Having a hard time keeping your metal roof gleaming? Try some of these helpful techniques to keep your roof looking like new.
Look out for tree branches and other kinds of overgrowth and debris that could scrape against your roof
Some of the biggest selling points for metal roofing are its longevity and low maintenance requirements. A good metal roof can last for more than 50 years! Naturally, if you’ve chosen this type of roofing, you’re interested in preserving the quality of your investment, and keeping your roof looking like new for as long as possible.
You’ll want to prevent environmental factors from forcing you to replace your roof any sooner than necessary. It’s a good idea to start by making sure all your trees and tall bushes are properly trimmed, so they have room to grow without threatening the lifespan of your metal roofing.
Leaves, dirt, and other debris will inevitably find its way onto your roof. A extendable brush, or strong blast of water should be enough to clear it out.
Cleaning is surprisingly simple!
First make sure you clear all debris into a gutter, especially absorbent leaves, since they will prevent the water from draining properly. Watch out for valleys where water and debris can get trapped. Corrugated metal roofs are particularly good for this, with built-in valleys that simplify waste removal.
Standard cleaners, used with a sponge or cloth, will do the trick when washing your roof. You don’t need to wash it more than once a year, but an annual cleaning is recommended.
Protect it from the elements
Rust may be a concern, especially here in our nation’s capital, where snowfall can effect Ottawa roofing for months on end! Tin roofs are especially susceptible to rusting, despite their many benefits, but there are ways to prevent rust, and keep your metal roof looking sharp all year round. Painting, or getting an elastomeric coating are easy ways to prevent rust from ruining your roof.
Prolonged exposure to snow and ice can also have a deteriorating effect on screws and sealants. Sealants can splinter and separate, and screws loosen over time with the expansion and contraction of the metal. Performing regular inspections is a good idea, especially if your roof is over 20 years old.
Try to walk on it as little as possible
You may find yourself occasionally having to go out onto your roof for maintenance, or some other reason. Try to keep this to a minimum as metal roofing will last longer the more it is kept clear of scrapes and pressure from foot traffic.