If you are a homeowner who has chosen to install a metal roof, then you also need to be knowledgeable about metal roof maintenance. Even if how sturdy and durable the metal roof is, it is not invincible from damage brought about by normal wear and tear or even weathering. Just like any other roof, it will need to be maintained to ensure it’s always in its tip-top condition and to prolong its lifespan.
Now, if you don’t have an idea how to do this or you don’t know where to start, then this blog post is for you. We’ll provide some tips to guide you on how to properly maintain your metal roof.
Have the roof professionally inspected regularly
The rule of thumb is to have your roof professionally inspected at least twice a year. One after the winter to ensure that ice did not pile up on your roof and one after the summer to make sure debris did not clog the roof, gutters, and downspouts. In addition to this, it is also highly recommended that before and after any storm or strong winds, you should also have your roof professional checked to spot any roof issues, no matter how small they may be, and have them repaired right away before they worsen and cause significant damage to your property in general.
Remove debris, clean gutters, and trim overhanging trees
Once you’ve noticed debris on your metal roof, gutters, or downspouts, have them removed and cleaned. This is to avoid water buildup that may result in clogging and water overflowing once heavy rain hits. In addition, make sure to also trim branches of trees overhanging your roof to avoid them from falling and hitting the roof in case of strong winds or storms. By doing this, you can minimize the risk of your metal roof being dented, punctured, or damaged.
Wash and clean the panels
Washing and cleaning your metal roof’s panels are also another must-do for your metal roof maintenance. This is not just for aesthetic reasons but also to aid in the longevity of the roof. By regularly cleaning the metal roof’s panels, you’re preventing dirt and dust that is stuck to the roof from damaging the roof’s protective coatings. The cleaner the roof is, the more will it last longer. So make sure to regularly wash and clean them.
Inspect coating, paint, and sealant
Metal roofs are painted with protective coatings to provide resistance to radiation and weather. When this coating starts to wear off, so does the protection. This is why it is important that you should inspect your roof regularly and see whether the coating is still not worn off. In addition, make sure to also inspect the sealants between the metal seams and panels to ensure that it is still functioning properly in keeping water away. This is so you can avoid any leakage problems that can cause significant damage to your property.
Inspect penetration points
Inspect your flashing, chimneys, skylights, and other penetration points to ensure that water is not entering through them. Otherwise, it can cause serious water damage and if left ignored or untreated, it can even compromise the structural integrity of your property in general. So ensure that they are properly installed and sealed off so water cannot enter and seep through underneath your roof’s surface and into your property’s interiors.
Need help with metal roof maintenance?
Timberline Roofing is Utah’s top residential roofing contractor and metal roofing is one of our expertise. We have a highly trained and dedicated team behind us that knows the ins and outs of metal roofing so we can help you with your metal roof maintenance. From professional roof inspections to cleaning, repair, or replacement, we’ve got it all covered. We can help you address all your metal roofing needs. Contact us today for a free consultation!