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How to Compare Metal Building Systems: Part 3

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May 16, 2014

Make Sure You are Getting the Best Deal in Steel Buildings

When purchasing a pre-engineered metal building, that old adage is true: You get what you pay for.

Do not make the mistake of comparing steel building “apples” to “oranges.” Too many customers choose the lowest bid, only to find they purchased a “lemon.” The cheaper kit may be priced with inferior materials— or missing key components.

Don’t Just Get Metal Building Prices— Get the Details

An identical prefabricated structured priced by various steel building companies could be radically different in the quality— and in exactly what is included in the package.

Get a list from each company of exactly what is included for that price.

The RHINO Steel Building Package

The following items comprise the standard RHINO metal building package.

Prefabricated steel framing RHINO uses only commercial-grade, rigid steel framing. Every piece is cut, shaped, welded, drilled, and clearly marked before shipping.

Other steel building systems may require field welding or additional site fabrication.

Pre-welded clipsRHINO girt and purlin clips are pre-welded to save construction time.

With some other metal buildings, clips must be located and field welded or bolted at the job site, wasting time and allowing mistakes.

Steel cladding RHINO uses 26-gauge, high-tensile PBR (Purlin Bearing Rib) wall and roof exterior steel panels. This Galvalume® sheathing comes with a 30-year warranty.

Many companies use cheaper, thinner 28-gauge or 29-gauge steel “R” panels. The tensile strength is less than RHINO’s panels. R-type panels overlap less from panel to panel, for a much weaker connection. Consequently, R panels are far more likely to leak air and moisture than PBR panels.

Steel trim RHINO’s colorful steel building trim not only makes a more attractive structure, but a more valuable one, too.

Some companies have no trim. Others include limited trim, but do not have trim along the eave. Still others may only have trim available as an add-on.

Door and opening trim Colorful steel trim to cover the steel framing around doors, windows and openings comes with every RHINO order.

Second-rate steel packages do not include opening cover trim— or only offer it as an add-on. Not only does the building look less professional without the matching trim, it leaves the steel around those openings exposed to the elements.

Durable fasteners RHINO’s basic package contains high-strength bolts and nuts for primary framing. Long-lasting cast zinc aluminum self-drilling screws with EPDM washers assure a rustproof, waterproof seal on the sheathing. These screws come with a lifetime warranty.

Cheaply made screws invite rust and leaks in the building.

Formed base trim All RHINO order come with formed base trim. Not only does this system eliminate panel rust, it can save $300 or more on concrete foundation costs.

Again, most RHINO competitors do not include formed base trim— or consider it an option for an add-on price. Panels may rest directly on the slab, allowing leaks and promoting rust.

Die-formed ridge caps RHINO’s ridge caps match the profile of the PBR steel panels for a perfect fit along the roof ridge. Both practical and attractive, die-formed ridge caps are included in all RHINO orders at no extra charge.

Other companies use cut-rate, impractical, and unattractive flat ridge caps that leak air and moisture along the roof peak.

One door opening Additional steel framing for a door opening up to 30’ wide is already in the basic RHINO pricing at no extra charge.

Extra waterproofing features At no extra charge, the RHINO package come with closure strips and mastic tape. Used for the base, the top of the wall panels, and underneath the roof sheathing, these features provided the ultimate protection against condensation and mold in the steel building.

Most other building packages do not includes these valuable waterproofing features.

Plans RHINO metal buildings come with three sets of plans, plus an anchor-bolt plan. (Anchor bolts should be purchased locally by the concrete contractor.)

Competitors may offer a single set of plans, then charge extra for additional copies.

Letter of Certification RHINO includes an official Letter of Certification— with a print stamped by an engineered licensed for that state— with every RHINO order.

Getting a building permit can be very difficult without this documentation.

Bill of lading A checklist of everything included arrives with the RHINO steel building package.

Do not underestimate the importance of a bill of lading. Without a checklist, construction delays are likely as erectors hunt for missing framing pieces or correct assembly mistakes.

Installation manual— A detailed construction manual, with unloading instructions and safety tips, arrives with the RHINO building package. Framing pieces bolt and screw together in a logical, easy-to-understand format.

Without detailed erection instructions, chaos rules the job site. Inexperienced steel building crews and do-it-yourselfers are especially vulnerable to confusion and mistakes without adequate directions.

Construction DVD— For even further clarity, RHINO includes a video presentation of a steel building erection, for those who find audio-visual instruction easier to implement.

Outstanding service RHINO pledges to provide excellent customer service before, during, and after the sale. We go above and beyond to make ordering and constructing RHINO metal buildings easy and hassle free.

RHINO Options

Customizing your steel building is easy with RHINO options like these:

• Additional door openings

• Door canopy kits

• Downspouts and gutters

• 24-gauge standing seam steel panels

• Energy-efficient reflective cool steel panels

• Flexible pipe boots

• Insulation packages

• Interior wall panels

• Mezzanines

• Overhangs with soffit in four different styles

• Overhead doors, entry doors, and windows

• Roof ventilators and louvers

• Skylights and wall lights

Contact RHINO today for a fast, friendly, free steel building quote. Call 888.320.7466 toll free for more details.


Related blogs:

How to Compare Metal Building Systems: Part 1

How to Compare Metal Building Systems: Part 2

- by Bruce Brown,
Steel Building Systems, Inc

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