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Hurricane Season Tips

Hurricane season begins June 1st! If you own a metal commercial building in an area that is prone to hurricanes or severe storms, it is essential to prepare your building for the upcoming hurricane season. Taking proactive measures to safeguard your building can prevent significant damage and ensure the safety of your employees and customers. Here are some tips for preparing a metal commercial building for hurricane season.

  1. Conduct an inspection – The first step in preparing a metal commercial building for hurricane season is to conduct a thorough inspection of the building. Check for any signs of wear and tear, such as rust or corrosion, and repair any damaged areas. Inspect the roof for loose or missing panels, and ensure that all doors and windows are in good condition and properly secured.
  2. Trim trees and shrubs – If your building is surrounded by trees or shrubs, it is important to trim them back before hurricane season. Strong winds can cause branches to break and fall, causing damage to the building or blocking access to the building. Trimming trees and shrubs can also help prevent damage to nearby power lines, reducing the risk of power outages.
  3. Secure loose items – Make sure any loose items, such as outdoor furniture or signage, are properly secured or brought inside before a storm. These items can become dangerous projectiles in high winds, causing damage to the building or injuring people.
  4. Install hurricane shutters – If your building has windows, consider installing hurricane shutters. Hurricane shutters are designed to withstand strong winds and flying debris, providing an extra layer of protection for your building and its occupants.
  5. Have a plan in place – Develop a plan for how you will respond in the event of a hurricane or severe storm. This plan should include procedures for evacuating the building, shutting down equipment, and securing any hazardous materials. Make sure all employees are familiar with the plan and know what to do in an emergency.

Preparing a metal commercial building for hurricane season requires careful planning and attention to detail. By taking the necessary precautions, you can help minimize damage to your building and keep your employees and customers safe. Metalguard can help by inspecting your building, and our experienced team can help complete any necessary repairs to your metal roof, wall panels, or drainage system.

Two Metalguard Workers on a metal roof. This roof is prepared for hurricane season.
Repairing a commercial metal building roof, including the internal gutter system. Ready for hurricane season!
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Importance of Downspout Maintenance

Metal industrial buildings are popular for their durability and low maintenance costs, but one area that requires attention is water drainage. Proper water drainage is crucial to prevent water damage and maintain the integrity of the building’s foundation. One essential component of a good drainage system for industrial buildings is the downspout.

Downspouts are vertical pipes that connect the gutter system to the ground, allowing rainwater to flow off the roof and away from the building’s foundation. They are crucial in preventing water accumulation around the base of the building, which can lead to erosion, water damage, and potentially compromise the structural integrity of the building.

When it comes to selecting the right downspouts for your industrial building, it’s important to consider the size and material of the pipe. For a large industrial building, a 12-inch diameter downspout is typically recommended to handle the increased water runoff. Additionally, the material should be chosen based on the specific needs of the building, with options such as aluminum, galvanized steel, and PVC available.

 Metal Building downspout project
The Metalguard Team installs a 12-inch diameter PVC Pipe
Downspout replacement or horizontal PVC pipe.
Lifts are used to position the replacement PVC Pipe

Another important consideration when it comes to water drainage in industrial buildings is the slope of the roof. The slope should be designed to allow water to flow towards the gutters and downspouts, and away from the building’s foundation. This is especially important in areas with high rainfall or snow accumulation.

Regular maintenance of downspouts is also important to ensure proper water drainage. Downspouts can become clogged with debris such as leaves, dirt, and bird nests, which can impede the flow of water and cause water damage. Regular inspections and cleaning of the downspouts can help prevent these issues and ensure proper water drainage.

In summary, downspouts are an essential component of a good water drainage system for metal industrial buildings. Proper selection, installation, and maintenance of downspouts can prevent water damage, protect the building’s foundation, and extend the lifespan of the building. By paying attention to these important details, you can ensure that your industrial building remains structurally sound and functional for years to come.

Metalguard has over 25 years of experience with every aspect of metal buildings. If you have questions about downspout maintenance and repair, please contact us today for a consultation.