What You Need to Know About Pre-engineered Steel Building Maintenance
Retrofitting is an economical choice for those looking to maintain pre-engineered steel buildings.
Pre-engineered steel buildings, made from sturdy materials, are built to last and can usually withstand Mother Nature or anything else thrown in their way. However, there are things you should keep in mind before, during, and after you have your building designed and installed. Read on for some repair and maintenance tips that will ensure your building serves its purpose long into the future.
In the Planning Stage
It’s hard to think about the future when you’re just getting started. However, it helps to look ahead when it comes to having a pre-engineered building designed. If you expect your business or industry to burgeon over the next 10, 20 or more years, then prefab buildings are the way to go. That’s because they lend themselves to growth and are easy to alter, retrofit, or fit with an addition. Have your building designer think about how you could potentially expand and keep the plans on hand so that you are prepared when the time comes.
For more information, read Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Start Building.
During the Build
It's essential to get to know your building during its installation. Ask your builder about some of the custom steel building parts and finishes, and what you can do to avoid any repair work down the road. For example, if you are having a steel garage installed, find out if exhaust fumes will affect the paint and if there are special coatings that can be applied.
Building a rapport with your builder is one of the ways to make economical steel buildings work for your benefit.
After the Installation
While it will likely not require significant repair work for years to come, your steel building should still undergo an annual inspection.
Some building manufacturers, such as Metal Structure Concepts (MSC), offer scheduled inspections as part of their service for clients around Western Canada.
MSC can also help maintain other types of conventional steel buildings, including:
- Resurfacing exteriors
- Roofing repairs and retrofits
- Fixing drainage issues
- Performing all kinds of sheet metal work
- Metal flashing repairs
- Adding architectural panelling
- Renovation, alteration work
- Retrofits and additions
For more information, read our Q&A on How Metal Buildings Can Help Expand Your Business.
Metal Structure Concepts is Western Canada's leading, designer, supplier, and installer of pre-engineered steel buildings and structural steel construction. We also offer maintenance and repair services for everything from steel warehouse buildings to steel garages, barns, industrial buildings, retail outlets, and more.