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14Feb 2018Metal Buildings

5 Tips for Preserving Your Steel Buildings

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Brand-new metal carports are something special for their owners. That beautiful, gleaming metal looks like it could stand forever. And it can. But first, it needs a little bit of protection first. The number-one enemy of metal buildings is rust. To be more precise, it's rust-causing moisture and condensation. Rust is more than an aesthetic concern. Metal weakens as it corrodes, and could eventually collapse altogether. This can be prevented with proper care. Preserving the steel on custom carports isn't optional. It's a matter of protecting your investment so that it lasts for years to come. Here's how you can do just that.

1. Get a Surface Treatment to Prevent Condensation

Sometimes painting on a layer of a protective product can do the trick. Just keep in mind that it may need to be reapplied every couple of years for best results. Paint itself can be another solution, and some have anti-corrosion elements mixed in. The paint acts as a physical barrier that prevents moisture from reaching the steel underneath.  

2. Look Into Galvanized Steel

  If you haven't finalized your order for a custom carport, ask about galvanized steel. Galvanized steel has a thin outer layer of zinc that protects the steel from corrosion. As long as the zinc isn't scratched, thus exposing the steel to moisture, the integrity of the steel will be preserved for a much longer time. That's why all of Coast To Coast's prefabricated steel buildings come with galvanized steel tubing

3. Pay Special Attention to Waterproofing the Roof

The roof will be exposed to moisture whenever it rains, and protecting it with a surface treatment is crucial. However, the roof must also have zero leaks. When water leaks from the roof, it can raise the moisture content inside the building. If you can see condensation inside, at least you know you have a problem and can do something about it. Unfortunately, some condensation becomes hidden in between the walls when the roof is not doing its job. In this case, your carport will be corroded from inside out.

4. Install Proper Insulation to Prevent Extreme Temperature Differences

Condensation happens when there is a difference in temperature inside the building and outside the building. If a wall looks like it has a layer of dew or is wet to the touch, there is condensation. Proper insulation in metal carports will mitigate the extreme temperature differences and prevent this accumulation of moisture on the steel.

5. Create Good Air Circulation and Ventilation.

Condensation will appear inside carports if there is high moisture content. Dispel some of that moisture with good air circulation and ventilation. You can also use a dehumidifier if needed.

6. Perform ongoing maintenance to maximize the life of your steel building.

Protecting metal carports is not a one-time deal. Water will creep in before you know it, so it's vital to perform ongoing maintenance. Check the roof for leaks, reapply surface treatments, and replace any components that have rusted as soon as possible. Of course, one of the best ways you can care for a metal building is to buy quality. Coast To Coast Carports offers galvanized steel, insulation and waterproof fastening on all custom carports. Visit their website to find a location near you.

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