A 40×60 metal building provides about 2,400 square feet of space, which makes it ideal for shops, garages and storage. For commercial purposes, this large of a building is a great option for retail stores.

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If you’re planning to construct a 40×60 building, you may be wondering how much your project is going to cost.

It’s impossible to estimate costs without knowing the site conditions and exact specs of your project, but we can look at average costs for just the building to get an idea of your starting costs.

40×60 Price Guide

When trying to estimate the cost of the building, one of the most important factors that will impact the price is the construction method.

Are you looking for a DIY kit, or are you looking for a turnkey solution?

The answer will greatly affect the cost of the building.

  • The average cost of a DIY kit is around $19,000, but costs can range from $17,500 to $20,500. That equates to about $7.30-$8.50 per square foot.
  • Prices for a turnkey solution can range from $36,000 to $45,000. That equates to about $15-$19 per square foot.

Keep in mind that these are just overall costs of a metal building of this size. Depending on the type of building, the cost may be higher or lower. For example, 40×60 shop prices may be lower than a pole barn of this size, which may have more complicated features.

A 40×60 pole barn can cost $20,000-$40,000 on average for storage or industrial use, but costs increase to $35,000-$70,000 if you’re building a pole barn home.

The more complicated the design and finishes, the higher the cost. A 40×60 metal building with living quarters would probably have similar costs to a pole barn home.

What Factors Influence the Cost of a Metal Building?

40x60 metal building kit

In addition to the building style, there are many factors that can influence the cost of a metal building, such as:

Exterior Finishing and Customizations

Any additional finishing options you choose will add to the cost of the building, such as:

  • Trim
  • Stucco
  • Siding
  • Windows
  • Doors

Finishes can add an additional 10-20% to the cost, depending on which options you choose.


If you live in an area that gets heavy snow and/or high winds, you may need a building with thicker materials and heavier supports. This will add to the overall cost of the building.

Concrete Slab Foundation

One of the most important yet overlooked costs of a metal building is the foundation. With a metal building, concrete slab is the most practical and appropriate choice of foundation.

The cost of the foundation will have a significant impact on the cost of your project.

How much does a 40×60 concrete slab cost?

For a slab that’s 6” thick, the costs can range from:

  • $8,500 to $12,000

These figures are based on the national average of about $5 per square foot.

This price typically includes:

  • 3,000 PSI concrete poured to a 6” depth
  • Fibermesh, which is embedded into the concrete for reinforcement
  • A minimum of one row of rebar around the perimeter
  • Form made from 2×6 lumber to surround the slab
  • Labor

The cost of your foundation will, of course, be dependent on your site. If the site requires extensive preparation, that will add to the costs of the foundation and overall costs of the project.

Construction Costs

The cost to construct the building must also be taken into consideration. These costs will vary greatly depending on your location and whether you plan to construct the building yourself. Even with the manufacturer’s directions in hand, you’ll need to have a few helpers to get a building of this size up. You will also need some sort of lifting equipment to off-load the building and raise members into place.

On average, you can expect to spend $3-5 per square foot in labor costs if you hire professionals.

You’ll also need to tack on an additional 5-10% in delivery costs.

To sum up: the cost of a turnkey 40×60 metal building can cost $36,000-$45,000, but a DIY kit can range from $17,500 to $20,500. Pole barns of this size and shops with living quarters will add to the overall cost.

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