How Much Does It Cost to Build a Metal House?
These days, home buyers are increasingly opting for prefabricated steel construction, which delivers in terms of style, durability, and affordability. Unlike traditional wood homes, steel residences don’t rot or warp over time, and they also stand strong against harsh weather, extreme temperatures, heavy usage, termites and other potential construction hazards.
So, while steel homes surpass traditional ones when it comes to strength and ease-of-maintenance, you may be wondering how they stack up in terms of cost. While there are many elements that factor into the final costs of your steel home, most estimates suggest that you can save an average of 30% by opting for steel, as opposed to wood, construction.
While you should expect the cost of building your steel residence to vary based on its size, customizations, complexity and the market price of steel, among other variables, knowing what size metal home you plan to erect should give you a good place to start.
Let’s say you decide on a 30’x60’ prefabricated steel home, which is a pretty standard size and gives you 1,800 square feet of living space. Unless you need to comply with stringent building codes that require heavy snow or wind loads, you can plan on paying between about $8.61 and $9.72 per square foot for your home, which amounts to a total of somewhere between $15,498 and $17,496, excluding shipping costs.
Once you purchase your pre-engineered metal home, you may wonder about the costs associated with erecting it. While construction expenses will fluctuate based on the building height, the complexity of the design and whether a foundation is already in place, among other areas, plan to pay between about $4 and $8 a square foot to raise your steel home. So, for the 30’x60’ home size, expect to pay between $7,200 and $14,400 to erect it.