Steel Building Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

How long has RHINO Steel Building Systems been in the steel building business?

RHINO Steel Building Systems has been in business since 1998.  Our management and sales consultants have decades of experience in all phases of construction of prefabricated steel buildings.  RHINO has delivered thousands of buildings to all 50 states, Canada, and Mexico.  We invite you to check the Better Business Bureau and compare our A+ rating against the competition.  In the last year over 37% of our business has been generated by satisfied repeat clients or those referred to RHINO by our customers.

Does RHINO erect the buildings that it sells?

RHINO does not have its own construction crews, but we know many independent erectors who can construct our buildings for you.  Commercial, storage, or farm building contractors can be recommended in your area.

Can I put the building up myself?  How long does it take?

A large percentage of our metal buildings are erected by the buyers themselves.  The building has been prefabricated at the factory with the steel components cut, welded, and drilled for easy bolt-together installation.  It’s basically a big kid’s erector set.  RHINO has people on staff with years of steel building erection experience.  We have encountered almost every building situation conceivable over the years, so we are well equipped to answer your every question and handle your every need.  If you have a question during the construction process, we are just a toll free call away.  The average time to erect the framing for a 40′ x 60′ x 14′ building with a three-man crew is about five days.  A 60′ x 100′ x 16′ normally takes about seven days to erect.

What type of equipment do I need to erect this structure?

Besides the normal everyday tools, you would require lifting equipment to raise the columns and rafters.  For example, a typical agricultural building will have a 16′ tall column which weighs 200-250 pounds; the rafter would weigh 500-700 pounds for a 60′-wide rafter.  A rented forklift, track loader, or a front-end loader will work if it reaches your height requirements.  Screw guns will be required to install the self-drilling screws.  The guns should have an adjustable clutch that will disengage the driver, so as not to strip out the neoprene washer on the screws as it tightens.  The cost of a new screw gun from Dewalt or Black and Decker is around $130.

How about shipping costs?

Your shipping costs will be determined by the overall weight, number of trucks needed, and the driving distance from the plant nearest to your location.  RHINO offers multiple shipping points all across the country to keep the overall shipping costs to a minimum.

What is included in a “standard” RHINO steel building package?

Standard steel metal buildings includes:

  • Prefabricated steel framing, factory-formed and identified for easy job site assembly, with clips already welded to frames for girt and purlin attachment
  • Steel building trim
  • High-strength bolts with nuts and cast zinc self-drilling screws
  • 26-gauge high-tensile PBR steel color roof and wall panels and color trim
  • Closures and mastic for the base, top of the wall panel, and underneath the roof at the eave to completely seal the building
  • Die-formed ridge caps conforming to the standard roof panels for a waterproof seal
  • Steel formed base trim to eliminate rust
  • A framed opening for an overhead door up to 30′ wide
  • Base trim and cover trim for overhead doors
  • Cover trim for all doors and windows
  • 3 sets of Engineer-Stamped Prints with a Letter of Certification
  • Anchor bolt plan
  • 49-page Installation Manual and Construction DVD
  • Bill of Lading listing all parts purchased

Does my building come with anchor bolts?  Can I buy them from you?

Anchor bolts secure your steel building frames to the slab foundation.  RHINO does not furnish anchor bolts, but they are easily obtained locally.

What makes a RHINO steel building unique?  How do you compare with your competition?

Simply put, we provide more high-quality standard items than our competitors and give our customers unbeatable service.  Unlike most other steel building companies, we provide PBR roof and wall panels, zinc cast self-drilling screws with Galvalume® panels, standard closures, overlapping purlins, a 25-year written warranty for color panels, clips already welded to frames for the attachments of girts and purlins (making the erection process easier and faster), all AISC certified manufacturing plants, plus standard base trim and cover trim for all overhead door framed openings.  We are determined to offer the best customer service in the industry.  Our sales team has decades of experience in the metal building industry and the average tenure of our RHINO building consultant is 10.3 years.  RHINO has earned an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.  Over 37% of our business in the last twelve months has been generated by satisfied repeat clients or those referred to RHINO by our customers.  We deliver the highest quality metal building product possible and provide the most helpful and friendly service in the industry.

Who provides the design for concrete slabs?

The building comes with a complete anchor bolt design providing the building dimensions and reactions (or KIPS).  From this information an engineer (hired by the customer) will design the proper foundation.

What kind of foundation is required?

A RHINO structure can be built on piers or a perimeter foundation, with or without a concrete slab.  If a slab is poured, it is normally poured at the same time as the perimeter foundation.  Many farm building plans, for instance, only require piers.  If only piers are used, we delete the base angle and use a base girt.  The base girt is larger and of thicker metal.  It will support the sidewall sheathing without the use of a concrete foundation.  The advantage of perimeter foundations is the way the building would be sealed. A closure strip exactly fitting the corrugation of the panels is inserted between the bottom of the wall panel and the base angle around the entire perimeter.  This seals the building in a way that cannot be matched by a base girt or by dirt pushed up against it, as sometime used on farm buildings.

What is a RHINO Steel Building?

RHINO sells prefabricated steel buildings with components manufactured in an AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction) certified plant.  All steel building frames and other materials for a complete structure are delivered to the customer’s job site.  Each building is designed to meet the wind, snow, seismic, and local building codes of the county in which the building will be constructed.  All metal buildings are designed to meet or exceed the recommendations of the MBMA (Metal Building Manufacturers Association).  You will receive three sets of engineer-stamped plans, a Letter of Certification, and a 49-page Installation Manual and Construction Video with your structure.

How can I be sure that all parts are delivered to my location?

A Bill of Lading that lists all parts arrives with the order.  We suggest that as you offload you check everything off the list (one by one) until you have accounted for all materials. Any missing parts must be immediately reported to RHINO headquarters via our toll free number: 888.320.7466.  With RHINO’s prefab steel buildings, all framing pieces are cut to length, welded to shape, and drilled for easy job site assembly.  The framing systems is delivered in factory-produced components designed to go together only one way…the right way.

What if I want to insulate my steel metal building?

RHINO Steel Building Systems offers two basic insulation choices:

We offer fiberglass insulation (from 3″ to 8″ thick) supplying R-10 to R-30 ratings.  This insulation has a reinforced back that eliminates the need for chicken wire supports, saving both time and money, while creating a more attractive interior.

The ultimate insulation system is the RHINO Pro-Value Insulation Package.  This system includes R-19 to R-30 fiberglass insulation for walls and R-20 to R-40 insulation for the roof.  This system also includes steel retainer straps, a fabric barrier fabric 300% stronger than plain vinyl facing used by our competitors, uncompressed insulation for full energy efficient effectiveness, and a foam thermal break.  The Pro-Value system can slash energy bills as much as 50%.  (See the Pro-Value Page for more details.)

Many farm building contractors, commercial fabricators, and do-it-yourselfers appreciate the convenience of having the insulation materials and other options delivered with the steel building.

How long does it take to deliver a RHINO metal building?

With multiple shipping locations all across the nation, RHINO steel metal building customers save big on delivery costs.  Typical delivery time is six to seven weeks from receipt of order, but some standard buildings can be delivered in as little as four weeks.  Talk to a RHINO steel building specialist for details.

Can I receive help in determining the type of building that will best suit my needs?

This is where RHINO shines the brightest.  Whether you require a farm building, aircraft hangar, commercial building, agricultural metal building, manufacturing plant, industrial building, a simple storage building, or any other type of metal-framed structure, RHINO’s experienced and knowledgeable staff members are well equipped to help you decide the size, framing type, and amenities you’ll need, plus provide any other technical assistance you require.  Each RHINO building is customized, prefabricated, and manufactured individually for your unique requirements and for your specific location.

What if I want windows and doors?

Various types of windows and doors for your steel building may be ordered from RHINO.  Framed openings for the doors and windows can be factory-located in your framing at the location of your choosing.  This saves time and labor in the erection process.  Larger openings can be designed to accommodate virtually any size door, including large bifold doors or slide doors for aircraft hangars or specialized farm building plans.  RHINO metal buildings provide more flexibility and options.  (For more details, see our Openings and Doors Page.)

What other amenities are offered by RHINO?

Other accessories available to be shipped with your RHINO building order include skylights (which match the panel profile to your roof panel), wall lights, gutters and downspouts, canopy kits, and overhead doors.  Interior panels may also be ordered to provide a true “finished out” look to your building.  Many farm building plans and other rural applications require ventilation units.  RHINO offers two types of standard vents.  See our Options and Accessories Page for more details.