Metal roofs are not the most common type of roof found on homes. However, metal roofs are durable, fast to install, and will last a very long time. Because of the benefits of a metal roof they are growing in popularity. Metal roofs can be found on homes but many are installed on free standing garages, workshops, barns and commercial premises. For those who have a metal roof, you must take the needed steps to properly maintain the roof to ensure its longevity. Nickerson Roofing will share a basic metal roof maintenance guide to help you better care for your metal roof. When installing a metal roof you may wonder if or what maintenance it really needs. To begin with, metal roofs do need maintenance. With proper maintenance you will get more time out of the roof and keep it looking great. Here are the steps you should take to maintain a metal roof.
Inspect Your Metal Roof
Metal roofs need to be inspected once a year as the roof is exposed to all of the elements and can develop a number of different problems. To see that the likely problems are corrected before they become a big issue, a yearly roofing inspection is essential. Make sure to have your metal roof inspected and the small repairs tended to.
Clean Metal Roofing Panels
A metal roof should be kept clean. This means about every three to six months you should remove leaves and debris. Next you should wash down the roof with soapy water and then thoroughly rinse it. You do not need to pressure wash a metal roof. Instead, using a garden hose is enough to remove the debris and clean the roof off. Not only with regular roof cleanings will your roof stay looking nice, but you will prevent roof damages and erosion. Note: Make sure to remove all dirt and debris in between the valleys when cleaning off the roof.
Have Gutters Cleaned
Another important part of maintaining any roof, including a metal roof, is making sure the gutters stay cleaned. You will want to remove all of the leaves, twigs and other debris out of the gutters. It is important to allow proper water flow to prevent water damage on the roof. Water can corrode and allow rust to develop on the roof. Therefore it is important to get the water way from the roof. Depending on your location you may need to clean out your gutter every three months. However, you may be able to go about every six months.
Remove Snow from Your Roof
During the winter you do not want snow to build up on top of a metal roof. Snow can lead to erosion, rust and even allow water to leak through the roof. The weight of the snow can also be a major problem for the roof. During the winter try to remove the snow once it starts building up two to three inches in height to prevent too much weight from damaging the roof.
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There is a lot more to maintaining a metal roof such as repainting every few years, tightening down loose screws, and more. If you have a metal roof and need help maintaining it, inspections or repairs, contact Nickerson Roofing today.