Metal roofing is durable, long-lasting and convenient. Metal roofing is one of the longest-lasting materials around, but it should still be well-maintained. Often, homeowners find low-expense maintenance solutions to prevent wear and tear. C & T Siding is here to give your metal roofing maintenance an educational brush-up—one tip at a time.
Tip One: Knock Out the Debris
Snow and rain will clear out accumulated leaves, debris and grime from shake or slate roofs, but expansive metal surfaces can become stained over time. If your metal roof contains long valleys, big trees might create an unsavory surface. You’ll need to reduce debris, and you’ll need to shoot hose water up and under your roof’s surface to knock away lingering sticks, pollen and dirt.
Tip Two: Clean Up with a Magnetic Sweeper
If you’re extending your metal roof’s length, you’ll need to clear cutting debris. Purchase a rolling magnetic sweeper, and use it to eliminate stray metal flakes. While a good wash can clear metal debris, you don’t want small shards lingering in your yard. A magnetic sweeper lifts both large and small debris items, so you’re never left without a resource during and after projects.
Tip Three: Wash Regularly with Ammonia
If your metal roof needs a good scrub, use either non-toxic biodegradable cleaners or one cup of ammonia dissolved in five gallons of water. Keep the water room temperature, and try to clean your room at least three times per year. Watch out for seasonal changes, too, because blooming trees can unload pollen—staining your metal roof’s surface.
Tip Four: Clean Your Gutters
Don’t forget about your roof’s gutters, either. To minimize dirt accumulation, debris and abrasive materials, you’ll need to reduce problematic materials in the gutters. Annual contact with dirt and leaves can corrode a gutter, damage a metal roof and leave unsavory marks. Don’t let the gutter overflow, and constantly check up on piling debris.
Tip Five: Get Annual Roof Inspections
You should approach a contractor to check up on your metal roof, too. Make sure they have a state-certified roofing license, and ask them about maintenance options. In many cases, routine maintenance can spot potential problems. By being proactive, you can spare your roof, spare time and spare your wallet.
Check your metal roof after heavy snowfall, and take a gander at the gutters following heavy winds. Frequently, storm-flung debris can scratch, clog or even destroy a roof’s gutters. Remember: Examine your metal roof from the outside in. By staying vigilant, you can secure your roof’s longevity.