The most basic maintenance step is inspection. Inspect the building twice a year , looking for any damage or changes that may have occurred. Also , inspect after any renovation or new additional construction , or following an extreme weather event. Keep a sharp eye out for the small stuff , so you can fix it before it turns into big stuff.
It is important to repair damage , even small issues , in a timely manner. Scratched steel panels should be primed and painted to prevent corrosion. Remember to make a note if there was a repair and where the repair was located so it can be double checked on the next inspection. Also , eliminate things adjacent to the building that might cause scratching again , like a nearby tree branch that sways in the wind. Any hole in the building envelope , whether the building is clad in steel panels , EIFS , brick , or wood , or any other material , should be filled and sealed. Penetrations compromise the water tightness of the building , as well as its thermal performance.
Water , whether in its familiar liquid form , its solid form as snow or ice , or in its vapor form , is the common threat to every building of every construction type. Regardless of the form , it is important to keep moisture out of the walls and the ceiling. Moisture causes corrosion , mold and bacteria growth , weakening and warping of surface materials , and deterioration of the foundation.
Clean the Building
Once you know the building envelope is successfully keeping moisture out , it’s a good idea to wash the building once a year. Removing any dirt , soot , or organic matter that has accumulated can preserve the appearance of your building and prevent the cladding from being stained or blemished. It will also stop the growth of fungus or other undesirable microbes. Use a mild laundry detergent , diluted with warm water. Apply by hand with a soft-bristled brush , or power-wash at low pressure. Diluted bleach can be used in instances of fungal growth. Before washing the building , always test your cleansing solution for compatibility with each of the building’s surface materials , selecting test sites that are normally concealed or inconspicuous.