Texas is known for its storms. Between the hurricanes, the tornadoes and the earthquakes, any type of Texas building must meet certain requirements. Strong winds can strip panels from walls, tear roofs off of buildings and risk the lives of those inside these buildings.
Because the great state of Texas regularly experiences storms, it is vital to the safety of your employees and your customers that your metal business buildings meet all of the standards for wind safety. Here is a list of recommendations to keep your buildings safe.
1. Type of Steel
Whether you operate out of an office, a warehouse or any other type of building, only premium steel should be used to construct your buildings. Being made of steel doesn't automatically ensure you will get a wind-resistant building, so it's important to know your steel. Premium steel will be resistant to both rust and weather damage.
To take this one step further, consider buying a pre-constructed metal building. Not only are they wind resistant, but they are also resistant to termites and corrosion.
2. Extra Reinforcement
The joints in the walls and the edges around the roofs are the places where the most damage can occur in a wind storm. Extra reinforcement should be added to these areas to ensure your building lasts. Purchasing a curved building is the best way to do this, but there are ways to reinforce the buildings you already have if you're not ready to purchase a new one.
3. Construction Load
Before you decide on which building to purchase, know your construction load. What items will be permanent fixtures and which ones will be in and out? Knowing the weight that your building will be expected to hold will allow your contractor to select the right building for your needs and ensure that it meets all of the wind-safety standards.
While metal buildings are built to withstand winds up to 170 mph, this is only accurate if you have a solid foundation. Having a solid foundation will not only help keep your building grounded in a storm, but it will also make it waterproof.
5. Windows and Doors
When you are trying to decide where to put your windows and doors, you should consider more than just where you want the parking lot. You should pay attention to which direction the wind generally blows.
Keeping the windows and doors out of harm's way from strong winds will ensure that they last a long time. If you do insist on putting your windows facing the wind, make sure you use specialty windows with high-quality insulation.
Unfortunately, wind isn't the only thing that can damage your building in a storm. Hurricanes can bring with them several inches of rain water, which can leak into your building and cause permanent damage.
Using sealants on your building will help keep the rain out. There are factory standard sealants, but there are other waterproofing sealants that will go a long way towards keeping you dry.
The same goes for weather stripping. They can be used on doors and windows to keep the moisture out. Ask your contractor about the different ways you can waterproof your business.
Whether you are shopping around for a new metal building or trying to weatherproof the one you have, keep in mind the type of steel you use, the extra reinforcements you apply, your individual construction load, the quality of your foundation, the placement of your windows and doors and your waterproofing techniques.
Dickson Builders, Inc. has all of the necessary tools to successfully construct exactly what your business needs. Call us today and find out all the ways we can help your buildings withstand any storm.