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How Long Does It Take to Erect a Metal Building?

Estimating the Steel Building Construction Timetable We often tout the construction speed of a pre-engineered steel building, but just how long does it take to erect a metal building? That’s one of the first questions we get from do-it-yourselfers. If fact, it is one of the questions we hear from first-time builders, too. The Construction Variables • SIZE: Naturally, larger structures take more time to build than smaller ones. • COMPLEXITY: Simpler structures go up faster. Highly customized designs will require… Read More

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Can I Build My Own Metal Building?

Pre-engineered Steel Buildings: The Do-It-Yourselfers’ Delight At RHINO Steel Building Systems we are often asked, “Can I build my own metal building?” The quick answer is, “Probably.” To the serious do-it-yourselfer, erecting their own steel building seems like too good an opportunity to pass up. After all, putting up the structure yourself saves money— and brings enormous satisfaction. Besides, it’s just plain fun! A RHINO metal building is like an adult-sized version of a kid's erector set. And prefabrication takes the… Read More

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5 Ways to Customize a Metal Building

Adding Personality and Pizazz to a Pre-engineered Steel Building There are many ways to customize a metal building so that it does not look boxy and barn-like. Granted, the basic box with a low-pitched gable roof is the most economical pre-engineered steel building. However, the structure may need a more customized facade for some applications. That’s no problem for the RHINO Steel Building System. Here are five ideas and steel building options you can use to create the perfect look… Read More

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Busting the Metal Building Catalog Myth

Every RHINO Steel Building is Made-to-Order for You Customers new to the pre-engineered metal building concept often call us asking for a catalog. They think they must choose from a list of available models. They expect to thumb through a floor plan book, and then settle for the one closest to what they really want. Ain’t no such animal in the RHINO steel building world! There are no “off-the-rack” buildings or “cookie-cutter” designs with the our metal building system. Every… Read More

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Three Steel Building Methods

Comparing Metal Building Framing Systems What is the best way to construct a steel building? Before you buy a metal building, explore the differences in weld-up, light-gauge steel, and pre-engineered steel structures. Weld-up Steel Buildings A weld-up metal building is built from scratch at the job site. The framing usually consists of reasonably inexpensive red-iron pipe purchased locally. Also known as field-welded buildings, these structures work adequately for small storage sheds or as shade covers for livestock feeders in pastures—… Read More

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Does a Steel Building Require an Architect?

Deciding Who Designs a Pre-engineered Metal Building If you are contemplating your first building project with a pre-engineered steel building, you may wonder who will design the structure. That depends on the size and scope of the project along with your type of metal building design. Understanding a Pre-engineered Steel Building System Let’s start with the basics. Traditional wood-framed structures need strategically placed “load-bearing” interior walls to help carry the weight of the building. Although stronger than wood, light-gauge steel… Read More

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How to Plan a Metal Building

Visualizing Your Dream Pre-engineered Steel Building To plan a metal building, you first need to visualize the design. Traditionally, that’s been difficult to do— until now. RHINO Steel Building Systems makes designing your steel building fun and easy. Our new online Design Tool lets you hone in on your dream steel building project. Before you begin, here are a few steel building fundamentals you need to know: The RHINO Design Tool covers the most popular “standard” metal building choices. Standard… Read More

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The Nuts and Bolts of a Steel Building

High-Strength Fasteners Connect the Best Metal Buildings An integral part of a pre-engineered steel building system rests on the strength and quality of the bolts, nuts, and screws connecting it. Every building is only as strong as its connections. Nails vs. Screws First, let’s dispense with the controversy over which are stronger, nails or screws. Wood builders contend that nails hold better than screws. If you believe that, drive both a nail and a screw halfway into a board. Now… Read More

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Vetting a Metal Building Company

All Steel Buildings are NOT Created Equal Let the buyer beware if they do not thoroughly examine a metal building company before signing the contract. Not all metal building manufacturers are the same— and neither are their metal building packages. To make a wise buying decision, you must examine the reputation steel building construction companies. To compare prices accurately, you need to know precisely what each company includes in their quote— and the quality of the steel framing system. “Extreme… Read More

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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Metal Building

Novice builders sometimes fail to do their homework before buying a metal building. Careful thought and research make the steel building purchasing process easier, more enjoyable— and can save money. MISTAKE # 1: Vague Building Needs Too many people get the idea they would like a steel building without first taking time to define exactly what they need. They immediately want to find a “ballpark” price on metal buildings. People call RHINO every day asking, “What’s the current cost-per-square-foot for… Read More

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