Vetting a Metal Building Company

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February 10, 2017

All Steel Buildings are NOT Created Equal

Let the buyer beware if they do not thoroughly examine a metal building company before signing the contract. Not all metal building manufacturers are the same— and neither are their metal building packages.

To make a wise buying decision, you must examine the reputation steel building construction companies. To compare prices accurately, you need to know precisely what each company includes in their quote— and the quality of the steel framing system.

“Extreme Vetting” Applies to a Metal Building Company

Examine a metal building companyPoliticos are debating the pros and cons of “extreme vetting” daily in the news. Yet no one would argue that a metal building company must pass muster before you place an order.

Here are a few suggestions for examining a steel building company and its product:

What type of steel building system is it?

There are five basic types of “steel” buildings:

  • ARCH buildings are Quonset-style structures. They were invented in World War II as a cheap temporary military structure that could be moved easily.
  • WEB TRUSS buildings use zigzag-shaped steel truss systems. Birds love to nest in web trusses. Typically, these systems do not include framing materials for the endwalls. The sheathing is usually thinner than that used in quality pre-engineered metal buildings.
  • WELD-UP framing employs smaller rigid-steel components or steel pipe to create framing in the field. Each part must be cut and welded on the job site, one piece at a time, by professional welders.
  • LIGHT-GAUGE metal buildings simply substitute cold-formed steel studs for traditional wood studs. All the steel must be cut-to-length and assembled with screws at the job site— a labor-intensive process.
  • PRE-ENGINEERED steel buildings consist of commercial-grade I-beams. Prefabricated at a factory, all building parts arrive cut, drilled, punched, painted, and marked for assembly. The framing goes up quickly and easily, like a giant erector set for grown-ups. RHINO Steel Building Systems supplies only pre-engineered steel buildings.

Are there size limitations with this building system?

RHINO’s systems allow unencumbered, clear spans up to 300-feet wide. With minimal interior columns, buildings span up to 480-feet in width. Pre-engineered steel buildings like RHINO can soar 40’ or more at the eave height. There are no restrictions at all on the buildings total length.

What kind of exterior panels are included?

RHINO buildings come with heavy-duty 26-gauge Purlin Bearing Rib (PBR) steel panels as standard. (Other metal building companies often use weaker “R” panels, which do not fully overlap.) Corrosion-resistant Galvalume® coats all RHINO steel panels for ultimate protection. (RHINO offers standing seam metal roofing and cool-coated panels, too.)

Does the framing price include hardware?

RHINO includes heavy-duty steel bolts, nuts, and top-grade extended life self-drilling screws with EPDM washers. (Only the foundation bolts are not included, as the concrete contractor buys those locally.)

How long has the metal building manufacturer been in operation?

RHINO has been in business since 1998.

Where is the main headquarters located?

RHINO’s sales offices are in Denton, Texas.

Do they have an experienced staff?

You certainly do not want to deal with inexperienced salespeople who cannot answer your steel building questions. RHINO’s professional steel building specialists have an average tenure of over 13 years in the metal building business.

What is the company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau?

RHINO earns an A+ score with the BBB, the highest possible rating.

Can the building materials be shipped by the steel building construction company from a nearby source?

RHINO ships all across the U.S.— indeed, all across North America— from multiple factories to assure the lowest possible freight charges.

Does the metal building manufacturer offer a warranty with its buildings?

RHINO guarantees in writing that the steel framing will meet or exceed all current local building codes for the LIFETIME of the structure.

Does the company offer references?

In the past year, returning customers— and those they referred to RHINO— accounted for over 35% of sales. RHINO also supplies references upon request.

Why RHINO Stands Out from the Common Herd

RHINO metal building company invites scrutinyRHINO-tough buildings include many features unavailable— or considered upgrades— by other metal building companies. Why pay more for what is already included in the RHINO standard building package?

Look at all the benefits in a standard RHINO metal building package:

  • Prefabricated commercial-grade, rigid steel framing, ready to assemble
  • Pre-welded girt and purlin clips to speed up construction time
  • 26-gauge, high-tensile PBR (Purlin Bearing Rib) wall and roof exterior steel panels (instead of the cheaper, thinner 28-gauge or 29-gauge steel “R” panels supplied by most competitors)
  • Colorful steel building trim, including door and opening trim
  • High-strength bolts and nuts and long-lasting cast zinc aluminum self-drilling screws with EPDM washers for a rustproof, waterproof seal
  • Formed base trim that eliminates panel rust
  • Die-formed ridge caps to match PBR steel panels shape for a perfect fit along the roof ridge (instead of cut-rate, unattractive flat ridge caps that leak air and moisture along the roof peak)
  • Additional steel framing for one door opening up to 30’ wide— at no extra charge
  • Extra waterproofing features like closure strips and mastic tape
  • 3 sets of plans, plus an anchor-bolt plan
  • An official Letter of Certification stamped by an engineered licensed for your state
  • A complete checklist of everything in the RHINO steel building package
  • A detailed Construction Manual and a Construction DVD
  • Outstanding service, going above and beyond to make ordering and constructing simple and hassle free

Test our metal

At RHINO, our goal is to deliver the best possible steel building at the best possible price— on time and on budget.

Thousands of RHINO steel structures already stand all across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. More RHINO metal buildings are going up every day.

Call the metal building company you can trust. Contact RHINO right now, toll free at 888.320.7466.

- by Bruce Brown,
Steel Building Systems, Inc

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