How to Create Your Perfect Custom Steel Building Design

Whether you’re looking to build your dream garage or need to put up a commercial building for your business, a steel building can serve you well for years to come. Although that might bring visions of a basic steel frame and drab gray panels, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can go above and beyond ordinary builds with a custom steel building from SteelCo Buildings, Inc. Sound like just what you need? Here’s how to get started in designing your perfect steel building.  

Pick Your Preferred Frame Style

Your custom steel building design starts with the selection of the right frame style. You have many options to choose from, depending on your goals for the building, such as:

  • Rigid frame
  • Modular rigid frame
  • Single slope rigid frame
  • Tapered beam
  • Lean-to

To find the best frame, you just have to partner with our knowledgeable designers. Using our understanding of what you want to build, its location on the lot, and other key factors, we can help you zero in on the ideal solution.

If you’re building a shopping center in an area with drainage restrictions, for example, then may recommend the single slope rigid frame. But if you’re simply looking to expand an existing building, then the lean-to frame may be a better option.

Go with the Right Panel Options

After selecting your frame, you can further customize your steel building with your preferred roof and wall panels. Are you looking for a decorative look without compromising on strength and durability? Then, the “A” wall panel will undoubtedly meet your expectations. If you need to strictly control temperatures inside the building, you can go with the insulated wall panel.

There are many other options available as well, all of which allow you to optimize the appearance and utility of your building. If you’re not sure which panels to choose, just ask our steel building designers for their recommendations.

Select Your Ideal Coating Type

Once you have your frame and panel styles dialed in, you can focus on selecting the best coating type. You can choose between the silicone-polyester (SP) paint and the Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coating.


SP cool coatings are vivid, durable, and wholly cost effective. The silicone helps the pigments stay bright and glossy through the years. As a result, you never have to worry about chalking or fading, which is common with regular polyester paint.

You can get SP cool coatings in nine attractive colors:

  • Polar White
  • Sandstone
  • Sagebrush Tan
  • Fox gray
  • Galvalume
  • Burnished Slate
  • Aztec Blue
  • Forest Green
  • Brick Red

You can even go with different colors on the frame and panels for a gorgeous two-tone aesthetic. No matter which colors you select, the SP cool coatings come with a 24-year finish warranty. This provides excellent value for the money, helping protect your investment for the long term.


While not as cost-effective as SP paint, PVDF cool coatings are designed to last at least 35 years, so you can enjoy their vivid tones for decades to come. With a chemical structure similar to Teflon, this coating resists all weathering, scratches, and similar types of damage. Beyond that, its cool technology helps reduce heat transfer, making it a truly environmentally-friendly coating option.

You can get your PVDF cool coating in 15 stunning colors:

  • Regal White
  • Reflective White
  • Warm White
  • Pearl Gray
  • Desert Sand
  • Surrey Beige
  • Slate Gray
  • Royal Blue
  • Terra Cotta
  • Cypress Green
  • Dark Bronze
  • Brite Red
  • Charcoal
  • Midnight Black
  • Galvalume

As with SP coatings, you can go with a two-tone look instead of selecting just one overall color. All PVDF coating colors come with a 35-year finish warranty, so you just know it will stay in fantastic shape over the years.

In addition to our basic color options for each coating type, we can match any color as long as you have a metal chip sample available. Our color matching process gets as close as possible to the original color, letting you optimize the exterior design of all structures on your property. If you go with a non-stock color, it’ll take a bit longer to customize your steel building to your specifications.

Ready to Customize Your Steel Building? Here’s What to Do

If you’re ready to move forward with your custom steel building project, reach out to our team at SteelCo Buildings, Inc. with a call to 1-866-278-6032. We will draw up the building to your exact specifications. Once you authorize the build, our team will coordinate all of the components, plans and shipping to your location. So, please feel free to contact our team today to start customizing your steel building and put in your order.


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