Great Western Buildings

Pacific Northwest Metal Buildings

The sprawling mountain ranges and dense forests of the Pacific Northwest are some of the most awe-inspiring sceneries that the U.S. has to offer. From the Quinault Rain Forest and the vast beauty of Olympic National Park to the coastal cities of Oregon, there’s enough breathtaking beauty courtesy of Mother Nature to convince nearly anyone they’d love to live there. If you live there, though, we’re sure you’re more than familiar with the rain. The phrase “when it rains, it pours” is an understatement for a healthy portion of the PNW. That presents a set of issues when it comes to structure longevity and construction.

If you’re from the PNW, you’re likely more than familiar with the vast water damage affecting hundreds of homes and businesses. It can cause all kinds of damage and even make a presumably safe structure dangerous to inhabit. In addition, the consistent rainfall can limit usable time on the job site when building and even cause premature damage or corrosion to your building materials if they’re left out in the elements. Though you’re likely well aware of the damage the PNW’s rain can bring to metal objects, a pre-fabricated metal building kit is the perfect solution for a long-lasting and resilient structure in the Pacific Northwest climate. Moreover, a metal building is a phenomenal solution for Northwestern states that don’t share the Pacific coastline like Idaho’s snowy plains and mountain-laden regions.

Why a Metal Building is Perfect for the PNW

Steel is inherently stronger than wood as a material. It’s much more robust and resistant to the effects of moisture from heavy rainfall or heavy winter snowfall. In addition, the overall strength advantage of steel allows for less necessary structural material to support snow loads compared to traditional timber structures. This means that the cost of building materials when choosing a metal building kit is typically on par with that of a traditional building and, in some instances, can be more affordable. In addition, a prefabricated structure with precisely engineered parts means there is little to no waste at the job site regarding materials and time. Having a quick-to-erect structure is invaluable when you’re up against a short build season and potential rain delays. 

Understandably, you might hesitate to spring for a metal building in one of the wettest climates in the U.S. Corrosion is certainly no joke and can be devastating to metal components. However, modern coating solutions like G90 Galvanized steel offer an effective layer of protection between your building materials and the elements. G90 Galvanized steel has a thick zinc coating that acts as a barrier to fend off corrosion of your building’s components. In addition, modern insulation solutions also help to prevent the accumulation of moisture in the structure to ensure the structure is safe from corrosion and degradation. 

Metal structures offer an unprecedented amount of flexibility in their uses. Whether you’ve got a small clearing between trees on your property or a sprawling space to fit a warehouse or riding arena, the clear-span framing of a metal building allows the maximization of the building’s footprint. With no interior support columns interrupting the floor space, even a smaller metal building can offer a substantial amount of usable storage, shop, or commercial space. Whether you want to add a recreational or storage building to your private property or build a large retail or warehousing facility, a steel building is a blank canvas for virtually any discipline.

Why A Great Western Building Suits the PNW

A building from Great Western is your perfect PNW solution. Our metal building kits come standard with G90 Galvanized steel to offer maximum rust and corrosion resistance from the very beginning. Each building we manufacture is designed specifically for the customer’s unique location and needs. Our designers are familiar with International Building Code requirements, so no matter your climate, you can take solace in knowing that your building is ready to take on the place you call home. Whether you’re in a high-snowfall area that requires heavy snow load support or an area prone to high winds, our expert team will ensure your building is up to the task of withstanding the climate for a lifetime. We stand behind our product with a lifetime structural warranty to ensure that is the case.

Our buildings are designed with DIY and first-time builders in mind. They’re explicitly engineered for quick and efficient erection and come with an in-depth and comprehensive erection manual to ensure no time is wasted during the construction process. Though metal buildings need very little maintenance, we provide our customers with a maintenance and upkeep manual that ensures your building stays in tip-top shape throughout its life. Finally, we offer a 24/7 customer support hotline to give you peace of mind throughout the design, delivery, and erection process.

Make it Your Own with Flexible Customization

Our buildings are highly customizable, from basic size and roof shape right down to window and door design and placement, color choices, ventilation systems, and much more. So, no matter what your intended use case is, our team of designers can ensure your building meets precisely what you need in terms of use and budget.

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.