There is no denying that steel buildings are incredibly durable and low maintenance, especially when compared to buildings made with other materials. But even the highest quality metal sheds, garages, workshops, and other custom metal buildings should undergo routine maintenance to stay in tip-top shape. Here are some suggestions for keeping your steel building looking new and performing at its peak for years to come:
Check your metal building at least twice a year to assess for any damage caused by harsh weather, an accidental bump from a vehicle, or other causes. Also, check immediately following severe storms for dents, small holes, or other damage that could compromise steel panels.
It’s important to routinely clean your steel building (once a year or more often as needed) to prevent fungi or other materials from building up on your structure. To clean your carport, metal barn, workshop, garage, or other custom metal building, simply use a mix of ammonia or a gentle household cleaning product with warm water to remove the grime. You can do this by hand with a soft brush or use a power washer on a low pressure setting. For stubborn mildew, add bleach to your cleaning solution.
Small holes or scratches might not seem like a big deal, but when exposed to the elements, they can grow into bigger problems. By promptly filling small holes and priming and painting scratched paint, you can stop further damage in its tracks.
If you have major temperature swings in your area, insulation can help keep an even temperature within your prefab metal building. This will minimize the buildup of condensation and help prevent rust caused by moisture.
If water is allowed to accumulate around and against your metal garage or other custom steel building, moisture can cause rust or even cause the foundation to shift over time. Adding gutters, downspouts, and overhangs are all great ways to route the water away from the building. If you are still getting standing water, try grading the perimeter to redirect water away from your structure.
If you are in a heavy snowfall area, be sure to choose an A-frame roof style with panels that run vertically to allow precipitation to exit easily. Avoid plowing snow up around the sides of your metal structure as the weight of snow building up on or against your metal garage, workshop, or shed over a long period of time can cause damage the steel panels.
These are some simple maintenance tips that will help you get the most from your steel building. If you would like to learn more about quality steel buildings for your home or business, contact us today to learn about all of the benefits of having a custom metal building installed on your property.