5 Ways to Care for Your Metal Roof
Low Maintenance Roofing Doesn’t Mean No Maintenance
One of the great things about metal roofing, is the fact that once they’re up, you hardly have to worry about the. Unlike shingles, where you have to make sure they’re clear of debris, watch for ice dams, and inspect them after blustery windy days, metal just does its thing in the background without too many worries.
But that doesn’t mean you never have to look at the roof, nor does it mean that your metal roof won’t need any maintenance at all. Don’t worry, we’re here to keep you on the right track so it will last you for the rest of your life. Without further ado, here are the 5 things you should do for your metal roof in Billings, Montana.
Stay Off of a Metal Roof
This really isn’t specific to metal roofing, but to roofing in general. Once you have it installed, it’s not a place where you go to hang out or to play. In fact, I have a friend that jumped off a roof into a pile of leaves and he broke his back. So don’t go up there unless you absolutely have to.
When you do go up, make sure you tread lightly so you don’t bend the seams. And watch where you step. If there is anything up there, avoid it so you aren’t scratching away at the protective surface of the metal.
Clean the Gutters Regularly
No matter what type of roofing you have, you need to keep your gutters clear of debris so they can do their job. When they get clogged, the water flows right over the edge of them. But with metal, you run into another issue with clogged gutters.
That wet debris will press up against the edge of the metal roof. When it won’t fully dry, you set yourself up for corrosion to start. A cared for metal roof can last 50+ years. When you don’t maintain it, then it won’t last nearly as long.
Don’t Paint a Metal Roof
If you hate the color of your roof, you certainly can paint it. But most paints aren’t going to last that long. This care process isn’t as much as don’t intentionally change the color, as be careful when your’e painting other things.
You invested a lot in your metal roof. It’s a beautiful work of art on top of your home. Overspray and bumping it with brushes and rollers is a great way to make it less beautiful. When it comes time to sell, many people won’t notice a pristine roof outright, but they will certainly see a marred one.
Clean off Debris on It
When leaves and sticks fall onto an asphalt roof, the rough granules hold them in place. They can pile up and cause long term damage.
When leaves and sticks fall onto a smooth metal roof, they tend to slip right off the edge. Except in some of the valleys where they can pile up. If you have an area that’s prone to clutter, carefully go onto the roof and clean that area off so problems don’t occur.
Keep Branches Trimmed Back
You wouldn’t park your car so that every time the wind blows a branch would rub against it. We all know that in a matter of a few days you will have some nasty scratches. The same goes for your metal roof.
Branches rubbing on the roof won’t do anything today. But over time, they will scratch and wear away at the metal’s protective surface. Break that protection, and you have a spot that’s going to cause the roof to fail. Keep your bush trimmed.
Beartooth Metal Roofing Provides Metal Roofs for the Billings, Montana Area
We don’t do asphalt roofing. We do metal roofing, seamless gutters, and other metal work. Because we specialize in it, we know it to perfection. If you’re ready to upgrade to a roof that will likely last longer than you do, call us at 406-839-0084 and let’s get the process started.