Original article written 12/16/2019
Your roof is a major investment, providing years of protection from outside elements and helping to ensure a comfortable living space for you and your family. But, like other components of your home, your roof needs regular maintenance to last for years to come. Metal roofs are one of the longest-lasting types of roofs on the market. When properly installed a metal roof will typically extend beyond that of shingled roofs and other materials.
Though a metal roof doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, there are some steps you can take to keep it at the top of its game. The professionals at Mansea Metal understand what it takes to keep your home protected and your roof in good standing. Keep reading to learn more about the top five maintenance steps you can take to keep your metal roof performing at its best.
Stop Trees from Scratching Your Roof
The wind feels great on hot summer days, but once it starts moving tree branches around, it can cause damage to your metal roofing panels. Tree branches can scratch against your roofing structure, leaving dents, cuts, and other imperfections. If left untreated, your metal roof’s resistance will be worn down until it no longer protects your building in that area.
In order to prevent roof destruction, it’s important to trim your trees and bushes regularly. Additionally, having your roof inspected by professionals at the end of every season, will assist you in maintaining your metal roof support.
Clear Loose Debris
Debris is inevitable, especially if you live in a highly wooded area. Branches, twigs, leaves, and other debris can rest upon your roof for a long period of time if not properly removed. Precipitation can help clear unwanted matter from your roof, but oftentimes will simply push the debris into your gutter system—causing additional damage.
Properly cleaning your metal roof is something you should consider to do every other week, if not more. Standard window cleaning brushes that have soft bristles are ideal for cleaning debris without scraping your roof. When cleaning, be sure not to spray water underneath the edge of your roof as it can cause water damage on the inside.
Don’t Walk on the Roof
Walking on your roof is never recommended for both safety measures and damage control. Though a few steps here and there won’t cause detrimental damage, over time, your body weight can cause cracks and dents in the metal structure. If you need to care for your metal roof and climbing to the top is required, we recommend checking the manufacturer’s recommendations before committing to the job. Additionally, you should always have someone spot you and hold the ladder for extra safety precautions.
Any time roof maintenance requires walking or crawling across your metal roof, you should opt to call the professionals at Mansea Metal. We are equipped with the proper training and tools to get the job done quickly and efficiently, without you risking your life.
Clean Your Gutters
As stated above, debris can quickly build up in your gutter system, causing future water damage to your home or barn. Though metal material doesn’t deteriorate as quickly as asphalt shingles when exposed to excess water, it can cause your roof to rust or corrode. The experts at Mansea Metal recommend cleaning out your gutters at least once a month to avoid such catastrophe.
Keep the Paint Away
Metal roofs come in varying colors, making it a simple process to match the aesthetic of your home or barn. But, when it comes time to paint the exterior of the structure, you should always avoid getting paint on the roof. Spray paint is the worst material for a metal roof—ruining the finish and cutting down on its lifespan.
When hiring professional painters, be sure they tape off the roof to ensure proper metal roofing protection.
Setting Up a Strong Future for Your Metal Roof
Make sure to follow these tips to keep your metal roof looking and functioning beautifully for years to come. Having a great metal roof starts with proper metal roof installation.
Mansea Metal can recommend a responsible, professional company to do your installation. As a manufacturer, we work with many quality builders and contractors and will help you select the one that best fits your needs.
Give our team at Mansea Metal a call today at our closest location to you.