If you are one of the owners that have chosen metal roofs over other roofing materials, this one's for you! Let’s face it, many and mostly homeowners or building owners are not shifting to metal roofs not just because it gives off a modern look but also because it has a lot of advantages.
- It has longer lifespan and very durable
- It is energy-efficient as it bounces heat waves more compared to other materials
- It is lightweight and eco-friendly, most metal roofs are now made from recycled metal which takes lesser production process thus, lesser carbon footprint and material waste
- It can be easily installed because it weight lesser compared to shingles or tiles which means lesser equipment, manpower and installation period
- ..and many more!
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To have all these benefits, routine maintenance should be considered as all roofing materials are made durable themselves but there are external factors that affect its service life. Now, here are some tips of what to do in your routine check-up and maintenance.
1. Clean your roof
Remove debris, leaves, twigs or other dirt in your roof which will accumulate over time and can damage your roofing material. Know your metal roof and use only a cleaning agent that will not contribute to rust growth or corrosion. Clean your gutters and your downspout from any accumulated dirt to prevent clogging in your roof drainage system.
While cleaning your roof, step on the bolted part which is more stable and avoid stepping on the metal sheets because they are thin and can easily acquire dents.
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2. Check screws and fasteners
Screws and fasteners are used to attach the metal panels to the roofing framing. Check if there are missing, rusty, crooked or loosen screws and fasteners. If needed, make sure that it will not be installed in an angle and that your material will not badly interact with your metal sheets. If just loosen, tighten it just right and avoid overdriving.
3. Check seams and edges
These parts of the roof are usually the leak points. Check if the termination is still secured and does not have any presence of cracks. Remove old sealant and reapply sealant on the affected area.
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4. Check for in-contact metals
The basic components of a metal roof are metal sheets and screws or fasteners. These materials are made from different elements. Different metals when in-contact with another metal material may not interact well which will lead to discoloration, rust or corrosion. Make sure that different metal materials are not to touch each other and have a safe distance. Also check that the run-off from different materials will not fall to the other which can still affect.
Make sure that your metal sheets have not acquired any scratches because these materials are coated to protect it from rusting, if there are any scratches apply a metal touch-up paint or coating.
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5. Check for holes or leak points
Does your ceiling have leak marks or does your insulation have mold growth? This may be because there’s actually a hole somewhere where the water or moisture can penetrate through. If the leak point is hard to trace or cannot be seen easily, contact your roofing contractor to assess the damages and trace the leakpoint and have it repaired.
6. Trim off branches
Always maintain a clean and safe environment to lessen the possibility of problems. Branches and leaves may fall off to your roof and damage your roof. Do not wait until a strong wind, trim it for you.