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February 27, 2017
A steel building is a cost-effective way to increase the number of buildings on your property quickly and without significant investment. Not only are steel buildings affordable, but they're also long-lasting.
However, even steel buildings need maintenance and care, or they will age quickly. Don't let your investment cost more money in repair and maintenance than is necessary. Consider these three easy steps to keeping your steel building in terrific condition all year.
A simple and quick inspection is an effective way to make sure your steel carports and buildings are in good condition and don't require repair. You may wish to schedule your inspections for the break between seasons. For example, you might do inspections at the end of winter and before the harsh summer season starts, as well as at the beginning of fall and before the weather starts becoming cold again.
You may wish to keep a file of your inspection dates, as well as the condition in which you find the building. If you have the time or resources, you can even take pictures of the building and examine them over time for changes. If you obtain repairs for damage on your metal garages, you may wish to take before and after pictures to document the work.
Buildings like metal garages, metal barns, and steel carports are extremely sturdy, and they're a fine choice for any homeowner or business owner who wants to place a building on his property that won't need replacement just a few years down the road. However, neglecting the buildings and failing to complete repairs quickly can exacerbate problems and lead to higher-than-anticipated costs of ownership.
Regular inspections should catch any emerging problems, but those problems won't just go away on their own. Waiting to fix various problems can mean a more expensive fix when the maintenance crew arrives. Don't let damage from an accident turn a small dent or hole into a giant rusted area on the side of your steel carport. Get the area repaired quickly!
Features like gutters, downspouts, and features that draw water away from the foundation of a building are essential on homes and businesses because standing water and saturated ground destroy foundations. If you find that there are areas of standing water around your steel buildings, or you notice that heavy rains have caused the ground to become fully saturated, you may wish to make some changes.
Putting concrete down around the building can reduce the amount of moisture that may impact the building, and keeping an eye on the gutter system can also reduce the likelihood of damage. Make sure to clean the gutters at least once a year (before winter and after the trees have let go of their leaves is an excellent time), and make repairs to the gutters quickly to avoid water damage. If you experience heavy snow one year, make sure to remove built-up snow on the roof of the metal building to avoid damage throughout the season.
Is it time to upgrade the barn on your property to a brand new metal barn? Do you want to add space for parking a car to your home with a new metal garage? Is it time to install a steel carport in your driveway? Learn how American Steel Carports, Inc. can help with one of our excellent and sturdy steel buildings. Get in touch today to see how we can help.