A camper van is one of the best ways to get out and see the country. Many people are more comfortable driving a camper van as opposed to a full-size RV, and the van will usually come with a lower price tag, as well. If you are thinking about purchasing a new or used van to kick start some fun adventures with family and friends, we’ll explore some of the best camper vans for 2022.
In recent years, the idea of living an alternative lifestyle outside of a traditional house has gained quite a bit of traction. Whether it’s living in a tiny house or buying a van to call home, more and more people find this new way of living inspirational.
The RVs and trailers on the market today come incredibly well-equipped and ready for adventures. With that said, you’ll likely want to add even more features to your rig. By picking out accessories, you can make the experience even better–and probably save yourself some headaches along the way.
If you’re at the point where the width of the building you need is surpassing your budget, you might want to consider two separate buildings instead. American Steel Carports is here to provide you with buildings that will serve your needs with high-quality materials for an unbeatable price!
We always like to help our customers reduce the price of any metal building without sacrificing space. An important factor of a building’s price is the increase in length compared to width. Although our metal buildings can go as wide as 80’, extra-wide structures like these can come with a high price. However, when you decide to increase in length, instead of width, you can save yourself a lot of money. The other option is to obtain a second unit with the exact same specs. This can also save money in comparison to increasing width.
Another advantage of staying within 30’ wide is that once a unit surpasses 30’ wide, it needs to be installed on a concrete pad, due to the increased weight of material used. See how two metal buildings can save you some money? Don’t believe us? Well, let us show you this customer who decided to get two identical carports for his heavy-duty equipment, each one measuring 30’W x 21’L x 12’H:
- 12-Guage Galvanized Tubing
- Standard Roof
- Diagonal Bracing
- (2) Extras Trusses
All our metal units are engineer-certified and ready to withstand anything that mother nature will throw their way! Curious about the price? Give us a call to speak with one of our experts. We can help you customize your unit and stay in budget! Ask for your local dealer when you call.
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Keep your toys and equipment protected at all times with a metal carport. They’re sturdy and engineer-certified at the right price with American Steel Carports. We have so many different styles and designs: we guarantee that you’ll find the perfect building for your needs and preferences.
Most equipment machines, along with RVs, tend to surpass 12’ in height, making them a little harder to store and keep protected from the natural elements. But don’t let that discourage you. Every building we do is custom per order, so if you need something taller than 12 feet, we will do it for you! Keep in mind that units taller than 12’ will require additional support and material to keep your units standing strong for many years. Another important feature that we highly recommend to our customers who are trying to obtain a building longer than 30 feet is to go with our A-Frame Vertical roof. This will avoid any type of leaks in the future.
Take a look at this 30’W x 41’L x 14’H Partially Enclosed Carport:
- 12-Gauge Galvanized Tubing
- Full Horizontal Side
- 2 – Gable Ends
This carport can be used to protect your RV or any machinery that might be sitting outside and needs to be covered. What would you use this metal carport for? Let us know in the comments below.
There are many ways for you to customize your metal carport, and everything can get started with a simple phone call! Talk to our experts and let them assist you with any questions or concerns you might have. We can always provide you with a FREE sketch for visualization purposes. Call us now! And don’t forget to ask about our available financing options.
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Are you worried that your metal building might attract lightning? We’ve all been there. Fortunately, I’ve got good news and great news.
Here’s the deal:
The common myth is that out of all types of structures, metal buildings are the most prone to lightning strikes. In other words, metal buildings and metal roofs are basically lightning magnets. Makes sense, right?
A ton of other crazy myths are also still floating around—including that being outside in a lightning storm is safe as long as you’re not wearing metal jewelry and that wearing metal cleats or carrying something with metal makes you more prone to getting struck by lightning.
I bet you’re thinking, “OK, but then what is lightning really attracted to?”
Long story short, lightning is not actually attracted to specific materials. Lightning can strike anything. Overall, “lightning occurs on too large of a scale to be influenced by small objects on the ground, including metal objects.”
That’s the good news.
Ready for the great news?
Because metal buildings are not especially prone to lightning strikes, you can easily take precautions to ensure that you and your steel structures are safe!
Most people know that counting the seconds between the flash of lightning and the following crash of thunder gives the approximate number of miles between you and the storm.
So, instead of worrying that lightning may have it in for you or your building, here’s what you need to know:
As it turns out, steel is not a lightning magnet! Lightning does not care about the small amount of metal that you might be wearing or carrying.
Instead, lightning is most attracted to targets that are higher off of the ground.
On the slight chance that a steel building or roof is struck by lightning, both are less likely than other types of building and roofing materials to spark a fire. A metal building and roof will usually survive a lightning strike with minimal damage.
In fact, a properly grounded metal building actually creates a more secure way for lightning to travel. Should your metal roof or building be grounded? The answer is a definite yes!
Metal roof systems have always been known for their long lives, but exactly how long they last has been a subject of debate.
According to a 2014 study conducted by the Metal Construction Association and the Zinc Aluminum Coaters Association, the projected service life for GALVALUME® standing-seam roof systems is a minimum of 60 years. This is the longest service life of any commonly used roof system on the market. Interestingly, this was calculated using a conservative estimate of the expected lifespan of the butyl sealant used in laps, flashings, and penetrations. In a 2015 study, the National Coil Coating Association reviewed data on pre-painted PVDF fluoropolymer metal panels subjected to exposure testing in South Florida. They concluded it was reasonable to project a minimum service life of 40 years for these.
As with any roofing material, proper design, detailing, installation, and maintenance are critical to achieving the best performance and service life. However, all roof systems, including metal ones, eventually need to be replaced or re-covered. What happens then?
As a roofing professional, building owners will turn to you for advice on whether to replace or re-cover their existing metal roof systems. When considering the re-cover option, there are several elements to keep in mind to maximize the longevity of the new roof system.
Replace vs. Re-cover
There are two types of metal roof system: structural and nonstructural. Structural systems’ panel profiles can generally carry significant wind and snow loads over framing members spaced at intervals up to 5 feet. Structural panels are typically characterized by significant rib dimensions to provide the necessary strength, and they are used in metal building system applications. Nonstructural metal roof systems require a structural deck or substrate to support the new roof and loads. This article focuses on structural systems because these are more common.
According to the Metal Building Manufacturers Association’s historical shipment data, there are billions of square feet of structural metal roofing currently on buildings that are more than 40 years old.
The advantage of replacing a roof system is that it allows vinyl-faced insulation, which may have deteriorated over time, to be removed and replaced. However, this can present some challenges, as the process also exposes the building and its contents to the elements, and this exposure can be prolonged if other structural elements must be added.
The advantage of re-covering a roof is that the original materials can remain in place to protect the interior during installation of the new materials, allowing the building’s normal operations to continue. Re-covering takes full advantage of the existing insulation with the option of easily adding more, increasing the building’s energy efficiency. Keeping the original roof system in place also provides a safer work surface than open framing for the workers installing the new system. In addition, re-covering reduces landfill waste and the need for a large laydown area for temporary storage of old roofing materials. All these factors can lead to a lower cost for re-covering than for replacement.
Many conventional roof systems have inherent excess capacity because their structural systems are not amenable to optimization. However, metal roof and metal building systems can be highly optimized for design load requirements so that materials can be used more efficiently. Because of this, the materials used during a re-cover installation must be lightweight (less than 3 pounds per square foot) so structural modifications are not needed or are kept to a minimum to carry the added roofing materials.
- Lee Shoemaker, Ph.D., P.E., is director of research and engineering for the Metal Building Manufacturers Association;
Vincent E. Sagan, P.E., is senior staff engineer for the Metal Building Manufacturers Association;