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Should You Build with Concrete or Steel?

Part 1: Comparing Reinforced Concrete and Prefabricated Steel Buildings Is steel or concrete the best choice for a low-rise commercial or industrial building project?  For this comparison, let’s look specifically at reinforced concrete buildings versus pre-engineered steel building systems. Poured-in-place— also known as cast-in-place— empties concrete into wall and column forms.  The concrete “sets,” drying in the forms.  The builder then removes the forms and finishes the concrete. Pre-engineered steel building systems use commercial-grade rigid steel columns and rafters to… Read More

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How to Anchor a Metal Building

Attaching Steel Framing to the Foundation The importance of how you anchor a metal building to its foundation cannot be overstated. The strength and safety of a steel building depend upon a solid foundation with perfectly aligned connections.  If either the foundation or the connecting bolts are compromised, the entire structure is less stable. The Precision of Metal Buildings One of the beauties of a pre-engineered steel building is its meticulous production.  Factory quality control standards assure that every piece… Read More

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New Quick and Easy Metal Building Kits

Fast Track Your Building Project with HyperBuiltTM Steel Buildings RHINO’s new HyperBuiltTM metal building kits accelerate the steel building process. Basic-box small to mid-sized structures, HyperBuiltTM models promise swift delivery and simple, quick construction. Are You a Do-It-Yourselfer? Once a do-it-yourselfer gets excited about their next project, they cannot wait to dive in.  Waiting days for a quote, weeks for the kit to arrive, and months to complete the construction is not an option. That’s what makes this new model… Read More

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What Is a Steel Building Bay?

How Does Bay Spacing Affect Metal Building Pricing? If you are new to pre-engineered metal building construction, it pays to understand a few basics, like the importance of the steel building bay spacing.  But what exactly is a metal building bay? Steel Building Bay Definition Prefabricated metal buildings start with primary steel framing.  The primary steel framing consists of commercial-grade, rigid-iron steel columns and rafter beams.  Rafter beams connect the two steel columns, forming one “frame.” Think of a frame… Read More

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More Ways to Save Money on a Metal Building

8 Tips for Reducing Your Costs on a Prefab Steel Building In addition to the cost-cutting ideas in Part One and Part Two of this series, here are more tips on how to save money on a metal building. For the Budget-Minded Building Buyer Unless you are a professional builder or real estate developer, this may be the only steel building you will ever need.  Make it count. Although you want to keep costs at a minimum, it never pays… Read More

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#2 Way to Save Money on a Steel Building

Do-It-Yourselfers Cut Costs on Metal Building Construction You learned in our last blog that the best way to save money on a steel building is to keep the design as simple and box-like as possible. The second-best way to keep building costs to a minimum is do as much of the construction work as possible yourself. How Do-It-Yourselfers Save Money on a Steel Building Pre-engineered metal buildings are already the most cost-effective construction method available today.  However, budget-minded buyers revel… Read More

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What Does Insulation R-Value Mean?

How Important is Insulation R-Value in a Metal Building? Before buying an insulation system for your metal building, you need to understand insulation R-value. At its simplest, insulation R-value indicates the amount of heat flow through an insulation product. The higher the R-value number, the greater that product’s resistance to heat transference. The more effectively the insulation works, the greater your energy savings. Typically, insulation ranges from two-inch-thick R-7 to nine-and-a-quarter-inch-thick R-30. However, just buying thicker insulation and stuffing it… Read More

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Do You Need Metal Building Insulation?

Three Main Reasons to Insulate a Prefab Steel Building When buying a new prefabricated steel building kit, how do you know if you need metal building insulation? It is really pretty simple. There are three reasons you should consider insulating your structure: comfort, cost, and condensation. Metal Building Insulation for Comfort Think about the end use for your new steel structure.  If you or others will be spending considerable time in it, you will want to be comfortable, year in… Read More

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Haste Makes Waste with a Steel Building Kit

Resist the Urge to Rush to Erecting Your Metal Building Kit Your steel building kit is due any day, and you just can’t wait to get your hands on that baby. STOP! Don’t make the costly mistake of rushing the erection process. Squelch the urge to “dive in” to construction without thoughtful and thorough preparation. DO YOU HAVE ALL THE NECESSARY PAPERWORK FOR BUILDING KIT ASSEMBLY? NEVER begin building without all the documentation from your local building department. Permitting officials… Read More

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What are PBR Steel Panels?

What are the Pros and Cons of PBR Panels on Metal Buildings? You have probably heard the term “PBR steel panels”— but what does PBR mean?  And what are the advantages and disadvantages of using PBR panels on a metal building? Steel panels create the “skin” or exterior of most RHINO brand steel buildings.  Panels cover both the roof and the walls of basic pre-engineered steel buildings. The high-tensile-strength steel panels of today’s steel buildings replace the old corrugated tin… Read More

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