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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 fundamentals metal building construction plans you need to know: The RHINO Design Tool covers the most popular “standard” metal building… 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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#1 Reason to Buy Pre-engineered Metal Buildings

Steel Buildings Cost Less What is the main motivation so many people choose to construct pre-engineered metal buildings? Well, it is the same basic motivation driving people choose any other product: the bottom line. Steel buildings cost less. We all spout platitudes about demanding quality— and we do want the most bang for our buck— but when push comes to shove, money talks. In fact, money SHOUTS! No matter how wonderful the features of a building system, if it is… Read More

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How to Expand a Metal Building

Part One: Steel Building Endwall Expansions As a business grows, it may become necessary to expand a metal building. The most economical way to enlarge a pre-engineered steel building is by adding frames at either endwall. The simplicity of increasing a metal building at the endwalls depends on the original builder’s preplanning for future expansion. Two things need consideration for metal building extensions: Is there sufficient room on the property for expansion without interfering with legal easements? Did the original… Read More

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How to Know When to Expand Your Business

Comparing the Risks and Rewards of Business Growth As a new year dawns on a thriving enterprise, you wonder whether it is time to expand your business. Always enthusiastic, entrepreneurs sometimes tend to lead with their hearts instead of their heads. Jumping too quickly into new business growth may put your entire operation at risk. Conversely, more conservative business owners may delay enlarging their business to avoid risk and miss great opportunities for increased revenues. So how do you know… Read More

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Starting A New Business in 2017

Do You Have What it Takes to be an Entrepreneur? Have you been thinking about starting a new business this year? Many people dream of being their own boss and becoming financially independent. Are you simply wishing for an easier life, or do you actually have what it takes to succeed as a small business owner? Small Businesses, Big Impact According to the Small Business Association (SBA), there are over 28 million small businesses in America. These mighty mini dynamos… Read More

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Metal Building Construction Loads 101

Part 2: Understanding Environmental Loads Part one of this series on construction loads covered the basics of dead loads and live loads. Now let’s look at the additional loads old Mother Nature inflicts on structures. Planning for nature’s violent vicissitudes is tricky. No one knows exactly the strength hurricane-force winds will blow. Who can guess how much snow can accumulate during back-to-back snowstorms? And multiple variables determine the damage inflicted by seismic events. Building code officials calculate required loads based… Read More

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Steel Building Construction Loads 101

Part 1: Understanding Dead Load and Live Load To appreciate the work of structural engineers, you need some rudimentary knowledge of construction loads. Metal building structural engineers analyze the strength and stability of a building. Their calculations determine the integrity and safety of a building design. Steel building engineers determine the placement and gauge of each part of the metal building system. Without the input of a certified structural engineer, a metal building might be “under-engineered,” meaning the building would… Read More

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