Metal roofing is a great option to consider if you are looking for a strong material that offers longevity, sustainability, and a modern look. Unlike alternative roofing styles, metal roofs withstand the elements better, increase energy efficiency, and require less upkeep. However, no material can be installed and forgotten about without adverse effects. So how should you take care of your metal roof post-installation to keep it in good condition?
Tips to Increase the Lifespan of your Metal Roof
1. Clean the Roof and Gutters
As debris piles onto the roof, it can cause damage to the finish applied to the roofing. If this occurs, use a long cleaning instrument to pull off the debris and avoid walking on the roof to clean it unless necessary. Metal roofing is designed to let rainwater run off the paneling and down into the gutters. If the gutters become clogged with leaves or other debris this can lead to pooling and eventual corrosion on the edges of the roof. Periodically check the gutters to make sure water is flowing easily through the system, especially after storms.
2. Minimize Walking on the Roof
Certain repairs or maintenance require a technician to walk on the roof, but it should be avoided when possible. Unnecessary walking on the roof can cause damage to the panels or the building itself. A roofing professional will know how to perform maintenance on the roof without damaging the material.
3. Repair Holes and Sealants
It’s essential to check that the panels in the roof have no holes or gaps, otherwise the weather sealing system can become compromised. If you notice holes in the metal, you should contact a professional to have the problem resolved; improper repair can lead to more serious issues down the line.
A sealant is used to keep out water and dirt from small places. Some sealants last longer than others, and weather can significantly reduce the life of a sealant. Check for rust or signs of deterioration where the sealant is applied, particularly if the roof is in an environment with extreme weather conditions.
4. Remove Branches Touching the Roof
Metal roofs that are underneath trees need extra attention as the branches can scratch and wear down a metal roof over time. After weeks of wind blowing branches against the roof, the paint can become scratched and will require repair in the future. Depending on the size of the branches it can lead to dents and damaged edges as well.
5. Keep Other Metals from Touching the Roof
Not all metal roofing materials react well to each other. If you have multiple types of metal roofing on one building it can cause corrosion, staining, and a reduced life for both materials. It is recommended that you use one type of metal across the entirety of the building to avoid this issue.
The Bottom Line
Providing regular care for your metal roof is essential to protect your investment. These tips can help ensure that your roof is looking and operating well for years to come. Many of these tips can be done yourself, but if you feel uncomfortable going up on your roof, do not hesitate to contact a professional like Eco Insulated Panels.