When you store your belongings in a steel building or garage, you want to be sure they’re safe from wear, tear, and weather damage. However, not all people need the same level of protection. If you want to make your building completely weatherproof (such as for a home office, workshop or secondary living space), some extra steps are in order.

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Steel Building Weatherproofing Tips

Weatherproofing a building requires planning and work to do correctly. In addition to preventing water intrusion, weatherproofing also requires temperature and humidity control, groundwater control and considerations for wind, snow, and ice.

Here are some general tips and ideas for weatherproofing a steel building - but keep in mind you may need to adjust these points to suit your particular climate and usage.

  • Gutters, downspouts, and drains are essential parts of any weatherproofing job. They help divert water away from your building and control where it goes on your property, preventing unwanted intrusion and soil erosion. If your building doesn’t have gutters, you can also divert water away from your foundation by creating a sloped area of dirt leading away from your building, or by installing a French drain to channel water out of your yard.
  • Interior insulation does more than make the building more comfortable - it regulates temperatures in the building year-round and helps prevent unwanted condensation and humidity. There are many different styles of insulation for metal buildings, and your choice will depend on your needs and budget.
  • Doors and windows are another important consideration when weatherproofing a building. They will need to be properly installed and sealed to ensure they are watertight. Owners should also install weatherstripping or other seals around the openings to ensure water and air cannot move through any gaps. Finally, the window or door itself should provide some insulation value. Double-paned windows and insulated doors are the best choice if you’re serious about weatherproofing your building.
  • Exterior sealants can help protect your building’s surface against water damage and corrosion. For most building owners these sealants are a luxury, but if you live in an especially wet or humid climate you may see big savings from using them on your building.
  • Construction methods also play an important role in weatherproofing. If you live in a region with heavy snowfalls, for instance, you may want to consider a roof style that allows snow to easily slide off the roof instead of piling on top. Similarly, you may want a deeper or more substantial foundation depending on ground under your building.

Why Steel Buildings Handle Weather Better

Of course, one of the best reasons to buy a steel building is because they are constructed to be extremely weather resistant from the start. Here are a few of the ways our steel buildings help protect your belongings from rain, wind, and other weather:

  • Steel’s high strength combined with low weight makes it an excellent building material for nearly any application. A steel frame piece with comparable strength to a wooden beam will only weigh a fraction as much, which makes steel more versatile and gives you more options for construction and placement.
  • Pre-engineered construction methods ensure your building is constructed to a high standard in a fraction of the time. Instead of waiting weeks or months for your storage shed or building to be finished, a skilled contractor can install a steel building in a matter of hours or days. However, it will still be every bit as strong and durable as a wood-framed building.
  • Steel buildings are available with a wide variety of options to make them a good choice for different weather conditions and uses. For example, you can order your building with vertical roof panels to make rain and snow flow downward easily, or with a thicker gauge of steel for extra structural strength.
  • Many of our steel buildings are certified for wind loads of up to 130 mph (or 180 mph in Florida) and 60 pounds per square foot of snow. This certification is one of the highest in the industry and ensures your steel building will be able to stand up to years of all types of weather.

Want to learn more about how a metal building can keep your belongings safe year round in any type of weather? Call Bargain Barns USA today at 405-872-0338. We’ll help you design the right metal building for your needs and deliver it right to your door. You can also visit our Facebook page for more steel building tips and ideas.