Steel buildings are best known for their durability, unmatched quality, and ease of maintenance. They generally make good investments due to the fact that they last a lifetime with just a few repairs. If you’re planning to buy a custom metal building, there are several ways to make the most out of your money.
Knowing how to properly take care of your metal building will help keep it looking and functioning at its best in many years to come. Here are some must-know tips to maintaining pre-engineered steel structures:
Perform Maintenance Checks
It is recommended to inspect the metal building at least twice a year. This is when you will look for any damage that has occurred. A maintenance check is also encouraged after every renovation or extremely severe weather. Conducting a regular inspection will help you discover issues that need to be fixed before they turn into big problems.
You may set a regular maintenance schedule and create an organized compilation of dates of inspections, warranty information, and photos of work done. This will help you be reminded of doing the upkeep.
Inspect the Insulation
Insulation is any material that fills the spaces and helps maintain a proper temperature within your steel building. Be sure to check your insulation once in a while. This will let you know if there are any damaged insulation or fissures that need to be addressed.
Damaged insulation allows moisture to build up inside and decreases the effectiveness of your building’s cooling and heating system. Moreover, this results in higher energy costs. As trapped moisture lingers within the walls, mold growth, corrosion, and pest infestation may occur. When you’ve spotted an insulation exposure, resolve the issue immediately.
Trim Nearby Branches and Hedges
Sharp branches and leaves can grow and brush against the wall panels of your metal building. When they get close to the walls, they can scrape the metal surface and leave scratches. Be sure to trim the shrubs and greenery nearby. Always keep them at least half a foot away from the perimeter. Doing so will prevent any contact that can wear away the coating of your steel structure.
Protect the Structure From Precipitation
Prolonged exposure to moisture can cause rust that will spread and lead to expensive damage. This is due to the buildup of rainwater on or around your metal building. The excess weight of water buildup can result in the bending of the metal panels.
In this case, you need to redirect the precipitation by using slanted roofs. This will allow for rain to run off and prevent water from pooling around your steel structure. Consider installing a well-constructed drainage system for your metal building.
Remove Snow Buildup
Leaks and holes are usually caused by excess snow buildup left on your roof. Before the roof reaches the maximum allowable snow roof amount, set a snow removal schedule. Snow and precipitation both add to the weight of your metal building.
If you are planning to remove snow yourself, wear proper safety gear and avoid stepping on unstable parts of the roof. Start from the end-walls and work your way to the center. Do not bring your shovel into contact with the roof. This is because the shovel might scrape the roof and cause fissures, cracks, and leaks. For best results, hire a professional to perform the job.
Check Your Gutters and Drains
Your gutter system is a metal building accessory that allows you to customize the functionality and appearance of steel structures. It protects your home from water damage.
You should always prevent them from getting clogged. Sticks, dirt, leaves, and other debris can block the gutters and downspouts. When water overflows, rust and mold will follow.
In your maintenance checks, never forget your gutter system. You may use different gutter cleaning methods to remove any form of blockage.
Clean the Interior and Exterior Surfaces
Washing your building once a year is considered a baseline maintenance task. It removes any buildup of fungus, dirt, soot, and organic matter that accumulate on the surfaces. If left uncleaned, all those filths will tarnish and blemish the metal wall cladding. The existence of mold and rust is also possible.
To remove trouble spots, use industrial cleaners or make your own homemade cleaning solution. Simply mix one cup of ammonia with five gallons of warm water. Apply the mixture to the surface and use a soft-bristled brush or sponge mop. After applying, rinse the metal surfaces with a low-pressure power washer.
Do this procedure regularly and incorporate a thorough floor cleaning. Take care of your steel panels and they will last for a very long time.
Repair Any Damages
No matter how big or small they may seem, be sure to repair all holes, scuffs, and scratches on your metal building. Perform even minor repairs as soon as possible. Putting them off will only cause you so much trouble. Moisture can enter through these holes and aggravate the weakening of the building’s surface. Fill all holes and repair scratches using primer, paint, and refinisher.
Use Touch-Up Paint
Remove scratches and abrasions using a matching primer and touch-up paint. Retouching your metal panels will protect them from moisture exposure. The procedure is very simple and can be done by everyone. Apply a layer of primer and paint to the affected spot.
Don’t Skimp on Steel Building Maintenance
We hope you find this blog helpful in ensuring your metal building performs properly for many years. Follow these easy maintenance steps to save you money on expensive repairs and replacements. Need help with your next metal building project? Contact Custom Metal Buildings of Midland today for more details!