Are you a proud homeowner who is falling for your metal roof (pun intended)? It’s only natural considering today’s metal roofs are attractive and long-lasting while also offering significant energy savings. What’s more, they are a sustainable solution, described by the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) as “one of the best investments you can make to boost your home’s value.” A well-maintained metal roof often lasts 50+ years, and MRA describes the upkeep as “minimal.” With the upcoming change of seasons, it’s a good idea to take the time to care for your home’s exterior, including the roof. Today’s post will walk you through a few helpful basics as you prep your metal roof for fall.
Clean, Functional Gutters
Spring and fall can serve as seasonal reminders to have your gutters cleaned. Neglecting this task can contribute to mold and water damage, unwanted pests and structural issues. If you have pine trees on your property, you will want to increase the frequency of cleaning to avoid clogging. The Home Depot shares a few indicators that you may need gutters replaced, such as cracks, splits, paint damage, rust, water damage and structural issues.
After a busy summer with storms and other significant weather events, there may be unwanted debris lingering or loose, low-hanging branches posing a potential threat. Have these items safely removed or trimmed for peace of mind. Handling these issues in an efficient manner will help avoid unwanted costs down the road.
A Clean Roof
As for cleaning your metal roof, appropriate safety measures are essential. In a recent article for Roofing Contractor, Renee Ramey emphasizes safety first. She also shares a simple formula for a cleaning solution (always check your manufacturer’s recommendations), outlines the process and cautions against methods that may cause damage, such as steel wool, pressure washers and more. In many cases, a “washcloth, sponge, a soft bristle brush and/or non-abrasive pad” will do the trick. Remember to allow the solution to work its magic (Ramey suggests 5-10 mins) before rinsing away.
Examine your roof for signs of trouble. Look for loose screws, discoloration, separated seams and holes. Having your roof inspected by a team of professionals will help you cover your bases as you look after your investment.
Maintain Your Roof’s Coating
Refer to the information provided by your manufacturer and stay on top of the schedule in place for your protective coating. An adequate coating can add years to the life of your roof and improve its appearance. How often to re-coat depends on a variety of factors. Mark Robins for Metal Construction News reports, “Field-applied coatings are typically re-coated anywhere from five to 12 years after installation. But every roof is different. A building’s size, location and even its use can all have an effect on how long a coating system will last.”
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