Important Things To Consider In A Hangar Home Design

by KenRisley on January 22, 2014

Many pilots today are considering a hangar home design. Before embarking on designing this particular kind of abode there are various things a person needs to consider. Below are a few tips to take into consideration concerning the abode. It is important to determine what sort of hangar door will be used. Doors for hangars basically come in three kinds: bifold, hydraulic, and accordion . There could be other kinds but these are the most popular. Hydraulic doors are normally hinged at the top and are opened as a single slab. They act as a detached roof in the open positions shielding the region immediately outside the hangars. This is great when one is washing the airplane. It is the one I have - much by my own preference. These can be a bit pricey but are popular. Another popular door used when designing hangars is the bifold door. Bifold doors usually have straight hinges, normally just one horizontally at the middle. They are normally raised with chains or belts and are likely to be raised from the bottom up. The other kind of door is the accordion door which is less common but very practical. This type of door requires a track at the bottom and top and may easily be pushed to the side to open the area. A great benefit of using an accordion door is that it does not need electricity to function. Looking at different kinds of doors is a great idea so that an individual may make a well informed choice as to the kind of door to choose. The structure over the hangar's door is another critical thing to take into consideration. Doors of hangars are normally fairly wide varying from at least forty feet up to more than fifty five feet wide. The beam or header straddling across the top part of the door ought to be taken into consideration structurally. A designer engineer will design the most efficient method for this. A great way to manage this is by erecting an I-beam made of steel across the door to aid in holding the roof's weight. There are a number of drawbacks to this including increased costs of construction because of the steel fabrication concerns. Another hindrance is that the beam bottom will normally fall well beneath the ceiling causing the door to be shorter than the height of the ceiling. Another, possibly better way to deal with this is to use a customized gable roof above the hangar's door. This lets the roof's truss system act as its beam. Normally, the truss that spans above the door is multi-ply and its bottom may be even with the ceiling height. This lets the door to be much higher and just about the same height as the hangar's ceiling. These are just a few points to take into account regarding the hangar home design. Because of the uniqueness of these homes, it is advisable to find a designer who is experienced in designing this kind of abode and who preferably personally stays in such a dwelling place. This will help him in understanding the different kinds of designs and which one is the most suitable in different circumstances.