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Busting the Metal Building Catalog Myth

Every RHINO Steel Building is Made-to-Order for You Customers new to the pre-engineered metal building concept often call us asking for a catalog. They think they must choose from a list of available models. They expect to thumb through a floor plan book, and then settle for the one closest to what they really want. Ain’t no such animal in the RHINO steel building world! There are no “off-the-rack” buildings or “cookie-cutter” designs with the our metal building system. Every… Read More

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Three Steel Building Methods

Comparing Metal Building Framing Systems What is the best way to construct a steel building? Before you buy a metal building, explore the differences in weld-up, light-gauge steel, and pre-engineered steel structures. Weld-up Steel Buildings A weld-up metal building is built from scratch at the job site. The framing usually consists of reasonably inexpensive red-iron pipe purchased locally. Also known as field-welded buildings, these structures work adequately for small storage sheds or as shade covers for livestock feeders in pastures—… Read More

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Does a Steel Building Require an Architect?

Deciding Who Designs a Pre-engineered Metal Building If you are contemplating your first building project with a pre-engineered steel building, you may wonder who will design the structure. That depends on the size and scope of the project along with your type of metal building design. Understanding a Pre-engineered Steel Building System Let’s start with the basics. Traditional wood-framed structures need strategically placed “load-bearing” interior walls to help carry the weight of the building. Although stronger than wood, light-gauge steel… Read More

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How to Plan a Metal Building

Visualizing Your Dream Pre-engineered Steel Building To plan a metal building, you first need to visualize the design. Traditionally, that’s been difficult to do— until now. RHINO Steel Building Systems makes designing your steel building fun and easy. Our new online Design Tool lets you hone in on your dream steel building project. Before you begin, here are a few fundamentals metal building construction plans you need to know: The RHINO Design Tool covers the most popular “standard” metal building… Read More

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The Nuts and Bolts of a Steel Building

High-Strength Fasteners Connect the Best Metal Buildings An integral part of a pre-engineered steel building system rests on the strength and quality of the bolts, nuts, and screws connecting it. Every building is only as strong as its connections. Nails vs. Screws First, let’s dispense with the controversy over which are stronger, nails or screws. Wood builders contend that nails hold better than screws. If you believe that, drive both a nail and a screw halfway into a board. Now… Read More

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Vetting a Metal Building Company

Vetting a Metal Building Company All steel buildings are not created equal. The same can be said of metal building companies and contractors. Buyers must thoroughly compare construction companies and examine contracts before signing. How to Find Reliable Contractors for Metal Buildings When you’re trying to find local contractors, you need to be ready with a list of questions. To accurately compare construction companies you must get all the information you can. Here are a few suggestions of questions for… Read More

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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Metal Building

Novice builders sometimes fail to do their homework before buying a metal building. Careful thought and research make the steel building purchasing process easier, more enjoyable— and can save money. MISTAKE # 1: Vague Building Needs Too many people get the idea they would like a steel building without first taking time to define exactly what they need. They immediately want to find a “ballpark” price on metal buildings. People call RHINO every day asking, “What’s the current cost-per-square-foot for… Read More

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#1 Reason to Buy Pre-engineered Metal Buildings

Steel Buildings Cost Less What is the main motivation so many people choose to construct pre-engineered metal buildings? Well, it is the same basic motivation driving people choose any other product: the bottom line. Steel buildings cost less. We all spout platitudes about demanding quality— and we do want the most bang for our buck— but when push comes to shove, money talks. In fact, money SHOUTS! No matter how wonderful the features of a building system, if it is… Read More

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How to Expand a Metal Building

Part One: Steel Building Endwall Expansions As a business grows, it may become necessary to expand a metal building. The most economical way to enlarge a pre-engineered steel building is by adding frames at either endwall. The simplicity of increasing a metal building at the endwalls depends on the original builder’s preplanning for future expansion. Two things need consideration for metal building extensions: Is there sufficient room on the property for expansion without interfering with legal easements? Did the original… Read More

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How to Know When to Expand Your Business

Comparing the Risks and Rewards of Business Growth As a new year dawns on a thriving enterprise, you wonder whether it is time to expand your business. Always enthusiastic, entrepreneurs sometimes tend to lead with their hearts instead of their heads. Jumping too quickly into new business growth may put your entire operation at risk. Conversely, more conservative business owners may delay enlarging their business to avoid risk and miss great opportunities for increased revenues. So how do you know… Read More

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