How Does The Weather Impact Structural Steel?

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13 Dec How Does The Weather Impact Structural Steel?

 

evergreen treeWhen metal and water combine, it usually results in rust, which is what many people might worry about when they th

ink about their steel structure in the rain. At Rowtec we are here to ease your stress. An engineered metal building from Rowtec is made of high-quality materials, so you don’t have to worry about little things like rust. In this post we will discuss little things you can do to help your metal building survive this ever-changing English weather.

Rain and an Engineered Metal Building

Much like your home, the best way to protect your engineered metal building from rain is to add gutters to your steel building. By adding gutters, you divert the water away from the building and you don’t have to worry about unnecessary leaks or rust.

Lightning and Other Storm Related Weather

Everyone is familiar with the dangers of being outside during a lightning storm: the biggest warning being that lighting is attracted to metal. So why would anyone want a metal building during a storm then, right? Actually, when struck by lightning, an engineered metal building is designed to disperse the heat and electricity from the strike into the ground. This means that you, your family, and anything else inside the steel building will be safe from harm!

If you are wondering whether a steel building could survive more extreme weather conditions, such as hurricanes, the simple answer is yes. Engineered metal buildings that have been built correctly can withstand great forces of wind and don’t bend under pressure.

Snow

If you live in a climate that gets a lot of snow, there are a few things you should consider when it comes to your engineered metal building. Luckily for you, snow damage is easy to prevent. When you are designing your steel structure or reviewing the options to buy, you want to keep in mind that simple roof structures will be beneficial during the winter months. A complex roof design might collect snow in unwanted areas until the sun can do its job and melt it. This could lead to rust which is something you definitely don’t want.

Another suggestion is to plant a few evergreen trees on the windy side of your building. Evergreens blossom all year round and by planting them on the windy side of your steel building, you are creating a natural barrier against those harsh winter winds. Plus, planting trees is good for the environment so it’s a win-win!

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