• Joe Street - Street Toyota

    I'm pleased to write a recommendation. In the summer of 2001 we contracted PSB to add five new service bays to our service department. We are very please with the results and with the length of time it took to do the project. We would definitely recommend them and will be considering them again for any future projects.

  • John Reid - Stanfield Printing Co.

    The price was the lowest I received, probably because PSB listened to what I wanted more than other companies. When something wasn't what I expected (and I'm picky), all I did was mention it and it was fixed to my expectation. When we need another building our first call will be PSB. When we overpaid for the project, the gladly wrote us a check of reimbursement.

  • Darryl Baldwin - Panhandle Tire

    I'm happy to recommend Panhandle Steel Buildings, Inc. I employed Panhandle Steel Buildings, Inc. to build a new building for my company. I found them to be courteous, prompt, and knowledgeable. The work was done professionally, promptley and at a reasonable price. I wouldn't hesitate to use PSB again.

  • Franklin McCasland - Mountain Road Truck Wash

    They erected our 75' X 100' building in 2001 and we are very pleased with the professional job that PSB has done on our building. I would definately recommend PSB to anyone wanting a great looking building. They care about the job that they are doing for you! The follow and service after the job was complete was excellent.

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How To Prevent A Steel Building From Rusting

 

Of course steel and metal buildings rust...when they are left untreated and unprotected. If you drive around the West Texas countryside, you might see a lot of old, rusty, abandoned metal buildings. However, don’t let this change your perception of the durability, strength, and longevity of steel. These old buildings have not been treated with modern methods of preventing rust and corrosion. 

Today’s rust prevention tactics can add to the inherent strength of a metal building and make it last many, many decades without rusting. 

But first, why does rust happen?

We all know what rust looks like but most of us do not know why rust occurs. Rust is a chemical reaction that occurs when the atoms of iron bond with atoms of oxygen to form a new molecule that creates a brown stain. The iron lends itself to create the brown, rusty color. While rust starts with a small brown stain, over time, as more rust particles are formed, the metal becomes weaker and weaker until it eventually develops holes. Advanced rust will cause entire pieces of metal to crumble and then become dust. That’s not something you want to happen to a metal building standing over your head. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent this from happening. 

Ways to prevent rust

Galvanizing

A method called Galvanizing was invented in France over 200 years ago. Galvanization involves coating metals such as steel in a layer of zinc. To galvanize a piece of steel, the steel is dipped into a bath of molten zinc. Once the zinc hardens, it provides a layer of protection over the steel so instead of the steel becoming rusted, the zinc sacrifices itself. The only way the steel can be exposed is by the zinc being scratched. 

Painting

Paint can act as another coat of protection on the steel. It can be applied over galvanized metal. In addition to creating a moisture barrier, paint can also make a building look more attractive and customized. With commercial and industrial buildings, steel panels can be painted in the factory and be ready to install right away. 

Acrylic and polyester paint are most commonly used because they are extremely durable. Sometimes, silicone is added to polyester paint for extra rust protection and extra shine. 

Another type of paint that is commonly used is Fluorocarbon paint. It is heat and UV resistance with a dense, smooth finish. The colors in Fluorocarbon paint usually last longer than those in polyester or acrylic paint. 

Maintenance 

After your building is finished with your coatings applied, you still need to perform a bit of maintenance to keep it rust and corrosion free. You should clean the building regularly with a power washer. The removal of dirt can prevent stains and will help maintain the appearance of your building. For tough spots, you can use a soft-bristled brush and a little elbow grease.

You can also add laundry detergent to the water for extra cleaning power. Use ⅓ cup for every 6 gallons of hot water. However, you should always use a test spot on the building to make sure whatever cleaning detergent you use is right for your building. 

Before you wash the building, remove any outdoor furniture, close all doors and windows, cover plant beds, and cover outdoor electrical components such as light fixtures and outlets. Important: turn off the breakers that supply power to outdoor light switches and outlets.

You should also inspect the exterior of the building for scratches and rust. Damage to a metal building’s exterior is unlikely, but possible. You might need to repaint areas with worn off paint. With traditional wood framed or brick buildings, repainting is a constant burden but with metal buildings, refinishing is a rare occurrence.