Without routine maintenance, even roofing systems made from materials as durable as metal won’t last long. To help keep your metal roof in good condition, here are some simple maintenance tips to follow:
Avoid using power washers. It’s more convenient to use a power washer to wash your metal roof, but if the pressure settings are set too high or you spray it too close, it can leave dents on your metal roof.
Trim back overhanging tree limbs. Overgrown tree limbs can scratch your metal roof’s protective coating and even dislodge some of its fasteners. Make sure to check your roof’s valleys or low-sloped areas, as leaves and other kinds of debris often get stuck in these places.
Clean your gutters. Gutters form part of your roof’s first line of defense against the elements. By diverting rainwater to the drains, they protect your metal roof from moisture damage. However, your gutters won’t be able to do their job if there are leaves, twigs and debris clogging them. That’s why it’s important to have your gutters routinely cleaned. As a general rule, you should clean them at least twice a year, or every three months if there’s a lot of foliage near your house.
Keep an eye on roof penetrations. Metal roof leaks usually appear near air vents and skylights. That’s why you need to keep an eye on these areas and roof penetrations in general.
Why it’s best to let professionals handle roof maintenance. Roof inspections are an essential part of any maintenance routine. The problem is, it’s easy to miss the subtle warning signs of roof damage, and by the time the more noticeable signs are found, it’s usually too late to mitigate the damage. That’s why it’s best to let qualified roofing contractors handle roof maintenance and inspections.
Bone Dry Roofing – West offers a wide range of professional roofing services. Call (970) 364-7996 or fill out our contact form to schedule an inspection.