Those who prefer economical, durable, and cost-efficient construction, choose prefabricated steel buildings for their construction needs. Pre-engineered steel building kits come in various sizes and styles to accommodate every need and budget.
Basically, there are two major styles of pre-engineered steel buildings: the Quonset hut and the straight wall.
A Quonset hut is an all-purpose portable prefabricated steel building that is durable and easy to construct. These inherent characteristics of Quonset huts made them widely used by the military during World War II.
There are different styles of Quonset huts, which are described below:
The “A” style has a more conventional appearance, with straight sides and peaked roof. The center heights can vary depending on the needs. The length of this type of steel building is unlimited.
It is typically used as backyard garages, woodworking shops, mechanic shops, all-purpose shelters, and storage for recreational vehicles, boats, and campers.
The “Q” style has the profile of a traditional Quonset hut – single radius with clear-span arch. The maximum height permitted is limited to half the span of the steel buildings.
“Q” styles are typically used for riding arenas, indoor swimming pools, swimming pool halls, sports arenas, barns, livestock storage, crop storage, equipment maintenance shops, and airplane hangars.
The only difference of an “R” style Quonset hut from the “Q” style, is the conventional wall design, which is straight, for sidewall support. It is a single radius metal structure with clear-span and low profile arch.
Typically, these steel buildings are used as swimming pool covers, walkway covers, hockey rinks, recycling plants, and as replacement roofs.
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