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November 14, 2018

Is It Time to Expand Your Business with a Metal Building?

Space is now a precious commodity in the industrial steel building market.  More and more consumer dollars now fly into e-commerce businesses, fueling a storage squeeze and a need for warehouse expansion.

The Industrial Market Boom

graphic image of a metal building with arrows indicating expansionE-commerce companies continue to ramp up sales.  Major brick-and-mortar retailers now heavily promote their own online sales.  Competing with online giants like Amazon is now a matter of survival.

Online retailers are scrambling to keep up with increasing fulfillments.  As available warehousing space dwindles, industrial real estate values climb.  Industry experts expect this trend to continue into 2019.

Two trends now drive the increasing thirst for industrial square footage.

Firstly, online businesses are actively promoting faster-than-ever deliveries.  Logistically, faster delivery requires retailers have warehouses near urban areas.  Secondly, new electronic-driven fulfillment systems demand triple the amount of warehousing floor space of traditional stores.

There has never been a better time to invest in building or expanding industrial steel building space.

Expand or Rebuild?

Are you the owner of a vibrant, thriving business?  Or do you lease industrial real estate?  Either way, you should consider expanding now.

However, should you expand your current structure or rebuild elsewhere?  Only you can decide.

First, decide if expansion on your current site is feasible.  Is expansion legally possible?  Check with your local building department for zoning restrictions, easements, setbacks, and current building codes.  Will expanding your business make traffic flow better or worse?

Secondly, decide if your current location still works for you.  Is it expedient for employees, shipping, and delivery?  Would a different location improve your service for your customers?

Thirdly, think about convenience.  Would a remodeling project greatly disrupt your business?   Would moving to another location be problematic?

Once you’ve determined the pros and cons of expansion versus rebuilding, compare the costs.  Which option offers the best long-term ROI?

Three Ways to Expand an Industrial Steel Building

Steel structures claim 95% of the low-rise industrial building market.  Consequently, we assume warehouse expansion involves an existing industrial steel building.

However, it is possible to couple a steel extension to any type of structure.  Steel building expansions are entirely self-supporting.  Therefore, they impose no extra load on the current building.

There are three basic ways to increase floor space on an industrial metal building:

  • VERTICAL: Is the building height ample?   If so, consider adding vertical space by installing a steel mezzanine above.  Designed to carry its own weight, steel mezzanines place no additional stress on a standing structure.
  • LENGTH: Typically, the most economical steel building expansion starts at an endwall.  If the original building included expandable endwalls, adding floor space is simple and very cost-efficient.  However, even regular endwalls can be expanded with additional steel for extra support.
  • WIDTH: Adding space on an industrial steel building sidewall requires a little more design and engineering than an endwall.  However, the results can be very pleasing.

Call RHINO for More Information

Many industrial and warehouse facility owners now proudly claim RHINO as their steel building source.  Our customers depend on us for all their building and warehouse expansion needs— and so can you.

RHINO buildings offer the quality, strength, fire-resistance, low-maintenance, and energy efficiency today’s buyers demand.

Please call RHINO Steel Buildings at 940.383.9566 today.  Tell us about your upcoming building or remodeling project.  Let us show you why RHINO stands out from the herd of metal building companies.

- by Bruce Brown,
Steel Building Systems, Inc