Most metal roof owners know that the investment they made will last them a long time. Metal roofs have life spans as far out as 40-50 years. In fact, the chances are that with the right kind of maintenance, that you’ll have purchased the last roof you’ll ever spend money on.
Ongoing, preventative maintenance is a must for homes with metal roofs. Whether it’s single-ply, modified, built up or straight-metal – having your roof maintained annually can allow you to get even more out of your investment.
What’s involved with roof maintenance?
There’s a lot that goes into the maintenance of a roof and what kind of maintenance is performed depends on a variety of factors. Some of these include the age of the roof, leak history, system type, trees and other environmental factors around your building. When you call a service professional, you can expect some of the following tasks to be performed:
- The inspection of the exterior walls, fascia and coping for any kind of staining, leaks or missing mortar
- Inspection of ceiling and interior walls for any potential training
- Inspecting the edges of your roof for any signs of deterioration
- The resealing of fasteners and inspecting for any kind of rust that may be exacerbating leaks
- The cleaning of gutters, downspouts and drains so that debris doesn’t backlog water and create the potential for increased damage.
When you have your roof installed, one of the first things you do should be to establish some sort of preventative maintenance program that lasts the length of a roof’s life. They should include things like written documentation and photos so that you can keep track of the condition of the roof yourself and get out ahead of any repairs that might be needed.
And finally – many manufacturers require some sort of maintenance in order to keep their roof warranty in place. This will allow you to make repairs without breaking the bank. Roofs – and particularly metal roofs – are one of the biggest expenses you’ll have as a homeowner, so it’s important that you take care of it!
If you’re interested in learning more about what kind of metal roof maintenance programs are out there, feel free to give us a call and we’ll be happy to help point you in the right direction. Until then – good luck!