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High-Wind Resistant Quonset HutsTM Engineered to Endure Extreme Weather

If you live in an area that experiences strong, destructive winds, the best way to protect your family and your investments is in a SteelMaster Quonset HutTM structure.

SteelMaster’s buildings are specially designed to handle most wind loads in extreme storm-prone areas all over the world.

Unlike metal arched buildings, traditional wood-frame buildings are especially vulnerable to wind loads and can suffer extreme damage. If wind finds its way into a wood-frame building, the pressure could cause the roof to disconnect from the structure, increasing the potential for a collapse. This kind of disaster can be costly and possibly deadly under certain conditions.

The best way to prevent an incredible loss from a building collapse is to either reinforce your building, or make sure the entire structure is designed to handle the force of extremely strong winds without leaving vulnerable areas in its design.

SteelMaster’s unique, monocoque design is made to handle the intense wind pressure characteristic of natural disasters. Before the building is even allowed to leave our factory, it is stamped by a licensed, professional engineer.

Every building is built to meet every state’s local building code requirements. We construct our buildings in accordance with codes determined by the International Building Code and ASCE-7.

Both IBC and ASCE-7 ensure that buildings around the country are constructed to meet specific standards. SteelMaster takes great care to craft each prefabricated arch according to these specifications. Customers can rest easier knowing that their buildings are designed according to the IBC Code and the Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures.

SteelMaster Quonset HutsTM can withstand the entire Beaufort Wind Force Scale. Established in 1805 to determine the severity of wind speed, Rear Admiral Francis Beaufort created a scale that would indicate wind force. The scale is still used today and includes 13 levels, from 0 to 12. The lower levels on the scale describe common, gentle breezes that most people experience every day and all buildings can sustain. Of course when you get to the higher levels, warnings are issued by the National Weather Service for violent storms, gale force winds, and destructive cyclones. It’s at these higher scale levels a SteelMaster Quonset HutTM proves its worth.

The destructive force of storm winds on a building don’t come from the force of the wind on the building directly, but rather from a difference in pressure. Wind increases in speed as it blows around building to maintain the same speed as the surrounding wind that does not strike the building. The Bernoulli Effect states that an increase in the speed of a fluid (or air) occurs simultaneously with a decrease in pressure. As wind speed increases, pressure decreases. Because the air inside the building is immobile, it remains at a constant pressure. This difference in pressure creates a net force upward that can blow the roof off of a building destroy the windows. SteelMaster’s design eliminates this from happening.

The design of the Quonset HutTM evenly distributes the wind load, transferring the pressure to the bottom of each arch. There is no chance of the roof blowing off because there is no separate roof. Each prefabricated, steel arch is bolted together and overlapped to ensure maximum strength when dangerous winds occur.

Extreme wind events can pose a significant threat to any building. SteelMaster’s wind-resistant Quonset HutsTM have survived some of the most extreme events and are easily considered some of the strongest structures on earth.


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