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Shelters: Wood or Steel

RCP Shelters, Inc. is the industry’s most diverse shelter manufacturer. Each project is individually engineered to meet or exceed local building code and conditions. One of the first questions customers have when buying a prefab shelter from RCP is deciding whether to choose a wood structure or steel. The primary concerns to consider are durability, cost and maintenance.

Durability: Moisture can also be a problem for building structures of all types. RCP uses glue laminated wood (glulam). Various methods of chemical treatment (pressure treating) keep the wood from rot and infestation. All pressure treated wood has a warranty for 30 years against rot and infestation. RCP’s powder coat or hot-dipped galvanized (HDG) finishes for steel exceed industry standards. These finishes ensure longevity and come in a variety of colors.

Cost: Steel allows design flexibility to use fewer columns and beams than wood designs. But glulam offers the best cost per square foot. The LW-G series is RCP’s best seller and lowest materials cost per square foot.

Maintenance: Wood generally needs less attention than steel. The only recommended maintenance is re-staining every 5 years or as needed. In humid areas, mildew may occur and can be removed with a 5:1 bleach solution. Steel structures must be regularly inspected and any nicks or dings should be touched up to prevent formation of surface rust.

Contact us for your next shelter needs or questions. We can provide you with a design customized to meet your needs. We look forward to working with you!

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