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How Much Do Custom Metal Structures Or Objects Cost?

Most homeowners spend between $1,023 to $1,850 nationally.
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From sheds and carports to decorative gates and railings, metal structures are practical and decorative additions to any property. They provide security, storage space and shade. These structures and objects come in an array of shapes, sizes and construction types, but working with metal requires a certain degree of skill and specialized equipment that pros know how to use.

This cost guide offers advice for hiring a pro to create and install custom metal structures and objects. When you’re ready, let ImproveNet connect you with a local professional in your area.

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National Average Cost $4,210
Minimum Cost $75
Maximum Cost $40,000
Average Range $1,023 to $1,850
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Table of Contents

  1. Custom Metal Work Cost
  2. Advantages Of Metal Structures
  3. Disadvantages Of Metal Structures
  4. Where To Use Metal
  5. DIY Or Hire A Contractor?
  6. How To Find A Company That Builds Custom Metal Structures
  7. Find A Contractor

Custom Metal Work Cost

The cost to build or create custom metal work depends greatly on the size of the project and the amount of required expertise. Although homeowners report paying between $797 and $3,707 for a project, some pay as little as $500 for a basic shed, and others pay as much as $20,000 or more for larger structures like storage buildings. Wrought iron fencing for a small lot can cost $10,000 to install, whereas a basic metal railing for entry steps might cost as little as $275.




$1,000 to $22,000


$200 to $500


$700 to $8,000


$18,000 to $27,000


$1,500 to $8,000


$6,000 to $8,000

Pole Barn

$5,000 to $50,000


$27 to $144 per linear foot


$13,000 to $16,500 for 1,700 square feet


$500 to $6,500


$400 to $5,000

Tornado Shelter

$850 to $10,000

These prices are just guidelines, as most companies that do custom metal work create pieces to the customer's specifications because each job is different. The cost of a project goes up and down depending on the cost of labor and materials in the region. The single most important cost factor is the amount of time it takes to create the piece. Ornate pieces like gates with scrolling inserts require considerable skill to melt the metal and bend it in the desired shape. For buildings, the amount of prep work, like ground excavation and foundation construction, increases the total cost of the project. Finally, the cost of metal does fluctuate, and building a structure or object during periods of price hikes adds to the final cost.

Advantages Of Metal Structures

Advantages Of Metal Structures

As a building material, metal offers several advantages over wood and concrete. It's durable, sustainable and versatile for a variety of projects, which are qualities that can make it an economical option. When maintained properly, metal lasts for years and holds up against severe weather. Metal is also an eco-friendly building material made from recycled products that also can be recycled at the end of its life. Other advantages include:

  • Requires little maintenance
  • Energy efficiency reduces heating and cooling costs
  • Variety of colors, textures and profiles
  • Versatile, customizable look
  • Fire resistant

Disadvantages Of Metal Structures

Although it’s economical, metal typically costs more than wood. It takes more time to construct since the attachments used to hold the pieces together take longer to install. This increases the overall cost of the structure. Although metal withstands higher temperatures than wood, it does lose strength in extremely high temperatures and can sustain damage from fires. When untreated, metal may corrode, so it’s not always the best choice for structures near seawater unless it has a special coating or paint that prevents corrosion.

Where To Use Metal

Where To Use Metal

Metal works for a variety of structures, from railings to complete buildings and even homes. Metal fabricators like to meet with their customers so they understand exactly what the client wants and consult with engineers to make sure the design functions and meets local building codes. As soon as they have an acceptable design, they create the piece to the customer's specifications. Some of the structures they build include the following:

  • Awnings and patio covers
  • Railings for stair cases, decks and balconies
  • Spiral staircases
  • Driveways, entry gates, patios and pathways
  • Fences
  • Decorative inserts for windows, gates and doors
  • Doors
  • Furniture

DIY Or Hire A Contractor?

Depending on the project, it’s possible to construct metal structures without the help of a professional. For example, many companies sell steel building, carport or shed kits that require assembly on site. These homeowners need specific tools to finish the project, including a power drill, ladder or scaffolding, a level, measuring tape, a post hole digger, shovel, sockets and a hammer. Some structures require additional equipment like a backhoe, welding equipment or a jigsaw with a blade designed to cut through metal.

Some municipalities, however, require that certain types of buildings meet local building codes, especially in areas prone to wind damage. In these cases, hiring a contractor is best. As experts in the field, contractors know how to create a proper foundation for the structure and construct it safely. Projects that require welding are also better left to the pros who know how to handle the equipment.

How To Find A Company That Builds Custom Metal Structures

How To Find A Company That Builds Custom Metal Structures

Working with metal can be dangerous. Sheets of metal are sharp and easily slice through skin. Welding requires heating the metal to extremely high temperatures that can cause serious injury. For this reason, it is important to find a professional with plenty of experience. One way to do this is to ask for referrals from others who have worked with metal fabrication companies. Before hiring a company, verify that the employees are certified welders. Ask about their experience working with different types of metal and whether they have engineers and designers on staff.

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