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Steel Buildings 101: Part 3— Endwall Steel Framing

In the first two “Steel Buildings 101” articles, we discussed primary framing and secondary framing basics.  This last article in the series covers endwall framing. Steel Building Endwalls: Post-and-Beam There are three basic types of endwalls in pre-engineered metal buildings. The RHINO standard building endwall illustrated at right is called a POST-and-BEAM endwall, or a BEARING endwall.  Endwall POSTS within the endwall help support the load. The post-and-beam endwall only carries half the load of the bay, so lighter C-channel… Read More

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Steel Buildings 101: Part 2— Secondary Steel Framing

High-tech advances in design software and steel production have decreased the cost of pre-engineered structural steel framing.  Now produced in large-scale factories, prefabrication makes steel buildings and steel framing systems assemble quickly and easily, reducing construction costs, too. Result?  The strongest building material is now also the most economical for most low-rise construction.  You get the best building at the best price for all your agricultural, commercial, industrial, and storage building projects. Steel Buildings: Secondary Framing In Part 1 of… Read More

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Steel Buildings 101: Part 1— Primary Steel Framing

Learning the Basic Parts of Pre-engineered Steel Buildings Pre-engineered steel frame building kits dominate low-rise agricultural, commercial, industrial, and storage construction in today’s market. Why? Recent advances in design software are drastically minimizing engineering and manufacturing time, while maximizing productivity.  Precise calculations adjust for the loads required on metal building frames and automatically design steel frame building kits with the most efficient use of materials. RHINO metal building packages arrive at the site with all the steel framing pieces prefabricated,… Read More

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7 Types of Pre-Engineered Red-Iron Steel Buildings- Part 6

Lean-To Steel Buildings The framing choices discussed so far in this six-part series are primarily used for construction of new pre-engineered metal buildings. However, the lean-to steel systems are designed specifically used for additions to existing steel buildings. Enlarging Steel Buildings with Lean-To Framing Adding floor space to a pre-engineered metal building is normally accomplished by adding steel frames to the length of the structure. Expanding at the endwall presents two problems. First, sometimes the lot does not allow room… Read More

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7 Types of Pre-Engineered Red-Iron Steel Buildings- Part 5

Single Slope Steel Buildings RHINO prefabricated steel buildings come in many different framing styles. Each system has its own advantages. The end-use of the structure, project budget, and local building code generally dictates the choice of framing system. This fifth segment of the six part series explores the particular uses of the single slope steel framing system. Single Slope Steel Buildings and Additions Simple and economical, the single slope framing system lends itself to both new buildings and additions to… Read More

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7 Types of Pre-Engineered Red-Iron Steel Buildings- Part 4

Modular Span Steel Buildings Part Four of this series on prefabricated steel buildings will cover the three types of modular span framing. You’ll learn the advantages of using modular spans and the applications where this type of framing works best. (See list below of earlier articles which discussed the differences in clearspan and modular span framing, and straight column, and tapered column framing.) Modular Spans Steel Buildings: One, Two, or Three Row MODULAR SPAN pre-engineered metal buildings provide a more… Read More

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7 Types of Pre-Engineered Red-Iron Steel Buildings- Part 3

Tapered Column Steel Buildings The first two parts of this series on prefabricated steel buildings covered clear span vs. modular span framing and the benefits of straight column framing. Now we’ll look at the strengths of tapered steel column framing. A TAPERED COLUMN metal building system provides the widest possible spans without the need for interior supports. They are more economical on larger clear span designs than straight column framing, since building tapered columns use less steel. Tapered column framing… Read More

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7 Types of Pre-Engineered Red-Iron Steel Buildings- Part 2

Straight Column Steel Buildings All types of prefabricated buildings have different requirements. As discussed in Part One of this series on steel framing, choosing clear span or modular span framing is the first step. That determination is based on size, application, and budget for the project. RHINO’s prefab steel buildings use “rigid-frame” framing. Also known as “red-iron” because of the red-oxide paint on the steel, these structures are manufactured to be RHINO-tough. 7 Types of RHINO Steel Building Frames RHINO… Read More

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7 Types of Pre-Engineered Red-Iron Steel Buildings- Part 1

Clearspan or Modular Steel Buildings? One of the most important decisions in purchasing a pre-engineered metal building system is choosing from the types of steel buildings and framings. Which best fits the end-use, size, design, specifications, and budget for your project? RHINO prefabricated metal buildings use “rigid-frame” steel framing. These systems are also called “red-iron” buildings because of the red-oxide paint primer on the steel. Steel Building Spans The frame of a CLEARSPAN building is self-supporting and requires no interior… Read More

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