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Steel Buildings: Think Outside the Box- Part 5

Receding an Exterior Wall Changes the Look of Metal Buildings

In Part 4 of our series on “Steel Buildings: Think Outside the Box” we covered adding pop-out sections of framing. Pop-outs protrude outside the main structure, breaking up the boxy look of pre-engineered steel buildings.

Indented wall ccreates porchAnother way to add visual interest to a metal building is to do the exact opposite. Instead of extending an exterior wall, consider receding an exterior wall, sort of a “pop-in” section.

Practical Reasons for Indenting an Exterior Wall

The exterior wall of pre-engineered metal buildings can end at the last frame of the structure, or at the next-to-the-last frame. In fact— with minimal additional framing— the exterior wall can be placed anywhere in between frames.

Indented wall- ag buildingFor example, you might want a deep porch under rafter. Or perhaps your commercial business needs a corner entrance under rafter to protect clients in inclement weather.

Agricultural buildings and shops often include a protected outside area under rafter to store hay, equipment, or vehicles out of the weather. Personal storage building, workshops, or multi-vehicle garages might encompass an under rafter area for a boat, RV, or camp trailer.

Stylish Reasons for Indenting an Exterior Wall

Indented wall- outside storageBeyond practical considerations, indenting a wall also changes the profile of a structure. Receding a wall helps adds visual interest. It is an easy and economical way to add personality to a structure. Commercial enterprises may find this especially helpful.

Suppose you want to add a “down-home” look to your new barbecue restaurant. Indent the exterior wall … Read more »

Steel Buildings: Think Outside the Box- Part 4

Adding Pizzazz to Metal Buildings with “Pop-Out” Framing

The most economical shape for pre-engineered steel buildings remains the basic rectangle. While practical for most industrial, agricultural, and storage applications, commercial enterprises sometime require more visual interest.

RHINO building with pop-outs 1In this series on customizing steel buildings, we have divulged several ways to lose the “boxy” look of metal buildings to add eye appeal. So far, we have covered:

Part 1: Changing the Roofline

Part 2: Adding Roofline Extensions

Part 3: Using Brick, Stone, Stucco and Other Exterior Building Materials

We can further improve a structure by adding structural “pop-outs.”

Metal Building Basics

First, let’s cover some a couple of basics in pre-engineered steel building construction.

RHINO sidewall pop-outIn a clear span steel building, the two steel columns bolted together with two rafter beams create a single “frame. The frames run the length of the structure, much like ribs supporting the skeleton of the building.

Typically, frames are spaced 20’-25’ apart. The distance between the frames is called a “bay.”

The frames continue for the length of the structure, creating the basic rectangle of the building.

So What is a “Pop-out”?

End wall shed pop-outAdding smaller frames outside the main structure creates pop-outs. This adds square footage to the structure while breaking up the rectangular shape of the building. Pop-outs can be added at either the end wall or sidewall.

Pop-outs offer many practical uses.

For example, a pop-out section on a church, hotel, medical building, school, … Read more »

Steel Buildings: Think Outside the Box- Part 3

Customizing the Exteriors of Pre-engineered Metal Buildings

Steel buildings do not have to look like steel buildings. There are many ways to enhance the exterior of a structure to lose the “boxy” look of a metal building.

RHINO hangar wihjt wainscotIn parts one and two of this series, we offered suggestions for changing the roofline and profile of a steel building to create a more traditional look. The versatility steel buildings doesn’t stop there.

Any exterior building material available for other building systems will also work with pre-engineered steel framing.

Steel Panel Exteriors for Metal Buildings

Most of RHINO Steel Building System’s customers with agricultural, industrial, and storage applications choose our standard 26-gauge purlin bearing roof (PBR) steel panels for cladding. The panels are attractive, economical, and durable. Available in a variety of colors, steel exterior panels and trim offer many choices for the buyer.

Stone wainscotBuyers may purchase optional gutters and downspouts in colors to match trim. Also available are 24-gauge standing seam roof panels and highly reflective “cool coated” steel panels.

Steel Panel Wainscoting

One very economical way to “dress up” a steel building is to add steel panel wainscoting. A wainscot is simply a contrasting material added at the bottom exterior wall, usually about 3-1/2’ to 4’ in height.

Using Traditional Exterior Finishing Materials with Steel Buildings

Stone facade entrywayChoose any exterior building material used with other building methods for pre-engineered metal buildings.

Planning an office complex with … Read more »

Steel Buildings: Think Outside the Box- Part 2

Roofline Extensions Add Flair to Pre-engineered Metal Buildings

In part one of this series on steel buildings, we discussed changing the roof pitch and gable rooflines versus hip rooflines. You can also “dress up” metal buildings by adding eave overhangs or canopies.

NAPA CanopyIn standard pre-engineered steel buildings, the roofline ends flush with sidewalls. That is adequate for many applications, where the “boxy” look of the building does not matter. For example, agricultural barns and industrial warehouses find this basic steel building economical and practical for their needs.

However, many commercial enterprises must think outside the box to achieve a look that suits their vision. Adding eave overhangs or canopies brings a more traditional look to the structure.

Making the MOST OF Your Metal Building Investment

Eave overhangs and canopies change the profile and performance of a structure dramatically. Both useful and attractive, eave overhangs are a simple way to enhance the look of a steel building.

RHINO Overhangs and canopiesWhat are the practical advantages of eave overhangs and canopies?

SHADE: Extending the roofline provides additional shade across the building, windows and doors. Shading creates cooler building temperatures, a big plus in southern climates with hot summers.

SHELTER: Canopies and eave overhangs over doorways shelter people coming and going from the building in inclement weather.

PROTECTION: Overhangs and canopies move rain, snow, and ice away from the structure quickly, preventing splashing on walls and messy, slippery accumulations near doorways. This is especially important in metal buildings without gutters and downspouts.

VALUE: Canopies and eave overhangs increase curb appeal, improving your structure’s resale value. … Read more »

Steel Buildings: Think Outside the Box- Part 1

Adding Personality to a Metal Building by Changing the Roofline

In pre-engineered steel buildings, nothing is more affordable than a basic box. Most agricultural, aviation, and industrial metal building buyers find “no-frills” prefabricated metal buildings both practical and economical for their needs.

However, commercial buyers sometimes require a more upscale building appearance. Their building designs must attract customers and blend in with neighboring businesses. Although these buyers long for the benefits of steel buildings, they think steel limits their exterior design choices.

Steel Buildings Gable and Hip RoofsThey are SO wrong.

Steel buildings are incredibly versatile.

This series of articles on “dressing up” metal buildings will be full of ideas on adding panache to any building project. Let’s begin with simple roofline modifications.

Increasing Roof Pitch

Pitch refers to the slope of a building’s roof. Specific pitches are referred to as a ratio, such as a 4:12 roof. The ratio indicates how much rise there is in the roof slope for every foot it runs horizontally. Therefore, a 4:12 pitch rises 4” for every 12” it spans.

Increasing the pitch of the roof is an inexpensive way to change the cosmetic look of the structure. It changes the “boxy” appearance of the building to a more traditional-looking structure.

If you need extra storage space or clearance above the eaves, a higher pitched roof may be your answer.

Metal Building Roof PitchOn the practical side, a higher roof slope sheds water and snow more efficiently than a flatter roof, reducing the chance for leaks. In air conditioned buildings, the additional cubic feet overhead allow heat to rise above the floor area, reducing air conditioning costs.

Higher pitches often fit in … Read more »

The Many Uses for Steel Buildings in OREGON

Why Pre-engineered Metal Buildings Dominate in the Beaver State

Steel buildings in Oregon stand up to the unique challenges of the Beaver State.

Need a 500,000 sq. ft. import warehouse in Portland? Pre-engineered steel buildings meet all your criteria.

metal-buildings-OregonPlanning a business complex in Salem? You will find nothing works better than steel.

Is your congregation in Eugene planning a new church building? Steel framing allows more design freedom than any other building method.

Need a hangar for your private plane or jet in Medford? Steel buildings provide large, unobstructed interiors simply not possible with other building systems. RHINO has hangar doors to fit any aircraft.

Thinking about starting a self-storage business in Ashland? Nothing protects better, lasts longer, or stands stronger than steel.

Want a bigger barn for your farm in the Willamette Valley? Farmers and ranchers everywhere love the quality of a practical, economical, low maintenance steel barn.

Dreaming of a multi-purpose structure for a garage, workshop, and storage at your home in Corvallis? Do-it-yourselfers prefer easy-to-erect pre-engineered steel buildings for their residential projects.

The Benefits of Steel Buildings in Oregon

Steel dominates the low-rise agricultural and commercial markets today, because perceptive farmers, ranchers, and commercial business people appreciate the advantages metal buildings provide. Steel frames 95% of all low-rise industrial construction today. Many homeowners today choose pre-engineered steel buildings for garages, storage buildings, man caves, hobby buildings, workshops— and even for their houses.  Look at some of the advantages pre-engineered metal buildings in Oregon deliver:

VERSATILE: No other building system offers the versatility of a pre-engineered steel … Read more »

Hangar Doors for Pre-engineered Steel Buildings

Extraordinary-Width Doors for Aircraft and Large Access Equipment

Aircraft demand mega-wide hangar doors for building entrances. RHINO steel buildings can accommodate any aircraft or vehicle with hangar-style doors in a variety of styles.

Aircraft Hangars Built with Steel

From helicopters to jumbo jets, aviation relies on steel-framed hangars almost exclusively.

RHINO Hangar DoorsWhy? Steel is the only sensible choice for hangars.

Only steel provides the obstruction-free space required by aircraft. RHINO steel buildings easily span 200 feet or more without any interior columns. Building length is unlimited— and easily expanded later.

Large-scale agriculture buildings also need steel-framed clear span structures to protect massive farm equipment.

Both aircraft and large-scale farm equipment represent huge investments. Protecting those investments in the strongest structure possible is the only prudent and responsible choice.

Steel hangars and equipment buildings provide the ultimate in protection, maneuverability— and affordability.

Design Begins with Hangar Doors

When choosing an equipment building or hangar, the hangar door is the best place to start. Focus first on the size of the aircraft or vehicle to be sheltered in the structure.

Remember to keep in mind not only current objects, but future aircraft or vehicles as well. For example, if you are planning to house your company’s corporate jet, consider any possibilities for housing additional aircraft later on— or plans for purchasing a larger jet later.

Keep in mind not only the width of the aircraft, but also allow ample clearance for the tail.

Pavement surrounding the hangar will slope away from the building to allow adequate drainage. When exiting the hangar, the tail of the aircraft will rise as the nose of the plane descends the slope. Be sure to allow adequate room for that change … Read more »

Choosing Overhead Doors for Steel Buildings

RHINO Overhead Doors Increase Comfort and Convenience

RHINO provides a wide selection of overhead doors for steel buildings. Choosing the right style and size for each overhead door requires a little thought and planning.

What Size of Overhead Door Will You Need?

Think of what you will be moving through your overhead door— not only now, but also later.

RHINO Overhead Doors for Steel BuildingsFor example, if you are building a steel garage at your home, you will need to measure any vehicles you plan to house in the structure. Be sure to include side mirrors when calculating the width.

Measure not only the overall height, but allow for anything carried atop the vehicle. Do you sometimes carry mountain bikes or a canoe atop your car? Does your RV have an air conditioner or antenna mounted on top?

RHINO recommends ordering a steel building with an eave height at least two foot higher than your tallest overhead door.

Consider any future purchases you might make, too. For instance, if you are building a steel barn, choose a door wide enough to accommodate your current implements— and any other farming equipment you plan to buy later.

What is the Function of Your Steel Structure?

Overhead doors for metal buildings come in both light-duty and heavy-duty styles.

For residential structures like steel storage buildings or steel garages, light-duty doors usually suffice. Commercial applications like warehouses, auto shops, or manufacturing plants, require heavy-duty commercial-grade overhead doors.

Where Will Your Overhead Doors Be Placed?

Framed openings for overhead doors are “factory located,” meaning they are positioned for maximum strength in the plans.

RHINO overhead doors for metal buildings may be installed on the end walls or sidewalls. End wall openings … Read more »

RHINO-Tough Steel Building Doors and Windows

Add Accessibility, Eye-Appeal, and Comfort to a Metal Building

Both functional and attractive, steel building doors and windows create a more inviting look to a structure. Whether the metal building’s purpose is agricultural, commercial, industrial, or residential, doors and windows dramatically improve the design.

RHINO Windows and DoorsRHINO is committed to supplying top-of-the-line accessories, including high-quality metal building doors and windows.

All doors and windows arrive at the job site with the steel framing.

RHINO’s metal building doors and windows are “field located,” meaning the customer may insert the doors anywhere needed steel columns. If exact placement of doors or windows is critical to the design, be sure to notify RHINO so column placement may be adjusted, if required.

RHINO Walk-in Doors

RHINO offers three optional designs in personnel doors: • Without windows • Half-glass windows • Narrow-glass window

RHINO’s walk-in doors are made of sturdy 20-gauge, prime-painted, galvanized steel. Each door has an insulated core with a 14.97 R-value. The door framing is 16-gauge, prime-painted steel.

Each door kit comes with: • 16-gauge, prime-painted steel door framing • Jamb extensions • A Yale brand commercial grade II lever lockset • Aluminum threshold and header • 4-1/2” heavy-duty hinges • Weathersealing

Single doors are available in standard 30” x 70” and wider 40” x 70” sizes. Choose doors in either white or bronze coloring.

Need wider access? Double doors are also available in the same three styles in a 60” x 70” size. RHINO’s standard doors are not wind rated. However, wind rated doors are available upon requested.

All doors are keyed alike unless the customer requests otherwise.

Additional Door Options from RHINO

A heavy-duty adjustable door closer with backcheck may be added to door orders. Panic devices with lever locksets … Read more »

The Many Uses for Industrial Metal Buildings

Why Steel Buildings Dominate the Industrial Building Market

In earlier blogs, we enumerated fourteen reasons for choosing industrial metal buildings. Our last blog discussed the green building benefits of steel industrial buildings.

RHINO Machine ShopHowever, there is another advantage for choosing steel framing for industrial structures.

Versatility allows pre-engineered steel buildings to adapt to every industrial building need. That’s the major reason steel frames 95% of all new industrial construction today.

The Perfect Building System for Every Use

Industrial businesses include anything from small family-owned enterprises to mega-warehouses and manufacturing plants— or anything in between.

Consider just some of the metal industrial buildings in use across North America:

• Agricultural buildings for large-scale farming operations • Aircraft hangars • Airport terminals • Assembly plants • Automotive detailers • Biotech labs • Body shops • Breweries • Campus-style business parks • Commercial bakeries • Commercial greenhouses • Custom auto shops • Data hosting centers • Distribution centers • Factories • Fleet garages • Foundries • Import/export companies • Income producing industrial parks with buildings for lease • Industrial retail operations • Industrial plants • Large storage space • Light industrial operations • Light manufacturing operations • Lumber mills • Lumber yards • Machine shops • Manufacturing plants • Meat processing plants • Mechanics shops for auto dealers • Metal building factories • Metal fabrication operations • Mills • Mining operations • Multi-level warehouses • Multi-purpose industrial buildings • Oil and gas buildings • Paper mills refineries • Power plants • Printing shops • Processing centers • Recycling centers • Refineries • Refrigerated and cold storage operations • Research and development operations • Retail showrooms • School bus depots • Scrap metal dealers • Shipyards • Sports buildings • Steel barns • Steel buildings with overhead cranes • Steel Warehouses • Storage buildings for heavy equipment • Textile factories • Transfer … Read more »

Steel Industrial Buildings: The Green Choice

Environmentally Responsible Buildings for Industry

We covered some of the business benefits of constructing steel industrial buildings in the two previous blogs. (See “7 Reasons to Choose Steel Industrial Buildings” and “7 More Reasons to Choose Steel Industrial Buildings.”)

Building Green with SteelBut what about the environmental impact of using steel framing for industrial construction? Is steel a green, eco-friendly choice?


Recycling Steel

Consider these steel facts:

  • Steel is by far the most recycled material on the planet.
  • Steel is 100% recyclable.
  • Recycling steel reduces greenhouse emissions.
  • More style is recycled every year than aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic all combined.
  • Today 100% of junked cars— and 80% of all major appliances— are recycled into new steel.
  • Steel’s magnetic qualities make it simple to separate, handle, and recycle. Elector-magnets suck the steel right out of the mixed solid waste. The aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic left behind must be painstakingly sorted by hand.
  • Steel is the only material that can be recycled repeatedly without losing any strength.
  • The steel industry has actively recycled iron and steel scrap for over 150 years.
  • A 20,000 sq. ft. steel industrial building contains the equivalent of about 60-70 scrapped cars. Construction a building the same size with wood would consume 10 acres or more of forest.
  • A Douglas fir takes 80-125 years to reach 18” in diameter. Even fast-growing tree species need 30-35 years to reach harvestable size. Only 5.3 man-hours are required to produce one ton of steel.
  • The steel framing for RHINO metal industrial buildings contain up to 90.7% recycled steel.
Air Quality and Steel
  • Using recycled steel significantly lowers greenhouse emissions.
  • Recycling steel reduces mining wastes by 97%, … Read more »

7 More Reasons to Choose Steel Industrial Buildings

The Surprising Flexibility of Pre-engineered Metal Buildings

In our last blog, we covered seven ways steel industrial buildings provide unlimited possibilities at an economical price. However, these are just a few of the many reasons metal buildings hold a 95% market share in industrial construction. Here are seven more benefits provided by pre-engineered metal industrial buildings:

The Versatility of Pre-engineered Steel Industrial Buildings

#1. FRAMED OPENINGS: The strength of steel allows for larger openings than other building methods. Maneuverability of large equipment is important to many industries. Ease of motion saves time— and avoids accidents. Bigger entryways help move larger products like trucks, RVs, or aircraft more easily, too.

RHINO warehouse nearing completionPre-engineered steel industrial buildings allow flexible framed openings, meaning they can be factory-located wherever is convenient for that specific operation.

RHINO offers overhead doors in sizes from 20’ to 70’ in width. Insulated doors and certified wind-rated doors are also available. Hydraulic bi-fold hangar-style doors and sliding hangar doors are other options from RHINO.

#2. FLEXIBLE INTERIORS: Warehouses and manufacturing facilities must constantly adapt to changing needs to maximize efficiency. Steel industrial buildings span farther than other building methods. Unobstructed interiors mean greater floor space flexibility.

However, space is not just horizontal— it is also vertical. Successful warehousing demands optimal use of all space, including overhead space. Metal industrial buildings allow much higher eave heights, creating storage area beyond the total square footage of the structure.

RHINO offers optional mezzanine floors for metal industrial buildings. Using the mezzanine areas for storing smaller products, or for offices, preserves the main floor for operations.

#3. FUTURE EXPANSION: As the industry changes and grows, needs change. Expanding at the current … Read more »

7 Reasons to Choose Steel Industrial Buildings

Industrial-Strength Buildings for the Industrial Market

Steel industrial buildings reign in today’s market. Steel-framed buildings account for an astounding 95% of all new industrial construction.

Why is steel the building material of choice in almost all industrial construction? That’s easy to answer: it’s the bottom line. Metal industrial buildings cost less to buy, construct, and operate than other building systems.

The Unlimited Possibilities of Pre-engineered Metal Buildings for Industry

#1. Although industrial operations might be small or large in scope, the majority of industrial enterprises require large buildings with lots of floor space. No other building material compares to the strength-to-weight ratio of steel.

  • WIDTHS: Steel spans large areas with ease. Column-free interiors bridging up to 150’ are routine. Unobstructed widths up to 300’ are possible with a custom order. With minimal interior support columns, steel industrial buildings may reach a maximum of 480’ in width.
  • HEIGHTS: With RHINO’s prefabricated steel building system, towering vertical space presents no problem. Standard quotes cover eave heights up to 40’. (Even taller structures are available with a custom quote.)
  • LENGTHS: Only property size and budget constrains the building length for a RHINO industrial steel building. There are no other building system limits for the length of any RHINO structure.
The Economics of Choosing a Steel Industrial Building

#2. The affordable cost-per-square-foot pricing for pre-engineered steel building materials surprises many people. Pre-engineered steel framing is by far the most cost-effective way for industry to build.

#3. Factory-built components assure quality control and precision. The factory cuts, shapes, drills, punches, paints, and marks every … Read more »

50 Reasons to Choose RHINO Steel Buildings

Discover Why RHINO Stands Out from the Common Herd

There are many pre-engineered metal building companies, but few match RHINO steel buildings. RHINO delivers a quality product, an affordable price, and phenomenal customer service.

Look at all the ways you will benefit from choosing RHINO as your metal building source.

Quality Product, Quality Package

All metal building systems are not created equal. To compare steel buildings, you must compare the total building package.

RHINO steel buildings provide the following benefits, many of which are not included with other metal buildings:

1.  High-quality, weather-resistant, commercial-grade steel framing

2.  Steel framing guaranteed to meet or exceed all local building codes for the LIFETIME of the structure

3.  Designed exactly to the customer’s specifications and specific local building codes

4.  Pre-engineered to deliver the strongest structure, the least amount of waste, and the fastest framing assembly of any building system, cutting construction time by about 33%

5.  Building manufactured to precise tolerances for complete quality control

6.  Fast delivery in 4-7 weeks, depending on the complexity of the design

7.  Shipped from nearest factory to the job site to reduce freight costs

8.  Complete list of all materials shipped, with all framing factory marked for easy identification

9.  Clips pre-welded at the factory for quick and easy attachment of girts and purlins

10.  High-strength steel bolts and nuts for secure connections

11.  One framed opening up to 30’ wide included in a standard package

12.  Cover trim for all framed openings for a more professional appearance

13. … Read more »

Steel Buildings in Nevada: The Safest Bet

The Silver State’s Extreme Climate Calls for Metal Buildings

Given the state’s unique challenges, steel buildings in Nevada just make sense. From the Mojave Desert to the snow-covered summits of the Sierra Nevada mountain peaks, the Silver State remains a land of extreme contrasts.

Pre-engineered metal buildings in Nevada confront those difficulties one by one.

Dealing Yourself a Winning Hand with Metal Buildings in Nevada

Pre-engineered steel buildings in Nevada provide so many benefits:

  • LIGHTNING: Nevada is low on the ranking of lightning-prone states. However, lightning ignited numerous wildfires across the state in the summer of 2014, proving the state is not immune to lightning damage. A properly grounded steel building passes lightning through the framing and harmlessly into the ground. Wood structures struck by lightning ignite and burn.
  • FIRES: The arid climate of much of Nevada makes it a tinderbox for brush fires. Thousands of acres of land burned last summer. Steel buildings are far less likely to suffer fire damage than wood structures. Winds carry embers drift up to a mile from the fire, igniting dry brush or roofs. Steel buildings with metal roofs provide no fuel for embers to ignite. Most insurance companies offer substantial discounts for steel buildings because of the fire-resistant qualities of commercial grade steel.
  • EARTHQAKES: Nevada is the third most seismically active state in the U.S. Active faults exist throughout the state. In August 2014, earthquake “swarms” shook the state. Almost 100 quakes rattled Nevadans in just one week. No structure stands up to shaking like a pre-engineered steel building.
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