Although steel buildings are low maintenance, that doesn’t mean the same as ‘no maintenance’. The great news is that our steel buildings are made from high quality, sustainable materials that will last for years and do their job for as long as you need them to. However, even the best steel buildings need a little help to keep them looking in tip top condition. A little TLC goes a long way.
Location & Weather
Where your great new steel building is going to go makes a difference as to the care that you’ll need to give it. Think about the weather – if it’s out in the open and you live by the coast, it’s going to be windy, so you need to make sure your fixings are really well grounded (literally). Not only that, but the salt in the air at the coast is corrosive, so you will need to perform more frequent building inspections; we recommend at least twice a year in normal circumstances, but double that if you’re by the seaside.
Does it snow where you are? Will it pile up on the roof of your steel building and potentially cause problems up there? You’ll need to clear it as often as you can.
Use of the Building
General wear and tear happens to all buildings, and if you are using your steel structure to garage vehicles, store equipment, or any other kind of storage, general checks should be fine. However, if you are using your steel building to house livestock, you’ll want to check more often; larger animals such as cows and horses can damage the walls and sides of the shed simply by moving around, not to mention the problems their waste can cause.
Since each of our steel buildings can be made to your bespoke specifications, there are often a lot of ‘extra bits’ on them that need just as much (or perhaps more) care than the steel structure itself. That includes guttering, cladding, insulation, windows, doors, and locks. Checking these on a regular basis can mean the difference between a quick and inexpensive fix, and something a lot more tricky to deal with further down the line. Check the seals, look at the gutters to make sure they’re not blocked (and if they are, you should be able to use a hose to clear them – always ensure you are following health and safety guidelines when using a ladder or any maintenance that involves working at heights), and add lubrication to the roller doors, window tracks, and so on in order to ensure that they function smoothly.
Perhaps the most important thing to check of all is the insulation, if you have it. If it is damaged in any way, you’ll be paying more on your utility bills, plus it won’t be much fun to work in a place with inadequate insulation. As soon as you see an issue, that’s the time to fix it.