Modular Building Repairs Extend Your Structure's Lifespan
As with any big investment, your company wants to make sure it’ll last for the entirety of your project. When comparing buildings built using modular construction to other construction types, you’ll find that the lifespans can be identical.
The foundation of a solid modular structure starts with the building process. That’s why it’s essential to partner with a credible, certified building company for your next modular structure. To keep your structure at peak performance, we’ll provide you with a few maintenances and modular building repair recommendations.
Defining Used, Temporary, and Permanent Structures
So, how long do modular buildings last? Well, the answer is it depends on the type of structure your company invests in. There are used, temporary, and permanent structures that all serve different purposes and lifespans.
Before we dive into a maintenance checklist, it’s important to understand these three modular building types and how the intent and lifespan of your project help determine which structure to use.
Choosing a used modular structure can save you time and money in the construction process. You won’t need to plan for a construction timeline as your structure will already be intact. There are a variety of used modular buildings already built that may well be the perfect fit for your needs.
There are some downsides to obtaining a used building. For starters, you have fewer options and don’t get to take advantage of the customization opportunities that come with a new modular building. (Although, you’ll still have an opportunity to add furnishings and add-ons that will fit your project needs.)
Comparing lifespans, used buildings and temporary buildings are relatively similar. A used building can last up to 30 years with good maintenance and care. For many projects, you may not need a modular structure for its entirety but it’s important to note that these structures can uphold years of wear and tear.
Temporary modular structures are often used as swing spaces within an organization. This type of structure is the most versatile, as it is made to be easily relocated or removed from your work site. Your temporary structure can also be customized so it can better fit the needs of your project.
The construction process of a temporary modular structure is the next quickest option. These structures use fewer resources and labor so will ultimately cost your organization less. Since they are made to be relocated, you may face some transportation logistic issues, depending on the number of modules you require for your project.
Your permanent structure can be completely customized and tailored to your organization’s needs. With this customization, comes longer schedules and timelines. However, these timelines are still quicker when compared to other types of building processes.
These structures typically take four months to construct and be ready for use. A permanent structure is built on a concrete foundation so it won’t be able to easily relocate like its temporary counterpart. Because of this, a permanent structure can last up to 50 years.
Leasing a Modular Structure
If you’re not sure how long you may need your modular structure, you may opt to lease rather than purchase it outright. Leasing the building means you’re not paying for extra months or a full term. This is ideal if you’re looking for something very temporary and don’t have the budget to commit to something long-term.
The decision of which type of modular structure to invest in comes from the purpose of your project.
- Are you looking for swing space?
- Do you think you’ll need this structure for a few decades?
- What specifications or customizations does your building need?
No matter what you decide, you will still want to maximize the lifespan of your building. The first step in extending your structure’s lifespan is choosing a modular company with a dependable and credible building process.
The Building Process
Now that we’ve answered, how long do modular buildings last? We can step into the realm of extending and maximizing this lifespan.
If the building process of your modular building is not at its best, you’ll notice the need for more modular building repairs in the future.
So just like anything else, the first step in extending your building’s lifespan is creating a solid foundation. Since modular buildings are built with steel or wood frames, they are very durable and made to last.
Other common materials include:
- Wood trusses
- Drywall interior wall finishes
- Drop ceilings
- Copper piping
- Double-pane glass
- Solid-core doors
- Hardware and fixtures
- Ceramic tiles
Modular structures are built within a controlled environment so there is less chance of error. Every aspect of the building process is strategic and supervised by a specialist. This precision not only betters the process but allows for a shortened timeline so your modular building is ready, at your site when you are.
Since your structure is off-site, it must be capable of handling the transportation to your site. Each module comes separately so they must be durable enough to endure the craning and installation process as well.
Building Codes and Standards
Your modular structure will be built to the same standards as an on-site building. Depending on your project, your modular company may follow either the CSA A227 or UL 2600 standard.
A CSA A227 standards state the process of certifying the building of either a partially or fully enclosed structure. While the UL 2600 standards help regulate temporary structure. Both standards are updated every 3 years for the most up-to-date policy.
During the building process, your modular structure will be tested multiple times to ensure it is of the highest quality and utmost durability.
We’ll provide different types of modular building repairs you may need during the lifespan of your structure. However, we also want to give a brief overview of some preventative measures that can help prolong when a repair is needed.
#1. Check the HVAC systems/filters. Make sure there isn’t any debris or moisture in the filters and follow the replacement schedule of your HVAC system.
#2. Check windows and doors. It’s important to clean either the hinges or tracks so debris and dirt don’t build up. Also, inspect the weatherstripping on both your windows and doors.
#3. Paint when needed. It’s natural over time you’ll find chips in your walls or on the exterior. These can be easily fixed with a new paint job. It will be especially important to check the exterior of your modular building experiences any severe weather conditions.
#4. Check for fire hazards. Every so often, do a sweep of your space to make sure there aren’t any areas with a fire hazard and make sure all fire equipment is working properly.
#5. Inspect Your Landscaping. Excessive roots and debris around your modular building could ultimately negatively impact the structure’s exterior. Be sure to trim foliage when necessary.
#6. Be Conscious of Weather. Although your modular structure is made to withstand severe weather conditions, there are still things you can do to extend the lifespan. For example, wipe off excess snow on the roof or check water drainage systems after a big storm.
Common Modular Building Repairs
Just like anything else, you’ll want to perform regular maintenance checks to maximize the lifespan of your structure. We’ll review some of the most common repairs you may need for your modular structure.
1. HVAC System
You may find that your modular home is especially warm in the summer and significantly colder during the winter, which could mean there is a problem with your HVAC system. A majority of the time, you can repair different parts rather than replace the whole system.
Some common issues when an air conditioner isn’t cooling your modular structure are a refrigerant leak, a blown fuse or transformer, or a failed capacitor. On the other hand, when you are experiencing heating issues you may find you need to repair an air filter, the thermostat setting, or a battery.
An HVAC system repair should take precedence if you’re in a climate with severe weather temperatures. Not repairing the system could potentially lead to pipes freezing and even more costly, large repairs down the line.
Thunderstorms, excessive snow or rain, or high winds can cause great damage to your modular structure. You may need to replace broken windows or doors. Besides a severe storm, you may need to replace a door if you notice it isn’t fitting properly into the frame anymore.
In case of a severe storm, you will likely need to replace a door rather than just repair it. However, in smaller cases, repairs can fix your problem.
- If your door isn’t properly fitting in the frame, try sanding the door.
- If you’re having trouble unlocking or locking your door, lubricate the door knob.
- If you notice the door has shifted and isn’t at a proper angle, tighten the hinges.
A lot of our modular structures have relatively flat roofs, so you may need to do some roof repairs during the lifespan of your structure. A flat roof means snow, rain, and debris can easily build up and cause damage.
If you start to notice leaking, dark spots, or peeling ceiling panels, you’ll want to take action. To avoid fully replacing the roof, you will want to locate the leak as soon as possible. One simple repair is to apply some peel-and-seal tape to the leak.
Another repair that can be done easily, is replacing a missing shingle or two. You just want to make sure your replaced shingle aligns with the existing pattern and then nail it in place. If your repair looks more complex than a few shingles, it’s best to contact a professional.
More than likely, you’ll need to make at least one of these modular building repairs if you plan to use your structure for a prolonged period of time. These repairs will help extend your modular lifespan and allow you to be proactive so you don’t need to invest in more serious repairs or replacements.
At BOXX, we’re happy to either connect you with one of our local vendors to assist you with your modular building repairs, or for more urgent repairs where we cannot get to you in time, we advise you to use your regular vendor.
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