Regular Maintenance Tips for Your Metal Garage
Tip 1: Check and Replace Weather Stripping
One of the most frequent points of failure in any building is the weather stripping or weather seal around the edges of doors and windows. This rubber or plastic seal helps keep out cold air, moisture, pests, and other problems. However, it can degrade over time and become brittle, cracked, or worn down, which in turn can lead to leaks, drafts, and unwanted invaders. It’s always a good idea to check the weather stripping on your doors and windows at least once a year. If you find that any is starting to crack or go bad, replace it with new stripping from a home or hardware store.
Tip 2: Check Your Garage Doors
You depend on your garage doors to keep your car and stored items safe while also allowing you to access it all easily. That means it’s very important for you to keep an eye on your garage doors and make sure they’re functioning properly and are in good condition. If you have a sliding garage door, make sure it’s traveling along the rails smoothly and that all the wheels are turning easily. If it’s a swing-open or lift-open door, ensure that the hinges and other moving parts are well-oiled and moving freely. In both cases, don’t be afraid to use some grease to free up stuck parts and keep everything smooth. In the case of motorized garage doors, you may need to call a technician to help you fix problems.
Tip 3: Examine the Interior and Exterior Walls
With a metal garage, it’s important to pay attention to the condition of your interior and exterior walls to catch any signs of rust or other damage before they become serious. It’s a good idea to do a regular walk around your garage and look for any signs of staining, wear, or rusting, especially near corners and at the base of the garage. On the interior, also look around any shelves or mounted brackets you have in the walls for potential corrosion or other problems.
Tip 4: Keep an Eye Out for Moisture
Moisture problems in metal buildings aren’t uncommon, since metal surfaces provide a good place for water to condense inside the building. This condensation can lead to mildew or damage to items stored inside the garage if you aren’t careful. Fortunately moisture problems in metal garages aren’t too difficult to fix – ventilation and insulation are often the best ways to prevent moisture problems from occurring. You can learn more about how to deal with moisture in your metal building by reading the post we wrote about that topic.
Tip 5: Check Your Garage’s Floor
Oil stains, mud, water, and other products like paint or cleaners can make your once-pristine garage floor look tired and dirty. It’s a good idea to regularly clean your garage floor with soap or a gentle chemical. If you do have stains from oil or other products, you can use household items such as kitty litter and oven cleaner to break down and absorb the oil, leaving your garage floor looking new again. You may also want to think about garage mats or protective finishes to keep your floor looking good in the future.
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