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Five Reasons Metal Aircraft Hangars Rule

Why Aviators Choose Steel Hangars to Protect Their Planes

Time and time again, aviators choose metal aircraft hangars to protect their flying investments.  Rigid-frame pre-engineered steel hangars provide the strongest possible shelters for planes, helicopters, and gliders.

Although steel structures of all kinds provide many excellent benefits over construction methods, these five steel building advantages stand out to fliers:


sleek corporate jet inside a metal aircraft hangarPlanes require large obstruction-free space for maximum maneuverability.  The bigger the aircraft, the more room is needed.

Steel’s superb strength-to-weight ratio makes it the only rational choice for wide-open hangar space.  Rigid-frame steel aircraft hangars span up to 300 feet in width without any interior supports.

Larger aircraft require lots of overhead space.  Lofty ceilings present no problems for pre-engineered metal aircraft hangars.  And, unlike web-truss steel systems, RHINO’s rigid-steel truss-free ceilings do not invite annoying and nesting birds into a hangar.

Many hangar owners choose to maximize space by creating upstairs offices, using RHINO’s steel mezzanine systems.

As an added bonus, fliers find pre-engineered hangars are easy to expand, too.


By design, steel aircraft hangars provide the strongest possible protection with the least amount of steel.  Consequently, metal hangars provide the ultimate protection at a surprisingly cost-effective price.

To keep the hangar comfortable year round, most pilots opt for a high-efficiency insulation system.  RHINO’s Pro-Value Insulation Package cuts heating and cooling costs in half— and eliminates any condensation problems, too.

For hangar owners in extremely hot climates, optional cool-coated reflective roofing saves even more on utilities.


Aviators fear fire, and with good reason.  Volatile aircraft fuel makes hangars especially vulnerable to fire.

As a noncombustible material, steel provides a crucial defense from dangerous hangar fires.  Fire-resistant steel never becomes the point of ignition in a structural fire; nor does steel add fuel to a fire like wood framing does.

Fire suppression systems easily install in metal hangars, too.

Moreover, metal aircraft hangars offer increased protection from Mother Nature’s temper fits, too.  Steel buildings withstand rain, lightning, snow, wind, and earthquakes far better than other types of construction.

And steel never attracts birds, termites, rodents, or mold.


Steel aircraft hangars arrive at the site ready to assemble.  Every piece of the framing is cut, welded, painted, and punched at the nearest quality-controlled factory.  Each framing component is clearly marked for easy identification.  RHINO’s pre-welded clips also help fast track construction.

Private pilots are do-it-yourselfers by nature.  Owners of smaller aircraft may elect to erect their own steel hangars.


Fliers love flying.  They want to spend as much time in the air as possible.  Ideally, maintaining their flying investments accounts for any ground time.

Consequently, the less effort expended on hangar maintenance, the happier the aviator.

Practically maintenance free, metal aircraft hangars allow fliers more time in the air.


If you can fly it, RHINO Steel Building Systems can create a hangar for it.

Every RHINO metal aircraft hangar comes with a guarantee to meet or exceed all current local building codes for the lifetime of the hangar!

Call today to learn more about flying high with a RHINO steel hangar.  Ask about the hangar options available, including skylights, hangar doors, and mezzanine second floors.

RHINO Number: 940.383.9566