A 40×80 metal building spans a staggering 3,200 square feet, offering you more than enough space for an office, garage, repair shop, storage, church, recreational space and even a home. In this guide, we’ll cover the most common uses of a 40×80 building, average cost and factors that can impact the building’s price.

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40 x 80 Metal Building Uses

A 40 x 80 building offers enough space for multiple applications, including:


Using your 40×80 pole barn with metal siding as a home allows you to make the most out of an open, expansive floor plan. Add in multiple rooms, bathrooms, and a deck to make your metal building a main residence, guest home or a rental property that generates income.


Build your own master workshop. Your building will have more than enough space for any project. Add work benches, park your boat or tractor in the space or fill it with the tools you need when working in your home, car or just for your hobbies.


Transform the space for commercial use. A 40 x 80 building allows you to operate your own storage center, warehouse, gym, offices and more. If you want a fast build for your commercial operation, a metal building is a good choice.


Create your own industrial complex. Add bays for trucks to drop off goods, multiple entrances and enjoy 3,200 square feet of storage space, too. Metal buildings offer many industrial companies the space necessary to house all of their goods.


Want space for your horses or a shelter for your livestock in the rain? A metal building offers you peace of mind that you’ll have a sturdy, low-maintenance structure for all of your agricultural needs, including storing feed, protecting equipment from the elements and more.

Metal buildings offer the same great functionality as non-metal structures, but they also offer the benefit of:

  • Longer-lasting design
  • Low-maintenance
  • No risk of termites or other pests
  • Stronger wind resistance and snow load
  • More

Additionally, a metal building offers these great benefits at a cost that is lower than a wooden structure.

40×80 Steel Building Costs

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Steel costs can vary based on market prices, but many building kits can cost $17 – $25 per square foot for a kit. Installed prices can vary from $25 – $50 per square foot. For 3,200 square feet  building, prices are:

  • $54,000 – $80,000 for the kit
  • $80,000 – $160,000 for a kit with installation

Costs for a metal building are far below stick-built home costs, which average $150 – $250 a square foot at the time of publication.

Working with a reputable company that can obtain wholesale prices for your kit is your best option to keep the costs of your building down.

Other Cost Factors

Multiple factors impact the final price of a building. You can choose a low-end or high-end building, and the main difference between prices will be:

  • Delivery: Manufacturers with factories closer to your build site can often ship your metal building kit for less than a manufacturer that is across the country.
  • Economic conditions: Steel prices fluctuate, and prices will vary if supplier costs rise due to shortages.
  • Floors: Adding a second floor to the building is possible, doubling the space but also increasing the overall cost. With high ceilings, an additional floor can make the space more than enough for residential or commercial use.
  • Accessories and finishes: What doors and windows will you have in your building? Do you want extra accessories or high-end finishes? Every addition you request will add to the price of the building.
  • Insulation and roofing: Higher R-value insulation will cost more, adding to the structure’s price. Certain roof types may require additional supports or materials, causing the price of the kit to be higher.
  • Setup: Your setup will have its own cost, too. Many people purchase these building kits and construct them themselves. If you want to save money, a self-installation will save you the most money. Paying a builder will add to the cost of your build, as outlined in the average cost section above.

Finally, your build site will have its own costs involved before placing the building. Clearing the lot and adding a foundation, plumbing, electricity and other site prep will add to the final cost of your project.

However, for a 3,200 square feet building, metal offers the option of an open floor plan, high-end durability and rapid construction.

If you’re ready to buy your 40×80 metal building or want to quote local prices, we work nationwide and can help you find the best price for your kit.

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