Fall is here and it’s time to assess the condition of your metal buildings. The winter can be tough, causing damage to the roof and other areas that could cause potential problems. In most cases, the upkeep is minimal, but should not be ignored. When getting ready to go through the maintenance drill, it’s always best to start from the top down. Depending on the climate where the building is located, there may be more areas to address than others. Here are a few items that should be on your to-do list:
A thorough inspection should be the first line of business on the to-do list, especially after the winter season. This will help in determining what damage was done, if any. Always start with the roof, checking for leaks or cracks. It rains quite a bit during the fall in many areas, which could cause additional damage if undetected.
It’s important to make sure the insulation is checked and intact. If the insulation is wet or damaged, it should be replaced immediately to stop the growth of mold and mildew which could affect the health of others over time.
Gutters and downspouts should be checked to ensure water can move freely and there are no clogs from dirt or leaves. All ventilation and the exterior of the building’s finish should be checked. Areas that require caulking and seals like windows and doors should also be checked to ensure no air or water can get through.
Any problems found during the inspection should be addressed right away. These issues could get much worse over the entire winter season, which could create higher expenses if any more time passes. Water damage in any capacity can be challenging. It’s important to get those areas fixed first and document what was done and the date. These could come in handy when proving the facility meets all regulatory requirements or when attempting to sell the building. When using a contractor, it’s also important to save those records which may have an impact on insurance claims or renewal quotes.
Exterior maintenance is very important. Metal buildings located in coastal areas may be exposed to corrosive air which could impact its condition. Once it has been determined there are no leaks, the building should be pressure washed on a low setting to remove excess dirt and materials. Removing dirt and other debris will help maintain the life of the building. When pressure washing, a mild laundry detergent and soft bristled brush may be used for additional cleaning. Once this is completed, an additional rinse of plain water will help keep the building in good shape.
Any outside areas that directly affect the building, such as shrubs or trees should be scaled back. One of the worst things that could happen is having a tree fall on the roof or the building, causing extensive damage.
These simple steps can help keep your metal building looking great throughout the year. For more information, contact our team at SteelCo Buildings today!