Pre-engineered Commercial Steel Buildings

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April 22, 2013

Greater Protection from the Elements

The strength of steel delivers many benefits for the commercial market.  Pre-engineered commercial steel buildings deliver excellent defense from the elements.

The Strength of Pre-engineered Commercial Steel Buildings

RHINO Commercial Steel Buildings with hip roofsA steel-framed building is stronger than conventional wood framing.  It offers greater protection from hurricane-forced winds, heavy snows, and earthquakes.

Steel conducts electricity much better than wood.  A properly grounded commercial metal building resists lightning damage, as the current passes harmlessly into the ground.

An inorganic material, steel does not attract termites, vermin, or mold like organic wood products.

Fire-Resistant Pre-engineered Commercial Steel Buildings

Non-combustible, steel framing guards against fire damages.

Framing is the third mostly likely place for a fire to ignite in a building, so steel framing reduces the likelihood of fire over combustible wood framing.  If a fire starts elsewhere in the building, the steel framing does not feed the fire like wood.

Consequently, it is often possible to get reduced insurance rates for commercial metal buildings.

Pre-engineered Commercial Steel Buildings Retain Beauty and Value

Prefabricated metal buildings are extremely durable.  Steel resists decay better than any other building material.  Steel buildings last longer and age better than ordinary wood-framed structures.

Dimensionally stable, steel does not change shape with humidity changes like wood.

Wood expands and contracts along its width, depth, and length—each at different rates— with changes in moisture.  This causes the wood to bend, twist, warp, split, and shift in a process builders call “creep.”

With the constant movement, a wood frame becomes looser over time.  Nails work out.  Windows and doors no longer close as they should.  Eaves and overhead door openings droop, giving the building that old, tired look.  All this dramatically affects what real estate professionals call “curb appeal”— and therefore the value of the property.

While wood construction today uses nail guns and staplers as framing connectors, steel-framed commercial buildings rely on stronger bolts and screws.  These connections will not pull out time as nails do.

Pre-engineered Commercial Steel Buildings: Consistent Quality

Every species of tree has different characteristics.  Each tree within a species varies depending on its location, the age of the tree, weather patterns during its growth, soil and insect variables, and the ever-changing moisture content within the lumber itself at any given moment.

How can anyone predict precisely how an organic lumber will behave under any given stress?  Wood building is an inexact science at best, based on average performance of a given type of wood.

Precisely manufactured to strict industry guidelines, every steel member of a prefabricated commercial metal building package is consistent and predictable.  Each piece of a particular gauge performs exactly as all other pieces of the same style and gauge, supporting a known weight at a certain width and at an exact distance from the next component.

The Strong, Safe, Smart Building System for the Commercial Market

RHINO prefabricated steel buildings supply the most bang for your commercial building buck.  A metal building specialist at RHINO can answer every question and furnish a free estimate for your commercial building project.  Call 888-320-7466.

- by Bruce Brown,
CEO of RHINO
Steel Building Systems, Inc

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