Inspect your Building
1. Inspect your building twice a year, looking for any damage or changes that may have appeared since your last inspection.
2. After any renovation or extreme weather, inspect your building to allow you to keep an eye out for any small changes, so you can fix them immediately before it turns into a larger scale project.
3. Establish a regular maintenance schedule for your building, putting inspection dates into your calendar at times during the year that make sense with the local climate. For example:
– A date in spring allows the inspection to find any damage that might have been caused by winter weather.
– A date date scheduled in autumn will help ensure the building is ready to withstand whatever the winter weather may bring.
4. Keep a clear record of any maintenance and include:
– Inspection dates and results.
– Date and nature of any repairs made.
– Whether any materials or equipment was purchased (include the receipts and warranty info).- Documentation of any repairs or renovations with photos.
– Contact information for all contractors who carried out the work.
Repair the Damage
1. Scratched steel panels should be primed and painted to prevent future corrosion.
– Remember to make a note if there was a repair and where the repair was located so it can be double checked on the next inspection.
– Eliminate things adjacent to the building that might cause scratching, for example a nearby tree branch that sways in the wind.
2. Water is the most common threat to every building of every construction type.
– It is important to keep moisture out of the walls and the ceiling as it causes corrosion, mould and bacteria growth. In turn weakening and warping the surface materials, and deteriorating the foundation.
– When it rains, take the opportunity to inspect for leaks from the interior. If any are found, trace them and seal the exterior source. Also make sure that any moisture which has made it into walls or ceilings is allowed (even encouraged) to leave.
– Eliminate places around the building where water can gather, to prevent both leaks into the building and damage to the foundation.
3. Prevent excessive build up of snow on the roof.
– The weight can bend metal panels, so redirect as much precipitation as possible away from building.
Clean your Building
1. Once you know your building is successfully keeping moisture out, it’s a good idea to wash the building once a year.
2. Removing any dirt, soot, or organic matter that has accumulated can preserve the appearance of your building and prevent it from becoming stained or blemished. It will also stop the growth of fungus or other undesirable microbes.
3. Before washing the building, always test your cleansing solution in a concealed or inconspicuous area for compatibility.
If you follow these easy maintenance steps, you will keep your metal building system looking attractive and performing properly for many years.
Contact us at Adamson Construction for further details or if you require assistance for putting a plan in place for the maintenance of your metal building.