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How to Choose a Steel Building Erector

When You Cannot Construct Your Own Metal Building While many people confidently build their own pre-engineered metal building (PEMB), others prefer to use a professional steel building erector for their project. An expert steel building erector is critical to a successful large-scale commercial or industrial construction project. Sloppy or incorrect assembly of a PEMB effects structural integrity. Slipshod framing also leads to later problems and waterproofing issues with the building. Hiring an experienced steel building erector with a well-trained crew… Read More

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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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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 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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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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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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What is a Steel Building System?

Defining a Pre-engineered Building System People think of a high-rise skyscraper as a steel building system. Yet 90% of commercial buildings are low-rise structures under 25,000 square feet. Steel pre-engineered buildings, commonly known as a PEBs, create a incredibly strong, long-lasting, affordable structures. The flexibility of PEBs make them the ideal building solution for most low-rise agriculrtual, aviation, commercial, industrial, recreational, and worship structures. What is a Pre-engineered Steel Building System? A steel building system is exactly that— a system.… Read More

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