Winter has set in for much of the United States, and that means a lot of snow, wind and rain (depending on your location). At least you have a sturdy carport to keep the snow from accumulating on your car and keeping it safe from some of the other dangers that come from severe winter weather. Our metal carports and garages are designed to last, but if you have had your building for a while, it may be time to go and make sure it can handle the stress.
In general, carports and metal garages are much more maintenance free than a wood-framed building. They won’t experience the same rotting, cracking, or warping that can happen when moisture gets at the wood in a building. However, it is still important to take some time and double check the flooring, doors, and windows to ensure that they are still functioning properly and that they are sealed against the elements. Take a look at the metal supports and make sure there isn’t any rust developing anywhere. You might need to clean it off every so often, but our rust-proof materials are meant to minimize this.
The roofing should also be checked. The good news is that without shingles and plywood, your roof will hold up for a very long time. However, you should still check to make sure that there are no leaks and that the roofing material is solidly in place. Throughout the winter your roof may have to deal with a lot of snow accumulation, so it is important to make sure it is up to the task.
Finally, take some time and organize the interior of your shed and winterize anything that will be hibernating there through the colder months. If you store you boat or 4-wheeler, for example, make sure they are properly prepared for the winter. If you are simply storing a range of other possessions, make sure that anything that could be damaged or affected by severely cold weather is bundled or kept away from the walls. Metal garages are a lot of things, but they are very rarely insulated.
Know The Area
Before you begin building a carport or garage it’s important to know all about the area in which you live and what kind of weather you can expect. This can influence the style of building you construct and how much winter maintenance may be required. Take some time to consider your options and then be sure to install and maintain the right kind of steel building.