Simple Ways to Maintain Your Metal Roof
Generally a professionally installed metal roof can last up to 50 years with proper maintenance. To keep your roof in top condition here are a few basic tips to help maintain the condition of your roof.
- Regular Inspection
A regular inspection of your roof to make sure that your gutters are free from leaves and debris, this will ensure there is proper drainage. This helps to avoid any pooling of water in gutters and valleys. It’s also a good idea to check the roof for damage after severe weather. Any sign of a loose or damaged roofing sheet you should contact the team at Dependable Construction who will be able to assist you.
- Avoid Other Metals
When different types of metal come into contact with each other the chances of corrosion becomes much higher. As an example, a copper pipe touching a steel roof will cause corrosion when they become wet. It’s important to keep all other kinds of metal separate on your roof. Using different types of metal can lead to chemical reactions that will lead to corrosion.
- Repair Work
Any sign of damaged on your roof you should contact a metal roof installer asap. If the damage to the sheet is substantial it is recommended that you have the sheet replaced. The sooner you have the roof inspected and repaired by a professional roofing company like Dependable Construction the better. For minor damage such as scratching, it is recommended not to touch it up with paint. Minor scratching does not affect the life of the sheet. Avoid the urge to touch up with a spray can as this will most likely lead to over spraying of the roof in surrounding areas. Paints from spray cans weather at different rates to that of your oven baked paint on your steel roof and will leave you with and unsightly blemish on your roof.
- Use Caution
It is normally OK to access a roof made from steel, but you should always take the necessary height and safety precautions. Dependable Construction recommends that you wear soft rubber soled shoes and take into account the manufacturer’s recommendation on where you should place your feet when walking on the roof as you can damage the formation. Keep in mind some roofs are ‘Non Traffic” which means that they are not designed for traffic.
Always use common sense, if you are not sure if you should be walking on your roof, treat it as a non-traffic area until you can confirm otherwise. Your best bet would be to pick up the phone and call us at 937.318.9572. You can also check us out on Facebook to see current jobs going on.