Metal roofs are generally long lasting which helps to explain their popularity. They are also good looking which is probably why we are seeing more of them on new homes.
All parts of the home need regular maintenance and occasionally a repair or two. A metal roof repair is no different. Here are some tips that will help ensure the roofs look good and last as long as possible.
Cleaning is necessary on occasion, especially if you live in an area with a lot of trees and leaves. A lot depends on the shape. If you have any crevices or flat spots, leaves and branches can get stuck in them. If you do not feel comfortable on a ladder, find a handyman or a roofing company that can take care of this issue for you.
Rain washes away most dirt and grime. But you might want to power-wash the roof every once in a while. Again, this is something that you can do yourself or hire a professional to do it for you.
Check for Drainage Issues: Rain keeps it clean but if puddles form on the roof, the water will eventually cause rust. You might have to get up on a ladder to make sure that rain is not pooling behind gutters or in other areas that are hidden from view. If you find serious drainage issues, you will likely need to contact a roofer to get suggestions. New gutters might solve the problem.
Touch Up the Paint: Touching up the paint on a regular basis will help prevent rust. Some brands contain polymers that are better at preventing rust on metal surfaces. But if it doesn’t match the color, you might not like the way it looks. Clear sealants or rubber coatings are other alternatives. The rubber coatings are a good idea if you are worried about leaks or if you currently have one and can’t seem to find the hole.
Check the Seams: Seams are the most common location for leaks. You can repair a seam or a hole elsewhere on the roof with roofing cement. If the hole is large, you may need to solder on another piece of metal.
Always be sure that the metals you use are the same type. If different metals touch each other, you have an increased risk of rust and corrosion. Even the screws should be of the same type of metal and washers should always be used.
With proper care and maintenance, your metal roof could last a lifetime. We hope the preceding tips were helpful.