Steel Building Systems, Inc
In the last blog, “Why You Should Buy a Prefab Metal Building“, I gave you some of the general reasons it is smart to build with a prefabricated steel building system. In this article I’d like to show you the benefits of choosing a a RHINO metal building for your building project.
While prefabricated steel buildings are the smart choice, it is important to understand all metal building companies and their methods are not created equal.
There are five basic types of steel buildings typically used in low-rise (one-story and two-story) construction:
METAL ARCH BUILDINGS are probably better known as Quonset huts. Remember the old Gomer Pyle show? Those barracks the Marines lived in were Quonset buildings. The corrugated steel exterior sheathing is all there is to the building; there is no framing. It’s much like half of a giant tin can. Arch buildings are cheap to produce, easy to ship, and quick to set up or take down, so they worked great as temporary buildings for military use during World War II.
However for today’s builder, there are many disadvantages to using an arch structure. There is usually no choice of exterior colors for the sheathing. Because of the curved surface, arch buildings are nearly impossible to “dress up” with brick or stone to make them more attractive. They are incredibly hard to insulate or to finish the interior, because of the shape. The wider the building, the more unusable space there is along the curved sidewalls. Plumbing and electrical may also be difficult to install. There are zoning restrictions in many areas which prohibit the use of arch buildings, because they are considered unattractive or undesirable.
WEB TRUSS BUILDINGS use steel trusses to form the framing. The frames are made of parallel pieces connected with zigzags of metal between them, forming a web-like pattern. The frames are generally placed 10’ to 16’ apart, making it difficult to accommodate large overhead doors or wide door openings. Many companies do not supply framing for the end walls, so the builder must purchase lumber and fabricate his own end wall framing. The sheathing is often a much lighter, weaker gauge than on other metal building types. Birds love to roost and nest in the web framing, where they can “fowl” the building’s contents— and might increase the possibility of contracting avian flu.
LIGHT-GAUGE BUILDINGS basically use the same building techniques as wood framing, simply substituting galvanized cold-formed steel studs for traditional 2 x 4 lumber in a stick-per-stick manner. This is a very labor intensive building method, as all the steel must be cut to length with a chop saw at the job site. Studs are generally placed 16” to 24” apart.
Counteracting heat/cold transference is often difficult, due to the small-capacity wall cavities, which limit insulation and thermal break options.
WELDED RIGID-FRAME BUILDINGS are cut and welded piece by piece on the job site, as in high-rise construction. The cut-and-weld-as-you-go rigid-frame building is strictly for use by professionals. It can consist of I-beam or C-beam steel components or lighter red-iron “pipes” welded into a frame (generally used for smaller structures). These are time-consuming building methods which require experienced, professional, and expensive welders and erection crews.
PREFAB METAL BUILDINGS like RHINO’s steel building systems take full advantage of the inherent strength of steel. Consequently, RHINO buildings are able to clearspan large areas— up to 150’ wide on a standard quote. (Even larger widths are possible with a custom quote.) The framing consists of I-beam red-iron columns and rafter beams which have been computer-designed, cut, welded, drilled, and marked at a factory for the builder’s convenience. The framing components arrive at the job site ready for easy step-by-step assembly with high-strength bolts and screws.
The main frames of prefab buildings are typically “bays” spaced 20’ to 25’ apart. The secondary framing consists of steel girts tying all the frames together along the walls, and purlins connecting the frames together along the roof. RHINO’s buildings have clips already pre-welded to the frames to make attaching girts and purlins quick and easy to attach.
A RHINO prefabricated steel building typically slashes one-third off the construction time. It is so much easier to erect than other building methods that do-it-yourselfers often opt to erect small to medium sizes buildings themselves with a few friends. That saves even more on construction costs.
Unlike products from many other metal building companies, a RHINO prefabricated metal building can be finished in heavy-duty 26-gauge steel panels in an array of attractive colors, or it can be finished in brick, stone, glass, tilt-up concrete walls, or any other traditional building exterior material.
RHINO’s buildings are strong, durable, and attractive. They retain their value and beauty for decades. This framing is guaranteed to meet or exceed all required building loads for the life of the structure.
The prefab steel building system offered by RHINO works well for almost any structural application including:
RHINO’s prefabricated metal buildings are also a “green” building choice. Our commercial-grade framing contains an average of 89.5% recycled material. The deep wall cavities created by the steel framing provide room for much thicker insulation. With our optional Pro-Value Insulation Package, a RHINO building is so energy efficient, it may cut your heating and cooling bills on a climate-controlled building by a whopping 50%.
Our RHINO-tough building system includes many benefits and additional water-resistant features which are unavailable— or considered premium upgrade features— by other metal building companies. Why pay more for the features which are already included in the RHINO standard building package?