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Why Airports In Wyoming Are Using Steel For Hangars

Building airport hangars in Wyoming presents unique challenges

We continue to see aviators secure their flying investments by choosing steel aircraft hangars. Could it be because steel hangars guarantee the strongest shelters for airplanes, as well as helicopters and gliders?

Wyoming has over 40 public-use airports. If you are into aeronautics, you know that an aircraft is no small investment. Thousands of dollars are spent to build even the smallest of aircraft. Factor in the amount of energy, labor, and time involved in the maintenance process and the numbers are off the charts.

This is why airports need suitable space for storing, protecting, and working on their investments for as long as possible. Below are some of the top reasons airports in WY prefer steel hangars for their airplanes.

This is an image of hangar built from Capital Steel metal aircraft hangar kits. It shows an airplane and has a variety of other vehicles inside.

1. Great size for a relatively smaller price

If you think about it, no airplane is small.

This is the reason why the building must accommodate sizable wingspans, providing sufficient room to maneuver, create a workshop and tool benches, and provide enough storage space. With steel hangars, you can design the building plan to suit the airplane regardless of its size or height.

Steel-framed buildings ensure that airports get clear span dimensions and additional internal infrastructure if more space is required. The best part is that the price to be paid is relatively smaller when compared with other construction options.

2. Flexibility

At Capital Steel, we are aware that the building type and its exterior aesthetics must fully comply with building requirements at all levels (federal, state, and local).

That’s why we’ve created plans for different hangars designed to exceed expectations while remaining compliant. Airports can design hangars based on specific preferences and there are lots of solutions regarding door options and building configurations. Steel hangars allow airports enough storage space for numerous aircraft under one roof.

3. Quick assembly

Unlike more traditional buildings, it takes anywhere from a couple of days to a few months to assemble an airplane hangar. There’s no need to measure, cut, and assemble on-site because prefab steel hangars are pre-welded at the factory.

Drilling and punching also take place at the factory, so you get ready-to-be-assembled parts with complete plans. This saves you the cost of hiring extra labor, also working with the local contractor and building department becomes easier.

4. Durability

For airports in Wyoming, the focus should be on the aircraft and not the buildings that house them. When it comes to durability, not many buildings match the prowess of Wyoming steel buildings. Airports know that purchasing high-quality steel hangars reduces the need for regular maintenance. They’ll have buildings that can last for decades. Most of the components used in the construction of steel hangars do not need any maintenance for as long as they remain in use.

All airports need to do is work with a qualified CSI contractor to get the additional components necessary to increase the durability of the building as much as possible. Airports can, therefore, go with door models designed to deal with the level of wind speeds Wyoming is notorious for producing, and they can opt for metal roofing designed to shed water. When airports go with well-sealed buildings that are built to plan, they end up with hangars that can last almost lifetime.

5. Better protection for airplanes

One of the biggest concerns for Wyoming airports is keeping airplanes secure while on the ground. Metal buildings have a reputation for meeting and exceeding local building codes. They are designed to withstand a plethora of environmental challenges. Steel hangars are usually built to withstand heavy snow and ice, seismic activity, very hot climatic conditions, and high winds.

Winds tearing through the area at very high speeds can cause severe damage to exposed aircraft. Such winds could lead to twists in the bodies of airplanes. But, unlike the sad case that once happened at the Kansas City Downtown Airport in 1991, steel hangars ensure that planes do not suffer a scratch during environmental turbulence. Investing in relatively less expensive but stronger steel hangars ensures better protection for airports.

Partner with Us at Capital Steel

When it comes to the construction of steel hangars, Capital Steel Industries is the biggest coalition of steel building dealers in the United States. If you are a qualified contractor, we want to work with you to provide steel building services in your area.

To find out about contractor opportunities at Capital Steel Industries, click the link to learn more about becoming a CSI contractor partner.

This is an image of a Capital Steel airport hangar with an airplane inside.