Steel storage buildings come in various shapes and sizes, depending on how they are used. Whether you want to build a simple arch-style structure in your backyard to store your RV or a large building to protect your merchandise or farm produce, steel storage buildings are your best options.
Two of the most common types of steel storage buildings are “straight-walled” and “arch”. This classification refers to the outside shape of the building. Steel storage buildings may also be classified as “clear-span” or “multiple span”. Clear-span steel buildings do not have structural supports or columns in their interiors, providing for 100% usable space.
The simplest type of steel storage buildings is the Quonset hut, the most durable and inexpensive design for steel buildings. This type of structure was widely used by the nation’s troops during World War II because of their quick construction even without the use of special equipment. Their simple construction involved interlocking the metal arches that stretched from floor to ceiling, forming a semicircle shape.
Steel storage buildings with Quonset hut designs have curved walls and two flat walls, one on each end. They can have concrete or wooden floors. The rounded shape of the Quonset hut has been one of the strongest structures in architecture which provided shelter, needed by the troops during the war. Modern Quonset huts combine the architectural strength of the arch and the latest technologies, allowing the steel storage buildings to be designed and engineered to handle all types of climactic conditions.
However, this design limits the placement of windows and doors for steel storage buildings. Although, they may be cost-efficient making them popular in the agricultural industry, Quonset huts may not blend well with existing structures.