Keeping up with basic maintenance is an important part of owning any building or piece of machinery. To get maximum value for your investment, you need to check off basic maintenance points on a periodic basis. Owning a carport is no different, and this article will outline some basic tips for staying ahead of your carport’s maintenance needs.
Making the Right Decision at the Start
Perhaps the most important maintenance decision you can make regarding a carport happens at the very start. In other words, which carport material you pick is going to have a lot to do with how much maintenance is required over the years. If you opt for metal, like the products we offer at American Steel Carports, Inc., you’ll be well-positioned for a long, useful life from your carport with minimal maintenance.
On the other hand, if you choose a wood structure, you can expect to perform more work on the building as the years go by. The nature of wood leaves it susceptible to a variety of potential issues, so you’ll need to watch for signs of trouble and take corrective action, when necessary. All that hassle and expense can be avoided by picking a metal building from the start.
Some Basic Maintenance Points
Okay – so we’ve established that picking a metal carport is going to put you in a great position to do minimal maintenance on your structure. But you’ll still want to pay attention to its condition and do some basic maintenance on an annual or semi-annual basis. The Here are some key items to keep in mind:
An Occasional Wash
One good thing you can do for your carport is to wash it occasionally. With a metal carport, that means nothing more than hosing it off with some water and letting it dry. This will knock off any dirt or debris that has gathered on the carport over the last few months, and will help the metal surface remain in good condition.
Check on the foundation
Whatever foundation your carport is sitting on, check the condition of it from time to time. If you have placed your carport on a concrete slab, for example, check that slab for any major cracks or anything else that could cause trouble. If the foundation starts to fail, the shape of the carport could change and the condition of the metal frame could be impacted as a result.
Address issues promptly
If anything happens to your carport through the course of normal use that leads to a bit of damage, like holds or dents in the metal siding, have that damage repaired right away to stay ahead of the game. Leaving the damage to sit for an extended time could cause greater problems to pop up down the road.
Keep Your Storage Organized
It’s a good idea to pay attention to the condition of your carport itself so you can perform basic maintenance and repair work. At the same time, you should also pay attention to what is living under the carport, as it’s best to keep this area as organized as possible. If you allow the space under your carport to get cluttered, the structure won’t provide as much value on your property, and you might find it hard to get what you need safely without knocking down or running into other things. Treat the area under your carport the same way you would treat the space in a garage – do your best to keep it organized and efficient and you’ll get far more use out of it than you would otherwise.
What’s Not to Love?
There are minimal maintenance requirements when you choose a metal carport from American Steel Carports, Inc. Just give your carport a little bit of time and attention as the years go by and it will reward you with sturdy, reliable service.
Work with American Steel Carports, Inc. to design and install a metal carport right away. Our metal structures are durable and can be easily customized to serve your needs. Explore our Build & Price tool to see what’s possible when you order from us, and contact us at any time if you have questions. We look forward to working with you!