Fabric Buildings by Calhoun Super Structure - products

By: Calhoun Super Structure  09-12-2011
Keywords: Stainless Steel, Galvanizing

At Calhoun Super Structures Ltd. we believe that our structures provide the best value to the market through:

  • Product Quality
  • Form and Function
  • Traditional Design
  • Aesthetic Appeal

Calhoun early on researched all possible options on the market – In Line Galvanizing, Coated (Primer / Painted), Stainless Steel & Hot Dip Galvanizing (HDG).

In line galvanized product is used by many fabric building manufacturers even though it was created for the fencing market.

The product has a clear chromate coating (clear organic paint) that is applied on top of the thin galvanizing that is applied during the manufacturing of the tube. The product does very well in salt spray tests as they are really testing the clear organic paint and looking for it to show signs of rust. The problem is the lab tests are done on clean, un-scratched, un-rolled, un-welded product that is not what the customer will be getting in the field. The primer applied inside the tube will also rust very quickly, especially in areas that the primer has been removed (burned away) as is the case at welds. This product should never be used on rolled or welded assemblies.

Red oxide primer and paint was also reviewed, similar to what is used in conventional construction such as Rigid Frames. The primer is chosen as red to help hide rust that will inevitably form. With paint, any coating under 5 mil will have small pin holes that allow moisture to penetrate and eventually form rust. So multiple coatings would need to be applied to ensure adequate coating. This is the least amount of cost but also provides the least protection to the customer and should never be used in caustic environments, such as salt storage and many agricultural applications.

Next to stainless steel, Hot Dip Galvanizing (HDG) is the best protection against rust, bar-none. Studies have proven it time and time again. In one study researchers immersed three type of steel in a highly caustic swine manure for eight years. Coated tubing completely disintegrated while Stainless steel lost nothing to corrosion. HDG steel performed nearly as well as stainless steel with 99.4 percent integrity.

After comparing all the options, The Calhoun team quickly determined to hot dip galvanize all of their steel components – welds and all. This provides the best, cost-effective system to our customers ensuring longevity to their purchase.

Our structures are found throughout North America and are being used for an ever increasing number of applications.

Keywords: Galvanizing, Stainless Steel

Contact Calhoun Super Structure

Email

Print this page

Other products and services from Calhoun Super Structure

09-12-2011

Fabric Buildings by Calhoun Super Structure - agricultural

From hay storage to a large scale dairy operation, there is a Calhoun Super Structure to meet any agricultural requirement you may have.


09-12-2011

Fabric Buildings by Calhoun Super Structure - recreational

You will cut down on lighting costs by utilizing the natural light that a Calhoun structure lets in. Our structures have been made into exceptional covered athletic facilities all over Canada.


09-12-2011

Fabric Buildings by Calhoun Super Structure - fabric storage buildings

One of the great things about our structures, is the variety of applications that one can apply to the design and future use of the facility. Our systems work well, not only for agricultural applications, but are suitable for many industrial applications. The design and simplicity of our system allows for some very innovative solutions.


09-12-2011

Fabric Buildings by Calhoun Super Structure - HTseries

We have created an environment that eliminates all of the harsh conditions that our climate throws at us, giving you a pleasant environment 365 days a year. Buildings can be placed on 8', 10' or 12' centres depending on the conditions of the building location, such as snow load and wind. HDG is extremely important in corrosive environments such as barns, manure storage & fertilizer storage.


09-12-2011

Fabric Buildings by Calhoun Super Structure - riding

As well, the fabric covering allows natural sunlight into the building and its sound dampening qualities provide a warm, bright and comfortable equine structure. Not only do they make excellent housing facilities, they are one of the best structures for riding arenas. A Calhoun Super Structure building is an ideal choice for equestrian applications.


09-12-2011

Fabric Buildings by Calhoun Super Structure - fabric riding arenas

As well, the fabric covering allows natural sunlight into the building and its sound dampening qualities provide a warm, bright and comfortable equine structure. Not only do they make excellent housing facilities, they are one of the best structures for riding arenas. This is a real bonus when it comes to horse comfort.