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Standard or Custom Steel Buildings?

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April 3, 2013

The Choice that Makes a Big Difference in Metal Building Costs

All the steel building Web sites and brochures talk about standard steel buildings and custom built metal buildings. What do those terms really mean?

Standard versus Custom Steel Buildings

RHINO steel buildings are the perfect plan for every low-rise structureAt RHINO, a “standard” order is a basic box design with a moderate gable or single slope roofline up to a 4:12 pitch and with an 8’ to 40’ height.

A design classified as a “custom” requires unusual or more complicated engineering.

For example, a custom order could be any architectural design with a complex roofline, a high pitch gable or slope roof, or a hip roof.  Extreme point loads, mezzanines, clearspan designs over 150’, and eave heights over 40’ normally require custom designing.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it.  But that’s not the whole story.

Customized-Standard RHINO Steel Buildings

RHINO offers many economical add-on options to “customize” your standard steel building. These options give you the freedom to maximize your custom built metal building— without additional engineering expense:

  • Various canopy/overhang configurations
  • 26-gauge “A” panels
  • 26-gauge PBR panels
  • Heavier 24-gauge standing seam steel panels
  • Highly reflective cool-coated panels
  • Liner panels and partitions
  • Choice of colors for steel panels and trim
  • Energy-efficient “Pro-Value” insulation package
  • Framed openings
  • Overhead doors
  • Walk-in doors
  • Windows
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • Skylights and wall lights
  • Vents


There are two advantages to remaining within the standard or customized-standard parameters.  Today high-tech software engineers basic buildings quickly and efficiently.  That means you get your metal building at (1) the best possible price, and (2) shipped quickly.

Making the Most of Your Steel Building

RHINO’s steel building specialists have the knowledge to guide customers through the steel building design process.  Every member of our sales team has over a decade of experience in the steel building industry.

We can often help modify your existing plans to a customized standard steel package, saving you both time and money on your building project.  We will be happy to quote your project both as a custom and as a modified standard, so you can see difference in cost.

True Custom Steel Buildings

However, there are times that only a custom plan will work.

For instance, you may already have an architectural design you love that is more sophisticated than a basic box.  That’s no problem.  If your budget and timeline permits, we can definitely deliver a strong, durable, steel framing kit to fit your requirements.

Call RHINO today toll free at 888.320.7466 for information on our custom built metal buildings.


- by Bruce Brown,
Steel Building Systems, Inc

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