If you want to get the most out of your metal building in the long run, it’s all about how you care for your structure in the present.
How long does a residential metal building last?
Steel as a building material is highly resistant, making it cheaper to construct, easier to maintain, and more durable over the long haul. It’s no wonder that steel buildings are becoming increasingly popular in residential construction, moving beyond once-traditional industrial use.
The average lifespan of a residential steel building is estimated at 25 to 30 years. Depending on the manufacturer, extended warranties may be available, such as metal roof warranties at up to 40 years.
Metal building maintenance: Watch for signs of wear and tear
Even if you haven’t received maintenance guidelines from your metal building supplier, it still helps to follow a maintenance schedule. Watch carefully for signs of deterioration that could compromise the quality of your structure.
According to the RigidBuilding.com Steel Building Maintenance Guide, residential metal buildings located close to the sea or in high pollution areas require maintenance every two months; maintenance for buildings in medium pollution industrial areas is recommended every three months, high humidity areas every four months, low pollution areas every four months, and dry climates every eight months.
Proactive maintenance is key to preserve the lifespan of your metal building. You can regularly check for:
- Debris lodged in panels or trim.
- Dirt or sand buildup.
- Wear and tear on roof sheets, shelters, overhangs, and gutters.
- Metal corrosion (especially near the ocean)
- Plant, sand, or dirt buildup below wall panel bases.
- Corrosion caused by moisture buildup.
- Damaged, weakened, or moist insulation (can affect heating/cooling and cause rust)
Seasonal checks throughout the year based on the maintenance recommendations above should be logged for your records. Though it may seem like a cumbersome task, creating a maintenance schedule for your residential metal building can help you to stay on top of any deterioration or damage that could lead to more serious structural issues.
How to keep maintenance costs low
Compared to the average home, residential steel buildings are surprisingly low maintenance. That’s the good news. Nonetheless, you still have to do your part to perform preventative maintenance to cut down on major repairs that could send your maintenance costs through the roof.
First and foremost, make a commitment to regularly check your structure for any visible signs of damage that could lead to a bigger problem. Second, consider hiring a professional to set your mind at ease. Paying for a contractor to visit your property even once a year will ensure that all steel components in your building are up to par.