Although metal roofs are renowned for their durability, longevity, and minimal maintenance, most homeowners tend to avoid maintenance.
This is quite surprising, considering a little bit of TLC can help your metal roof protect you for over 40 years!
After countless call outs, it seems as though many have been misinformed that the process is highly complicated.
To clear up the confusion, our specialists have listed four simple ways to maintain your metal roof!
#1 Regular Inspections
First and foremost, the simplest way to keep your metal roof happy is to be aware of its health.
This way, you’ll know exactly what maintenance is needed and how badly!
Check that your gutters aren’t getting blocked up with leaves and debris. Otherwise, drainage will be affected and water will start pooling.
You should also check for any loose screws, fittings, and metal sheets. You can replace the screws, but if you find any loose sheets, call a roofing professional immediately.
And remember, these checks are crucial after bad weather or storms!
#2 Trim Tree Branches
If any tree branches are touching or hanging low over your metal roof, they need to be trimmed back ASAP.
As winds pick up or storms roll in, the potential for them to scratch, damage, penetrate, or dent your roof is huge!
Depending on the damage caused, you’ll likely need to call in a local roofer – especially if your metal sheets have been loosened or penetrated.
#3 Keep An Eye Out For Corrosion
Corrosion is a killer! It weakens your metal roof, shortens its lifespan, and creates an unavoidable eyesore.
Pay special attention to areas where steam (moisture) is most present, such as your chimney, heating and air vents, air conditioners, and extraction fan vents from the kitchen.
For superficial corrosion, wash your roof with soap and warm water. Then, remove and replace any rusted screws. Finally, scrub the rust off with a wire brush and paint the affected area with a rust inhibitor.
Unfortunately, you will need professional help in extreme cases!
Pro tip: avoid letting different types of metals touch, such as letting a copper pipe lie on a steel roof. This increases the chances of corrosion!
#4 Stop Standing Water
Make sure any flat areas or waterways are completely cleared from debris!
As leaves, sticks, and debris accumulate, proper drainage and runoff will be prevented. This will allow water to stand and stagnate, inviting mould, rust, and other roof-ruining substances.
With these simple steps, you’ll have no trouble maintaining your metal roof! But, working at heights can be dangerous. If you don’t feel comfortable, don’t risk it.
Call metal roofing contractors Newcastle, Hunterline Roofing, instead!
After years of maintaining and repairing metal roofs across the greater Hunter areas, we’ve got the expertise you need to take the load off your shoulders.
Get in touch today to enjoy metal roofing that withstands the weather and the test of time!