How To Clean A Metal Roof: Metal Roof Maintenance

August 11, 2022

How To Clean A Metal Roof: Metal Roof Maintenance

Cleaning your metal roof is essential for preserving its look and keeping it in good condition. You want your metal roof to appear its best since it is the focal point of your home’s curb appeal. Cleaning the metal surface is also necessary for reasons other than aesthetics. Getting rid of dirt and leaves might actually help your roof last longer. Likewise, cleaning the roof regularly prevents dirt from clinging to the roof and spoiling the paint.

While it’s not as quick and straightforward as washing your car, cleaning a metal roof is quite simple and well worth the effort. Professional metal roofing contractors do more than just manufacture metal roof systems. We are always developing information to keep our clients up to date on issues such as how to care for their roofing and metal panels.

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to clean a metal roof properly and, more importantly, how to clean a metal roof safely!

Also Read: Top Indications That You Need To Repair Your Metal Roof

Tips For Cleaning A Metal Roof Safely

Safety is one of the most critical aspects of cleaning your metal roof. Metal is slick, specifically when cleaning chemicals and water are mixed together. To clean a metal roof safely and successfully, you must remember a few key points, including the following:

  • Never, ever, ever go up on your roof by yourself. In light of the possibility of an accident, ALWAYS have at least one person present when climbing on top of your metal roof.
  • Ladder safety is critical to safely clean your roof. You may also want to consider using cushioned stabilizers to further preserve the paint or finish on your metal roof.
  • Wear footwear with no pebbles or other debris embedded in the soles. This is critical if you intend to stroll about on top of your roof.
  • Consider acquiring, wearing, and using fall prevention equipment as an added precaution. Harnesses and other fall protection measures come under this category.
  • If you intend to use cleaning solutions or agents, carefully read the instructions on the product label. Some cleaning products are toxic and can harm your roof, the ground beneath it, and even you.

Metal Roof Cleaning Don’ts

Avoid using abrasives and chemicals that violate roof warranties on metal or paint, such as:

  • Acetone
  • Acids
  • Brass and other wire brushes
  • High-pressure power washers
  • Paint removers
  • Paint thinners
  • Sandpaper of any grit

How To Clean A Metal Roof

The following are a few important things to bear in mind when cleaning a metal roof:

Remove Any Excess Leaves Or Debris From The Roof

If there is any substantial debris on your roof, remove it by hand or with a brush before beginning the cleaning procedure to ensure a clean surface.

Start At The Top Of Your Roof

A dirty runoff will fall downhill while washing your roof, so begin at the top and work your way down. Otherwise, as dirty water pours down the roof, it will spoil the area underneath that you just cleaned.

Never Use Damaging Products

Never use anything on a metal roof, including wool scrubbers, sandpaper, paint thinners, high-pressure washers, and wire brushes. With such kinds of things, you’ll scuff up your panels and do additional harm. Always stay away from them!

Clean. Rinse. Repeat

Using your cleaning liquid and brush, thoroughly clean each panel. To avoid stains, quickly rinse it with clean water until the water runs clear. Then, using a towel soaked in plain water, clean the panel again.

How Frequently Should I Clean My Metal Roof?

We recommend cleaning your roof thoroughly once a year. However, just like any other form of cleaning, the more you keep up with it, the less intimidating the work will be. Cleaning should take around 3 hours, depending on the size of the roof and the method utilized.

About Stahl Roof Systems

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