects you from most of what could possibly go wrong with it – for decades.

To get more information on what makes the Worldwide Steel warranty (and everything else we offer) the best in the business, give us a call at (800) 825-0316.

Building steel buildings

Worldwide Steel buildings are designed to be DIY – that’s a selling point written all over our website. But sometimes we find that first-time steel builders, or people who are looking at especially complex or commercial building projects, seem wary.

If you’re one of these people – someone asking “can I really do this all by myself? Build an entire steel building from the ground up? Shouldn’t I hire an architect and an engineer to make sure I’m getting it right?” – here’s the low-down.

DIY steel is the real deal

Generally, yes. You can do it all yourself. You might want to have a buddy or two around to help you erect walls and complete roofing, but you usually don’t even need to rent any heavy equipment, and you don’t need to hire any professionals.

Because the expert Worldwide steel team provides full-service assistance with your steel building – from conception through construction – we’re able to do many of the things architects and engineers traditionally do, as part of our relationship with you.

While we encourage you to start imagining the reality of your steel building through our 3D Building Designer, because we think it helps you envision your final product (and course-correct on anything you thought you wanted but maybe no longer do), and because it helps us get a sense of what’s important to you, we never take a 3D design as law. Along with a quote for what your prototype steel building would cost, we walk through all the aspects of your project that contribute to the success of your building. For example: floor plans, elevations, roof plans, site plans, egress plans and code compliance – aka, the things an architect or engineer usually deals with. You will always receive a WorldWide Steel building kit that is designed to be load-bearing, structurally sound and up-to-code.

If you need them, Worldwide Steel also provides building engineered stamped prints for a fee. We also design each building to meet our customer’s local building requirements and provide a set of blueprints, even if you don’t need them to be certified.

Here’s when you might want an architect or engineer on board

However. Our team can’t always be there with you on-site when your building is being erected. Again, this is usually nothing to worry about, but on occasion, our clients come to us with very complicated commercial projects, and the complexity of those steel buildings could warrant the involvement of an architect or engineer who is experienced with steel building construction.

Our team can almost always provide you with everything you need for a successful project, even if we aren’t boots on the ground alongside you. But if you’re working on, say, a multi-floor commercial project with strict safety requirements and lots of complicated HVAC, in an area where we have less experience with building codes … then sure. A professional engineer or architect looking over your shoulder and reassuring you as the project moves forward can certainly provide peace of mind.

We also like to remind people that architects and engineers are helpful beyond the building itself, if that is of any concern. When deciding building placement, for example, an architect can advise you on wind direction, drainage, easements, and how each can affect the efficiency and longevity of your structure.

Additionally, if your steel building project is going to be part of a group of buildings that aren’t identical but should look and function cohesively, an architect can help you achieve that consistency.

What if I just don’t want to DIm(Y)self?

If, for whatever reason, you simply don’t want to DIY your steel building and would rather hire out the job, you probably still don’t need an architect or engineer. In almost all cases, a local contractor will do what you need to get done, and for a lower cost.

Because erecting one of our steel buildings is so easy, there are contractors across the country that can build your building for you. Depending on where you’re located and what kind of building you’re erecting, our team might be able to put you in touch with one of our trusted contractors.

If you’re not sure whether your project is complex enough to warrant involving an architect or an engineer, or if you want help choosing a contractor, or if you have any other questions at all about the process of erecting a steel building, the Worldwide Steel team is here for you. Give us a call at (800) 825-0316.

Maintaining residential metal buildings

If you’re using a WorldWide Steel Building as your primary residence, routine maintenance is often front and center. It’s your home, and you want it to look nice, be dry, stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. But metal buildings that are more about function than form, like metal garages and metal storage buildings, are more prone to unintentional neglect. Because they probably aren’t used every day, especially during certain seasons, and because their purpose is more about protecting your things than protecting your family, it can be easier to let maintenance slip.

Here’s the good news: metal buildings of all types require much less maintenance than any other kind of structure. They’re fire-resistant, immune to wood rot, less vulnerable to pests, and durable in the face of natural disaster. Our team is so confident in those facts that we offer a best-in-class 50-year structural warranty on every metal building kit we sell. We guarantee that with normal use and operation, your web steel trusses will be defect-free in material and workmanship for a full fifty years.

However. Does that mean you can erect your metal garage or metal storage building and completely ignore it for decades? We certainly don’t recommend it. It doesn’t take long for a very minor issue to become a more serious problem just because you didn’t think it was a big enough deal to address.

There are some simple, hassle-free steps you can take on an annual or biannual basis to ensure your steel building stands the test of time and keeps everything inside it safe.

An easy guide to metal building maintenance

  • Create a maintenance checklist. Keep a paper copy in the steel building as well as a digital version. This helps you keep track of routine maintenance tasks, track any repairs that have been made over the years, and allows you to pass maintenance inspections on to someone else if you’re ever unable to perform them.
  • Inspect the interior and exterior twice a year. Metal buildings are sturdy enough that they don’t need to be coddled, but they should get your attention about twice a year. We recommend spring and fall, after the harsher conditions of winter and summer have abated. The only exception to the spring/fall advice is in the case of excessive winter snow. If your metal building’s roof has a heavy layer of snow buildup, use a snow rake to remove it.
  • Clean the gutters, if your building has them. Gutters are a metal building’s first line of defense against moisture.
  • Inspect the building’s surroundings. Do you see any ground settlement? Are there any large tree branches overhanging the roof, bushes growing too closely to the structure, or root systems creeping their way toward the building? Metal building maintenance issues are usually due to external forces, not deterioration of the building itself.
  • Scan along the foundation. Look for any signs of shifting, as well as signs of rodents burrowing underneath your building.
  • Check the insulation. Insulation plays a major role in keeping what’s inside your metal garage or metal storage building in good condition. Make sure there isn’t any moisture damage, animal damage, or potential for electrical hazard.
  • Oil the hinges. This is important for standard doors, and extra important for overhead doors. Keeping them moving smoothly will prevent potential problems over the long-term.
  • Check window and door seals. Any opportunity for the outside to get inside your metal building could lead to trouble. Ensure everything shuts tightly and seals correctly.
  • Replace any missing screws, and tighten those that may have loosened. Natural expansion and contraction of building materials due to weather changes can loosen screws in a metal building, which could eventually begin to let in the elements.
  • Check for any scratches or gouges in the walls. Especially if your metal storage building or garage is used to keep heavy machinery or construction materials, accidents can happen, and buildings can be damaged.
  • Pressure wash the exterior. Dirt, pollen, bird droppings and fungal growths that occur naturally could eventually lead to oxidation if they aren’t cleaned off regularly.

Overall, you’ll find that metal buildings are really very easy to maintain. As long as you watch out for little issues, generally caused by external factors, and address them before they turn into bigger problems, there’s no type of building material that’s lower-maintenance than steel.

To learn more about our DIY steel building kits and 50-year structural warranty, just give us a call at (800) 825-0316.

Greenhouse flowers

If the supply chain issues brought on by recent global events have you thinking about ways you can become more self-sufficient by growing your own vegetables and crops (or the warmer weather and sunshine brought on by spring have you craving freshly-grown fruits and ornamental plants), and you want to give your plants more protection from the elements and local wildlife than a standard garden provides, it’s time to start thinking more seriously about building a greenhouse. Greenhouses allow you to grow vegetables and crops, fruits and ornamental plants that wouldn’t normally thrive in your climate year-round, and with Worldwide Steel, they’re easier to build and maintain than you might think.

Before you start building your greenhouse, however, you have a few choices to make: 

Choose your purpose: Are you planning to grow for personal use, or for production, on a more commercial scale? Vegetables, fruits, flowers or other plants? While Worldwide Steel Buildings’ focus is primarily on production greenhouses, for both hydroponic and non-hydroponic grow facilities of all types, we are able to manufacture greenhouse buildings in all shapes and sizes. Our custom steel greenhouse building kits can be adapted to any climate, conditions and purpose. 

Choose the optimal location on your land: Careful greenhouse site selection lets you optimize its productivity. In short, you want to choose a location that allows the most sun exposure. “Your plants need at least six hours exposure to sunlight for photosynthesis. The process is necessary for plants to grow healthy and bear fruits or flower. The best sitting direction largely depends on the season you want to grow plants,” says Garden Nurturing. If you plan to grow year-round, choose an east/west-facing ridge. “Lining up the ridge of the structure to run east to west maximizes light interception especially during November to January. The direction will help crops heat up more quickly after cold nights.” If you plan to grow crops primarily during summer, choose a south-facing ridge, as this direction will “generate an equal amount of light to each side of the structure and help reduce too much heat temperature.” It’s also important your site has access to electricity, water and heat. 

Choose the size of building you need: The scale and variety of plants you plan to grow will drive most of your greenhouse square footage decisions. Consider than usually, 40 percent of a greenhouse floor area is needed for aisles and walkways. Work aisles should be at least 18 inches wide, and it’s often recommended to save space for a three-foot to five-foot main aisle down the center of your greenhouse (and potentially around the perimeter as well, depending on its size) for carts and hauling in larger plants and materials. 

Choose your glazing material: Glazing is the covering around your greenhouse frame that lets sun and heat in while keeping the elements out. Glass is the most traditional glazing material, but it is also the most expensive and the most fragile. Plastic sheeting is inexpensive, but deteriorates quickly. Worldwide Steel Buildings generally recommends polycarbonate glazing, because it’s less expensive than glass, is lightweight but durable, and retains heat better than both glass or plastic. 

Choose your manufacturer: Worldwide Steel custom greenhouses can be designed to your exact specifications and come with a 50-year warranty, so you can rest assured that they will stand the test of time. Because our columns and framing are made from 100% steel, our buildings aren’t susceptible to wood rot, insects or other elements. Main frames can be delivered in traditional galvanized steel or painted with a choice of secondary framing in galvanized tubing or wood. Worldwide Steel Buildings’ greenhouse design allows wider column spacing then the standard 5′-6′ spacing, giving you more space and light. Our complete framing kits allow you to use the solid or transparent glazing panels of your choice, and we can coordinate directly with our polycarbonate panel supplier if you’d like a more complete custom greenhouse package. 

It’s the perfect time of year to start designing your steel greenhouse. We can help you put together a structure that fits your needs now and for decades into the future. Give us a call today at (800) 825-0316 – our experts will help you get growing. 

Steel building living room

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:

Save money

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.

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.

Worldwide Steel Buildings was recently honored by the Kansas City Business Journal as one of its 2018 Champions of Business. This annual program recognizes companies based in the Kansas City area that contribute to our community’s economic strength and quality of life.

We are particularly proud to be a Champion of Business because the qualities the selection panel looks for are the same thing we believe allow us to provide a great product and great service to our customers:

Innovation

Our commitment to create steel buildings customized to each customer’s exact needs drives us to constantly find new and innovative ways to deliver on that promise. This includes our 3D Building Designer tool, which we developed to help you design every aspect of your dream building before you order. It also includes our approach to designing and manufacturing our steel building kits for easy DIY assembly to streamline budget and timeline. And, it’s why we love working with our customers to make their unique building ideas a reality – you are part of our innovation team!

Strength and Stability

Just like our building kits, Worldwide Steel Buildings starts from a solid foundation. We own and operate our own manufacturing facility so we control every aspect of quality and fabrication to meet your expectations. We work hard and smart to ensure you are getting an outstanding value, backed by our 50-year warranty. Our focus on giving customers a great product and great service with great value has kept us going and growing for 35 years, so you can be sure we will be here when you need us.

Giving Back

Most importantly, we are committed to being a great place to work to help our employees and our community thrive. As our owner, Jeff Snell, told the Business Journal: “Having an enjoyable place to work is part of the culture, but on top of that, we want our employees to feel empowered to make decisions and make the right decisions based on the customer experience and pride in their work.”

We take great pride in being able to give back to our community through creating jobs and contributing to the local economy. Also, by using exclusively American-made steel, we are not only ensuring high quality of our steel buildings, but by serving our customers in a way that supports our country’s economy as well.

This recognition couldn’t have happened without our tremendous employees and without the support of you, our customers. Thank you for your trust and confidence in us – you are our “Champions of Business”!

Check out our Champions of Business profile here. And as always, call us at any time with questions or to discuss your next project.

For more information about metal building kits contact us, or start designing your building with our online 3D Building Designer Tool by clicking the image below.