Although steel buildings are comparatively low maintenance, there are still a few things to remember as they are different from other building types. Following these top tips will mean that your steel building will last longer and be more durable, protecting your business.
One of the most important things to think about is insulation. If there is damage to the insulation, it can change the thermoregulatory properties on the building – and in turn increase costs for you. There is also an increased risk of rust. Regularly check for damage and tears as well as making sure the insulation has not become wet.
After severe weather such as sustained rainfall or heavy snow, there is often standing water. If this is on or near your steel building panels, there is a chance it could rust and/or bend if this is left too long. Ensure guttering has been erected if the weather in your area is prone to heavy rainfall and make sure your draining systems are adequate to ensure the flow of water is away from the building. If standing water is a regular issue, consider the landscaping around the building and if it needs to be changed.
Chips and Cracks
As with a chipped windscreen, a crack in the structure of your building may well become worse – and more expensive to fix. Attend to them early to avoid more serious problems later on.
Keeping Things Clean
Keep your building clean is essential to make sure that no small problems develop into more costly ones. Once a year the steel building should be given a thorough clean to prevent mould. Using a low power pressure washer and ammonia in warm water, you should be ok, but a bit of bleach may be useful in more stubborn areas.
Check the fastenings that hold your steel building together – if they weaken, the whole building weakens. This is probably the most important point to remember in taking care of your building. Regularly inspect the fastenings to make sure they are tightly fastened and not damaged. Replace any that need it and replace rivets periodically to prevent corrosion from moisture.
One last tip – keep the inside clean and tidy too. A sparkling place to work is more likely to stay that way and to be treated with respect. It also makes for an overall better working environment!
We hope that these tips will help. At National Steel Buildings we know that customer service and satisfaction is paramount in our relationship with clients so please contact us if you have any questions or issues with your steel building.