Metal roofing systems are well known for their low maintenance requirements, but it doesn’t mean they do not require any maintenance. A well-cared for metal roof can give you years of protection from the elements. Here are some simple tips on how to care for your metal roof.
Keep the Roof Edge and Gutters Clean
Standing seam metal roofs are very efficient at shedding rainwater, thanks to their smooth outer surface. This means all manner of leaves, needles and other kinds of debris that usually stay on the roof will be driven to the roof’s edge or into the gutters. Keeping up with regular gutter cleaning can help ensure gutter efficiency at all times. Whether you choose to clean your gutters yourself or hire professionals to do it, make sure that it’s done at least once a year. Also, consider investing in gutter protection systems, which help keep solid matter out of the gutter troughs.
Trim the Trees on Your Property
If you have trees in the yard, make sure none of the branches are touching the roof. Sharp branches can scratch protective coatings on metal roofs, which could expose the bare metal underneath to corrosion. This can lead to conditions that will require roof leak repair. Have your trees trimmed once every few years, keeping a 10-foot clearance between the outermost branches and the roofing surface. Doing this also has other benefits, such as fewer leaves and twigs getting on the roof. It also helps prevent squirrels and other small animals from accessing the roof.
Inspect Your Roof Regularly
Roof inspections complement your regularly scheduled maintenance appointments and can be performed safely and without much effort. You also need a good pair of binoculars, along with pen and paper to record your observations. From the ground, inspect the roof inch by inch, keeping an eye out for loose or missing flashing, punctures on the roofing surface and scratching or peeling outer coatings. Let your roofing contractor know about your findings. The sooner repairs are performed, the fewer repairs that will be needed, which leads to lower costs.