Property owners in the south are no strangers to extreme weather. However, if last February’s winter storms are any indication, investing in weather-resistant structures like steel buildings is a good way to prepare for the worst nature has to offer. In today’s post, Metal Warehouse Inc. takes a look at the reasons why metal buildings are the best option when you’re expecting extreme weather conditions.
Metal Buildings Are More Resistant to Wind, Fire and Impact Damage
Metal buildings are built using commercial-grade steel. Its high strength-to-weight ratio makes it resistant to damage caused by fire, hurricane-force winds and airborne debris. They’re also less likely to get punctured, which can make a difference if the building contains objects that can be damaged by moisture during a storm. Metal buildings also have proven resilience during earthquakes, thanks to their relatively lighter weight and typically lower building height.
Metal Buildings Can Handle High Roof Loads
Roof loads are forces that exert pressure on the roof. Some of these are: dead load (the weight of the roof itself), live loads (the total weight of temporary objects like snow and rainfall) and uplift load (winds hitting the roof upwards. The structural components used for building pre-engineered commercial steel buildings are stronger than typical building materials and can handle high roof loads. Whether you need just one carport or several storage facilities, you can count on metal buildings to keep your property and equipment safe inside.
Metal Buildings Are Energy-Efficient
Metal buildings are typically built with an insulation layer that reduces thermal transfer, the cause of heat loss during heating months and heat gain during cooling months. Light-colored paint or reflective coatings help reduce the heat absorbed through the exteriors during the day. Combined with metal’s inherent ability to release radiant heat faster than other types of materials, a metal building can cool down faster at sundown. All of these contribute to savings in your facility’s annual heating and cooling bills — which can be a substantial relief during extremely hot and cold weather.