If you choose a metal garage for your home, you are essentially buying something that is set to last you a long time. Metal garages are made to last longer than carports and garages that are made using other kinds of materials. Since metal is a very durable material, you can expect your garage or carport to last you a good number of years.
Despite the durability of these metal garages however, when proper care and maintenance is not exercised, the lifespan of these structures will be considerably shorter than what you might expect. How do you prolong the usability of these prefabricated metal garages? Here are some tips on how to take care of them:
Precipitation and snow are your shed’s worst enemies
Snow on the roof of your metal garage should be removed as soon as you are able. This is to ensure that the weight that accumulates on your roof won’t warp it or damage it. Letting snow accumulate on the roof of your metal garage, particularly snow that is compounded and has solidified due to rains, can greatly impact the structural integrity of your metal garage’s roof.
Keep your garage clean at all times
Cleaning your garage regularly can help keep it in tiptop shape for as long as its life span dictates. Clean the inside and the outside on a weekly basis, but if required, clean it twice a week. Wipe down the walls with the use of a dishwashing liquid diluted in water. Wash off thoroughly after. Make sure to wipe down any moisture afterwards. For added protection, apply spray-on car wax on the outside walls of your metal garage.
Keep any paint damaging chemicals away from your garage
If you are using your garage as a shed for your cleaning materials, garden equipment, and the like, try to keep any paint removing and damaging chemicals away from it and store these elsewhere.
Remove any leaves and other debris from your roof periodically
If there are trees on your property and the leaves of these trees drop on your garage roof just like it does on the roof of your home, remove these whenever you can. These can soak moisture and eventually damage your metal garage roof if left there. These can also develop molds which can also damage your garage.
Do preventive maintenance every couple of months
This includes checking hinges for wear and tear, checking garage doors for any signs of damage, and touching up the paint where needed. When you do preventive maintenance, you get to address any problems that may arise well before these become too serious and damaging for you to do anything.
These are just a few tips and tricks that may help prolong the usability and life of your metal garage. Not having any maintenance and care routines set for your garage or carport will shorten its lifespan and will actually cost you a lot in the long run since you will need to have it repaired or even replaced before you are supposed to.