With humid summer days giving way to crisp mornings and falling leaves, it makes sense that taking care of things around your home and garage is necessary. Eventually, the autumn months will give way to frigid winter temperatures, which can make maintenance or upkeep challenging. So, it’s best to take care of important tasks while the season permits it.
And one such task is performing regular maintenance on prefab metal buildings. Whether you’re the owner of a backyard metal shed or a large metal garage or warehouse, it pays to give special attention to your facility. If left unchecked, temperature swings and winter weather events can cause enormous amounts of damage to a structure.
However, developing techniques and procedures to keep your steel structure in pristine condition can be quite a challenge. But we’re here to help! Below, we’ve put together a to-do list that will guide you through everything you’ll need to know about keeping your building in tip-top shape this fall.
Let’s get right to it! Custom metal buildings are designed to last for years, but even the strongest buildings can be damaged if left unattended. That’s precisely why it’s so important to follow these steps:
The best way to cover a lot of ground and ensure that all bases are covered is to create a checklist. We’ve done some of the heavy liftings, so you don’t have to!
The first step in your to-do list will be to take a walk around your structure, carefully inspecting the interior and exterior for any signs of moisture buildup, oxidation, or damage. This will include the paneling, framing, and roofing of your building. And when you’re done, do it once more for good measure. Carefully checking for these important signs of distress can save you tons of money and stress in the long run.
If your metal building has gutters, you’ll want to check them for leaf fall and debris. Fallen leaves can retain moisture that can allow oxidation and mildew to occur if left unattended. By performing this routine maintenance, you can significantly extend the life of your metal building’s roof.
In addition to inspecting your structure for any signs of damage, you’ll want to check the grounds around your structure for debris and trash. Vegetation and plant growth can cause damage to a facility if not promptly attempted. This is especially true following any storm event, where tree fall and litter may land on or against your building.
One of the most critical aspects of any metal building’s health, the foundation should be checked carefully and regularly. Concrete foundations can crack and crumble because of several factors, including moisture infiltration, freezing temperatures, and everyday wear and tear. And if not handled properly, it can result in major damage to your structure.
Some metal warehouses and metal building homes can feature insulation to regulate internal temperatures and reduce moisture buildup. If your building has insulation, you’ll want to perform an inspection to ensure everything is in place and that it doesn’t require replacement.
Your windows and doors will most likely be sealed with silicone caulk or rubber. Over time, these components can wear out, allowing airflow and heat to escape your structure. By checking these seals, you can ensure that your building operates at maximum efficiency year-round.
Sometimes screws and components might become loose, and you’ll want to replace and tighten any that you may find.
Taking care of your building’s exterior by giving it a power wash will remove any dirt or debris that may stick to its surface. Dirt and grime can allow moisture to penetrate the protective layers of your paneling, greatly increasing the chances of developing issues with rust.
If you’ve yet to purchase a metal building, the fall season is a prime time to pull the trigger! Here’s why!
Constructing metal buildings is hard work! It’s particularly difficult during the winter or summer months. Extreme temperatures and weather events can slow installation and cause many headaches. But erecting your building while the weather is mild can considerably ease the process.
In some regions, winter weather can bring just about everything to a grinding, snowy halt. And that’s not what you want to happen while installing your metal building. But by picking the opportune time to buy and begin the installation, you can avoid having your project stunted by the weather.
If you act quickly enough, purchasing your metal building in the fall months can guarantee that it will be installed before the end of the year.
Some metal building providers will run year-end specials and price holds that will allow you to snag your new structure at a great price. And with all construction materials increasing in price, the time to act is now!
If you’ve been thinking about how great a metal building or garage would be for your needs, we can help! Garage Buildings is proud to offer a wide range of metal sheds and metal building kits to suit any need. From residential metal workshops to enormous commercial buildings, we have the expertise to deliver strength and long-lasting craftsmanship.
Our range of steel structures can be customized to fit any application or job, giving you the power to make your building your way!
And with the leaves falling, there has never been a better time to start your metal building journey! Give Garage Buildings a call today at +1 (866) 355-4442 and let our team of specialists help you design and install yours!