Common metal roof maintenance tasks

So chances are if you’re the proud owner of a metal roof you don’t really want to be reading this because part of the reason you bought a metal roof to begin with was so you didn’t have to perform as much maintenance on it! We get it, we really do; but sadly yes – metal roofs do need some touching up now and then. 

Here are a few (minor) things that you can do that will not only keep your roof looking great, but have a big impact on the overall longevity of your roof as well. Let’s jump right in!

Stains

Metal roofs come with a high quality, resin-based finish which naturally makes them resistant to staining. That being said – depending on where you live – that finish can take a real beating. And sometimes you’ll see some signs of dirt, mildew and other stains develop over time. 

Lucky for you – these are super easy to remove and won’t leave any kind of lasting damage on your roof. Just use a sponge or soft-bristle brush. Dunk it in a warm water/mild dish soap solution and wham-o, you’ll be able to take care of those stains in no-time. The only warning we’d have is to just make sure you steer clear of any materials that could damage the roof’s coating. When you’re at the hardware store, just ask an attendant what you can use and you’ll be good to go. 

Gutters

When you own a metal roof, cleaning out your gutters is one of the most important things you can do in order to maintain your roof’s longevity. Try to clean out your gutters on an annual/semi-annual basis, making sure that excess leaves and other debris are free of the gutters, themselves. You’ll want to make sure there aren’t any cracks in the gutters or that it’s not pulling away from the roof anywhere. Especially if you’re in an area where there’s colder weather, this can prevent things like ice dams from forming and prevents any potential warping at the edges of your roof.

Standing water

Standing water isn’t usually too much of an issue when it comes to metal roofs, but it’s something to be aware of. Most of the time when it is – it just comes down to the pitch of your roof. Try to not let water sit for too long. Even with metal roofs, enough water can become a big problem and could breed mold or mildew over time. So if you’ve got a roof with a lower grade and pitch, just be on the lookout for it. 

If you want to learn more about how to properly maintain your metal roof or purchase replacement parts, be sure to give us a call today. Good luck!

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