In part one of this blog series, we reviewed how preventing extreme weather damage starts before construction even begins. While designing for extreme weather certainly helps prevent damage, proper maintenance is just as important. Read on for practical maintenance tips that can help you prepare your steel building for impending weather.

Heritage Buildings Blog: Building for Extreme Weather Part 2: Maintenance Considerations

EXTREME WEATHER MAINTENANCE

INSPECT THE STRUCTURE

While building owners can certainly check for potential issues themselves, regular inspections by a qualified professional help catch items laymen often miss. These professionals will identify areas of concern, such as rust, loose fasteners or flaking paint. These issues can fast-track deterioration and compromise building integrity—leaving it vulnerable to damage.

Following inspection, repair recommendations and cost estimates based on the building’s design and geographic location will be provided. You can also check for tell-tale signs of damage from inside the building to identify and remedy issues before extreme weather hits. Look for any water spots, stains and peeling paint, as well as daylight seeping in from areas that should maintain a tight seal.

REINFORCE THE ROOF

Choosing steel roofing provides inherent resistance to wind-related damage. However, considering the unpredictability of mother nature, adding reinforcements can decrease the likelihood of damage. This is particularly true in areas prone to experiencing tropical storms, hurricanes or tornadoes.

Pay special attention to buildings in areas that receive a lot of exposure to high winds, which makes them even more vulnerable to damage. Ensure areas such as gable ends are securely built, appropriately-braced and fastened to prevent wind uplift.

PREVENT DEBRIS DAMAGE

Preventing objects from being displaced during storms is a must to keep them from penetrating your building exterior. Although they may seem harmless, tree limbs, yard signs, patio furniture and the like can be picked up by high winds and made into fast-moving projectiles. If left unsecured, they can allow water into the building, cause electrical issues or even injure people inside. Trimming nearby trees, removing small items from outside and securing items in yards and parking lots greatly reduces this risk.

Extreme weather and high winds are a way of life for many during hurricane season. These simple maintenance precautions can help building owners prevent damage and protect their investment.

For more on metal building resiliency and the precautions you can take to prevent damage from extreme weather, contact your local Heritage representative.