Why A Metal Building Is A Cost-Effective Option In 2019

Words by Emily Roberts

For any property expert, the cost-effectiveness of choosing steel and other metals for building materials is obvious. This material is long-lasting and has many other financial benefits meaning that it is becoming increasingly popular in 2019.

Here, we are going to talk you through what choosing steel means for your wallet and why you should think about using it. Keep reading to find out more about metal buildings.

Initial Costs

While steel might not be the cheapest option when it comes to choosing building materials for your project, you will find that the initial costs are more effective in the long-run. When you buy metal building kits, you are only paying for what you need. The provider of your steel building will ensure that each part of your steel build fits together perfectly. For other materials, you might not know your exact needs. This could lead you to pay for more bricks or other materials. Steel is prefabricated and so you won’t be spending more than you need to.

A Tempohousing Nigeria project in Lagos using shipping containers.


Many metal buildings are actually pretty straightforward to build with many people adding these types of buildings to their property all of the time. This is because they are easy to follow and come in the right size – just needing put together. This means that you will spend a lot less money on the team that needs to install the building and the length of the product will be shorter. A smaller team and a shorter project only mean one thing – it will be much more cost-effective in the long-run.

A model home in Lagos, Nigeria by Kalsi Construction using light gauge steel, took 3.5 months to complete.
See more about the project here.


Metal buildings are made of one of the most durable metals and so you can guarantee that your building will be long-lasting. This makes it extremely cost-effective as you won’t need to worry about replacing it in the future as it will likely stay standing against many different weather conditions. No one wants to work on a building that is only going to last a few years. Choose a metal building for your next commercial or private project and you will see just how cost-effective this is.

35th Street is one of the world’s largest steel housing project by Teget in Turkey and was completed in 2011.
See the project here.

Energy Costs

The final reason why steel buildings are a much more cost-effective option is that they have much lower energy costs. These buildings can be easily insulated and so will not only be cost-effective for the construction company but also the person who is occupying it. With lower energy costs and a smaller carbon footprint, it is clear that metal buildings are much more cost-effective.

The ISDSI campus in Thailand is an example of a low energy building

Final Thoughts

Steel buildings can be extremely cost-effective for many different reasons including the length of the project, the lack of waste and the lower energy costs that come with this sort of building. If you are planning on building a commercial or private property in the near future, think about using steel to save some money. The initial cost of the materials will outweigh the costs that you would usually have further along. There will be less maintenance and the building will likely stay standing for a long time.

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