The Complete Guide to Metal Roof Maintenance

Energy efficiency, longevity and a great appearance are just a few of the reasons more and more homeowners choose metal roofing each day. But to ensure your metal roof looks as good as possible for decades to come, you’ll need to perform a little bit of maintenance. There isn’t much to do, but be sure to follow all of these steps:

  • Clean the metal panels: The first step is to clean your metal paneling with soapy water and a microfiber cloth. Once you’ve scrubbed it, you can wash it down with your garden hose. Just be careful when walking around up on the roof.
  • Clear the gutters and drains: While you’re on the roof, take the time to clear out your gutters. Gutter debris can cause clogs that lead to rust and even attract pests. We recommend cleaning your gutters twice a year for best results.
  • Remove debris from valleys: Debris may also collect in valleys and other places on your metal roof. Though it’s hard to access, you’ll want to get rid of this debris to prevent scratching, mold growth, rust or other damage.
  • Trim branches: You can do wonders to prevent damage and mitigate debris accumulation by trimming any branches hanging over your roof. These overhanging branches drop leaves and twigs, and can even scratch your metal roofing. Consider hiring a professional for safety purposes.
  • Check for paint damage: Because they’re so durable, metal roof damage is fairly uncommon, but the paint can still get scratched, scuffed or start to fade. Talk to a professional about touching up any flawed paint.
  • Look for corrosion: Neglecting to address paint damage can lead to rust or corrosion on your metal roof. Keep an eye out for rust or corrosion and be sure to call a professional to make repairs if you notice any damage. This issue will only get worse as time goes on.
  • Repair minor scratches: Fixing deep gouges requires a professional’s touch, but you can repair minor scratches yourself with mineral spirits and a clean cloth. Buff the area with mineral spirits, rinse the area with water and then touch up the paint once it’s dry.
  • Fix loose paneling: The metal panels can become loose over time, especially in high winds. Any gaps between the panels can lead to leaks or mold growth underneath the paneling. A professional can tighten those panels to prevent these issues.
  • Adjust damaged flashing: The metal flashing on your roof is responsible for keeping moisture out of skylights, chimneys and other roofing features. While it is durable, it can become damaged over time. Keep an eye on damaged flashing and hire a professional if you notice dents, dings or other damage.

Let us handle your metal roofing needs

If you’re unable or unwilling to perform any of the steps above, reach out to the team at Greg’s Roofing of Bay County, Inc. From installations to repairs, we’re experts in everything related to metal roofing. Call today to get a quote or learn more about our services.

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