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Buying a Steel Building in Canada

A quality steel building in Canada lasts for decades, giving you the design and size you need to protect your equipment or people inside.

They are completely customizable, come in a dozen different colours, and serve many purposes.

From a city lot in Toronto to the wind-swept wheat fields of eastern Ontario, steel buildings help Canadians in many ways.

What can I use a steel building in Canada for?

Steel buildings are versatile and customizable.

Home and residential customers use steel buildings in a variety of ways, including as:

● Industrial buildings for factories, repair shops, and machine shops.
● Woodworking, metalworking, welding, and 3D printing shops.
● Public service or community gathering places.
● Warehouses with plenty of storage space.
● Garages for storing vehicles of all sizes, from cars and boats to RVs and large trucks.
● Aircraft hangars for planes at airports.
● Horse riding arenas at agricultural centres.
● Gymnasiums with athletic courts for community gathering places.
● Commercial buildings like retail stores, strip malls, and markets.
● Agricultural centres containing display areas, barns for horses, farming equipment, chicken coops, and grain storage.
● Mini-storage buildings as a business or on residential property.
● Trucking companies to store semi-trailers, tractor cabs, and parts for repair bays.
● Military buildings to store ammo, weapons, and equipment to complement training facilities.
● Places of worship like churches, synagogues and temples.

Steel buildings in Canada have as many uses as there are types of businesses. Whatever your reason, Olympia Steel Buildings of Canada can help you pick the right one to fit your needs.

How do I shop for a steel building in Canada?

Shopping for a steel building in Canada is simple once you go through a few steps to narrow down what you need.

1. Ascertain the purpose of your steel building.

Before you shop for one, you need to know why you want a steel building in the first place because that can determine the size of your building. Maintaining one RV with a woodworking shop next to it would require a much smaller size compared to a warehouse or storage facility.

2. Determine a budget.

How much money are you willing to spend on a steel building? That will also be a determining factor as to the size and scope of the project.

If you plan on hiring someone to erect the building on your property, that will increase the price because of labour costs. Putting together a steel building kit on your own will keep your costs lower.

If you want an estimate of how much a building will cost, we’ve got a price estimator on our website.

You’ll just need to know a few data points, like:

● Size of the building
● Province
● Date of the build
● Gauge of the steel (from 12 gauge to 26 gauge)
● Height of the roof
● Style of the roof
● Fully enclosed or partially enclosed

Size and gauge (thickness of the steel) are the two most important factors when determining the costs of materials for your steel building in Canada. A taller roof needs more steel, and an A-frame roof costs less than a vertical roof.

3. Kits Versus Prefab

A steel building kit is where we ship you everything you need to put together your own steel building, while a prefabricated steel building in Canada offers a less expensive way to put a building on your property compared to making one from scratch on your property. Prefab means we construct the materials ahead of time and then assemble the building on your property.

4. Research several steel building companies in Canada.

Now the serious part of your purchasing process begins.

Research several steel building companies in Canada. Examine their options, building styles, sizes, and colours available.

Look at each company’s website to see what kind of information you can find. Is the company open about their pricing? Is there a lot of information on the website? Or is the website just basic?

Does the company have a mission statement? How long has the company been around? What services do they offer? What are the reviews like? Is there a gallery of steel buildings to look at?

Somewhere on the site the company should describe their process from start to finish. They should also list building features, types of steel buildings, and the industries the company caters to and specializes in.

Does the steel building company hold any industry certifications? Some certifications indicate the quality of workmanship of each company because they follow certain standards. Others are not so thorough.

Most importantly, you want a steel building company in Canada with great customer service.

5. Contact the companies you like to narrow your search.

Of the companies you researched, narrow down your search further by contacting your top choices. How each company answers your questions and handles your concerns will go a long way to making you feel comfortable about your choice.

Was the person you spoke to friendly? Was the person professional? If the person couldn’t answer your question, did he or she offer to find out for you and get back to you?

Customer service is important in our industry. It’s what separates a good steel building company from a great one. Investing in a steel building is no small thing, and you deserve to be treated well by your chosen company. Ask us anything. We’ll happily answer. Our ultimate goal is your satisfaction.

How do I get a quote for a steel building in Canada?

You can fill out a form to get an estimate and then a steel building company will get back to you promptly. Or you can contact a steel building company in Canada and they will get back to you as soon as they can.

Who can supply my home or residence in Ontario with a steel building?

Olympia Steel Buildings of Canada can supply you with a quality prefabricated steel building or a steel building kit you can put together on your own.

If you have any questions for us, feel free to reach out to our team. We’ll be happy to get back to you as soon as we can about your high-quality steel building in Canada.

Olympia Delivers in Partnership with City of Toronto

Olympia Steel Buildings Canada in Partnership with Studio City Toronto and the City of Toronto delivers two of the largest state of the art film studio’s right on the lakeshore found here the heart of the city.

Mayor John Tory and construction firms worked diligently for over a year with architects from RAW and Chief Estimator – George Zakhem from Olympia Steel Buildings Canada to finalize and deliver the reconstructed Don River’s vision of these state of the art film studios.

Construction will continue into late fall 2020.

Toronto Film Studio

Toronto Film Studio
Toronto Film Studio

Save Money Choosing Steel

Steel is among the strongest, most durable and most versatile materials available for building construction. With an industry-leading strength to weight ratio, steel offers benefits unparalleled by its wooden and concrete counterparts. You can expect prefab steel structures to last for decades, standing strong against mother nature and requiring little to no maintenance to remain in good repair. With all of steel’s benefits, you’d expect it to also be the most expensive building option. After all, in most industries, the best options are typically the most costly. Steel doesn’t follow that trend. Here are all of the reasons that steel is often your most cost-effective option.

Efficient, Innovative Planning

Prefab steel buildings are designed by engineers using advanced computer software. With these resources, planning is quicker, cheaper and more flexible. We are able to work with you to perfectly match your building to your needs, and then use those plans to manufacture every piece required to bring it to life.

Installation is Faster & Cheaper

Steel is much lighter than other construction materials, so the foundation to support your building will require less concrete. The building itself arrives to the site in ready-to-assemble pieces. These pieces are made to fit perfectly, which means no cutting or altering and very little waste leftover when complete. This process requires less in both labor costs and construction time. In fact, many customers choose to save extra by erecting their buildings themselves.

100% Recycled Material

Unlike other recycled construction materials, steel can recycle without degrading. New steel is constantly being made using recycled steel, making steel one of the most widely available and cost-effective Sbuilding materials.

Little Maintenance Required

Steel buildings are built to last. While wood and concrete degrade, requiring constant, costly upkeep and repair, steel retains its strength for decades. It is resistant to issues like pests, water damage and fire. It is more resistant to damage and corrosion from heavy winds and rain, and is able to withstand heavy snowloads without caving in. All of this adds up to a longer lasting building and more money in your pockets.

Expanding is Easy

Eventually, you’re going to want more space. Whether to accommodate a growing business or a growing fleet of recreational vehicles, plenty of our customers come back asking how easily they can add more space. Luckily, steel buildings are built with expansion in mind. The process of adding space is quick and easy; remove the endwall and add new segments as necessary. Expanding a steel building requires little time, effort and, specifically for businesses, little disruption, saving money and hassle in the process. Why close down for a lengthy construction process every time you outgrow your space? Instead, choose a versatile building that will grow with your needs.

Insurance Costs Go Down

Steel is less likely to require repairs, and insurance companies know this. While you may pay a lot to insure traditional structures, which are vulnerable to fires, hurricane winds, pests and more, you’ll see those insurance costs fall when you choose steel.

They Hold Value

Because of their strength, durability and flexibility, steel buildings tend to hold value better than than wood and concrete. So, your investment is likely to look just as good decades down the road.

Steel Buildings in Canadian Weather

Steel structures are known for their unparalleled durability, but can they withstand the toughest tests Canadian weather has to offer?

The subarctic climates of central and northern Canada see temperatures below -20° C throughout the majority of their extended winters, occasionally falling near the Yukon all time record low -63° C (-81.4° F). Snow and ice cover the surface for more than half of the typical year, with snows measuring up to 130 inches over as many as 93 days of snowfall. Winter weather can often come in its extremes. Blizzards bring winds exceeding 40 km/h, reduced visibility, heavy snow and freezing rain. These storms can last anywhere from several hours to several days. Ice storms dump exorbitant amounts of freezing rain, which builds up on rooftops and can cause them to buckle. To withstand heavy snow and ice, you’ll need a building that won’t cave under the pressure. Luckily, steel buildings are designed to handle conditions just like these, with strength and durability to stand through conditions a typical wooden structure simply wouldn’t. Our purlin-braced roof panels are made of 26 gauge AZ55 Galvalume steel with 1¼” inch depth in the corrugation, which adds a great deal of strength to the roof, preventing any risk of cracking, bending or leaking.

But, you still need to plan your design to match your snow load needs and local specifications in order to get the most out of your structure. Snow loads can put in excess of 100 pounds per square foot atop a roof, and the wrong design can lead to sagging, leaking roofs with potential to collapse. Our engineers will work with you to calculate the proper snow load for your needs, taking into consideration factors like necessary roof pitch, wind exposure and ground snow information in your area. With the proper roof pitch, snow and ice will slide off your structure, leaving you worry-free.

While roof pitch will solve most snow and ice issues for you, you can also use several tools to alleviate any remaining snow load; roof rakes with 20-foot handles that can pull snow and ice off of a roof, de-icers that can heat the roof’s surface to melt away snow and ice, and snow guards, which hook onto roof panels to break up snowfall and ice buildup making it more easy to clear.

With steel, you also don’t have to worry about rust from exposure to conditions. Out Galvalume AZ55 steel roofing in highly rust-resistant, and protected by a 40-year limited rust-through perforation warranty.

It isn’t just winter weather that can prove hazardous to a structure. Canadian wind storms can gust at speeds exceeding 90 km/h. Canada also experiences up to 80 tornadoes per year, with winds exceeding 200 km/h. You’ll be relieved to know that, unlike wooden structures, steel buildings are built to withstand even hurricane force winds.

Thunderstorms with heavy rainfall can cause flooding, especially if they arrive as winter snow begins to thaw in spring. With wooden structures, flooding is not only more likely as wood easily corrodes and rots, but it can leave water damage and moisture, which develops into mold and mildew. Steel buildings don’t have this issue, with quality roofing and sturdy walls that won’t leak and won’t retain moisture.

Hail storms, which commonly occur as often as 10 times per year between May and October, pelt walls and rooftops with hailstones that can be as large as grapefruit. For wooden surfaces, the damage can be catastrophic, especially to exterior paint, which will likely require at least an annual coat to retain its aesthetic appeal. Our steel buildings offer polyester baked-on paint with a 40 year warranty against cracking, peeling and blistering, because we’re sure our paint job will withstand the elements for years to come without any touch ups required.

Finally, lightning strikes can spark wildfires, like the ones most recently seen in British Columbia, where more than 860 fires burnt nearly 5,000 kilometers of land, damaging property and risking lives with an intensity that was visible from space. For owners of wooden structures, fire marks a costly end to businesses, homes, storage and more. But with steel, your need to worry about wildfire disappears entirely.

So, yes, steel buildings pass every test Canada has to offer. So, call today and speak with our experts about designing the right building to suit your specific needs.

Why You Should Choose Steel for Your Business

As your business begins to grow, you may begin to feel the walls of your, once perfectly sized, space closing in on you and your company’s potential. It’s inevitable for any business fortunate enough to thrive, and it’s a fantastic problem to have. Choosing the right way to expand can be difficult, and making the wrong choice can cause a lot of unnecessary spending and hassle. Luckily, there is a universal solution for businesses of every type and size; prefabricated steel buildings. Businesses across Canada are making the smart choice and opting for steel. From landscaping companies to churches, auto shops, gyms and corporate offices, steel offers the flexibility and affordability to accommodate the needs of any business, large or small. Here are a few reasons why steel is the right choice for you.

If you are currently renting office space, like many small businesses are, you’re probably sick of making payments on another person’s investment. Or maybe you own your own building, but you’re limited by its small size and need to move into something larger. Either way, steel is the answer you’re looking for. When you own a steel building, you’re investing in the future of your company. Not only will these permanent structures appreciate your property value, they’re easier to expand and modify than traditional wood or concrete buildings, so your space can grow with the business, and you won’t ever have to move again. It’s worth noting that these buildings are fully customized to your specifications so you won’t ever have to settle for a less-than-perfect existing building. Prefabricated steel structures put you in the driver seat, allowing you to choose from modifications like roll-up doors, insulation, lighting, window size and placement, skylights, gutters and sectional doors.

The DIY nature of assembling prefabricated steel buildings allows for quick, cost-effective business expansion for small businesses and tight budgets. All of the heavy lifting is completed by our staff of highly experienced building designers. They will design your building to meet your needs and specifications, and every kit comes complete with their instructions on how to perfectly fit all of the components together. Your building will require no cutting or modifications to erect, and will go up quicker than any woof or concrete construction project, saving you valuable time to get your business up and running sooner rather than later.

Steel is among the most durable, long-lasting and sustainable materials available for building construction. It withstands weather conditions and wear and tear better than concrete and wood framed buildings can. The non-combustible nature of the material reduces both risk and costs to insure it. Steel also happens to be the most low-maintenance building materials available, so keeping your building like-new will be as easy as a few annual checks. On top of all this, you’re protected by Olympia’s comprehensive warranties, so you won’t ever have to worry again.


One of the benefits that comes with choosing a steel building is that when compared with wood structures, steel is very low-maintenance. In fact, steel buildings are often said to be maintenance-free. Wood requires sealing and repainting every year because wood walls and roofs are highly susceptible to wear and tear from weather, wind, moisture and pests. Wood will rot, crack and leak, and without regular maintenance, can require costly repairs and replacements. On the other hand, steel is durable enough to retain its performance and its aesthetic appeal will very little maintenance required. The paint on a steel building can last more than three decades, so you won’t need to add a fresh coat every year like you would with a wood structure. Weather and wind have little to no effect on steel. Moisture issues are less likely because leaks don’t occur without the rot and cracking that wood buildings experience. Pests aren’t an issue without wood to infest. Steel roofing doesn’t require shingle replacements and doesn’t wear down as easily from the weight of snow and ice. Steel is just a more durable material than wood, so you’ll save time and money not having to constantly deal with upkeep. Plus, steel buildings come with warranties that cover roof panels, silicone-polyester coatings, girts, purlins, C-sections, fasteners, frames and I-beam construction. This doesn’t mean you should neglect your building entirely, but it does mean that you can rest assured that following just a few simple upkeep steps will help you keep your building in excellent condition for a long time. Note that maintenance frequency will vary by geography, as some areas will experience more storms, humidity, snow or pollution. In most cases, an inspection at the end of fall and start of spring, as well as following any instances of inclement weather, will suffice to keep your steel building in great shape.

For any new structure, make sure to clean up after installation. Be sure no loose screws or scraps of metal are left lying around, as they can scratch and damage surfaces. Over time, occasionally check for loose screws and tighten them. Use a pressure washer to spray leaves, dirt and dust from exterior surfaces and overhead doors. Steel isn’t likely to corrode from weather effects like these, but an occasional wash can still help, if only to retain the aesthetics of a brand new building. Remove debris from gutters to avoid issues with blockages and downspout backups. Standing water can begin to corrode and rust metal. After the first rain on a new structure, walk the perimeter of your building and check how water is draining. Adjust drainage for any pooling you find occurring. A careful sweeping of debris from the roof can also be beneficial, so long as you do so safely and cautiously. The same goes for snow and ice in the winter, for which you can use a specially designed snow rake to reduce the load on the roof before it becomes too heavy. Be sure to check seals and weather stripping on doors and windows, lubricating tracks as it is necessary. Once a year, check insulation for moisture and damage and replace as necessary to avoid mold and loss of temperature control.

For any questions about maintaining your steel structure, call and talk to our experts at 1-888-449-7756.

Green Steel

Steel is the most important and widely used building material there is. It also happens to be the most recycled material that there is. Approximately 650 million tons of steel are recycled yearly, which outpaces all other materials combined. Steel is 100% recyclable, and new steel can be made from 100% recycled steel. There is also no limit to the number of times that steel can be recycled because it retains all of its properties without losing quality. This infinite recycle potential makes steel the premier “green” construction material.

The recycling process is straightforward and simple. Scrap steel is sent to steel refineries where it will be recycled. The steel is analyzed to assess the alloy makeup. Tin is removed using reverse electroplating and then the steel is melted into metallic liquid iron using electric arc furnaces and used to create new steel. The electric arc furnace has largely replaced the blast furnace in steel production. This shift has contributed to a revolutionary change in the steel making process that is roughly 60% more efficient than it was 50 years ago. The electric arc furnace, or EAF, has the ability to use recycled steel and electricity while consuming far fewer resources. Blast furnaces require fifty times more coal and twelve times more limestone than the electric arc furnace.

Each successive recycle of steel saves both energy and raw materials, including iron ore, coal and limestone. For every 1,200 pounds of steel created, steel recycling is responsible for conserving 1,600 pounds of coal, 3,000 pounds of iron ore and 250 pounds of limestone.

Recycling steel also conserves landfill space. Landfills have increased in size over the past several decades, but recent estimates show that material recovery and recycle could reduce landfill space by 4,000 acres per year. Recycling also reduces greenhouse emissions. Recycled materials reduce energy use and can be burned in place of fossil fuels. For example, making steel cans from recycled steel rather than starting from scratch with virgin materials reduces the total energy usage by upwards of 75%. This is the reason why most steel currently in use contains at least 20% recycled scrap content. Scrap is absolutely essential to the efficient production of new steel. Over the past 30 years, more than a billion tons of steel have been scrapped and recycled. During that time, the steel industry has been able to effectively reduce its energy footprint by nearly one-third.

Recycling construction materials has economic benefits, as well. The recycling industry creates more jobs than landfill disposal, which helps fuel local economies. It is also helps drive down costs associated with construction projects, like waste disposal costs, transportation costs and the costs of purchasing new materials, allowing companies to create more jobs. Companies that adopt policies that embrace steel recovery and recycle also become more able to comply with modern construction standards and rating systems, and tend to see positive changes in their public perception.


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Things To Consider

Like any construction project, there is going to be a process for which it will make the most sense to get things done. With prefab steel buildings, there will be things that you will need to consider and keep in mind before you can really get started. Here are just a few of the things you’ll have to consider before truly getting started on your steel building project.

The Purpose

This will have to be the very first consideration that you make! You’ll have to think long and hard about what you want to use your steel building for so that you can make the right decision when you go ahead and purchase the kit. Do you need a workshop? Do you need storage space? Do you need a combination of a few things? All of these are important to know ahead of time so that you can make the best possible decision for your structure and for your project. Having this information all figured out will have the most impact on your entire project because it will drive the direction of it. Being clear about what you want the final product to look like early on in the process is extremely helpful.

The Price

Something else you’re going to have to consider for your steel structure is the price – or your budget, rather. How much are you willing to spend to finish this project? Once you have that number in mind it will be much simpler to stick to it in terms of remaining on track. Create a detailed budget for yourself including any customization or add-on options you had in mind and use that as a guideline for the amount of money you want to spend. You might have to create a range of pricing for yourself, but it will also be important to set a hard limit for a price that you absolutely will not go over. This will assist you in making other tough decisions if they fall outside of your budget amount.


If you’re putting up a steel structure, chances are that you’re going to want the project to be completed in a certain amount of time. It will be important to figure out a deadline date that you want your building to be finished by and go from there.

Custom Options

It will also be imperative that you think about the custom options you have in mind for your structure long before you even make the purchase so that you can plan accordingly. Not every prefab steel building project is created equally, so it will be important for you to have an idea of how you want all of the customizations to look so you can figure out what will and won’t work for your structure. These things will also affect other factors such as the price and how long the project takes, which is why all of them are just as important as the others.

For any questions or concerns about our steel buildings, call us today at 1-888-449-7756

2018 Steel Trends

As we have passed the halfway point of 2017, it’s important to start looking ahead and thinking about the trends that will be a part of 2018 and beyond. Uses for steel buildings are generally of the commercial and industrial variety, but as technology and needs change, so do the trends. As always, it will be imperative for you to figure out what your own needs are, since they might fall perfectly in line with next year’s upcoming trends. Knowing for sure that a steel building can help complete your project is a great first step.


Residential Homes

Using a steel building as a residential space is by no means a new concept, but it’s something that will continue to gain momentum in 2018 and beyond. It will be important to remember just how versatile these structures really are so that you can take full advantage of its features. Consider the space you may or may not need and start to go from there. There are also a plethora of layouts and finishes that you’ll be able to use for your residential steel building so that you can get it to look however you need it to.

Multi-Use Spaces

More and more, buildings in large and mid-sized cities are going to have to take on a variety of uses and variations in order to be useful. The great thing about steel buildings is that the inside of these structures are fully open – able to be left open concept so that you can use the area in any way you might need to. This gives you the freedom to design, redesign and rearrange the structure’s interior.

Sustainable Energy

As access to sustainable forms of energy continues to spread, it will be much easier to make that a part of your steel building project from the very beginning. Where wind and solar power were once impossibly expensive options for people to incorporate into their projects, they’re now becoming much more accessible. With steel buildings, these features are also much easier to add as prefab structures are designed to handle all kinds of add-ons. It’s important to consider how much energy you’re going to be using and determine the kind that will be right for you to use. From solar panels to wind turbines, finding ways to use sustainable energy in your steel building is something that will not only allow you to reduce your ecological footprint, but also save money in the process; and it’s something the industry is going to continue to see.

Add-Ons & Renovations

One of the very best things about steel buildings is how versatile they are as structures and how well they can be used to accommodate additional structural elements and facilitate renovations. Much more so than other material types, prefab steel gives you the ability to build new structures and make changes to them much easier later on down the line. Once your structure has long been completed, it will be much simpler to complete renovations on a steel building than a structure made from concrete or wood.


For any questions or concerns about our steel buildings, call us today at 1-877- 363-5726


What Makes Steel Buildings The Best

More than anything else, steel buildings are some of the most reliable structures on the market. It’s important to remember that when making the decision to use one for your project. When comparing it to materials such as wood or concrete, there are plenty of things that make steel the clear winner in terms of choice. It should go without saying that if you’re putting up a structure, chances are pretty high that you’re going to want it to stay up for a long time as well. No matter what purpose you’re using it for,  this is more than possible thanks to steel being one of the industry’s most reliable materials. Here are just a few of the things that make steel the most reliable building type on the market.



One thing you can count on is your steel building being strong enough to stand up to all kinds of weather conditions no matter the time of year it is, from rain, sleet and hail to extreme heat. Steel is a material that will last your for years to come without you having to worry about much in the way of repairs and replacements. It’s a sturdy material that stands up well not only to different kinds of weather, but also various forms of wear & tear and everyday use. This is imperative no matter what the building is being used for.

Lack Of Required Maintenance

Another great thing you can count on when it comes to steel buildings is the lack of maintenance the building will need during the time that you have it. Most other structure types will need some measure of constant upkeep in order to stay in good condition. With prefab steel, this is simply not something you have to worry about. With the right protective coatings and even paints, your steel building is one that will last for quite a long time without needing much to keep it in good standing.


Prefab steel buildings are endlessly safe, so no matter what you have to store inside you can count on your structure being able to keep the contents safe from outside elements. Steel buildings make it easy to include add-ons such as locks and other security measures, so you can be certain that theft won’t be an issue for your structure either.

Great Strength To Weight Ratio

A great feature of steel buildings is the fact that it has an excellent strength-to-weight ratio, meaning it’s much more capable of holding itself up without the need for obstructive support beams and columns. This is imperative in maintaining the strength and safety of the building. While there are other building materials that possess the kind of strength that steel does, many of them are far too heavy to stand completely on their own. Steel is a material that’s as lightweight as it is durable, so you won’t have to worry about any safety concerns, sagging or having to install reinforcements to your structure at a later date to keep it all together.

For more information on our steel buildings, call us at 1-888- 449-7756