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Guidelines for Metal Building Sizing

Defining the Parameters for Pre-engineered Steel Buildings Before choosing a metal building size, it is helpful to know a few basic guidelines. To start with, let’s get a couple of common misconceptions out of the way. First of all, someone new to pre-engineered steel buildings often has the mistaken idea there are prescribed sizes from which to choose. Truth is, there are no “standard” models in metal buildings. Every RHINO steel building is designed to the customer’s exact wishes and… Read More

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The Clear Span Steel Building Alternative

Choosing Between Multi-Span and Clear Span Buildings We covered the many uses for a clear span steel building in our last post, but not every structure needs to be free of interior columns. For such applications, a multi-span metal building (also known as modular framing) may offer a better buy. Multi-Span vs. Clear Span Steel Buildings Some types of structures simply demand unobstructed space. Gymnasiums, aircraft hangars, horseback riding arenas, church sanctuaries, and large equipment storage buildings cannot function efficiently… Read More

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The Many Uses for Clear Span Metal Buildings

Pre-engineered Steel Buildings Create More Usable Space Are you familiar with clear span metal buildings? Steel’s incredible strength-to-weight ratio allows extremely wide, uninterrupted interior space in rigid-steel buildings. Pre-engineered clear span steel structures eliminate the need for the clumsy, intrusive, load-bearing walls or columns necessary with other building systems. So who needs a clear span building? Anyone whose operation requires an unobstructed vision or easy maneuverability, that’s who. Here are a few examples: Agricultural Clear Span Structures Farm and Ranch… Read More

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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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