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Invasion of the Mold Spores

Health Risks Caused by the Fungus Among Us Mold spores are all around us, even when we do not see them. They stealthily creep into homes and businesses, spreading their destruction and creating health problems— especially for anyone already experiencing breathing problems or a compromised immune system. Two Things that Promote the Spread of Mold Mold spores need only two things to flourish— an organic material to feed on and moisture. Organic building materials like wood and sheetrock create the… Read More

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The Devastating Dilemma of Disaster Debris

After the Storm: Disposing of the Mountains of Rubble The amount of disaster debris heaped up by tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and other natural calamities boggles the imagination. As south Texans muck-out the mess left by Hurricane Harvey, they can sympathize with the Floridians facing Hurricane Irma clean up. Following a catastrophic event, victims of the storm are at first shell-shocked. Little by little, reality sets in and they begin the overwhelming job of sifting through the ruins of their homes… Read More

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Understanding Barometric Pressure in Hurricanes

How Air Pressure Affects the Strength of a Hurricane Did you ever notice how closely meteorologists and hurricane forecasters watch the barometric pressure in hurricanes and tropical storms? There is a very good reason for their concern: the lower the barometric pressure, the more intense the storm. While we armchair weather watchers tend to focus on the category designation of a cyclone or the highest wind speed, weather specialists know the pressure indicates whether a hurricane is weakening or strengthening.… Read More

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Avoid This Metal Building Foundation Mistake

Don’t Jump the Gun on Pouring the Slab! It is tragic how many times people make the costly blunder of pouring their metal building foundation too soon. The uninitiated think, Well pouring a slab is simple, right? I’ll just get that part of the project all finished up, then call and order a steel building to fit my slab. That is the best way, right? WRONG! Fundamentals Before Foundations Pre-engineered steel building foundations are complex. The structure and the foundation… Read More

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Steel Building Foundations

What Type of Foundation Does Your Metal Building Need? Many people think steel building foundations are limited to concrete slabs. Not so. While it is true that the majority of metal building owners choose to build on a slab, that is not the only choice available. Three Main Types of Steel Building Foundations Let’s look at the three basic foundations used for steel buildings. PERIMETER FOOTING: In some agricultural or recreational applications, the floor of the structure is dirt or… Read More

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Metal Building Insulation

Cut Energy Bills in Half on Your Next Steel Building Energy-efficient metal building insulation saves both natural resources and the owner’s resources. With a quality insulation system, steel buildings are comfortable, environmentally responsible, and cost-efficient. RHINO’s Basic Metal Building Insulation RHINO Steel Building Systems offers two insulation products. The first option is basic fiberglass insulation batts from 3-inches thick (R-10) to 8-inches thick (R-25). This insulation comes with a reinforced backing, eliminating the need for the unsightly chicken-wire supports seen… Read More

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How Steel Buildings Resist Wind Damage

Building to Combat Furious Storm Winds Pre-engineered steel buildings are designed and engineered to stand up to damaging winds and other natural disasters. (As I post this blog, Hurricane Harvey is creeping toward the Texas coast, gaining strength over the warm waters of the Gulf.  As of this posting, Hurricane Harvey's winds have reached 110 MPH.) Which Way the Wind Blows Although we typically think of wind damage as resulting from hurricanes battering coastal areas, savage winds can strike anywhere.… Read More

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Wind Zones and Metal Buildings

How Wind Ratings Affect Building Codes Wind factors into the design of all construction, including metal buildings. As we enter the peak of the hurricane season running from mid-August to mid-September, let’s examine the meaning of wind zones and their effect on construction. Wind Zones and Construction Regardless of the building system, wind-proof structures do not exist. No structure is likely to survive a direct hit by an EF5 tornado with wind speeds over 200 m.p.h. However, pre-engineered steel buildings… Read More

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The Importance of Metal Building Screws

The Little Part that Makes a Big Difference In a recent post on tools, we discussed using a high-performance screw gun with a clutch to install metal building screws. Now let’s look at why that is so important. Start with High-Quality Metal Building Screws Inferior steel buildings with cut-rate screws tend to leak. Not only does a leak make a soggy mess inside a building, but cheaply made screws rust and discolor the exterior of a metal building, too. Who… Read More

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Which Steel Building System is Right for You?

Ask the Experts at RHINO Steel Building Systems With so many options available, it is difficult to know which pre-engineered steel building system best fits your construction needs. Where do you start? How will you get an accurate quote? Is there someone who can help you determine the best steel building for your particular project? Ask the Experts! A steel building system meets the needs of all types of low-rise construction: agricultural, aviation, commercial, industrial, storage, and personal structures. Yet,… Read More

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