Maximizing the lifespan of a metal roof can be achieved through proper maintenance. Follow these steps on how to properly care for your metal roof, and you’ll enjoy it for many years to come.
- Make sure that nothing is touching your roof. There should be no branches hanging near your roof, and there should be no other debris that has regular contact with your roof.
- Check your roof after big weather events, like super hot summers, heavy rain, snow, or wind storms. Look all around to make sure that there are no small dents, scratches, or other types of damage to your roof. When a significant weather event occurs and hits your big bad metal roof, you may stomp out there, all proud and happy to see your metal roof looks perfectly fine at first glance. Now that is all well and good, but you need to take a close look and see if there are any small issues with the roof because these can lead to more significant problems and need to be addressed as soon as possible if you want to ensure the longevity of your metal roof.
- As tough as your metal roof is, depending on the type of metal it is made from, you need to make sure other people who work on it have worked with that metal before. What I mean by that is if you have HVAC, plumbers, or electricians on your roof for whatever reason, you want to make sure they know what they are talking about when it comes to your specific metal roofing system.
- Be on a regularly scheduled maintenance program with a roofer that knows and is familiar with your metal roofing system. The premature deaths of so many metal roofs could easily have been avoided had their issues been discovered earlier. This would only be possible had their owners been on regularly scheduled maintenance programs.
Look, at the end of the day, you do not know what you don’t see, and the only way to see is to get up there regularly to have a quick look around and make sure everything is still in good condition. Again, yes, it is annoying and can be a little costly, but the savings will be more than paid back to you in the lesser cost of fixing a small issue because you caught it early vs. the opposite. The fact is, a metal roof, like all roofs, will have problems, it’s just about figuring out if you are going to discover significant issues as they rear their ugly heads, or are you going to catch them when they are small and easy to fix.