This is a reminder to owners of Rubb Buildings in hurricane zones.
The 2014 hurricane season is upon us, and that means taking the proper precautions to help ensure your structure’s durability through the storm. During a hurricane or tropical storm, wind forces, especially with the presence of tornadoes, can sometimes exceed building code design requirements. Although Rubb Building range products are properly designed to code and engineered to resist substantial wind loads, we stress the importance of following the safety measures outlined below so that you can help to minimize or prevent damage to your Rubb Building and preserve the structure’s integrity and longevity.
- Close and secure all doors to the Rubb Building. This applies to large equipment or hangar doors as well as smaller personnel doors.
- Repair any loose or damaged PVC cladding. Excessively loose areas of fabric should be tightened if possible. Tears in the PVC should be patched with a PVC Repair Kit to strengthen the area around the tear and prevent flapping in the wind, which can lead to additional tearing. Cutting a circle in the fabric at the end of the tear will help spread out the tension in the fabric and prevent the tear from spreading.
- Check base tension of the PVC. The PVC tensioning hardware around the base of the structure should be applying even tension on the covering. Any loose tensioning hardware along the sides should be tightened. Caution: PVC cladding should be tight but over tightening will stretch the fabric and is not recommended.
- Secure debris in the area. Although a hurricane can carry wind-borne debris for miles, you can help to minimize damage to the PVC membrane and structural frame by securing any loose items on your site that could blow into the building and cause damage.
- Make sure structure is properly anchored. Some Rubb products, especially non-code designed shelter range products such as the THA, are often secured with ballast blocks and/or around spikes. These should all be in place and properly secured to the structure baseplates, foundation beam or base angle. Check that the proper number of anchor spikes or bolts is being used to hold down the foundation. If needed, secure the frame of the shelter to ballast to help hold it in place.
In the event of emergency please contact our President at 207-651-7821, our Chief Operating Officer at 207-651-7354, or our Site Operations Manager at 207-651-7358.