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Why Choose a Hangar Steel Structure for Your Aircraft?

Izzie | 03/25/24

At KiwiSpan, we understand that your aircraft is a source of immense pride and passion. Such a prized possession deserves the finest protection. The best aircraft shelters offer long-term defence against the elements and unmatched security – and there’s no better material for this purpose than steel. Below, we explore the wide-ranging benefits of steel hangar structures, from their unparalleled durability and strength to their unique customisation capabilities.

 

Comparing Hangar Materials

Traditionally, hangars have been constructed from a variety of materials, including:

 

Wood

While a cheaper option initially, most wooden hangars require significant maintenance and are susceptible to rot, mould, and fire damage. Wood hangars may also warp over time and may not be ideal for large or heavy aircraft.

 

Fabric

Fabric hangars are portable and lightweight, making them a good choice for temporary shelters in mild weather. However, they offer little protection from harsh weather conditions like wind, snow, or hail. They are also susceptible to tearing and generally have a shorter lifespan than other materials.

 

Steel

When it comes to protecting your valuable aircraft, hangar steel structures are the clear winner. Steel hangars cater to the long-term needs and protection of aircraft.

 

Benefits of a KiwiSpan Steel Aircraft Hangar

 

KiwiSpan is a leader in steel building construction. We can design bespoke steel hangars that offer numerous advantages over materials like wood or fabric. Let’s run down the top steel hangar benefits.

 

Superior Strength and Protection

KiwiSpan uses up to 3.0mm-gauge steel for structural elements and 0.4mm-gauge cladding, complemented by even more robust 0.55mm-gauge flashings. This thickness and quality surpass industry standards. Our hangars can withstand severe weather conditions like snow, rain, hail, and strong winds while also being resistant to corrosion and pest invasions. Our steel hangars can last for decades, offering secure and reliable shelter against the elements.

 

Fire Safety

The non-combustible nature of steel significantly lowers the risk of fire, a crucial consideration in hangar design given the value and vulnerability of the aircraft stored within. This inherent fire resistance adds an important safety layer, protecting the valuable aircraft and the hangar infrastructure from fire-related damages.

 

Minimal Maintenance Requirements

Unlike hangars constructed from materials like wood, which necessitate regular maintenance efforts like repainting and treatments against rot and insect damage, KiwiSpan’s steel hangars require minimal maintenance. This low upkeep requirement not only reduces ongoing costs but also ensures that the hangar remains operational with minimal downtime, providing a hassle-free storage solution.

 

We Use Quality Fixings and Fastenings

KiwiSpan takes pride in utilising high-strength bolts AND heavy-duty tek screws, coupled with brackets engineered and designed in New Zealand, to secure the hangar’s structure firmly. These industrial-grade components ensure a tighter, more durable connection, enhancing the overall stability and longevity of the hangar.

 

A Cost-Effective Choice

KiwiSpan’s steel hangars represent an economical choice over time. Their durability and minimal maintenance requirements contribute to lower overall expenses throughout their lifespan.

 

Customisation is our Forte

Understanding that each aircraft and owner has unique needs, KiwiSpan specialises in creating customised hangar solutions. Whether it’s specific dimensions to accommodate various aircraft sizes, aesthetic preferences in colour and design, or functional requirements like door types, windows, and cladding profiles, KiwiSpan can tailor your hangar to meet your exact needs, ensuring that your investment is practical and personalised.

 

Longevity Contributes to Sustainability

The durability and longevity of steel hangars mean they need to be replaced less frequently than those made from less durable materials. This longevity reduces the demand for new construction materials and the environmental impact of building new structures. By choosing a KiwiSpan steel hangar, you’re investing in a solution that will serve your needs for decades, minimising the environmental footprint of your aircraft storage.

 

What Types of Aircraft Can You House in a KiwiSpan Steel Hangar?

 

Steel hangars are incredibly versatile. Due to their strength and ability to be custom-designed, they can accommodate a wide range of aircraft, from small private planes to large commercial jets.

Some examples include:
• Private planes (single-engine, twin-engine, etc)
• Helicopters
• Gliders
• Ultralights
• Commercial jets (depending on the hangar size)

 

Choose KiwiSpan & Get Steel Hangars Designed for Your Aircraft

 

Looking for long-term protection of your aircraft? Invest in a steel hangar and know your prized possession will be well-protected for many years. KiwiSpan specialises in steel garages, hangars, and more. Don’t let an inadequate shelter ground your investment. Connect with KiwiSpan today, and let us elevate your aircraft storage solutions to new heights.

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