Metal roofs are becoming a popular choice among homeowners. They are sturdy and have aesthetic appeal. They are slowly replacing asphalt shingles because they are more resilient. They can last for about 30-50 years and retain their original condition for a long time.
However, metal roofs demand proper maintenance and care from time to time to ensure that they last as long as possible. You can hire a professional metal roof cleaner to come periodically and maintain them. But, you can also do its maintenance on your own.
For this, there are some dos and don’ts of metal roof maintenance. Take care of such tips mentioned here to ensure that your metal roof lasts longer than your expectations.
Some Initial Points To Consider
Know the system type. There are architectural metal roofing and structural metal roofing systems. In the architectural metal roofing system, the roof is made of a thin metal, while thicker and heavier metal is used in its structural system. Damage to the structural part of your metal roof may be a potential hazard because it also serves as a roof deck.
Moreover, the systems design, such as flat seam, interlocking panels, and more, also need different maintenance methods.
The type of the metal roof also determines what kind of maintenance it will need. For example, if your metal roof is made of steel, you will have to check it for rust regularly.
Keep An Eye On Your Roof
Periodic checking of your roof and keeping an eye on its condition is helpful. Try to use binoculars to check for any scratches, bumps, or broken metal shingles. If it is easy to get on top of your roof, you can closely inspect your metal roof’s condition. Scan your roof twice a year, one in the spring and the other one at the start of the fall. Also, check your roof after a severe storm.
Keep Branches Away
Trees’ branches and their edges are sharp. They can cause scratches on the metal roofs surface. Try to keep sharp branches from touching your metal roofs surface by cutting back its branches. Don’t cut the whole tree but instead, just trim those branches near your roof. They must be at least 6 feet away from your roof.
Clean The Gutters
Another disadvantage of having a tree near your roof is fallen leaves and branches. They get into your gutters and can damage them. Moreover, they can prevent your metal roof from drying. This can result in the early corrosion of your metal roof because of the oxidation process.
Wash The Roof
You can clean your roof by using a mild solution of cleaner and water. Use a soft brush to clean stains from the roof. Avoid industrial solvents as they are more acidic and can permanently damage the metal roofs’ film and color.
Call A Professional
There is nothing better than relying on a professional company to help maintain or keep your metal roof clean. If you can afford it, you should call a professional for regular maintenance check ups of your roof. They have the right tools and cleaning materials to do an in-depth inspection of your roof and look for any broken shingles.
Don’t Use Spray Paint
Don’t use spray paint on your metal roof. They are abrasive and can damage its outlook. While they may give a beautiful outlook temporarily, they can take the protective film off.
Spray paints can degrade the outlook of your roof if not spayed properly. Therefore, if you plan to renovate your metal roof, it is advisable to use a roller or a brush.
Don’t Walk On Your Roof
You may find it necessary to go up to the top for your roof maintenance. Metal roofs are strong enough to withstand weight. However, we don’t recommend that. Metal roofs can become weak with time, especially near its joints. So, you must avoid walking on your metal roofs as much as you can.
Don’t Install Your Metal Roof Yourself
While it may seem tempting to install a metal roof or its broken parts by yourself, you shouldn’t. You should call a professional metal roof company and ask them to fix the problem. Metal roof installation is a complicated process, and it requires expertise.