Course:4: Housing Your Collections
Lesson:Lesson 1: Assessing and Improving Your Building
Topic:Your Building


Your Building 

The building is the outermost protective layer for the preservation of your collections. You (or your maintenance staff if you have them!) should periodically inspect your building and budget for appropriate maintenance tasks. You may also want to keep an ongoing log of building problems so you donít have to rely on the memory of your staff. Routine maintenance can prevent or delay the need for expensive repairs, such as the total re-roofing shown below. 

Roof being repaired

What to Watch For 

Up On The Roof

  • Cracking
  • Buckling
  • Deteriorated flashings
  • Standing water
  • Damaged or clogged gutters and drains
  • Damaged seals and caulking around skylights (if you have them)

The Exterior

  • Missing shingles
  • Blistered or peeling paint
  • Deteriorating mortar
  • Cracks in the foundation
  • Damaged seals and drains in the foundation

The Interior

  • Water leaks around windows
  • Water leaks on interior walls
  • Water leaks on ceilings
  • Indications of rodents or insects
  • Indications of mold

Leaves collecting in roof gutter

Missing shingles

Downspout covered in ivy