The steel structure you purchased has a long service life and durability. The versatility of steel as a building material has left a deep impression on you. In addition, you also like the idea of reducing maintenance costs. However, only a little maintenance is required on a regular basis to ensure that your building remains strong and clean when it was first built. Let's take a look at how to protect steel structures? Remember to be careful when using ladders and climbing on the roof. The ladder should extend at least three feet above the roofline. The ladder must be level and firm. Secure the ladder to the building to prevent it from falling. If necessary, always help with others. Use a sturdy ladder that has been checked for damage and lose joints, and use a partner system to ensure safety. Be careful when you reach the roof. Put on heavy-duty rubber-soled work boots. Never walk on raised ribs, walk on the valley of the panel. Try to walk only by fixing the panel to the wire. Keep away from skylights and other translucent panels. Finally, never walk on a wet roof.
How often you must perform maintenance activities depends on the local environment. If the building is located near the saltwater coastline, you will need to check the corrosion of the external panels more frequently, perhaps every three to six months, rather than every year. Areas with high pollution, high humidity, and extreme dryness may also require more frequent maintenance. Of course, after heavy rain, you will need to inspect the building and repair any damage caused by wind, branches, or other debris. After the building is completed, immediately remove all objects that are still in contacts with the outside, such as tools, ladders or redundant panels. Pay special attention to remove anything remaining on the roof. You don’t want anything near the roof or wall panel that might scratch the finish or put unnecessary weight on the structure. For pre-designed steel structures, there is no need to drill holes or cut metal, but use soft towels to wipe the panel to ensure that any shavings or metal dust are removed.
If there are hedges or other green plants near the building, trim them to prevent the leaves or branches from scratching the sides or top of the building. Some holly trees have sharp, heavy leaves that may wear off nearby boards. Tall trees, with limbs hanging over the roof, will scrub the roof panels, leaving scratches or abrasion coating. After the heavy snowfall, if your roof does not come off quickly, please remove it carefully to prevent the roof from being stressed by extra weight. The same is true for icicles or other heavy objects. Check for bends and replace all failed top plates. After cleaning everything and trimming the brushes, you can plan the building for annual maintenance. If the building is located in saltwater, blown sand, or heavily contaminated areas, it may need to be inspected and cleaned more frequently.
Clean the walls and roof panel with water and mild detergent to remove dust. You can use a low-pressure spray cleaner or a sponge or soft cloth. Rinse carefully with clean water to remove the residual detergent and allow to air dry. Do not use corrosive or abrasive cleaners because they may damage the protective layer. Check all power supply vents and clean the dust and debris accumulated on the fan blades. Fix scratches. As long as the metal substrate under the finish is protected, small scratches and scratches can be removed. Anything deeper needs to be repainted or replaced. Check the fasteners. Hot and cold cycling can cause movement and may loosen fasteners. Screw any tightly attached screws into the screw holes, but do not overtighten them. If any fasteners are rusty, replace them. Remove leaves and debris from drains and downpipes so that no water accumulates near the roof or eaves. Remove leaves, dirt, and debris from the roof, and pay close attention to roof valleys where leaves and dirt may gather. A clean roof ensures that water flows into the gutter properly. If you have an elevated door, check the rollers, cables, rails, and any safety devices (such as automatic reversing), replace worn components, and lubricate if needed. Remove the ground material resting on the bottom of the wall panel. It will keep moisture on the panel for a long time and cause rust. When pruning, aim the grass clippings at the structure. Even if the steel structure is very durable, you can get a longer life by providing timely maintenance (including cleaning, repair, and replacement as needed). No maintenance will take a lot of time, nor do you have to perform it frequently.