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Controlling Airflow in Metal Buildings- Part 2

Good Ventilation Creates Comfort and Extends Building Life

Never underestimate the importance of airflow in metal buildings.

As discussed in part 1, adequate ventilation controls comfort, humidity levels, and condensation in steel buildings.

Two Types of Ventilation

Controlling airflow in metal buildings without air conditioning and heating is simple. You need fresh air flowing into the building and humid air flowing out. This is easily accomplished with vents and large door openings.

Steel barns, equipment structures, storage buildings, aircraft hangars, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities usually have large doorways to accommodate vehicles, equipment, and shipping and receiving. When open, these doorways introduce fresh air into the interiors.

Vents also supply airflow in metal buildings. Vents help in two ways. Vents placed lower in the structure let air into the building. Roof vents allow hot, humid air rising to the ceiling to escape the structure.


In our line of popular accessories, RHINO includes two types of vents.

RHINO’s 3′ x 3′ louver vents typically install in the endwalls. (Larger vents available as needed.) Louver vents may be fixed or include a damper mechanism to control the airflow. In smaller metal buildings, louvered air vents placed under the peak in either endwall may provide enough ventilation.

Louver vents are available from RHINO in either Polar White or Galvalume®.

Ridge vents run along the peak of a metal building’s gabled roof line. Normally, one ridge vent per bay works in larger structures. However, ridge vents can also be connected of required, forming a continuous line down the length of the building. (This allows you to control all … Read more »

Controlling Airflow in a Metal Building- Part 1

The Importance of Ventilation in Steel Buildings

Providing adequate airflow in a metal building affects both the comfort level inside and the durability of the structure. Preventing moisture buildup prolongs the life of a steel building.

Three Factors Affecting Climate in a Metal Building

Climate controlled buildings create some airflow and control moisture with heating and air-conditioning systems. Even these may need additional ventilation. However, many metal buildings are not climate controlled. These include:

• Agricultural buildings, barns, and stables • Auto detailing garages • Auto repair shops • Boat, truck and RV garages • Chemical plants • Lumber yards • Manufacturing plants • Metal shops • Self-storage buildings • Warehouses • Welding shops

Size, location, and use determine the need for ventilation in a metal building.

SIZE: The larger the structure is, the greater the need for good ventilation.

LOCATION: Excessively hot summers, extreme winters, and high humidity levels all affect indoor air quality and airflow in any structure. In areas with hot summers, warm air trapped in the building makes inside temperatures unbearable if ventilation is in adequate. Cold locations— and very humid places near lakes or coastlines— may experience condensation problems if not properly ventilated.

USE: The use of the building affects the need for airflow in a metal building, too.

Buildings which will contain a large number of people, as in a manufacturing plant, can expect higher humidity. Structures housing livestock experience the same high levels of moisture in the air. In welding shops and metal shops, heat builds up. Fresh, circulating air helps to dissipate chemicals, solvents, or other contaminants used by the business. It creates healthier, more pleasant working conditions.

Condensation buildup … Read more »

Anchor Bolts for Pre-engineered Steel Buildings

The Importance of Steel Building Foundation Connections

Anchor bolts secure a pre-engineered metal building to the foundation. A pre-engineered steel building is only as sturdy as its foundation connections.

Anchor Bolts and Concrete Engineers

RHINO Steel Building Systems supplies a detailed Anchor Bolt Plan with every order. The plan shows the building dimensions, the precise locations for anchor bolt placement, and the total number of anchor bolts required. The Anchor Bolt Plan also provides the reactions, called “kips.”

From this information a concrete engineer designs the foundation.

The customer assumes the responsibility for hiring a local professional concrete engineer.

Your local concrete engineer determines the depth of the slab foundation— or the details of concrete piers used for structures without slabs— and the correct length for the anchor bolts.

The plans arrive within days of the placement of the order. This allows ample time for site excavation in preparation for the foundation.

(Be sure to check with all local codes for placement of your building. Some areas require minimum distance between structures, property lines, roadways, etc.)

Ideally, you will want to have your foundation poured and ready to begin erection as soon as the steel arrives. Therefore, anchor bolts do not come as part of the steel framing package. Usually, the concrete contractor acquires the anchor bolts locally.

Anchor Bolt Guidelines

Here are a few basic guidelines for understanding anchor bolts:

  • Anchor bolts must have a curved shape, like an “L” or a “J” to increase resistance and keep the bolts from shifting as the concrete dries.
  • All structural steel columns must be connected to the foundation with a minimum of four anchor bolts. (The illustration above, for example, has three … Read more »

13 Reasons to Buy Pre-engineered Metal Buildings

Steel Buildings Systems for Home or Business

If you are planning to build a commercial building— or a structure personal use— pre-engineered metal buildings deliver the best building value.

Here’s why your best building deal is steel:

1. Faster Delivery

Using pre-engineered steel buildings saves time. Receive your RHINO building in five to seven weeks.

2. Faster Construction

Mechanization shortens your building time. All the framing components arrive at your site cut, welded, punched, painted, clearly marked and ready to start erecting. Simply assemble the kit by following the step-by-step instructions. Think of it as an adult-sized version of a kid’s erector set.

Using RHINO steel buildings cuts erection time by about 33%.

3. Consistent Quality

Traditional wood construction requires you buy 15-20% more lumber than needed to cull out the split, warped, and inferior studs. Manufactured to exacting standards and precise tolerances, pre-engineered steel buildings assure consistent in strength and quality. There’s no guesswork.

4. High-Strength Connections

Nails and staples used in conventional wood building work out over time. The frame loosens up as it shifts, sags, and settles. Doors and windows start to stick. Corners bend. Floors creak.

Rigid steel-framed buildings employ high-strength bolts and self-drilling screws for all connections. Pre-engineered steel buildings assemble straight and true— and stay straight and true— for the lifetime of the structure.

5. Superior Protection

You are purchasing this building to protect something— your business, your family, or your possessions. You want the best protection possible. Steel buildings meet extreme weather … Read more »

Using a Metal Building for a Lake Cabin

Pre-engineered Steel Buildings as Vacation Getaways

Have you ever considered using a metal building for a lake cabin or vacation home? Many people now choose pre-engineered steel buildings to frame lake cottages, hunting cabins, and vacation hideaways.

Using a Metal Building for a Lake CabinMany benefits make steel buildings overwhelmingly popular for commercial structures. Vacation homebuyers want the same advantages for their homes-away-from-home.

Why Choose a Metal Building for a Lake Cabin?

These are just a few of the reasons steel buildings work very well as second homes:

FLEXIBLE Floor Plans:  Clear span steel buildings create a self-supporting exterior. Load-bearing interior walls are not necessary in a pre-engineered metal building. Enjoy total floor plan freedom. The interior is completely up to you. Find plans you like or sketch your own plans. Follow the floor plan exactly— or adapt it on the fly as you build.

DURABLE Structure:  Steel buildings last much longer— and retain their value and appearance decades longer— than wood structures. Steel buildings offer a better long-term investment.

EASY Maintenance:  You want a place to escape the frantic pace of daily life— not another home needing constant repairs. Metal building lake cabins and vacation homes require almost no maintenance. Your free time is yours to enjoy.

AFFORDABLE Upkeep:  You also do not need a second home continually draining your bank account. Lower maintenance, lower insurance, and lower utilities save you a bundle in operating costs over the lifetime of a vacation home. In fact, RHINO’s Pro-Value insulation package cuts heating and cooling by as much as 50%.

DIY’s Dream:  … Read more »

Steel Buildings in MICHIGAN

Why Wolverines Love the Many Benefits of Metal Buildings

Why choose pre-engineered steel buildings in Michigan? Prefabricated metal buildings offer the durability, strength, and versatility required for the diverse Michigan market at an affordable price.

Lake-Effect Climate Challenges

The two halves of Michigan bracket Lake Michigan. The state actually borders on four of the five great lakes. In addition, Michigan boasts about 11,000 inland lakes. That is a lot of water.

Steel Buildings in MichiganWhen polar air masses move southward across Canada, they collide with the moisture-laden air over the Great Lakes. The result is lake-effect precipitation. Two lake-effect snow belts normally exist in Michigan— one along the southern shores of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula, and another along the eastern shoreline of Lake Michigan in the Lower Peninsula.

While generally Michigan’s climate is considered mild, this past winter blew away all previous records. The 2013-2014 winter toppled a 133-year-old snowfall record with a whopping 94.8 total snowfall in Detroit. Even more surprising, ice covered 92% of the Great Lakes. Lake Michigan froze up to two foot deep over 93% of its surface.

With that kind of snow, you had better be sure your structures can take the weight.

RHINO’s prefabricated steel buildings in Michigan meet the challenge head on. Our metal buildings meet— or exceed— all local buildings codes for the lifetime of the structure.

When Storms Roar Across the Peninsulas

Not only do RHINO metal buildings in Michigan stand up to crushing snows, they also stand up to fierce winds, deadly lightning, hail, and occasional tornadoes that sometime plague the state.

Michigan ranks second in the nation for lightning-induced deaths and injuries. Since 1959, over 700 … Read more »

Uses and Benefits of Steel Buildings

You’ve seen them around and are probably noticing more of them as they gain popularity as permanent, practical, and economical structures. I’m talking about steel buildings.

These metal buildings are all around us in the form of garages, shops, warehouses, commercial/industrial buildings, recreational facilities, airplane hangers, fire stations and agricultural buildings such as barns and implement sheds.

The use of steel buildings has been favorable since post WWII, and steel building systems have been gaining widespread popularity since the 1970s. Today, steel buildings are more popular than ever before. This popularity comes from a variety of factors involved in the efficiency and versatility of metal structures.

Advantages and Uses of Steel BuildingsSteel buildings hold several advantages over conventional wood or masonry structures. For instance, steel as a building material is widely accessible, common, and endlessly versatile. These qualities make steel building materials hugely economical. With metal building materials being 100% recyclable and steel buildings being energy efficient, steel buildings are largely popular in the ‘green’ movement as environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Steel building systems require far less maintenance than wood structures and are superior to  masonry structures in that steel building systems do not crack, twist, bend, or warp. Steel building systems are also less prone to mold and mildew. Steel buildings are durable and stand up to heavy winds, heavy snow, and even fire. Steel buildings are also harder to breach or break into. With these factors considered, steel buildings offer increased safety over other materials. These qualities are considered by insurance agencies and result in lower insurance premiums.  Low cost material, virtually zero maintenance, and lower insurance premiums certainly make steel building systems cost effective.

Steel building systems can be stand-alone structures or … Read more »

Steel Buildings in INDIANA

Building for the Weather Extremes of the Hoosier State

Steel buildings in Indiana deliver strength and durability. Those traits uniquely fit a place where volatile weather extremes threaten property— and lives.

Metal Buildings in Indiana and Lightning

Steel Buildings in IndianaThe dangers of lightning are sometimes overlooked when considering a building material. That can be a deadly mistake.

Lightning strikes Indiana almost 600,000 times each year. In the U.S., Indiana ranks 12th in lightning fatalities.

Insurance companies shell out nearly $1 billion annually for property damages caused by lightning.

When struck by lightning, building materials containing moisture like wood and concrete can explode. Wood is a poor conductor of current. Lightning striking a wood-framed structure usually ignites wood— or flashes out into nearby objects, animals, or people.

Steel is a great conductor. In a well-grounded metal building, the lightning passes through the framing and harmlessly into the ground.

Steel Buildings in Indiana and Snow

Along Lake Michigan, lake effect storms dump heavy snows across northern Indiana. Structures there must stand up to the crushing loads of wet, heavy snows. Snow weights vary on moisture content. A cubic foot of snow weighs between 7-20 pounds.

RHINO metal buildings in Indiana are guaranteed to meet or exceed all local building codes— including snow loads— for the lifetime of the structure.

Metal Buildings in Indiana and Winds

In recent years, strong straight line winds of almost 100 MPH damaged trees and structures in the Hoosier state. These sometimes deadly storms, called “derechos,” tear through the state cutting a path of destruction.

Derechos swept through Indiana on June 18, 2010 and again on July … Read more »

How to Install Metal Building Screws Correctly

Doing It Right Keeps a Steel Building Watertight

We discussed the importance of using a metal building system with premium quality fasteners. How those screws are installed is equally important to the durability and waterproofing of a steel building.

Installing Metal Building Panel ScrewsThe Proper Gear for Handling Steel Panels Safely

Preventing accidents is job one at a metal building job site. SAFETY FIRST at all times should be the primary goal.

Read the Installation Manual supplied with your metal building thoroughly. Follow all the instructions and safety precautions exactly.

Workers must wear OSHA approved safety goggles, hard hats, work gloves, and rubber-soled work boots at all times, including during the installation of steel panels.

The Proper Tool for Metal Building Steel Panel Assembly

Do not make the mistake of using cheap tools to assemble your pre-engineered steel building. Low cost, light duty tools often break down, causing unnecessary delays. Industrial rated, high quality tools produce better results— and will cost less in the long run.

RHINO recommends screw guns with an RPM of 1700-2000 for self-drilling screws. For self-tapping screws, use a screw gun with an RPM of 500-600.

EPDM Washer Screw InstallationChoose high quality sockets for properly seated screws. Worn sockets cause the screw to waver and wobble during installation. A tight-fitting socket drives the screw straight in for a stronger connection.

The Right Way to Screw Steel Panels to the Metal Building Framing

We recommend pre-drilling the sheeting panels to create a perfectly aligned, professional-looking screw placement. (See the RHINO Installation ManualRead more »

Metal Buildings: Doing It Right, Sealing It Tight

Premium-Quality, Rust-Resistant Fasteners for Steel Buildings

The type of fasteners used for metal buildings may seem like an insignificant detail. It is not.

Beware of Rust and Corrosion

Cheap screws rust out. Rust spreads to the steel panels, streaking the steel panels with unsightly rust discoloration.

Cheap Fasteners RustHowever, rust is much more than a cosmetic problem. Once rust forms, it spreads. Corrosion may eventually causes serious structural problems in metal buildings.

Rusty screws with cheap washers leak. Leaking buildings create havoc, soaking insulation and dripping onto the building’s contents.

Rust can even be dangerous to your health.

Rusty surfaces easily trap tetanus spores. Once the bacterial spores enter a body, they produce tetanospasmin, one of the deadliest neurotoxins known to medical science.

Thankfully, tetanus is very rare in industrialized countries. Still, according to the Mayo Clinic, over a million cases a year are reported worldwide.

RHINO’s Cast Zinc Aluminum Screws

RHINO steel buildings use only top-of-the-line screws with high-grade washers for maximum leak and corrosion protection. High-end screws and washers improve the value and the longevity of steel buildings.

All RHINO metal building kits includes cast zinc aluminum fasteners for all steel panel sheathing. Cast screws resist the shank destruction and head failure common with capped fasteners.

Cast Zinc Aluminum ScrewsDie-cast zinc aluminum screws offer high torsional strength. The self-drilling tip offers greater efficiency, speeding up installation.

These fasteners carry a lifetime warranty against red rust corrosion on the zinc head.

To attach the panels to the rigid-steel framing, RHINO uses #12 self-drilling screws. For connecting the overlapping panels to each other, RHINO supplies #14 self-drilling screws.

RHINO also offers screw heads colored to match the Read more »

77 Reasons to Choose Pre-engineered Steel Buildings- Part 4

Metal Buildings: Building Green for Future Generations

This series catalogs the reasons for choosing pre-engineered steel buildings.

In the first three parts of the series, we covered the rewards prefabricated metal buildings provide during design, construction, and use.

Manufacturing Pre-Engineered Steel BuildingsThe customer’s benefits are just part of the story of steel. Some of the greatest attributes of steel buildings begin at the end of the structure’s life.

Building Green with Pre-engineered Steel Buildings

Today it is more important than ever to think about the entire lifecycle of a structure. What are the consequences of using this building material? Does it have a positive— or negative— effect on the environment?

The first three articles in this series numerated 60 total reasons to choose pre-engineered steel buildings. Let’s continue the countdown with the reasons metal buildings are the greenest of all building materials:

61. Steel buildings last far longer than other building materials, extending the lifecycle of the building. The longer the building lasts, the less it impacts the environment.

62. Steel is 100% recyclable.

63. Steel is the most recycled material on the Earth. Eighty million tons of steel are recycled annually across North America.

64. Every ton of recycled steel saves 2.5 tons of iron ore, plus 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone.

65. Steel production actually requires recycled steel. Iron and steel producers have been recycling for over 150 years.

66. Steel can be recycled an infinite number of times without losing ANY of its strength. No other recyclable material can make that claim.

67. The average recycled content of structural steel is 77%. RHINO’s steel framing contains as much as 90.7% recycled … Read more »

77 Reasons to Choose Pre-engineered Steel Buildings- Part 3

Metal Buildings: The Best Long-term Building Value

We have shown some of the benefits of pre-engineered steel buildings during designing and construction. However, the advantages of prefabricated metal buildings extend beyond today.

Look at the many pluses metal buildings provide after occupancy.

Value-Added Benefits of Steel Buildings during Use

Part 1 and Part 2 of this series listed 36 benefits of pre-engineered steel buildings. Discover the advantages of owning a strong, durable, and versatile rigid-frame metal building:

37. Steel building components stay straight and true for the life of the structure. The entire structure stays perfectly aligned over decades of use.

38. Windows and doors close properly now— and years from now.

39. Overhead doors and large opening never sag or bow over time in steel buildings framed with commercial-grade rigid steel.

40. Since the framing never shifts, air leaks do not develop over time. The enclosed structure remains tight.

41. Steel is dimensionally stable. Steel never bows, warps, splits, twists, rots, cracks, or creeps like wood does as it ages.

42. Wood shifts as its moisture content changes. Steel does not.

43. Wood buildings often have “nail-pops” as nails pull out of wood with changing humidity.

44. Metal buildings use high-strength bolt and screws for fasteners, not the nails and cheap staples used today in wood framing.

45. Steel buildings do not experience many of the “call backs” builders must face with other construction methods.

46. Steel is … Read more »

77 Reasons to Choose Pre-engineered Steel Buildings- Part 2

Metal Buildings: The Best Building Value in Construction

We discussed the benefits pre-engineered steel buildings provide during the planning, designing, and ordering phase of a building project in the first part of this series.

Shipping pre-engineered Steel BuildingIn this second part of the series, we will look at the advantages metal buildings bring to the construction phase.

Benefits of Pre-engineered Steel Buildings during Construction

Pre-engineered metal buildings make the framing erection quick and easy. On smaller projects, many individuals elect to erect the steel framing themselves— with the help of a few friends or family members.

Part 1 of this series listed 16 benefits of steel. Here are 20 more reasons to choose RHINO metal buildings:

17.  Simpler permitting process. Building officials familiar with— and confident in—pre-engineered steel framing.

18.  Fast shipping. Kit available for delivery in 4-7 weeks of order.

19.  RHINO ships from multiple factories across the U.S. The factory nearest the job site fabricates the order, reducing shipping costs.

20.  All components of the kit cut to length, welded into shape, drilled as needed, and clearly marked. No need to cut, weld, or drill in the field, saving time and money.

21.  RHINO’s pre-welded clips eliminate time-consuming field welding or connecting.

22.  RHINO steel building components manufactured to strict tolerances governed by industry standards.

23.  Every piece of the steel framing kit promises consistent, verifiable quality. Every piece straight and true.

24.  Little waste with pre-engineered building systems (PEB) like RHINO. (With wood framing, lumber needs to be examined thoroughly to cull … Read more »

77 Reasons to Choose Steel Buildings- Part 1

Pre-engineered Metal Buildings: The Best Building Value for Today and Beyond

Pre-engineered steel buildings have long dominated agricultural and aviation construction. Now steel framing commands the lion’s share of commercial and industrial construction as well.

Constructing a Rhino Steel BuildingToday steel frames almost 80% of all new commercial structures. Steel’s market share of industrial construction climbs even higher, with 95% of new industrial buildings now framed with steel.

Shrewd business people choose metal buildings more than any other low-rise construction method. They depend on steel’s quality, strength, versatility, durability, and practicality, of course. But most of all, perceptive businesspeople continually choose pre-engineered steel buildings for a healthy for the bottom line. They know that steel buildings are not only a good investment today, but also very cost-effective long term.

Homeowners are increasingly choosing prefabricated metal buildings for residential accessory structures, too. Pre-engineered steel buildings make great workshops, hobby shops, multi-car garages, RV and boat storage, man caves, and multi-purpose storage structures for space-challenged homeowners.

Today’s Benefits of Pre-engineered Steel Buildings

Pre-engineered metal buildings simplify the sometimes tedious design stage of a construction project. Prefabricated steel building benefits during this stage include:

1.  Most cost-effective building system on the market. Steel pricing historically very stable.

2.  High-quality, commercial-grade steel framing. Premium corrosion-resistant rigid steel.

3.  Steel’s proven track record.

4.  Sophisticated, top-of-the-line design software streamlines the process. 3-D design analysis assures structural integrity. Optimizes use of materials to keep pricing low.

5.  Every structure designed and manufactured specifically to the individual customer’s requirements.

6.  All RHINO final plans stamped by engineer licensed in your state.

7.  Unrestricted floor plan possibilities. No load-bearing walls required on clear … Read more »

7 Reasons to Choose Metal Buildings in SOUTH CAROLINA

RHINO Steel Buildings in South Carolina are Built Strong to Last Long

RHINO metal buildings in South Carolina defy the odds. While strong, durable, and versatile for any market, our prefabricated steel structures provide benefits particularly effective in South Carolina’s challenging climate.

1. Forceful Winds

With frequent thunderstorms— and occasional tropical storms and full-force hurricanes— South Carolina often experiences destructive winds. Whether on the coast, in the plains, or in the Blue Ridge Mountains, structures in South Carolina need to stand strong against powerful winds.

Consider these facts:

August 27, 1893: Over 2,000 people drown when a deadly hurricane pounded into South Carolina after making landfall near Savannah, GA. Damages exceeded $10 million.

April 30, 1924: Two deadly tornadoes struck South Carolina on this day. Seventy-seven people died. The two storms injured another 778. Both left paths over 100 miles long. The worst vortex left a trail of destruction 135 miles long.

September 29, 1938: Five twisters struck Charleston, SC, killing 32 people and wounding 150. Property losses exceeded $2 million and included several historic churches and buildings in the city.

October 15, 1954: Hurricane Hazel made landfall near the North and South Carolina border as a Category 4 storm. Hazel pummeled the coast with punishing sustained winds as high as 150 mph. Every pier along 170 miles of coastline was destroyed. Of the 357 buildings in Long Beach, NC, Hazel left only five still standing.

September 29, 1959: Hurricane Gracie slammed into South Carolina between Charleston and Savannah. Winds screeched at 140 mph. Gracie killed seven people. Property damages from the storm reached $20 million.

March … Read more »