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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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#1 Way to Cut Costs on a Metal Building

The Best Way to Save Money on Your New Prefab Steel Building What is the best way to cut costs on a metal building? Keep it simple. We all have the tendency to let our dreams outpace our budget on construction projects.  It is so easy to get carried away during the planning stage, that we lose sight of the overall cost.  However, with a little careful thought and planning, you can save bucks and still have a highly functional… 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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Is It a Pre-engineered or a Prefab Building?

Understanding Building System Terms You’ve probably seen construction articles throwing around terms like “prefab building,” “pre-engineered building” and “modular building.”  But what do these terms actually mean?  Let’s get down to basics. Pre-engineered Building A pre-engineered building generally refers to a metal building. Steel lends itself particularly well to pre-engineering.  Steel’s properties and strength are well known.  Created in mills according to strict industry standards, steel’s load-carrying properties are consistent and verifiable. Just as the name “pre-engineered” implies, a structural… Read More

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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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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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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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