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Cost Effective Solution for Salt & Sand Storage: Buildings, Sheds & Barns

Maximize the life of your salt stockpiles with a durable, environmentally conscious, cost effective solution—a SteelMaster Building.

Salt Storage

There’s a reason why SteelMaster has been the industry leader in salt storage solutions; we provide high-quality, custom Quonset Hut structures that allow companies, Departments of Transportation and municipalities to adequately protect salt piles year-round. A custom SteelMaster bulk storage dome allows our customers to be better equipped to handle dangerous road conditions during severe weather events.

Quonset Hut-style buildings are a quick-to-assemble, economical solution that significantly outperforms traditional wood or fabric storage buildings.

Our on-site, knowledgeable engineers are able to customize our steel structures to fit any budget or deadline. SteelMaster buildings are prefabricated which allows for quick, easy construction.

The buildings’ clear span design eliminates the need for beams and trusses, leaving more than enough clearance for trucks, loaders, and plows to drive inside and easily maneuver throughout the structure. We offer bulk storage solutions in widths up to 80 ft in the appropriate conditions and are known around the world as the ideal containment solution.

According to the Virginia-based Salt Institute, salt is the single most important winter maintenance material. The Environmental Protection Agency reported that approximately 11 million tons of salt are used on roadways throughout the U.S. every winter. More than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 are killed on snowy, slushy or icy pavement. Road salt reduces crashes by 88 percent, injuries by 85 percent and accident costs by 85 percent.

SteelMaster has worked with several state transportation departments across the United States.  Local municipalities use SteelMaster Buildings as their supplier of choice to store salt with clear span solutions to protect and contain bulk material from the elements.

View some of our salt storage projects below!

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Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT)

Model type: XQ-Model
Size: 40‘W X 18‘H X 100‘L

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Town of Wakefield,
New Hampshire

Model type: Q-Model
Size: 25’W X 12’H X 40’L

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Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT)

Model type: Q-Model
Size: 40’W X 16’H X 40’L

Our steel buildings are made with industrial-strength, commercial-grade steel coated with Galvalume Plus. Our steel arches offer superior corrosion resistance to the elements and are engineered to meet the snow and wind loads of your area. The building’s concrete wall foundation or bin blocks create a secure place for the salt and help prevent corrosion due to salt touching the walls for a prolonged period of time.

SteelMaster’s salt storage structures keep rain and snow off of stored bulk materials, eliminating the possibility of the salt leaching out and getting into streams, wells and groundwater in areas around the community.

Sand Storage

Public works departments, departments of transportation and other agencies often purchase sand along with salt to treat icy roads. Sand improves traction by increasing friction and prevents tires from slipping on slick roads.

Much like salt, it’s important to keep sand piles covered to eliminate the possibility of losing sand due to runoff. Plus, if sand is not properly covered, it can become lumpy or frozen, which makes it harder to handle.

Although there are no worries of corrosion with sand storage, sand should be contained within concrete block walls to keep it from resting against the side of the building for long periods of time.

  • Frac Sand Storage

Frac sand isn’t exactly like the sand you’d find at the beach. It can be in the form of ceramic beads, resin-coated sand and natural sand.  Similar to general sand storage, our buildings will protect frac sand from the elements, keeping it dry and pure for processing.

Frac sand companies often store their proppants in sand silos, also known as frac storage tanks or frac bins. These storage tanks only contain frac sand. A major advantage of owning a SteelMaster storage building is the ability to store frac sand and equipment used in the fracking process. Because there are no beams and trusses, there’s even more room for storage and customization.

Transloading is the process of transferring a shipment from one mode of transportation to another. Shipments and goods are typically transloaded at some type of storage facility, like a warehouse.

SteelMaster’s custom warehouses are an ideal solution for frac sand transloading facilities. Our warehouses are available in six models with widths of up to 150’ and in unlimited lengths. Because of the clear span design, there is plenty of room for large trucks to pick up and drop off shipments inside of the building.

Storing equipment can be expensive, but with a SteelMaster building, that doesn’t have to be the case. Our DIY buildings are cost-effective and will save you money over the years.

You can also save time during the building process. Our buildings are prefabricated, which makes it much easier to assemble them quickly with the help of just a small crew. Every steel panel is pre-punched and pre-drilled at our factory before it arrives on your doorstep.

If you’re in need of a bulk storage solution, SteelMaster’s buildings are your best bet.


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