Building with a steel building offers a ton of benefits.
They are the cheapest, most durable, largest, and most versatile option for structures.
And, they require next to no maintenance.
If you show your metal building some love every once in a while, it can last you generations.
Compared to other material structures, especially wood, and steel buildings, offer the easiest and least challenging option for your building.
To make it even better, steel building maintenance doesn't often require immediate attention.
It's one of the many reasons that business owners are Choosing Metal Buildings For Their Business.
So, regular upkeep, done at your convenience, will go a long way to prevent emergencies.
If you do the bare minimum amount of work, your building will last for ages.
In the article below, we will discuss several maintenance tips that will ensure you get the most out of your metal building.
Table of Contents
- Start Immediately
- Remove Snow
- Wash The Building Inside and Out
- Check The Insulation
- Touch Up Painting
- Preventative Maintenance
There are a few maintenance tasks you should perform as soon as you get your steel building.
The first thing you need to do is remove anything that's still touching your building.
Tools, ladders, and roof panels may still be leaning against or sitting on your building after assembly.
Make sure everything is put away. You don't want to have unnecessary weight straining the building or obscuring its surface.
After the drill holes get bored in the roof, some metal shavings will remain.
Sweep away the shavings with a soft-bristled broom.
The shavings have a raw surface area and can lead to rust on the roof.
Snow left on your roof can exert incredible stress on your structure. Check your building's maximum allowable snow roof amount.
If you believe your roof is getting close to having too much snow on it, act quickly to plan for its removal.
It's hard to determine if you're in danger of crossing the allowable level after the first snowfall.
Keep in mind the density of the snow, and how much snow falls with each snowfall.
Try to avoid compounded snowfalls when the snow melts and is covered by fresh powder or rain.
Snow will soak up the rain and prevent it from draining properly. Fresh rain adds to the weight of the snow significantly.
Be cautious when removing the snow.
Know your surroundings, wear proper clothes and shoes, and keep in mind the locations of your skylights or translucent roof panels.
When you start, the first thing you need to do is look around to be sure the roof hasn't buckled. All panels and frames should appear normal, so don't proceed if it seems like the snow has undermined any areas of the roof.
Shovel the snow off of the roof from the end walls and work your way to the center, using extreme caution.
Knock the snow off of the eaves, past the gutter.
Remember not to bring your shovel into direct contact with the roof. Take the snow down to where it is a few inches above the roof, and don't go any further.
If you go too low and scrape the roof, it could damage it, leading to water leakage.
Wash The Building Inside and Out
If you take care of your steel panels, they will last a long time.
Steel buildings benefit from solid materials that rarely need to be replaced.
The best way to make sure they last a long time is to wash them on a semi-regular basis.
Dirt and grime can quickly accumulate in your steel building, and if left unattended, can tarnish the surface of your structure and lead to mold or rust
Give your building a thorough wash every now and then.
If it doesn't look like it needs to be washed, don't wash it. Just check it often.
If you notice any residue, discoloration, or other signs of dirt, break out your bucket and sponge and get to work.
There are many industrial cleaners available for buildings, but there are also some homemade options.
One recipe is one cup of ammonia to five gallons of water.
You can use any applicator you want, but large spray washers or a trusty sponge-mop get the job done well.
After it's washed, rinse your building with a power washer on the low setting or a garden hose with a condenser extension.
If you wash the inside walls, wear a proper air mask to prevent the ammonia in the water from irritating your lungs.
Check The Insulation
For insulated metal buildings, you should be sure that there is no damage or evidence of moisture.
Fissures in your walls happen for a number of reasons, like birds or other animals digging holes into your building while making nests.
Any insulation maintaining contact with the air risks water contamination.
Moisture prevents insulation from improperly protecting your building. this results in greater energy required to heat and cool the building, which will balloon your utility bills.
Another concern of wet insulation is when trapped moisture lingers within your walls, the risk of mold and rust increases.
Although not something you need to worry yourself too much about, don’t let a problem like insulation exposure remain.
You don’t want to replace an entire wall.
Touch Up Painting
If you notice a scratch or a minor abrasion during your routine examination of your building, it's time for a simple retouch.
It's important to be sure that no aspect of the metal substrate ever gets to breathe.
Moisture exposure leads to rust and mold. Keep a reserve of matching primer and paint for covering any scratches you find.
Always make sure you have the right paint.
Paint comes in a wide range of environmental exposure thresholds.
Make sure your paint matches your needs. For the primer, make sure it will react with your paint to form a perfect sealant bond.
If you need to, ask your building provider which paint and primer to use.
A good coat of paint offers your building the best protection from the elements.
Even after doing all of that, your metal building will still require much less maintenance than any other building type.
Performing this preventative maintenance will reduce your year-to-year costs by performing these checks and addressing the issues as they arise.
Problems won't come around too often, but when they do, they won't go away on their own. That's why preventative maintenance is key.
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