What Steel Building Types Are Trending in California and Why

California leads the country in new steel building construction


According to the LA Times, California’s economy often outpaces the growth of the nation’s economy due to the utilization of immigrant labor. This “human capital” according to the Times helps industrial, warehousing and other low-wage driven operations thrive, which in turn drives both the residential and commercial markets.

Where does your state rank in regards to the immigrant workforce? What industries and residential markets are growing where you are, and what steel building types will trend in your area as a result?

Are you eyeing a location to construct a new steel building in California?

If so, you might find yourself looking around at the other steel buildings that are going up in this state, leading you to ask the question, “What steel building types are trending in California?”.

The answer actually depends on who you ask: a residential or a commercial steel building customer. This article goes through some of the reasons your customers are making their purchases to help you make a decision on your upcoming project.

The Residential Customer

A residential customer is typically buying their steel building to be used as a:

  • Carport: No one likes to load or unload their vehicle while exposed to the weather. The carport option provides environmental protection for the owner and their vehicle.
  • Garage: Just like the carport, but better! Besides basic weather protection, there is room to store property, and it will be secure.
  • Barn: If the owner has acreage or horses, this is a no-brainer. There’s plenty of room for animals, supplies and equipment, and feed.
  • RV storage: If the owner has an RV, they likely want to protect that investment from the elements, local wildlife, and prying eyes.
  • On-the-property business: Owners can set up a workshop/office on the property. This can eliminate the daily grind of a commute and allow for more time spent with family.
  • Family home: With steel, it’s very easy to create a one-of-a-kind, custom dream home. Simply add and arrange the prefab pods or units to suit.
Capital Steel ATV Garage

The Commercial Customer in California

The commercial steel building customer has needs similar to those of a residential customer, but on a larger scale. The steel building option is the smartest choice for many commercial customers based in California, especially when the building use is:

  • Warehouse
  • Commercial
  • Aviation
  • Equestrian
  • Cold Storage
  • Agricultural
  • Industrial
Capital Steel Warehouse Building

In California, the options for steel building formats and uses abound. What will your prefabricated steel building be used for?