5 Maintenance Tips for Getting the Most from Your Steel Buildings

By Mark Hiatt   |   Posted In: Installations


There’s no denying that steel buildings are incredibly durable and low-maintenance, especially when compared to structures made with other materials. However, even the highest quality metal sheds, garages, workshops, and other custom metal buildings need some routine maintenance to stay in their best shape! Here are some suggestions for keeping up your steel building’s appearance and performance for years to come:

Perform routine checks

Your metal building should be checked at least twice a year for any damage caused by harsh weather, accidental bumps from a vehicle, or other causes. You also need to check immediately after severe storms for dents, holes, or other damage that could compromise steel panels.

Keep your building clean

It’s important to routinely clean your steel building (at least once a year) to prevent fungi or other crud from building up on your structure. To clean your carport, barn, workshop, garage, or other custom metal building simply use a mixture of ammonia or gentle household cleaning product with warm water to remove the grime. You can do this with a soft brush or a power washer on a low-pressure setting. For stubborn mildew, add bleach to your cleaning solution.

Tackle minor repairs immediately

Small holes or scratches might not seem like a big deal, but when exposed to the elements, they can develop into bigger problems. By promptly filling any small holes or priming and painting scratched exterior, you can stop any further damage.

Insulate to avoid condensation

If the temperature in your area is irregular, insulation can help maintain the temperature within your custom metal building. This will minimize the buildup of condensation and help prevent rust caused by moisture.

Manage precipitationA frame style carport

If water accumulates around and against your metal garage or other custom steel building, the moisture can cause rust or possibly shift the foundation. Adding gutters and overhangs are great ways to direct the water away from the building. If there is still standing water, try grading the perimeter to redirect the water away from your structure.

If the area is prone to heavy snowfalls, you should consider choosing an A-frame roof style with panels that run vertically to allow precipitation an easy exit. Avoid plowing snow up around the sides of your metal structure as the weight of snow pushed up against your metal garage, workshop, or shed could damage the steel panels.

These are some simple maintenance tips that will help you get the most out of your steel building. If you would like to learn more about quality steel buildings for your home or business, contact one of our helpful building specialists to get started on exploring all your new custom metal building options!

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  • Mark Hiatt

    Mark Hiatt brings over 20 years of commercial construction experience as a licensed engineer in NC, SC, and VA. Design-and-build is his specialty, and he serves both as a structural engineer for American Building Network and as an engineering consultant for Carport Central.

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