What you normally see in the manufacturing world is business owners moving their operations outside of city limits. It’s common to see smokestacks from tall chimneys in the countryside of any developed nation. This is because manufacturing facilities are best located away from built up areas and given lots of room.
The task of producing products is difficult and messy, so you need extra space for all the processes to be done quickly, without overt risks of injury to employees and for the testing to be done away from public. Posing no danger to the outside world, manufacturing facilities are way out in rural parts of the country to get on with their daily tasks. However, the facilities themselves are not entirely safe from mother nature. It’s a worry for every manufacturing business owner that disasters and extreme weather will damage their property. But there are certain ways you can prevent yourself from being a victim and protect your facility all year round.
Shutting up Shop
The most common form of damage to any manufacturing facility by the weather is wind. Gusts of wind cause small amounts of damage but this is done frequently. Whether it’s a sheet of metal that becomes loose on the roof, or an air ventilation system that becomes clogged with dirt and leaves, small damage like this is common. But what can done against the wind, it’s an invisible force that you can’t react to quickly can you? Well, you can fit industrial storm shutters to the sides of your facility or wherever there are windows and soft metal sheets. What this does is to bear the brunt of a massive wind or even a hurricane. The danger is that branches from trees, small stones and even clumps of dirt will be picked up and launched through a window. This can hurt, injure or threaten the life employees working inside so look for shutters that can fit the exterior of the facility.
The Force and Weight
Rain and hail are much more tangible than the wind. Yet they present their own challenges to the facility. The main issue is the roof. Rainwater build up can be quite a heavy burden on the roof, quite literally. Standing water is the cause of many structural failures with roofs so having a proper irrigation and filtering system is critical. Hail is pure force that can usually be absorbed by almost any manufacturing facility. The problem comes when hail is thrust at enormous speeds by the winds, this makes hail balls act like little bullet or pebbles that can do quite a lot of damage. If you do have some kind of damage to the facility, there are professional industrial roofing contractors that you can call upon to not only come and repair the damage but also help you with protective measures. They can first clean your roof properly and then do repairs wherever it’s needed. Speak to them about preventative measures as the severity of hail and rain is different as per location.
Industry shutters are a great and affordable way or protecting against wind and even hurricanes. You can also employ a professional team to repair and assess the roof to see where improvements can be made.