Winter is here and in West Texas, that means random blizzards and freezes at the most inconvenient of times. No matter what type of building you are in, proper precautions should be taken to protect the structure from this type of weather. However, metal buildings come with their own unique methods of protection. Here’s how you can protect your metal building from snow and ice this winter.
Monitor Your Drainage System
Metal buildings are loved for their robustness and versatility. If properly cared for, they can be a cost-effective option that lasts decades. One of the biggest considerations during the snow and ice season is drainage. Be sure to check that gutters, downspouts, and roof drains are clear of debris so that melting ice can drain effectively. If the water is unable to drain, it will continue to refreeze atop your roof adding extra weight and stress to the building’s structure.
Use Proper Insulation
When using a metal building, it’s important to ensure that it is properly insulated. This is especially important when a metal building is being used for storage. Not all items stored in warehouses can survive extreme cold, so be mindful of the temperature inside the structure as well.
Remove Excess Snow
While it’s not usually an issue in West Texas, sometimes excess snow and ice can build atop a roof to a point where it must be manually removed. Proper safety equipment should ALWAYS be used when attempting to remove snow from a roof. Snow should also always be removed in a balanced manner moving from the eave to the ridge. This can sometimes be a dangerous job, and it is usually best left to the professionals.
Perform Routine Maintenance on Your Metal Building
One of the best ways to extend the longevity of your metal building is to perform regular maintenance on it. When snow and ice hit, your building should be sturdy enough to stand up to this severe weather. Be sure you are staying on top of keeping gutters clear, removing rust, and ensuring no debris is building up on or around your building. Preventative care is the best way to protect your metal building.
Call in the Professionals
When it comes to metal buildings, proper care can be somewhat different than with buildings of other materials. To ensure your metal building is receiving the proper care it deserves, call IronSite! Our experts are here to help you with all your metal building needs.