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7 Types of Pre-Engineered Red-Iron Steel Buildings- Part 1

Clearspan or Modular Steel Buildings?

One of the most important decisions in purchasing a pre-engineered metal building system is choosing from the types of steel buildings and framings. Which best fits the end-use, size, design, specifications, and budget for your project?

7 Types of Steel FramingRHINO prefabricated metal buildings use “rigid-frame” steel framing. These systems are also called “red-iron” buildings because of the red-oxide paint primer on the steel.

Steel Building Spans

The frame of a CLEARSPAN building is self-supporting and requires no interior columns. The interior is completely open and unobstructed. A clearspan system provides the maximum amount usable floor space and maximum floor plan flexibility.

Clearspan structures are available up to 150’ in width on a RHINO standard design.Clearspan widths of 200’ or more are also possible with a custom order.

Clearspan framing is required wherever a large open area is needed for maneuverability.Clearspan structures are ideal for:

  • Agricultural Buildings
  • Aircraft Hangars
  • Churches
  • Covered or Enclosed Horse Riding Arenas
  • Factories
  • Manufacturing Facilities
  • Recreational Facilities and Gymnasiums
  • Storage Buildings
  • Warehouses

As the open-span width increases, the size and weight of the steel framing members must also increase to handle the structural load.

In modular steel buildings, interior columns are used to evenly distribute the structural load. Lighter steel is required. That reduces the cost of not only the modular framing package, but often the foundation as well.

The cost differences between clear span and modular steel buildings start to become noticeable at about 80’ in width. Generally speaking, the wider the building, the greater the savings with a modular frame. Unless unobstructed floor space is critical to operation, most types of steel buildings wider than 150’ use modular span framing. These may include:

  • Distribution Centers
  • Industrial Facilities
  • Large “Box” Stores as used for discount operations
  • Manufacturing Plants
  • Warehouses

If clearspan space isn’t paramount to your buildings operation, consider getting quotes for both systems for comparison of pricing on these types of metal buildings.

Which Steel Building System is Right for You?

Whatever your metal building needs, RHINO’s steel building specialists can provide you with expert guidance in choosing the best red iron steel framing system for different types of steel buildings. Our friendly and experienced staff will answer all your questions from building concept to completion.

Contact RHINO today to find out how our quality-made, affordable, RHINO-tough steel buildings can make your dream buildings a reality. Call: 940.383.9566.

The rest of the articles in this six-part series cover each of the seven types of framing in more detail, including Part 2 on Straight Wall Framing, Part 3 on Tapered Column Framing,Part 4 on Modular Framing, and Part 5 on Single Slope Framing.