Our shelters come supplied with a 15 year maintenance free guarantee, and up to 25 years life maintained as standard! To maximise the longevity of your shelter, walkway or canopy the structure should be visually inspected at regular intervals. Things which should be checked for include: signs of damage; signs of vandalism; breakdown of surface finish; build-up of salt, grit or atmospheric residue and loose fittings or fitments.
In addition to regular inspections, a regular cleaning schedule should also be followed, the level of cleaning and frequency will depend on where the shelter, walkway or canopy is installed. For example rural or urban areas should be inspected/ cleaned every 2-3months, whereas coastal or harsh areas (where the product may come into contact with chemicals) should be inspected weekly and cleaned on a monthly basis.
Galvanised Coating –
The galvanised coating should be cleaned using a low pressure water wash, and warm soap water to remove surface dirt
Powder coating can last for many years, however its life expectancy depends on a number of factors. This includes location and sighting of the structure and the upkeep of maintenance. To clean powder coated surfaces use warm soapy water to remove surface dirt along with a soft brush, rinse with clean water and use a car wash or wax which will extend the life span. Abrasive cleaners, polishes or solvents must be avoided.
If graffiti is present, it is recommended a specialist cleaner should be used. However this should be tested on a small inconspicuous area first.
Scratch/ chip repair—
Where base metal is exposed – use a zinc-rich primer followed by a top coat finish of matching paint.
Where galvanised surface is exposed the use of a primer is not necessary and therefore only a topcoat is required
Polycarbonate Roofing/ side and end panels –
To clean polycarbonate roofing and/or panels use a low pressure water system such as a hose pipe using warm soapy water and a soft cloth. Rinse and buff to shine if required. Hard brushes/ brooms should be avoided, as should the use of any abrasive cleaners, polishes or solvents which may result in scratches to the surface.
Snow loading- when snow fall is heavy it is mandatory that snow build-up be removed, this should be carried out in a safe manner so as to reduce the risk to the operative carrying out the task of causing damage to the roof panels.
Guttering may become clogged with debris such as leaves and twigs it is important that this is frequently cleared, to ensure the side guttering is free from blockages it should be flushed out with water from a hose pipe.
Please note in the event of a warranty claim we may need to request a record of the shelter maintenance/ cleaning which has been carried out, therefore it is advised that a record should be kept.
Our full Maintenance Guide can be downloaded from our website: