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What To Consider When Considering A Metal Quonset Hut

A metal Quonset hut is a semi-cylindrical structure made of corrugated galvanized steel whose design is based on the British Nissen huts used during the World War I. They were primarily made as all-purpose and lightweight buildings which can be easily assembled without using much skilled labor. Today, an arched metal Quonset hut is considered as a modular and stylish building which can serve several purposes while offering durability and ease of construction compared to making similarly-structured wood or cement buildings.

The Shape of a Quonset Hut

In the 1940s Quonset huts were popularly used as storage buildings which offered three main benefits for the military who were the ones who used them most that time; ease of assembly, lightweight transport, and easy to tear down should they ever need to be taken down. Because of its simple structure, metal Quonset huts are still widely used today and not just for storage purposes.

Metal Quonset BuildingWhile Quonset huts were primarily made from galvanized steel during their early years of production, they are now available in other materials such as standard steel or steel sheets which are of high grade. They are also available in different kinds of metal sheets which are coated or treated to help ensure that they can withstand even years of exposure to the elements.

Metal Quonset huts are usually semi-circular in form and have vertical walls on both of its ends. What makes a metal Quonset hut highly distinctive is its semi-circular appearance and it is also because of this physical feature of the hut that is has become a truly advantageous building.

Because of its arched shaped, the roof is less resistant to gravity and the overall weight of the roof is more evenly spread out; this makes it have less risks of collapsing. Overall, a metal Quonset hut is a sturdy building which also promotes better aerodynamics that makes it an ideal choice for windy places such as plains or rolling hills. Because of the same arched roof structure, there is no need for gutters and the Quonset hut can withstand rain and even strong storms.


While these huts were primarily used for storage purposes during the World War, they are now used for more than just storage purposes. They can be made into barns, garages, cottages, offices, houses, restaurants, shops, and other commercial or personal use. Being available in several kinds of sheet metals today, they can be used to add an industrial appeal while maintaining functionality in the structure of the building.

The uses for metal Quonset huts are near limitless! Apart from being able to use a Quonset hut as practically any kind of building, it also has several other benefits that make it a top choice for modern building purposes.


Since Quonset huts are made from metals, these buildings are termite proof and pretty much impervious to any other insect problems which is one of the main concerns that builders of wooden structures face. Because these metal huts won’t suffer from termite attacks, it cuts the need for special coating as well as pest extermination fees.

Metal Prefab Quonset Hut

Being made from high-grade metals which are treated and coated to help ensure they last for several years, Quonset huts need much less maintenance compared to most other kinds of buildings nowadays. Apart from cheap building, it also boasts of being very simple to construct and cheap to maintain.

Owing to its semi-circular structure, a metal Quonset hut can stand all by itself without the need for pillars or interior walls. This means having more space to move around with less of the usual interior structures which can become obstructions. Fitting large vehicles or pieces of furniture would be no problem and moving them around is a breeze too!

Ventilation options can also be easily added or modified in order to change these huts into more inhabitable spaces instead of just being safe and dry storage units. While windows and doors can be added, it still regains its durability and ability to protect its inhabitants because of the materials used for its main body. Personalizing a building is now easier and cheaper thanks to these Quonset huts.

Qualities to Look for when Buying

With these features and advantages, opting for a Quonset hut can indeed be a wise investment. However, it is important to check some factors first before purchasing a Quonset hut kit or building materials.

The best way to go about this is to purchase only from a reliable manufacturer, and to ask them about the quality of the sheet metals they use. Certifying the quality of the initial materials to be used for construction is essential to having a lasting Quonset Hut. Also, check the fitting of all purlins and bolts. Make sure that when a kit is purchased, all the necessary parts are included. Buying huts which come with guarantees or warrantees can also help make the purchase more of an investment instead of being a risk.


Recent Pricing Steel Buildings

  • $17,300 for a 40′ x 60′ building. Two 12×12 doors, with 3″ of insulation on walls and roof.”- Agriculture business, Kittrell, North Carolina
  • “30×40 building with concrete for $30,000, it was installed as well.” - Landscaping franchise, Lewiston, Idaho
  • $19,000 included a 50′ x 60′ building with three bay doors and one walk door.” - Commercial fencing, Amarillo, Texas
  • $16,100 for a 36′ x 50′ building with two twenty foot overhead doors plus a service door.- Agricultural business, Canton, Ohio
  • “I paid $38,000 for a 4,000-square foot building minus the 4 garage doors. The building that I purchased is complete with gutters and insulation. It is not yet erected.” - Transportation/logistics provider, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
  • “Building is 25′ x 40′, 14ft tall. Has 16′ and 12′ wide roll up doors plus a 36″ entry door, plus a 13 ft mezzanine. $18,000.”- Business services company, Arroyo Grande, California
  • “30′x40′ x 18′ tall, 12′x14′ roll up door, 2 3×7 door, 2 3×4 windows, insulation, 4 skylights. $17,000.” - Auto body shop, Buffalo, NY
  • The building we purchased was a complete turn key operation. We only had to deal with one contractor and he was local. Price of the building included concrete pad, metal frame, insulation, siding, roof, and 10+ windows and skylights. A 20′ x 50′ building for $26,000.” - Non-profit, Selma, North Carolina
  • 56′ x 36′ w/12 framed openings for doors, 3 windows, and a 26 gauge Galvalume deluxe trim package. 14′ height in the front, 11′ rear. Total $16,123 included tax, handling, freight, & holding till later ship date. Payment terms: 25% down payment, balance due when delivered. Choice of colors to be made later at my request. - Agricultural business, Patterson, Louisiana

Recent Pricing Quonset Buildings

  • “I paid $21,000 for a 50′ X 100′ steel building with a door opening 14′ X 16′.” - Farm, Ellaville, Georgia
  • $26,500 for a 50′ x 100′ x 14′ w/ 13 windows and two 12′ x 12′ doors, three access doors, six skylights, two roof vents, wainscotting, rain gutters.” – Energy/utility, Rock River, Wyoming
  • “60′ x 80′ x 20′ eaves. Two walk door kits, three 3′ by 3′ window kits. Three 16′ by 16′ rough openings for overhead doors. 6″ vb insulation for roof, 4″ vb insulation for side walls. Total price delivered $38,452.- Machinery sales, Saratoga, Wyoming
  • “Approx $7,000 – RV/trailer garage.” - Construction contractor, Brighton, Colorado
  • “Complete kit with blue prints – $7,800. 30′ x 40′ Quonset hut.” - Agriculture business, Portales, New Mexico
  • “I bought a building for $6,300 and have a contract to show the building to prospective buyers in the future. I will receive compensation if they buy a building from the company.” - Manufacturer, Fountain, Florida
  • $7,000. Building only with no ends.” – Agriculture business, Long Bottom, Ohio
  • $7,550 for 30′ x 40′ building, 10′ x 11′ opening on one end.” - Manufacturing, Waterloo, South Carolina

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