If you are looking for the best weather-tested products on the market, Carport1 is here for you. We will help you after destructive weather hits to safeguard all of your possessions from everything that might arise in the future. Providing you with the assurance that the next time severe weather comes you will have a metal building or garage that can withstand the elements. Allowing you to feel safe and secure about your belongings and focus on protecting the people that matter most.
Covering You with Care
When communities are rebuilding, Carport1 is here with a series of top-rated weatherproof products and covers. Let us help you prepare and prevent for the coming storm. Speak with a Carport1 team member about our All-Weather Conditions products and inquire about a custom building designed for your specific needs. Rebuilding after a natural disaster can be trying, that is why we are here to help. To learn more about all of our weather-tested solutions call us at +1 (855) 299-4285 or review our weatherproofing tips below.
What to Consider when Weatherproofing
Carport1 offers metal storage buildings and garages for all weather conditions. As devastating acts of nature have become the norm and extreme weather conditions are on the rise, having a building that can withstand these adverse elemental conditions has become crucial. Contractors around the United States are working overtime to build stronger, smarter structures. This is necessary for the safety of those inside the buildings and the protection of their belongings.
Dangers like tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, floods, snow, and ice are troubling but there are many new ideas, materials, and technologies available to protect against these risks. High-quality metal storage shelters with the appropriate design can resist most weather conditions without any difficulty, but in extreme weather conditions, this isn’t enough. The primary reason why most of us choose to purchase a metal building is to shelter our valuables from these threats.
Carport1 is here to help you prepare before the devastation arrives and assist you in choosing a weather-resistant metal building or carport that is right for your severe weather needs. How effectively these buildings can withstand these adverse weather conditions depends on a number of factors. Let’s discuss and create a weatherproofing plan for your building!
Why Protect Your Belongings from the Weather?
Before we go any further, let's first discuss why it’s important to protect your belongings. Rain and snow can severely damage most of your valuables. These include your electrical and mechanical equipment, your vehicles, documents, perishable goods, etc. Similarly, a hailstorm can break or deform your vehicles and other tools. The sun may seem harmless but keeping anything exposed to direct sunlight for too long can cause overheating problems for machinery. It also reduces the machine’s efficiency, causing discoloration of your belongings and exposes you to the possibility of rust if left in damp areas.
All these direct and indirect damages that your vehicles and equipment suffer can be very troublesome. Fixing engine problems for your vehicle, repainting or replacing your valuables, and repairing broken parts can quickly add maintenance costs. Furthermore, it drastically reduces their longevity. So, how do we prevent this? This process begins with understanding each of the potential dangers facing your building and belongings.
How-To Insulate for Cold or Heat and Prevent Corrosion.
Insulating your metal storage buildings and garages is the first line of defense. While galvanized steel buildings are incredibly resistant to rust, exposure to condensation and moisture in other forms for a long period of time can still cause permanent damage. You can prevent the formation of condensation inside the building by installing an insulation system.
Getting rid of condensation inside the building is not only important for the longevity of your storage building, but it’s also important for the long life of your belongings. Insulating your buildings will help maintain an optimum temperature inside. If you want to protect your valuables from extreme temperature fluctuations, it would be wise to invest in a well-insulated metal building.
Most people, when they think of metal storage buildings and metal storage sheds, think that these buildings perform poorly against the elements since steel is prone to rust. It is true that steel, by itself, has a tendency to corrode at a rapid rate when it is exposed to moisture. However, that is not the case for all metal buildings. At Carport1, we manufacture our metal storage buildings and metal storage sheds with the highest-quality galvanized steel. This means that the components of our metal buildings are coated with a layer of zinc which forms a barrier between the atmosphere and the base metal. Thus, protecting the steel building from corrosion. Even when this coating is damaged, it will continue to protect the steel by sacrificing itself.
Most workshop materials wear down or corrode under harsh weather. A stronger-gauge steel structure is a must to withstand varying climates. You must first determine what sort of climatic conditions your area generally experiences and then choose the right type of building that can withstand the weather. We build metal workshops, barns, and garages with stronger gauge steel, extra protective layers, and color which can withstand heat, cold, or moisture. Next, we will discuss why you should choose a steel building.
You Need Long-Lasting Building Materials: Galvanized Steel
The introduction of steel has allowed contractors to design and build stronger structures and change the way we face building challenges. Through the understanding of structural materials, technological modernization, and the threat of natural disasters, stronger building materials became necessary to support taller structures.
Buildings place a lot of weight on load-bearing walls. Requiring additional support framework to carry the load. Steel is one of the strongest construction materials available in the market. It has the highest strength-to-weight ratio when compared to other building materials. This means that steel buildings can withstand immense loads without failing.
We can see that steel has a dual role in our builder's toolkit. It can be embedded in concrete to provide support or become a foundation in itself. Steel can easily be prefabricated to make for fast and easy installation. It can be welded, bolted, or riveted in place and it can be up to 100 percent recyclable. This is important when using newer green building practices and offers a relatively economical commercial option. A certified carport has a frame that is built with extra-strength 12-gauge galvanized steel. Gauge is, “the thickness, size, or capacity of something, especially as a standard measure, in particular:” Meaning, the thicker the framing the more strength and value it adds to the overall structure.
12-gauge steel is thicker than 14-gauge steel. A 12-gauge frame measures 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” in diameter it’s more useful for carports in areas where there is frequent wind and heavy snow. It provides more tensile strength, so the likelihood of breakage is marginal. 14-gauge steelworks wonderfully in mild climate areas with less snow or wind. A 14-gauge frame measures 2 ½” x 2 ½” in diameter and is less expensive but has a lower tensile strength. A certified building has a minimum wind rating of 80 mph and a snow-load rating beginning at 20 lbs. per square foot.
Depending on your geographic location, you can choose to increase this grade. The higher the rating, the stronger the structure. You can purchase a structure with a 150-mph wind rating and a supported snow weight of 60 lbs. per square foot, if it is required for your local weather conditions. Carport1 believes in using eco-friendly materials that are top-rated weatherproof products and covers. Speak with a Carport1 team member about our All-Weather Conditions products and inquire about a custom building designed for your specific needs.
What makes a Weather Resistant Building?
When crafting your building to handle extreme elements you will need bows, trusses, and panels. A panel is a flat steel structure added to the sides or frame to provide additional support and strength to the overall carport’s structure. Offering extra protection to the structure and your property.
Areas that receive heavy wind and are closer to tornado or hurricane inflicted areas should consider adding panels to their building. Bows and trusses are common supports provided to the roof of a metal building. Heavier or wider roofs may require additional bows and trusses for stability. If you are living in areas with heavy snowfall or rain you should consider adding bows and trusses to offer additional support to the roof.
Generally, metal structures with a width of 24 ft. will include a bow and those wider than 24 ft. will include a truss. Dead loads are the own weight of the materials used while building the roof structure. These forces act vertically and can affect the overall structure’s weight. To evenly distribute the dead load to the entire metal building, trusses are placed strategically throughout under the roof.
Live loads are forces, deformations, or accelerations applied to a structure or its components. Wind can create a suction force that applies extra weight to the roof. The pressure of the wind load depends on the roof shape, wind direction, and location of the building. For additional support, extra trusses are added. Snow load can also heavily affect the roof. The force applied to the structure from heavy snowfall can lead to extra weight and deformation. Therefore, trusses are placed strategically to support the life load of the roof. For moderate weather conditions with occasional heavy rains or strong winds, we recommend a Boxed Eave Roof this will assist with limiting your building costs.
What Characterizes Wind Resistant Construction
If high winds are an issue, there are several basic structural upgrades you can make to improve a building’s performance.
- A continuous load path to resist wind uplift
- Strong lateral bracing to resist the sideways pressure of the wind
- Hardened or protected windows and doors to resist penetration by wind-borne debris
- Improved water-tight and water-shedding details to resist rain penetration
- Advanced weather-proof tapes or fluid-applied sealant to enhance rain resistance
These materials have fallen in price and could be an important difference-maker in a powerful storm. Most states require new carports to be inspected and certified for the safety of the public. The certification simply proves that the building has been designed by an engineer and has ratings for proper wind and snow loads. This becomes necessary in the areas which receive heavy snow and wind. Some states do not require any kind of certification or inspection because they do not have to deal with heavy snowfall or wind. To get your building inspected, you will require the blueprint of the building for the inspector to review. In such a case, we’ll provide you with the necessary documentation. To learn more about inspection requirements contact a Carport1 team member today.
How-To Protect against Water Damage
From coastal surges to severe rain, flooding causes destruction on buildings across the United States. The elevation of a metal building, garage, or barn is an important factor in whether or not a flood may occur. The higher the buildings’ occupied space, the less probable it is to flood. Surging water simply passes below the occupied space. In other types of flood zones, an open foundation isn’t necessary. Instead, flood vents, which let water in and out, are used to protect buildings.
Today, contractors are building with weather-tolerant materials, like wet flood-proofing and treated wood, which are more easily drained, dried and repaired. If your locality receives rain throughout the year, we recommend a carport with a vertical roof and gutters so the water can slide off easily. A Vertical Roof style building works well with heavy snowfall or heavy rain. The vertical panels allow snow and water residue to slide easily off the roof. In vertical styling, the roof intersects with the side of the barn allowing easy passage for residue.
If you are looking for the best weather-tested products on the market, Carport1 is here for you. We will help you protect and prevent water damage, safeguarding all of your possessions from everything that might arise in the future. For more water damage solutions, review our customizable options.
How-To Protect Your Building from Lightning
We recommend using a home lightning protection system for the first line of defense. One of the best ways to protect your building from lightning is to install a lightning protection system. Research from Underwater Laboratories, states that a properly installed system is approximately 99% effective in preventing lightning damage! Lightning protection systems can include:
- lightning rods
- main conductors
- surge protectors
According to the Lightning Protection Institute, a lightning protection system is a combination of highly conductive copper and aluminum materials used to provide a low resistance path to safely ground lightning's dangerous electricity. We recommend checking with your insurance carrier to receive a credit on your insurance by installing a lightning protection system.
How-To Prepare for a Tsunami or Hurricane
- Know your area’s risk of hurricanes.
- If you are at risk for flash flooding, watch for warning signs such as heavy rain.
- Based on your location and community plans, make your own plans for evacuation or sheltering in place.
- Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the evacuation route, and shelter locations.
- Gather needed supplies for at least three days. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets.
- Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.
- Protect your property. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves in plumbing to prevent backups. Consider hurricane shutters. Review insurance policies.
- Restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
- Keep your car in good working condition and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
- If you have NFIP flood insurance, your policy may cover up to $1000 in loss avoidance measures, like sandbags and water pumps, to protect your insured property. You should keep copies of all receipts and a record of the time spent performing the work.
What To Do in the Event of a Tornado
Tornadoes can destroy buildings, flip cars, and create deadly flying debris. Tornadoes are violently rotating columns of air that extend from a thunderstorm to the ground. Tornadoes can, happen anytime and anywhere. A tornado can bring intense winds, over 200 MPH, and appear resembling funnels.
When you see a Tornado find shelter. If you can safely get to a sturdy building, then do so immediately. Go to a safe room, basement, or storm cellar. If you are in a building with no basement, then get to a small interior room on the lowest level. Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls. You’re safer in a low, flat location. Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury. It is important to know your area’s tornado risk. The Midwest and the Southeast have a greater risk for tornadoes. Build using FEMA criteria, or a storm shelter built to ICC 500 standards.
The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room on the lowest level of a sturdy building. After the storm stay clear of fallen power lines or broken utility lines. Do not enter damaged buildings until you are told that they are safe. Be careful during clean-up. Wear thick-soled shoes, long pants, and work gloves. Rebuilding after a tornado can be trying, that is why we are here to help. To learn more about all of our weather-tested solutions call a carport specialist today or visit Carport1.com
Choosing the Right Materials for Earthquake resistance
An earthquake is the sudden, rapid shaking of the earth, caused by the breaking and shifting of underground rock. Earthquakes can cause buildings to collapse and cause heavy items to fall, resulting in injuries and property damage. Earthquakes can:
- Happen anywhere. Higher risk areas include California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Mississippi Valley.
- Happen without warning.
- Cause fires and damage roads.
- Cause tsunamis, landslides and avalanches.
Prepare Before an Earthquake
- Secure items, such as bookcases, refrigerators, televisions and objects that hang on walls. Store heavy and breakable objects on low shelves.
- Consider obtaining an earthquake insurance policy. A standard homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover earthquake damage.
- Consider making improvements to your building to fix structural issues that could cause your building to collapse during an earthquake.
How-To Limit the Effects of Fires
In some parts of the country, like California, wildfires are a serious threat. Although these acts of nature cannot be stopped by contractors work alone, builders now often design and create structures that are more resistant to fire damage. Find a database of materials that have been tested for fire-resistant properties like ignition resistance. For example, fire-rated roofing and windows that don’t shatter in heat are frequently used for protection. These types of materials can protect property in the event of a minor fire.
Carport1 Providing You the Best Protection.
If you are looking for the best weather-tested products on the market, Carport1 is here for you. We will help you after destructive weather hits to safeguard all of your possessions from everything that might arise in the future. Providing you with the assurance that the next time server weather comes you will have a metal building or garage that can withstand the elements. Allowing you to feel safe and secure about your belongings and focus on protecting the people that matter most.
Whatever the weather condition Carport1 has the ideal metal storage buildings and metal sheds for you. Browse through our online catalog of metal buildings for detailed specifications on every product. Contact Us if you have any questions or are unsure of which metal building will suit the elements in your area. Our customer care representatives are here to offer guidance through the entire buying process. Thank you for choosing Carport1!