How Long Do Steel Buildings Last?

Steel buildings are rightly regarded as a sound investment, as they are noted for their durability and longevity. Compared to other building materials like timber or plasterboard, it really is no contest.


That said, there is no easily definable answer to how long they will last, as there are too many variables to take into consideration. You need to look at the quality of the materials and the construction, as well as the environment it is in, what the building it used for, and how well it is maintained.


Here at Atlantic Steel Buildings, we provide and erect high-quality steel buildings for customers across the country, so we know a thing or two about keeping them in good order. With the right building and the right care, a steel-framed building can last for decades.

While steel buildings are famous for being low-maintenance (indeed, it’s one of their biggest selling points) taking the time to treat them right can improve and extend their life-span.


Here is a handful of things you can do to protect your investment and keep your steel building in great condition for as long as you need it.


Washing your steel building once a year can greatly improve its lifespan. Most buildings don’t need much in the way of cleaning solutions or scrubbing. Spraying it down with a pressure washer every year should be enough to get rid of dirt, grime, organic growth, and other contaminants.


Giving your steel building a fresh coat of water-resistant paint every eight to ten years adds an extra layer of protection. What’s more, it keeps your building looking good.

Minor damage

Small scratches and cracks in the wall of your steel building might not look like much – and they probably aren’t. However, the top layer of your steel components is often coated with a protective glaze and then a layer of paint. If these scratches manage to puncture that layer, the integrity of the underlying steel could be at risk of rust or corrosion.

Roofs and guttering

The roofline of any building protects the rest of the structure from water and weather damage, and plays a major role in extending the lifespan of your steel building. Be sure to check it for damage, shifting, or deterioration, and especially for blockages in the pipework.

Here at Atlantic Steel Buildings, we provide steel buildings that are made to last and a little extra care will guarantee that they do. For more information, or to request a new steel building of your own, get in touch with us today on 01872 560488.

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