Contrary to what many may believe, hangars are more than just glorified garages. When constructed properly, they would not only maximize the maintenance of your plane but also make optimum use of your flying time.
That having been said, the construction and design of a hanger should be carefully analyzed. Below are just a couple of aspects to take into consideration while building an aircraft hangar.
1. The Doors
You would want to go for garage doors that operate with ease, therefore, consider clear spans and automated doors even. An ill-designed door will pose the challenge of being affected by snow, ice or winds.
Another challenge would be the inability to lock securely that’s compromising not just the safety of your plane but also it’s lifespan since it will be exposed to weather elements among other undesirable environmental factors.
2. The Size
With a hangar, you can never have too much room. In fact, you would rather end up with much space than have a space that’s to small. Consider the size of your aircraft and also any other amenities you would like to include in the hangar i.e. a bathroom, office, etc.
This New York Times article talks of a hangar that doubles as a complete living space.
3. Know your Materials
Traditionally, aircraft hangars were structures made of steel. Though a strong, reliable material, steel structures pose challenges when it comes to insulation. Cooling and heating the space would really have to be thought through and if you think insulation is a minor problem, then think again.
If condensation is allowed to form in steel frame hangars, it will encourage the formation of rust which would in turn compromise both your aircraft and you engine along with any other equipment you might have there.
4. Wider Spans Mean More Money
As aforementioned, do not underestimate the size of a hangar, but this aside, pay close attention to the spans. Of course, a hangar needs wide spans but remember that the wider you go, the more expensive your construction is going to end up being.
The relationship between increased costs with wider spans comes in when looking at reinforcement required to sustain the spans.
By now, you might have realized most of these points are essentially revolving around things to do with space regarding floor area and volume. This is because, besides doors, space is the other area you are likely to go very wrong when designing and building a hangar.
Headroom refers to the vertical height of the structure. Needless to say, it should be high enough to accommodate the aircraft, but while designing the room’s headroom, it is very easy to overlook the height of the doors. What’s the use of designing a 20ft vertical room span only to have ten ft door heights? How would you get the aircraft in?
6. Get Professional Estimates
Embarking on a building project without getting estimates and quotations given by a professional will only hurt your wallet. As simple as a the structure of a hangar may be, do not go about its construction blindly.
CNN talks of homes with hangars going for as much as half a million dollars excluding the cost of buying a plane.Besides, giving quotations, a professional will also advise on components such as which doors to go for, what materials to use, etc.