Tips For Brightening A Pre-Fabricated Metal Airplane Hangar

When you lease property at an airport to store your plane, you might be granted the option to construct your own hangar. One of the most cost-effective solutions for this is a pre-engineered metal building. They are easy to install, so you'll have the building up quickly. If you've thought of using one but dismissed it out of concern for light and visibility, you may be surprised at the ways you can brighten things up with your aircraft hangar design. Here are a few modifications that will help you shed more light on things.

Use The Light Available To You

One of the best ways to keep your hangar bright is to make use of the sun for natural light.

  • Install clear panels - When you have the building installed, adding clear panels to replace some of the solid walls can allow more light into the building. Most of these panels are crafted from clear poly or another type of plastic material. They're made to slide into the same brackets that the metal panels do, so they fit seamlessly. Consider putting them on the sides of the building that get the most sun during the day to optimize your natural lighting.
  • Add skylights to the roof - The roofing structure for metal buildings permits the installation of skylights in many sizes, even large enough to replace entire metal panels from the roof. You can even choose skylights that are powered to open and close if you want to improve ventilation. With airplane storage, this may be helpful any time you're working on the plane.

Enhance The Light You Have

Once you've addressed the ways that you can let more light in, the next step is to make the most of that light. The best way to do that is to create an environment inside the hangar that reflects light. Paint the inside surfaces of the building in a white or light-colored reflective paint to bounce light back into the hangar.

This is particularly helpful if you don't want to add a lot of light fixtures that can get in the way when you're working on the plane. If you're already dealing with ladders and other tools, you don't want to have to worry about hitting hanging lights.

Especially when it comes to airplane maintenance and care, you need to have as much light as possible for clear visibility. With the tips presented here, you can not only increase the amount of light you've got in the hangar but also reflect that light to maximize its effect.