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7 Reasons to Choose Metal Buildings in SOUTH CAROLINA

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June 10, 2014

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 28, 1984: A string of 11 tornadoes struck South Carolina from Anderson County to Marlboro County. The storms killed 15, injured almost 450, and racked up $100 million in property losses.

September 21, 1989: After leveling St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hurricane Hugo made a peculiar turn in the Atlantic. It intensified, streaking northward with South Carolina in its sights. Hugo made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane at Isle of Palms, SC, with wind gusts over 160 mph and sustained winds over 135 mph. Destruction topped $7 billion in the U.S. Thousands were left homeless and 27 died in South Carolina.

Hurricane Hugo exacted incredible devastation on the Francis Marion National Forest, decimating 8,800 square miles of forest— over $1 billion dollars of timber. Seventy percent of all the trees were rendered useless in less than 24 hours. Only 12% was salvable, mostly for use as pulp. In Charlotte, SC, Hugo trashed 80,000 trees— enough to fill an estimated 200,000 dump trucks.

August 16, 1994: Tropical Storm Beryl spun out 22 confirmed tornadoes in South Carolina. Forty people were injured. The twisters imposed a total of $50 million in damages, including heavy destruction to the downtown section of Lexington.

September 6-7, 2004: Hurricane Frances spawned 43 tornadoes in South Carolina. The record-making outbreak injured 13 and inflicted $2.7 million in damages across the state.

RHINO metal buildings in South Carolina are guaranteed to meet or exceed all local building codes for wind resistance for the LIFETIME of the structure.

Want extra protection? Consider ordering even higher-than-code wind resistance. Highly wind-resistant doors are also available from RHINO.

2. Lethal Lightning

Frequent thunderstorms not only mean high winds, but also dangerous lightning. South Carolina ties Oklahoma for fifth place in the nation for the most lightning strikes.

In South Carolina, lightning slashes to earth almost 452,000 a year on average. The state ranks ninth in the U.S. for the number of deaths from lightning.

Steel buildings in South Carolina thwart lightning damage. How?

When lightning strikes wood, which is highly resistant to current, it flashes out from the wood into nearby objects— including people.

Steel conducts current readily. In a well-grounded steel structure, the current passes harmlessly through the framing and into the earth.

3. Hammering Hail

Hail is common with many of the thunderstorms in South Carolina.

A thunderstorm on August 20, 1990 pounded Greenville and Spartanburg countries with golf ball to grapefruit-sized hailstones. Damages from the storm were estimated at $10 million.

Hail has smashed into Lexington County 132 times in the past 55 years.

The largest hailstone ever reported in South Carolina was a 4.5” diameter chunk that fell in Florence on May 25, 2000. That storm perpetrated over $6 million in property damages.

RHINO steel buildings in South Carolina offer heavy-duty steel framing with high-quality 26-gauge PBR (Purlin Bearing Rib) steel panels. As an option, standing seam metal roofing is also available in 24-gauge steel panels.

4. Deadly Fire

South Carolina has one of the highest wild fire rates in the country. The state endures 3,000 fires annually. Lightning causes about 2% of those fires.

Almost 1.4 million structural fires occur each year in the U.S. Over 2,800 civilians die in those fires.

Wood framing ignites easily. Regardless of where a structural fire begins, wood framing serves as fuel for the fire.

Steel will not ignite. If a fire starts elsewhere in the structure, steel framing does not add fuel to the fire. Most insurance companies grant substantial discounts to owners of metal building in South Carolina— and elsewhere— due to the built-in fire resistance of steel.

5. Voracious Termites

South Carolina is ground zero for Formosan subterranean termites. In fact, these tiny wood-gorging monsters were first discovered in the U.S. in 1957 in Charleston, SC.

South Carolina is included in the zone most likely to receive heavy termite damage.

Millions of worker termites live in a single Formosan termite colony, with a queen churning out 2,000 eggs daily. More workers mean more tiny home-wreckers lunching at your expense.

Choosing RHINO metal buildings in South Carolina makes perfect sense for termite protection alone. Even nasty Formosan termites cannot make a meal of steel.

6. Earthquakes

According to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), South Carolina experiences 10-15 earthquakes annually. These are small, generally less than 3.0 on the Richter scale.

However, the Charleston Earthquake of 1886 is the largest quake ever to strike the Southeastern U.S. Estimated to be 7.2 on today’s Richter scale, the 1886 earthquake destroyed much of Charleston. Sixty people died in the quake.

RHINO steel buildings in South Carolina have built-in seismic resistance. They are guaranteed to meet or exceed all local seismic building codes— for the LIFETIME of the structure.

7. Subtropical Climate

Much of South Carolina is warm and muggy. Keeping the heat and humidity at bay requires large amounts of energy.

RHINO offers an optional four-part insulation system that lowers utility bills as much as 50%.

Order a RHINO Steel Building NOW

RHINO’s quality-made metal buildings in South Carolina promise decades of trouble-free service— for a lot less than you may think. Every structure is designed and engineered to your exact location and specifications.

RHINO serves the aviation, agricultural, commercial, industrial, storage, and warehousing markets. We also sell to individuals for residential projects. We ship to South Carolina from the nearest of our multiple shipping sites to saving even more on freight.

Call RHINO toll free at 888.320.7466 to discuss your next construction project in South Carolina, or anywhere else in North America.

- by Bruce Brown,
Steel Building Systems, Inc

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