An Affordable Steel Hangar is the Perfect New Home for Your Airplane

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Published: 20th August 2010
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In recent years, steel has become a popular and reliable material for those who need sturdy buildings. This type of metal holds many advantages for consumers who choose it, especially for those seeking an airplane hangar structure. Some types of metal may be susceptible to erosion and rust, causing immediate complications. Once rust and holes develop in a large building, bugs, rodents, moisture and various other unwanted creatures or substances have free access to the structure's interior. The steel used for airplane hangars is galvanized, enabling it to last for a long period of time, assuming the new owner does not drill holes through the structure's surfaces. When taken care of, steel airplane hangars last for years - often much longer than the competing metals.

Perhaps the most advantageous aspect of using steel buildings for airplane hangars is the affordable cost. Contrary to popular belief that airplane hangars will rob a person of their nest egg, it is actually more affordable to purchase a steel airplane hangar than to choose any other option. Renting a hangar will generally cost between $10,000 and well over $20,000 per year, depending on the quality, size, state and proximity to large cities or airports. Of course most pilots plan to keep their airplane - and the hangar - for many years. Purchasing the real estate lot and the building or building materials for a steel hangar will often equal about 2 years' worth of rent. Put into perspective, this could be a tremendous savings for any aviation enthusiast. Over the span of ten years, a person may save up to $100,000 by purchasing an affordable steel hangar instead of renting one. In today's down-turned economy, it is certainly more wise to invest and buy if possible, rather than rent and ultimately receive nothing in return.

Another aspect that makes these steel buildings such an efficient and economical choice is the fact that the option to purchase environmentally responsible materials exists. For those who are concerned about the size of carbon footprint they will leave behind in this world, choosing a steel airplane hangar is by far the most environmentally smart choice possible in comparison with other materials. Steel that has already been recycled and re-fabricated is available; also the building may later be recycled if it must be removed. In addition to their recycling-friendly material, these buildings are also an excellent source for energy saving. During cold months, airplanes are protected from harsh elements by the solid walls and ceilings. Additionally, a skylight option is available in some choices for solar heating. In hot weather, the building is reflective, diverting the sun's direct intense rays and maintaining a moderate temperature inside. The need for heating and cooling is eliminated, resulting in less money spent on electricity.

Consumers will also find that steel airplane hangars are available in many different styles. The most cost-efficient option is usually to purchase a DIY kit and assemble the building. Experienced craftsmen will find the project detailed but simple enough to do at home; those who have no building experience should either use the help of a friend or read about required procedures. Another option for pilots who don't want to build their own kit is to purchase a pre-fabricated hangar. There are many different styles of pre-fabricated hangars; some have plenty of room for extra storage space, while others may be more economical in size with just enough room for the airplane. Regardless of the option chosen, every pilot will find either a kit or pre-fabricated hangar to fit their budget and storage needs. For those who plan to purchase more aircraft later or companies planning on expanding their fleet, steel buildings are also easily expandable. More additions may easily be added on as storage needs or aircraft fleet size grow. Another advantage is that the doors are replaceable, should they become damaged.

By now most people might be entertaining the thought that these aircraft steel buildings are flimsy. Completing the pyramid of advantages is the fact that these structures are extremely sturdy. The steel is very thick and corrugated for extra support and stability. Unlike many building materials, galvanized thick steel has a continuity to its form, meaning that it won't crumble, break or crack like substances such as brick, wood and cement. For consumers who live in areas where earthquakes, hurricanes or tornadoes are common, steel airplane hangars are an excellent choice to ensure the aircraft will remain unharmed during the storm or earthquake. On another level, durability is an important factor to consider; some insurance companies have stipulations about the structure of the building in relation to collecting claims resulting from natural disasters. Steel is recognized by insurance companies as a sturdy enough material that it may reduce insurance premiums by significantly more than 25%.

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