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There are benefits and drawbacks for both rigid frame and Arch buildings. Not all custom steel buildings are alike. Depending on what your needs are, you may fare better with an arch frame rather than a rigid frame.

7841142292_9ea40c3d52_mRigid frame architecture has excellent value because you can utilize every square inch of your steel building effectively. There is no wasted space when you can pack every inch of your building if you like. Arch buildings, because of their rounded structure, offer less usable square footage. Side areas of Arch buildings are limited and therefore only offer small amounts of storage space.

When it comes to durability in weather, Arch buildings are superior to rigid frame buildings. Custom steel buildings with arched walls and roof can withstand hurricane force winds as well as tornados and high snow loads. Because of the curved design, snow slides right down the roof and walls. High winds and rain encounter the building the same way, gusting right across, having nothing to blow off. Arch buildings are engineered to withstand wind forces up to 170 mph.

Arch metal buildings are used by the military, industrial giants and hobbyists who need safe, dependable and economical storage. Their low cost and high security features appeal to all kinds of buyers. And because Arch buildings are manufactured in sections around 2 feet wide, there is really no limit to the size of the building, making it the ultimate custom steel building. It can be as long as you need, with some restrictions on width, respective to building safety.

custom steel building, arch steel building, arch storage building, WWII storage building, WWII quonset hutArch buildings became very popular after World War II, when the U.S. military sold a surplus of Arch buildings commissioned for World War II combat to the public. In 1941 the U.S. Navy needed light-weight buildings that could be transported anywhere and used for any number of things. The original design included steel corrugated steel sheets, the two ends covered with plywood housing doors and windows and the interior was insulated with a pressed wood lining and wood floor. These buildings could be placed almost anywhere and because of the versatile design, was suited for any climate. The flexible interior space was open, allowing for use as barracks, latrines, offices, medical and dental offices, isolation wards, housing and bakeries.

After World War II, the surplus of Arch buildings were sold to the public. Many of these original Arch buildings are still standing throughout the U.S. The majority of these are military museums featuring World War II memorabilia. Some are even in active use at U.S. military bases.

Technology has helped fabricators develop rigid frames buildings that are much less expensive than they used to be. These new rigid frame buildings are more affordable than ever, though they do not have the same snow load capacity as Arch buildings do. Arch buildings and rigid frame buildings are options for you custom steel building, which one will you choose?

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