Steel Roofing Scars

Ever seen a potato? Well I have. I’ve seen many because I grew up in the state known for potatoes. If you’re asking yourself which state that is, then I invite you to google it. It will come up and tell you Idaho. I’ve eaten more than my fair share of potatoes and seen millions of potatoes in my lifetime.

How have I seen so many you ask? Well, I have grown up working in the construction industry and in Idaho you need a potato cellar to store the potatoes in or else they will go bad. So that has become my life. I build potato cellars and work with tin roofing and siding almost on a daily basis. The transformation of potato cellars has been tremendous. They used to basically be holes in the ground with some wood erected around it. Now they are above ground and whether it’s a quonset or a wood frame buildings with metal siding they are much better than the original potato cellar.

I’ve worked mostly with wood frame cellars with steel/tin siding and roofs. This is one of the best ways to protect the potatoes but it doesn’t always protect yourself. 3 keys to protect yourself when working with metal panels are:

  1. Work together with a team- We would always have to work as a team with these metal panels because in Idaho it is always windy and the wind could take them, turn them into a parachute and blow you off a roof or platform that you are working on. So work as a team to help you battle the wind and make sure everyone stays safe.
  2. Wear gloves- Every time I worked with metal and didn’t have gloves I got cut. It wasn’t because I had soft hands because I have worked construction almost my whole life. However, the cut edges of the metal are so sharp that if you slide the metal through your hands have it slip and try to catch it it can cut you so easily.
  3. Wear Boots- I remember walking on the roof of a potato cellar with 4 other guys all holding a 25 ft piece of tin and one guy dropped his end causing me to drop my end. I had tennis shoes and shorts on because it was the middle of the summer and I was working on my tan. The edge of the tin fell right on my shin and shaved the hair off my leg all the way down to my foot where it sliced open my skin and I bled a lot in my shin. I probably should have got stitches, but workers comp is not good for a business owner. So I through some duct tape on it and kept working.
  4. Starter Holes- One of the most difficult things with tin siding is getting a screw through it. No matter how good of self tapping screws you get it is still difficult. I would suggest to have someone either go before you and us a screw or nail and tap into the metal to give you a groove to screw into so that the screw doesn’t slide on the metal and cause scratches. This has helped make working with metal siding go so much more smooth and much quicker.

To learn more about what the benefits of metal buildings are check out the link. I like metal buildings and all the opportunities they bring for me in my life. They have helped me and my business tremendously.

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