Steel buildings are an excellent choice for commercial, residential, and other applications. Not only are they practical and versatile, but steel buildings are also known for their long-lasting durability. This is true even in Arizona’s harsh climate.
Still, with monsoon season approaching, now is a good time for all steel building owners to ensure that their structures are prepared. For reference, monsoon season in Arizona runs from June 15 through September 30—and is characterized by lower temperatures, rainy weather, and high humidity.
Inspect Gutters and Downspouts
While Arizona steel buildings are designed to withstand high winds, heavy rains, and extreme temperatures, there are still some precautions you should take before monsoon season if you have a steel building on your property. Start by inspecting your building’s downspouts and gutters, ensuring that they’re free of debris and clogs. This will allow them to properly carry heavy rainwater away from the structure’s roof.
If your building’s gutters are full of debris or if there are clogs in the downspouts, it may be time to schedule a professional gutter cleaning before monsoon season hits.
Check for Loose or Missing Screws
Steel buildings are constructed with many different heavy-duty screws, bolts, fasteners, and other closures. It’s a good idea to inspect for loose or missing closures at least twice a year—with one of those times being before monsoon season. Even one loose or missing screw can lead to leaks, which can create a lot of headaches for building owners. Fortunately, this issue is easily preventable by simply making sure no closures or fasteners are missing from the building (particularly around the roof) and replacing any missing screws as soon as possible.
Check the Surrounding Area
This is also a good time to inspect the area around your steel building, especially with the probability of severe storms during monsoon season. While steel buildings themselves are not likely to become damaged if struck by lightning, these structures do conduct electricity. Therefore, if you have any exposed wiring, tree branches, or other risky materials coming into contact with your building, you could be putting other parts of your property at risk.
Take time to walk around your steel building (on a clear day with no rain/storms) and remove any potential hazards from the building’s perimeter. This will give you some added peace of mind and protection come monsoon season.
Protecting Steel Buildings Arizona
These are just a few of the most important preventive measures you can take for your steel building leading up to monsoon season here in Arizona. Likewise, if you’re still in the planning process for your steel building, you may want to consider adding insulation (if you haven’t done so already). Doing so provide additional protection against condensation forming inside the structure itself while keeping the building more comfortable all year-round.