Many homeowners are considering a metal roof because of their unique look, high performance, and minimal maintenance. All different roofing materials require some maintenance if you want long term performance and attractive appearance, but if you’re looking for minimal maintenance you need to look at a modern metal roof.
Why Do You Need Roof Maintenance?
- Prevent Problems – leaking, scratches, corrosion, or dents can create serious problems for your roof. Maintenance can catch potential problems on your roof before they become major catastrophes.
- Prolong Roof Life – a quality roof should last 20 years, but a well-cared for metal roof can last much, much longer. Regular maintenance can keep your roof strong and effective for the long term.
- Appearance – a metal roof can show aging and damage more obviously than other roofing materials due to the smooth surfaces and reflective nature of metal. Regular maintenance can keep the roof clean and beautiful.
- Protection – did you know that warranties and insurance claims can be contingent on the maintenance you’ve kept? It’s often required that you keep trees away from rooflines, or other hazards monitored to keep your roof safe.
Metal Roof Maintenance
Whether you already have a beautiful metal roof or you’re considering a roof replacement or new build, it’s important to understand the maintenance required for metal roofs. Here are some steps you should take to keep your roof strong and beautiful over the years:
- Clean Gutters & Spouts. Leaves, dirt, animal nests, and other detritus can buildup in your gutters over time, even if you can’t see it. Twice a year (usually in the spring and at the close of fall) clear the junk from your gutters and the downspout.
- Trim Foliage. At least once a year, make sure that trees and bushes don’t touch your roof, gutters, or ideally any part of your home. Not only can they scratch your roof, but they also provide a bridge for animals and insects.
- Check for Water. Water is a prevalent threat for roofs, so check your attic for leaks or mold indicating drainage. Check your roof after rain to see if there are areas where water is pooling due to dents or blockages.
- Anything Loose. Look for any loose flashing, fasteners, or sheets. There are a variety of reasons for roof elements becoming loose, but anything loose on your roof needs repair.
Metal roof maintenance is easy and can be conducted by a dedicated homeowner with minimal tools and experience. If you don’t feel comfortable performing your own roof maintenance, or if you discover any indications of damage on your roof—call for professional help right way.
The Best Metal Roof
If you’re ready to try a metal roof, or you need some help with maintenance or repairs of your metal roof, our experts are ready to give you advice, affordable labor, or just a quote for potential services. Let us help you achieve a beautiful roof that will last your entire life—and then some.