Metal roofs provide protection, durability and above all else – serve as a long term solution to protecting your home to the elements. That being said – while they’re great value propositions and long-term deterrents, they’re also like anything else you own – and over time you need to maintain them.
Now we’re not talking full-on panel replacement and the like – we’re talking the little things. Small, maintenance, touch-up things you can do that don’t seem like a big deal up front – but really are. Here are some things you can do in the fall to help take care of your metal roof. Let’s jump right in!
Taking a seat
Metal roofs are a good deal thinner than wooden roofs and while you don’t have to worry about some soft areas and crashing through your roof, you do need to be mindful that standing on a centralized part of your panel while maintaining it can cause a dent – especially in places like here in Florida where hot air can expand the elasticity of metal. Just make sure that anything you do up on your roof is done so sitting down!
Cleaning off debris
While we don’t get traditional fall seasons here in Florida, we do have the fun of experiencing hurricane season and with all the wind that whips around, debris makes its way up onto the roof an inevitably settles itself in all sorts of nooks and crannies. Be sure to clean those out as well as any debris living in your gutters and drains. This is important because while you won’t have to worry about leaks per se- you will have to worry about mold and fungus growing – which is good for nobody.
Check your screws and sealants
Be sure to tighten any screws on your roof, inspect your metal roof clips, examine your sealant and adjust, tweak, twist and turn as necessary. Also be sure to patch up any areas where paint is wearing thin. Especially here in Florida, the sun can do a number on your roof, so just be aware.
Call in professionals
And obviously if you do find any kind of damage – call in a pro. Don’t do it yourself. If you don’t have the time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?
Hopefully today’s blog gave you a decent ‘to-do’ list to get done this fall. Obviously if you need any components or fasteners, give us a call here at Precision Fasteners and we’ll be happy to help. Until then, good luck!