Metal roofs are a popular style for many reasons. Among them is the fact that they require significantly less maintenance and upkeep than other roofing materials. While metal roofs will not require nearly as much upkeep as asphalt, wood, or tile roofs, there are still some small projects you can complete to keep it looking like new. Though minor, these small repairs can have a big impact on the overall look and longevity of your roof. The following tips for surface maintenance to perform on a metal roof will help keep your roof in pristine condition for the entirety of its long lifespan.
Tend to external stains
Because our roofs have a high-quality resin-based finish, they are very resistant to staining. However, depending on the type of weather that frequents your area, you may begin to notice some signs of dirt, mildew, or other stains over time. Luckily, these types of stains are very easy to remove and will leave no lasting damage to your roof. The best way to remove dirt or mildew from your metal roof is with a sponge or soft-bristled brush and a solution of warm water and mild dish soap. You can also use solvents specifically intended for cleaning metal roofs. Be sure to steer clear of any materials that could damage the Kynar coating.
Clean out gutters
When it comes to surface maintenance to perform on a metal roof, gutter cleanout is perhaps the easiest to overlook. However, cleaning out your gutters is also one of the most important maintenance steps to achieving a beautiful and long-lasting metal roof. Homeowners should clean out gutters on a semi-annual basis, generally in late spring and fall after leaves and debris have fallen off the trees. Once you have cleaned the gutters completely, conduct a visual assessment of the gutter placement as well. Make sure that there are no cracks and that the gutter is not pulling away from the roof anywhere. Installing a metal roof gutter system will further ensure that no dirt, leaves, or debris clutter up your gutters in the future.
Remove stagnant water
Stagnant water is a fairly uncommon issue in metal roofs, but it’s important to be aware of it, nonetheless. The prevalence of stagnant water will depend on the pitch of the roof. Roofs with a very low pitch will be more likely to accumulate stagnant water in their eaves. Homeowners should remove this water as soon as possible. Leaving it for too long can increase the likelihood of water damage or could breed mold and mildew over time.
For more information regarding proper metal roof maintenance or to install a new metal roof in Butler, PA, and the surrounding areas, contact our team at Distinctive Metal Roofing.