If you’re considering a 30×40 metal building, know that this is a lot of space. These buildings provide you with 1,200 square feet of space. You’ll have more space than many smaller homes, and you can do a lot with these buildings.
And when you consider how long metal buildings last, you’ll see that this is a solid investment.
How Long Will My Metal Building Last?
A tricky question. Metal buildings will require maintenance, so they’re not a maintenance-free option by any means. With this in mind, steel buildings are also susceptible to the elements, albeit they are much less vulnerable than a traditional building.
A lot of metal buildings have a 50-year warranty, so this is a good starting point.
Roofing and siding will be the main point of failure, but a little maintenance can go a long way in ensuring that your building reaches the 50+ year mark.
There are stories of 70+ year metal buildings still maintaining their integrity with little maintenance needed. Of course, if you live in an area where natural disasters occur, the building may fail, depending on the severity of the issue.
Common Uses of a 30×40 Metal Building
Homeowners that want to use their metal building as a garage will find that a 30×40 metal building provides more than ample space for a garage. You might even be able to use space for storage or even set up your own little workout studio in your garage.
Dimensions for a typical garage are:
- 12 x 22 (a one-car garage)
- 14 x 22 (longer vehicle option)
- 16 x 24 (long truck storage)
As you can see, you’re able to fit two longer vehicles in your building with 18 feet of space available. You can use this space for smaller vehicles, or you can make use of the additional 480 space for tools to work on your cars.
And the 480 square feet is if you have a truck. You can have as much as 600 additional square feet of space to build a workshop in your garage. It’s more than enough room for all of your needs.
A lot of workshops are smaller than 30×40, but with this much space, you’ll have more than enough room to create a workshop for:
- Auto repair
You can use 1,200 square feet of space to store many of your items, too. You can store everything, from boxes to tractors, lawn mowers and other equipment inside of your building. Many 30×40 shop house designs are more garage than home and that seems to be a popular choice with mechanics.
Commercial / Retail
Commercial and retail entities are using metal buildings, too. The space doesn’t sound like all that much, but it is more than enough for:
- Repair shops
- Retail shops
- Real estate offices
- Insurance offices
You’ll find that even fast food restaurants use somewhere in the vicinity of 1,200 square foot buildings. Metal buildings have the benefit of not being combustible, so if a fire does break out, it will remain contained, which is a big benefit for businesses and their customers.
Metal buildings are a mainstay in the agricultural industry. These buildings have many uses in agriculture, including:
- Storage for equipment, hay, feed and so on.
- Small barn structures.
Storage is the main choice for these buildings in the agriculture industry, so you’ll find that many farms choose to use their building to store items that otherwise don’t have a “home.”
Since metal is weather-resilient, farmers don’t have to worry about their grain, feed or equipment being damaged by the elements. In the event of an outdoor fire, the building will hold up much better than its wooden counterparts.
Other Common Building Options
A 30×40 metal building does provide ample space for a variety of buildings. You have unlimited options, with many people choosing to use these buildings for:
- Residential A lot of people are moving toward smaller home sizes, and 1,200 square feet is still ample room for a home. Customization is available, so you can add rooms and even windows into many buildings
- Worship buildings are starting to choose the metal building style. Fire resistance is one reason, but the lower cost and time to build are other bonuses.
- Exercise or hobby rooms are becoming a popular choice. These buildings have more than enough room for the fitness-minded individual who wants to skip the gym and exercise at home.
Metal buildings have the ability to last much longer than their stick-built counterparts. And with the benefit of being highly weather-resistant and also resistant to fire, these buildings make a lot of sense as an alternative.
You also have the option of working with a manufacturer that will be able to design your metal building to meet your needs. Temperature control options allow you the option to make a home out of your building, use it as a man cave or even turn the building into your own office.