Great Western Buildings

Great Lakes Metal Buildings

The harsh winters of the Great Lakes region bring frigid temperatures and icy winds that can take a severe toll on its community. If you live there, we’re sure we don’t have to tell you that. In addition, the extreme climates surrounding The Great Lakes can have detrimental effects on buildings. Whether in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, or Wisconsin, a building’s durability and longevity are likely the first things that come to mind. Your summers are hot and humid, and winters bring their fair share of moisture, too. A quick look at cars on Great Lakes roads is all it takes to understand that metal objects in this region are prone to premature corrosion. That’s why it’s of utmost importance that you’re confident you’re getting a building as resilient and dependable as the folks that call The Great Lakes Region home.

Similarly, you’re likely more than familiar with the short build season associated with living in The Great Lakes Region. If you want to add a structure to your property, you don’t want to waste this precious time. Missing that narrow construction window can result in brutal days at the job site in nasty weather conditions or, worse yet, your building materials sitting out in the elements for a long and unforgiving winter. You need a building solution that goes up quickly and efficiently without compromising its ability to withstand the Great Lakes climate.  A pre-fabricated metal building designed with the Great Lakes region in mind could be the perfect solution for your project.

Why Choose a Metal Building for Your Great Lakes Project?

The benefits of steel as a building material over traditional wooden construction materials are plentiful. Steel is more robust than wood and, when it comes to construction, doesn’t come with much of a cost penalty, if any. The inherent strength of steel makes for a much more resilient structure that can handle hefty winds and severe winter weather. Additionally, metal buildings require little to no maintenance. 

It’s understandable if you’re hesitant to choose a metal building due to concerns over rust and corrosion. However, modern metal building materials and technologies have drastically improved resistance to these issues. For example, G90 galvanized steel offers an enhanced Zinc coating that is robust and acts as a defensive layer between your steel components and moisture. In addition, modern roof panels and insulation solutions can help prevent moisture from accumulating within the structure of a steel building. 

Finally, clear-span framing of a metal building means no interior support columns interrupt your usable space. So whether you’re storing heavy machinery or using your building for commercial or recreational purposes, a metal structure provides plenty of space to work with.

Why A Great Western Building Suits the Great Lakes

A metal building from Great Western is an investment you can count on even despite the intense weather conditions of The Great Lakes region. All of our steel building kits come standard with G90 galvanizing to ensure you’re getting maximum corrosion resistance. We don’t expect our customers to simply take our word for it. Every building kit we sell comes with a lifetime structural warranty. In addition, our designers are intimately familiar with building design to meet International Building Code (IBC) requirements based on your specific location. As a result, each Great Western building is designed uniquely for our customers. 

Our buildings are engineered with first-time builders and DIY-oriented folks in mind. Our pre-fabricated components make them quick and easy to erect, ensuring time is well-spent at the job site, and no materials go to waste. We provide our customers with an industry-leading erection manual that is both in-depth and easy to understand. In addition, we offer a 24/7 customer service hotline to answer any questions you have throughout the entire design, delivery, and building process. 

Our buildings are customizable and flexible. So, whatever your unique use case is, the team at Great Western can ensure you get exactly what you need. 

Customization to Make A Great Western Building Yours

Steel buildings from Great Western are highly customizable. In addition to standard variables like size and roof design, you can decide on your building’s color, window design and placement, door style and placement, and ventilation systems. So, no matter your building’s intended use case, we can provide a metal building designed to meet your needs.

If you’ve got a unique use case that isn’t on the list, contact us directly, and we’ll work with you to provide the building you need.

Common Metal Building Use Cases


  • Industrial and Manufacturing facilities
  • Home Garages and Workshops
  • Heavy machinery storage
  • Aircraft hangars
  • Agricultural barns and storage
  • Residential homes and barndominiums
  • Home sports and training facilities
  • Churches
  • Commercial facilities
  • Equestrian stables and riding arenas
  • Warehouses
  • Government buildings

If you’re interested in getting started, try our 3D Building Designer. It allows you to customize and visualize your perfect metal building solution. Once your preliminary design is done, simply submit it for an accurate estimate. If you’re unsure where to start with the designer, contact us directly to get the ball rolling on your free quote.

Why Choose Great Western Buildings?

At Great Western, each building project we complete is built on the back of our core values in designing high-quality American-made buildings that we can stand behind for life. Moreover, we strive to ensure that our customers get the exact building that they want. Our team works with you to create a building that meets the needs of your specific use case, location, and budget. Designed with the DIY-er and first-time builder in mind, Great Western Buildings are affordable and simple to erect. If you run into an issue or have a question, we have a 24/7 construction support hotline to take care of you.

Every Great Western Building comes with a lifetime structural warranty. You can take solace in knowing that our designers leave no stone unturned when it comes to your local codes and climate requirements no matter what size building you’re in the market for. Our team’s expansive knowledge of our structures and experience in designing buildings for all regions and climates funnel into your building to make it exactly that; YOUR building.

Design Your Custom Building

Great Western’s custom design tool allows you to design, customize, and price the best metal building for your needs. You can also share and print your designs or save them and modify them later.