Why Modular Repairs Matter
You’ve purchased your modular building, went through set-up and delivery, and now you think the job is done.
In actuality, modular buildings are like any commercially built structure—sometimes they need repairs. However, with proper planning and knowledge, you can be better prepared for modular repairs and not get overwhelmed.
After reading this blog, you’ll understand common modular repairs and what you can do to help prevent them.
Common Types of Modular Repairs
Unless you’re a professional, making repairs to your modular building can be intimidating. However, knowing what repairs you might encounter can help you look out for them and prevent any bigger issues from happening.
Your HVAC system helps you maintain a comfortable indoor air quality and environment. Some issues you may encounter are airflow issues, faulty thermostats, or mechanical failures. These repairs can be costly and cause more damage to your building if they’re not taken care of.
You can protect your building from many things, but one of the things you cannot predict is the weather.
Events like snow, rain, or even hail can cause damage to your modular building from the roof down to the foundation. You could need to repair your siding or roof from hail damage or if there’s a flood, that could damage your foundation.
Like a commercially built building, roofs can get damaged and need to be repaired. Leaks or damaged roofing materials can occur, just like with traditional buildings. Roof repairs are common to prevent water damage and maintain a watertight seal.
Doors & Windows
Many different factors can cause issues with doors and windows. As buildings settle over time, doors may not fit properly in their casings, or scrape when opening and closing. Tightening hinges and lightly sanding wood doors may fix the issue, but in some unusual cases foundation re-leveling adjustments may be required.
Extreme weather can damage your windows if there are high winds or hail. Heat and regular use can also damage or cause seals to wear on your windows so it’s good to inspect them every few years.
How to Help Prevent Repairs
Making a general facility maintenance schedule for your prefab building and using high-quality materials will go a long way to minimize the need for repairs and help protect your modular building.
A fresh coat of paint can instantly update any room or exterior. Over time, paint can fade or get chipped, especially in a high-traffic area. Or if you live in a region that gets a lot of weather events. By checking the paint on both your interior and exterior walls, you can catch any issues at their inception before they get bad.
Routine HVAC Checks
By not maintaining or repairing your HVAC system, you can run into future problems, like lines freezing, which will be a big expense that could be easily avoided. It’s best to check on your HVAC system twice a year and fix any issues immediately.
Check Door & Windows
It’s important that your doors and windows are in good condition and working properly. You should check any weatherstripping to make sure that they’re still insulated and not letting out any heat or cold air.
Also having a window that is loose in its casing is a safety concern. It would be easy for someone to push in a faulty window and cause more damage to your building.
Check for Weather Damage
We've mentioned weather damage a few times before. Weather is unpredictable and can cause not only obvious problems you need to immediately fix but also small issues that can turn into bigger ones if left untreated.
Any time you get weather, it’s good to check your building and see if anything is wrong. A small roof leak can damage your interior walls and floor. It can also go from a small leak to a large hole in the roof very quickly.
Tip: Check Your Local Building Codes
Before you start doing any major repairs, you should check with your Municipal or Regional District Office to see if you need specific permits or inspections for your repair and if there are any associated costs.
In addition to checking about zoning questions, also check with them if there are any local ordinances or modular building codes you should be aware of like the Vancouver Construction Noise bylaw.
Another reason to check the building codes is to see if any materials are prohibited in your area. Different areas could have different requirements that are only specified in building codes. For example, different types of insulation could be required for a repair while others are banned.
Why a Britco Building Makes Sense for Your Business
There are many options available when you’re purchasing a modular building, at all price points. However, a cheaper option might end up costing you in the long run and cause you stress. Here’s how a Britco modular building can help you avoid those problems.
Timing is everything and having your building set up isn’t any different. Britco modular buildings work with almost any schedule because the fabrication and site prep take place at the same time in a factory setting.
This allows us to have environmental control so weather delays aren’t an issue. All of this means that we can deliver your building, wherever your job site is located, faster than a traditional build.
Up-to-Date Safety Standards
Safety is one of the biggest essentials of modular building construction. We follow British Columbia’s building codes so once you get your building in place, you don’t need to worry about the legalities of the modular building construction process.
When you arrange delivery and set up the building, you can move on with your day, knowing that the experts have handled any safety issues.
Creating less waste wherever you can is imperative and is especially on a construction site.
Since we combine our building process, we create 40% less construction waste, which allows us to be more environmentally friendly. The modular construction process also promotes environmentally friendly practices and materials.
By following these we can minimize waste use across all stages of the build and help protect the environment.
Sometimes having so many options is overwhelming. Our team can help you decide which modular building works best for you and can also go over any questions you have about modular repairs.
If you decide that owning a modular building isn’t right for you but you still need space, our team can help with that too. We offer leasing options that can work with you and your business.
Life can be stressful — getting the commercial space you need doesn’t need to be.
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