You don’t need to be an expert in construction to know that rust is the enemy of a metal building. Metal structures like those sold here at Carport Kingdom are incredibly durable and can serve you well for many years as long as they are well maintained. There is very little maintenance required for a metal building, but it’s important to understand what is likely to cause rust, and how to avoid it so you can prolong the life of your carport.
Understand the Enemy
Moisture is your number one enemy when fighting against rust. When iron particles in the steel are exposed to both water and oxygen, rust can form. Make sure to prevent condensation from building in your carport or garage to reduce the likelihood of rust forming.
Protect the Steel
It’s not practical to keep a metal carport, which lives outdoors, completely dry. Nature can bring moisture in many different forms, including rainfall, dew, and more. Depending on where you live and your local climate, your carport might be consistently wet for months at a time. With that in mind, it’s important to protect the steel in order to preserve your carport’s structural integrity.
As a starting point, a painted carport will fare better than one that is unfinished. While paint isn’t full-on protection from rust, adding an additional layer between the steel and the moisture in the air can help. For better protection, galvanization is key. Galvanization is the process of adding a protective zinc coating on the steel to prevent rusting. Make sure your carport has been constructed with quality steel that has been properly treated.
Ways to Prevent Rust
It’s easy to understand that the exterior of your carport is sure to get wet on a somewhat regular basis. But inside the carport, it’s important to eliminate sources of moisture to prevent that part of the structure from getting rusty. There are some easy ways to keep the interior of your carport or garage dry, and limit the possibility of rust.
Insulation is a big help
Condensation is one of the leading causes of moisture inside a metal carport. When there is a big difference in temperature between the inside and outside of the carport, and when the humidity is high enough, condensation can form. With insulation in place, those temperature differences will be moderated, and you’ll reduce or eliminate the condensation issue.
Pay close attention
You don’t just want to assume that your carport is remaining in good condition as the months and years go by. Inspect it periodically and address any leaks or other issues you may find along the way. If a leak occurs in your carport’s roof, it will be letting in water every time it rains. And, if enough water remains in cracks and crevices, rust could be the result.
Move the air
If you are still having trouble with moisture in your carport from condensation, consider using a fan or dehumidifier during times of high humidity to improve air circulation and avoid water forming on the walls. You can also consider customizing your carport by adding windows to encourage cross-circulation.
Get the Maximum Value Out of Your Carport
Keeping rust off of your metal building is about getting the best possible return on the investment you’ve made in that structure. With no rust in sight, you can expect the metal carport on your property to last for years, serving you and your family in a number of ways. If you’re interesting in adding new features to your carport, or are looking to create a new carport, our Build & Price tool is an easy way to get started. If you have any questions about our products, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Thank you for taking some time to consider Carport Kingdom for this exciting project and we hope to serve you soon!