Steel Buildings Promise Lower Maintenance- Part 1

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October 14, 2016

Metal Buildings are Practically Maintenance-Free

When choosing your low-rise construction system, keep in mind that steel buildings promise lower maintenance.

The only maintenance peculiar to metal buildings is occasionally power washing the structure to remove grit and oxidation. All the other maintenance projects we’ve discussed in earlier blogs— cleaning the gutters, keeping door operating well, keeping debris and snow from piling up on the roof, and so forth— are maintenance chores needed on any structure, wood or steel.

Steel Buildings Promise Lower MaintenanceHowever, there are several other ways steel buildings triumph over wood structures, reducing the need for additional maintenance.

Avoid the Hassle of Constant Painting

Wood structures require regular painting.

The frequency of the painting depends on your location— and the quality of the paint.

Plan to paint lumber-framed buildings every seven to ten years in mild climates. Coastal areas, exposed to salty air and intense sun, need painting more often, as do buildings in locations with extreme heat or cold. In such areas, experts suggest painting every four or five years.

Let’s put that in perspective.

For example, professional painting of a wood structure 40 ’x 60’ x 14’ in North Texas costs $3,616 on average. That is $18,080 if you painted every six years during a 30-year ownership! (That’s assuming that the cost of painting does not go up over 30 years, which is highly unlikely!)

With simple care and periodic washing, a high quality metal building can easily go 40 years or more without requiring repainting.

Steel Stays Straight and True

Nature forms organic materials. Every tree is unique— and so is the lumber derived from each tree. Such inconsistency makes lumber a poor building material choice.

Lumber expands and contracts with moisture changes. The problem arises over how this movement happens. A wood stud expands at three different rates along its width, depth, and length. That causes wood studs to move over time, a process known as “creep.” The wooden studs shift, twist, bow, crack, split, or rot over time.

As lumber-framing moves, nails and staples back out. The entire frame loosens. The building corners are out of plumb. Sheetrock cracks. Windows and doors no longer close properly, creating drafts. Long-spanning rafters and headers droop.

Repairing these problems is a hassle— and expensive.

Inorganic and man-made, steel is predictable, consistent, and reliable. Manufactured to precise tolerances by industry standards, each steel component’s characteristics are known and precise.

Steel framing never creeps or moves.

Prefabricated steel buildings connect with high-strength bolts and screws that hold tight. Pre-engineered steel buildings go up straight and plumb— and stay that way throughout the lifetime of the structure. Steel buildings never need expensive realigning.

RHINO’s Steel Buildings Promises Lower Maintenance

RHINO’s premium-quality prefabricated steel buildings offer the lowest possible maintenance.

Standard RHINO buildings include 26-gauge heavy-duty purlin bearing roof (PBR) panels for the roof and the exterior walls. Optional 24-gauge standing seam roof panels eliminate the need for steel-penetrating screws, delivering even greater waterproofing.

All RHINO exterior panels are Galvalume® steel with weather-resistant baked-on paint. Our steel cladding comes with a 25-year guarantee. Get double the protection by choosing metal panels with a second paint coating, carrying a 30-year warranty. (To reduce air-conditioning costs in hotter climates, some client opts for cool-coated reflective panels, which save up to 15% on air conditioning bills.)

RHINO’s sturdy rigid-steel framing goes up straight and stays that way through decades of use. Our heavy-duty commercial-grade steel framing never warps, twists, cracks, splits, rots, or creeps. Unlike maintenance-intensive wood buildings, steel buildings resist attracts by termites, wood ants, mold, and mildew.

Learn more about building your next structure with an easy-care, RHINO-tough, pre-engineered metal building kit.

Phone RHINO today for answers to questions, advice on choosing a metal building, or for a free estimate. Speak to a friendly and knowledgeable RHINO building consultant by calling this toll free number: 888.320.7466.

Don’t miss part 2 of this series on the ways steel buildings promise lower maintenance.

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

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