How To Design Your Airplane Hangar Using Pre-engineered Metal Buildings

Posted by Ben Sparhawk on Nov 22, 2022 11:11:06 AM

Key Takeaways:

  • Steel is an excellent building material due to its design flexibility.
  • Clear span framing and customizable doors make pre-engineered metal buildings perfect for airplane hangars.
  • Steel is also cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
  • CDMG is a leader in the metal building industry. Contact us today to see how we can help you with your Airplane Hangar.

Steel is best known for its strength and durability, but there are a few other reasons why it's an excellent building material.

One thing that makes steel one of the most popular choices when it comes to building materials is its design flexibility.

This is especially important for airplane hangars since you must consider federal, state, and local rules before building your hangar. Choose a metal building supplier that will make sure your building is up to state and local codes as well as industry regulations. 

CDMG has the design options to meet the requirements for a pre-engineered metal building for your airplane hangar, such as different sizes and types of doors that fit the needs of your airplane.


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Aircraft Hangar Customization

With metal hangar-building kits, you can design the metal aircraft hangar of your dreams.

You can design your hangar exactly how you want with steel building kits. With various door options, your new steel hangar kit can be made to fit any aircraft.

All administrative, operational, maintenance, warehousing, and equipment storage areas can be put under one roof.

You can easily add mezzanines, maintenance areas, and office space to your building design, as well as multiple door systems. 

Steel structures can be designed with a green building strategy in mind, providing cost savings and saving energy.

You can also design hangars with clear-span framing for more than one plane if you want to store a collection of aircrafts.

Prefab steel buildings can include storage for personal aircraft fleets, military aircraft, airport operations and commercial aircraft, farm aviation, crop dusters, and more.

With several door options like bi-fold doors and flexible floor plans, hangar designs can be made to fit the needs of any building.

Contact the hangar experts at CDMG to get started right away. 



Airplane Hangar Considerations

Metal prefab structures are simple to customize to fit your needs, so you have many options.

Below we'll talk about some of the most common layouts and styles of this building type.

This should give you ideas and tips for building your perfect hangar. 


Arched vs. Rigid Frame

First, it's essential to know that most airplane hangars have one of two main styles: a rigid frame or an arch.

Both of these styles come in metal prefab kits. Which one you choose will depend on your taste.

Rigid frame hangars look like big, rectangular-shaped buildings with roofs that slope slightly.

Rigid frame hangars give your plane more protection and coverage because they are usually built as fully enclosed structures with a roof, four walls, and a door.

These metal hangars are perfect if you want to protect your plane from high winds, heavy rain, and snow or if you're going to lock your hangar to keep your aircraft safe against theft.

Rigid frame hangars also have added functionality.

You can add office space, utility rooms, and workbenches for mechanics and maintenance projects.

Because they are enclosed, they can be used in many more ways than an arched hangar.

Arched hangars typically cost a little less than rigid frame hangars because they aren't fully enclosed.

Their main benefit is that they have a lot of space, which makes it much easier to maneuver a plane underneath the hangar.

This kind of hangar usually doesn't have doors, making it easier to take your planes out if you do it often.

One important thing to remember about this hangar style is that it doesn't offer as much protection from the weather because it is more open.

Because of this, arched hangars are not nearly as good at stopping vandalism or theft.

Even though it's hard to steal an airplane, some owners might not feel comfortable leaving their things out in the open in this type of hangar.


Interior Layout

Aside from the style of the building itself, you'll also need to think about the interior of the building.

For many people who own planes, a hangar is more than just a place to keep the aircraft safe.

You can use the space inside for storing equipment, bathrooms, personal storage lockers, and even an office if you own a business.

Because of this, you may even decide to insulate the building or run power and water to your aircraft hangar.

All of these things are possible with metal prefab structures.

With these highly customizable prefab metal airplane hangar building kits, you can make the inside of the building fit your needs. 



The last thing we'll look at is if you want to add more planes to your fleet or think you'll need more space in the future.

It's easier to expand metal prefab structures than it is with more traditional building materials and designs.

It's usually a good idea to design a building with more space than you need, especially if you want to grow your business or add to your collection.

This may not be a big deal if you only use your hangar for flying as a hobby.


Why Are Metal Buildings Best For Aircraft Hangars


A metal building is the most cost-effective way to build your aircraft hangar.

Building an aircraft hangar or any other kind of industrial building out of steel is quick and easy.

Pre-engineered steel buildings come with pre-drilled holes, various fasteners for the roof and walls, and clear plans for how to build them, saving on building costs.

If you work with a metal building manufacturer, your building will be made to fit your needs. This will save you even more money on rebuilding or redesigning costs.

Metal hangars are also virtually maintenance-free.

If your hangar has proper ventilation and a fastening system, there shouldn't be any raw edges that can rust, and mold shouldn't be a problem.

Because metal buildings don't rust or grow mold, you save even more money over time.


Energy Efficiency

Metal building systems save a lot of energy, and many come with advanced coatings that are Energy Star-approved.

Metal roofs with the Energy Star label reflect the sun's rays much better than other roofs.

This cuts down on how much heat gets into your steel aircraft hangar and how much energy you need to cool the hangar.

Roofs that have earned the Energy Star label can cut your hangar's peak cooling demand by 10-15%.

If you use less energy during peak hours, you could save up to 40% on your energy costs each year.

You save a lot of money and make less of an impact on the environment with steel airplane hangars.


Contact CDMG

CDMG is a metal building company that can help you make a metal plane hangar that fits your needs.

And our metal aircraft hangars and metal buildings will meet the building codes in your area.

Your plane deserves the best possible protection, and CDMG can give you the peace of mind you need when you store your plane in one of our pre-engineered metal buildings.

Click on the button below to contact CDMG and start designing your metal aircraft hangar today!




Topics: pre-engineered metal building, Aircraft Hangars

About The Author

ben-sparhawkI'm Ben Sparhawk, the Content Writer and Marketing Account Manager for CDMG. I write to showcase the work that CDMG does and everything related to the pre-engineered metal building industry as well as their engineering capabilities. When I'm not working on content, you can find me spending time with my wife and children. You can also find me in the gym, trying to better myself, and I also enjoy spending time outdoors hiking or checking out local parks.