Wood Headers and the Status Quo are
costing builders and homeowner
millions of dollars every year.

Wood headers have their challenges –

  • Twisting, splitting, and crowning
  • Cracking drywall and breaking weather barriers
  • Responsible for more than 17% of all warranty call backs
  • Increased heat loss due to thermal bridging in the header cavity


Are faster and easier to install than wood headers. Taking 30-seconds per installation, saving your framing contractor time, money and manpower while achieving a much higher performance wall system

Rhino Headers provides consistent installation every time. Field laminate wood headers tend to expand, especially if the OSB core becomes wet. Engineered steel maintains a consistent shape, especially under extreme loads.


It’s call Negative Legacy, defined as: knowingly building in future liability for both the builder and homeowner. Traditional wood headers have been identified as major contributors to builder’s negative legacy issues.

Engineered steel headers, provide a stable, consistence installation for the life of the home. This reduces the chance of warranty calls and better, the possibility of future litigation caused by twisting wood headers breaking through the weather barrier causing water damage within the wall cavity.

Reducing the total number of warranty call backs allows the builder to maintain lower capital reserves for future liabilities.

Rhino Headers can be insulated in and around the header, giving homeowners more energy savings throughout the life of the home. This also allows Architects to take back the header cavity space in their heat loss calculations which is advantageous in markets where energy code is getting extremely tough.

Reduced warranties and saving energy – it’s just simply better business.

Give your Architect a Thermal Break!

Engineered steel headers allow for the use of regular batt insulation, typically used between studs and joists.

Stop thermal bridging
Wood products have very little R-Value, allowing the heat to flow in or out depending on the climate in which you live.

Save on heat loss calculation
Architects’ take advantage of combining steel headers with greater insulation values in the header cavity to reduce the overall heat-loss of the project.

One Big Hole in the Wall
Would you purposefully design a home with a hole in the wall the size of a garage door that bleeds energy for the life of the home? If course not, but it happens millions of times every year.
The hole in the wall is the collective area of the header cavities with very little to no insulation. In a typical 2,500 SF home, this hole is 80 – 100 SF. Using engineered steel headers with insulation fills these holes to create a more energy efficient home.

Engineer Steel Headers – Simply better!

Bigger Windows. Better finished product.

Less heat loss + extended daylight from bigger windows = More LEEDs Credits

Architects are limited on the size of windows they can specify due to thermal bridging of traditional wood product headers.

Engineered steel headers provide a Thermal Break,eliminating the header area as part of the thermal heat-loss calculation, allowing for bigger windows.

A simple way to save money on materials and installation while reducing energy loss and increasing safety by choosing Rhino Steel Headers.

Engineered Steel Headers reduce wood
material waste by more than 25%