Most homeowners will always go for roofing that requires low maintenance and one that guarantees long life. Metal roofs match these characteristics, and most houses will, therefore have metal roofs. This is not to mean that they don’t require maintenance at all, but theirs is minimal as compared to other roof materials. With the correct installation of the metal roof, we are talking up to 50 years without replacing your roof. However, it is important to observe some regular maintenance practices to keep your roof in good condition. Here are some of those maintenance tips:
A common problem with metal roofs is corrosion. Regular painting, say once every two to four years, would do wonders to your metal roof. For iron roofs, the painting will help prevent rusting, which leads to the wearing out of the roof when the rusting persists. When painting, make sure that you go for paints that are formulated specifically for metal roofs. Wash the roof properly before painting to make sure that the paint adheres to the roof.
Cleaning the roof before painting involves using a brush to remove any loose paint and rust. After that, it is important to clean with trisodium phosphate to give better results when the painting is complete. It is important that you emphasize areas that you notice are quickly wearing off to prevent further damage.
Having other metallic materials in contact with your metal roof may be a matter of concern. This interaction may lead to early degradation of your roof. Further, it could cause staining of the roof and possible damage of your metal roof altogether. Different chemical properties of metals may lead to the corrosion of your metal roof, especially when it comes into contact with water.
Make sure you monitor other workers around your roof, such as plumbers, satellite dish installers, electrical contractors. Be keen with the recommendation they make, such as making penetrations in your metal roof surface. Only qualified roofing contractors should make these additional penetrations on your roof to avoid damage.
Screws, fasteners, and rivets used to attach the panels and roof are crafted to withstand harsh conditions as they hold your roof firmly. Even though they are engineered to endure the harsh conditions, it is still vital that you have them checked regularly to ensure that they are not loose, angled, missing or crooked. Constant expansion and contraction over the years may have the fasteners backing out, calling for some fastening after some time.
Metal roofs require both structural maintenance and surface maintenance. Cleaning off dirt, stains, mildew, and other elements will help your metal roof stay in good condition and guarantee extended life. Cleaning out the gutters and drains also prevents water accumulation, which causes the corrosion of metal roofs. Maintaining your metal roof will, in turn, guarantee you more years of service.