Moisture is a common problem for steel buildings. Once metal comes into contact with moisture or condensation, corrosion starts and eventually causes rust to form. Rust can compromise the structural integrity of metal buildings like carports. Here are some tips on protecting your metal shed or carport from rust below.
Paint Isn’t Enough
Paint can prevent moisture from reaching the steel, but you’ll need a stronger protective layer to prevent rust. Instead of ordinary paint, choose one that contains anti-corrosion elements. Apply a rust-inhibiting primer or finish to reinforce protection. Be sure to apply a fresh coat of paint every few years.
Replace Vulnerable Parts With Galvanized Steel
If the upkeep for your carport or shed is too tedious, you can try replacing exposed and vulnerable parts with metal building components made of galvanized steel. The thin layer of zinc on galvanized steel protects it from moisture and corrosion. A significant advantage of galvanized steel is that this protective layer lasts longer than paint, so long as there are no scratches.
The roof is the building’s first line of defense against moisture so you need to plug leaks if there are any.
Insulate Your Building Properly
Exterior protection against moisture isn’t the only thing you should consider. Moisture can damage metal buildings from the inside as well. Condensation may form if there are extreme temperature differences between the interior and exterior. Proper insulation can help reduce these temperature fluctuations.
Add a Dehumidifier
Good airflow inside can also prevent moisture damage from the inside. In extreme cases, using a dehumidifier may be necessary.
If you’re looking to do an overhaul of your carport to make it more rust-resistant, Metal Warehouse Inc. offers a wide variety of metal supplies, including metal panels. We’re one of the three finalists in the Best of Texoma 2019 Awards so you can be sure you’ll only get quality products and customer service from us. To request a quote, call us at (903) 771-2058, or fill out this form.