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Metal Buildings vs. Bad Weather: How Well Do Metal Buildings Hold Up?

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No matter where you are in the U.S., you can expect some form of harsh weather: From hurricanes on the East Coast and tornadoes in the Midwest to heavy snow in the North, intense sun in the desert Southwest, and punishing winds on the West Coast.

If you’re debating between getting a metal building versus a wooden one, you may be wondering how well metal buildings stay protected against the elements.

At Bulldog Steel Structures, our metal buildings are expected to stand up to all types of weather conditions. Here’s how they fare in each.

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Most Common Types of Bad Weather

High Winds

Depending on the season and the weather, high winds can be a concern almost anywhere in the country. With our durable 12- or 14-gauge steel frames and metal roofing and siding, our metal buildings from Bulldog Steel Structures can resist up to 170-mph winds.

Our metal barns, garages, and RV covers with vertical roofing options offer the best wind resistance, and all our buildings can be customized to meet the needs of your local weather, climate, and wind conditions.

Heavy Rain

Whether your area gets frequent downpours, steady rains, or heavy storms, our metal buildings are designed to channel rain safely down to the ground and away from the structure.

Our fully enclosed buildings like garages and barns offer the best protection against rain and wind, and our metal roofing provides long-term protection against the elements, protecting your valuables against rain, hail, snow, and more.

Good maintenance practices can also help protect your building from the rain, with annual inspections to catch problems like loose or corroded fasteners, loose siding or roofing panels, dents and dings, or storm damage.

Heavy Snow

Snow can be a huge concern for any building in the northern U.S. As it accumulates over the winter, it can get heavy, stressing rafters, beams, and roof decks.

While wood homes and wood pole barns can face catastrophic damage from high snow loads, they’re less of a concern with metal buildings like steel garages, shops, and barns.

At Bulldog Steel Structures, our metal buildings are designed to handle the snow loads in areas where they’ll be used, and metal buildings, in general, are stronger and more durable than wood-framed structures.

Salt Spray

For metal buildings on the East Coast, West Coast, or Gulf Coast, salt spray can be a major issue. As the winds blow over the open ocean, they can pick up salts that expose steel to accelerated corrosion.

At Bulldog Steel Structures, our buildings feature durable painted, galvanized, or powder-coated finishes for long-term resistance to and protection from rust and corrosion.

Our 12-gauge steel panels feature a full 20-year rust-through warranty, and our 14-gauge panels offer a 10-year rust-through warranty.

UV Exposure

The powerful sun and ultraviolet radiation in the desert southwest and elsewhere can deteriorate finishes and fade colors in only a few years. Add wind-blown sand, and it won’t take long for a new building to look tired and outdated.

At Bulldog Steel Structures, we provide durable finishes that can resist sun damage, UV rays, fading, and physical damage for many years. When your metal building starts to look worn, you can restore its looks with proper prep and a fresh coat of paint.

Durable Steel Buildings for Residential, Commercial, or Agricultural Applications

When you need a strong, versatile structure that will stand up to the worst weather in your area, choose a metal building from Bulldog Steel Structures.

We offer steel garages, barns, commercial buildings, RV covers, and custom buildings in a variety of configurations and styles, all of which can be customized to meet your needs.

All our products are made from U.S.-sourced steel, with delivery and installation included for most areas of the U.S.

To design your custom metal building, call Bulldog Steel Structures at (888) 551-2156 to get started or visit our steel building gallery for design inspiration.

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Bulldog’s metal barns, garages, and carports are available for delivery and installation in most of the U.S. Whether you’re a homeowner in Maine, a rancher in Texas, or a small business owner in California, you’ll get to-your-door delivery and professional installation, so your building will be sturdy and reliable for years to come.

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