In the crowd of clay roofing shingles, high-density slate, and synthetic thatched installations among the popular roofing choices, metal roofing has slowly yet claimed its spot across every Texas home. Considering the high functionality, durability, esthetic versatility, speed, and ease of installation, the one-time high installation costs are now being overlooked by homeowners. People can see the long-term benefits of metal roofing. However, preventative maintenance care is a must even for the sturdiest metal roof installation. People often tend to let go of any maintenance measures thinking that it’s “metal” (read: sturdy and invincible). This causes dangerous leaking metal roof situations and premature roof failure across different structures.
Being in the metal roofing industry for over 20 years, in most cases, the major roof repairs we undergo could have easily been prevented with a little bit of TLC. Here are our top expert-recommended tips for you:
CLEAN THE ROOF OFF DEBRIS, DIRT, STAINS, MILDEW, ETC.
Clean your metal roof regularly to get rid of stains, dirt, leaves, mildew, and other debris. Apart from looking unappealing, it also ruins the paint system of your metal roof.
KEEP THE GUTTERS AND DRAINS CLEAN
Your gutter system includes downspouts and drains boxes. The clogging of drains and gutters can lead to water overflow, increasing premature corrosion for every metal roof material.
LOOK OUT FOR NATURAL ELEMENTS
Elements of nature include tree twigs, branches, leaves, stones, among many other things. If left unattended, their degradation can ruin the material of your roof, leading to metal roof leaking, falls, scratches, denting, among other severe roof issues.
DON’T LET THE RUST WEAR YOUR ROOF OFF
Corrosion is the worst enemy for every metal. It’s like cancer for metal roofs. The most vulnerable spots for corrosion are around chimneys, HVAC vents, air conditioner installation spots, or any other oil condensers above cooking areas. Excessive steam, heat, and chemicals can break down the protective paint layer and lead to corrosion.
SCHEDULE AN ANNUAL PROFESSIONAL SURFACE-LEVEL MAINTENANCE
Houston is home to more extreme weather conditions than other US states. Therefore, a professional maintenance inspection is a must to overcome the impact of torrid weather conditions. Your location plays a role in deciding the frequency of scheduled maintenance. If your home is lying under the shade of trees, you will need to call for professional inspections at least twice a year (or every six months). Speaking from experience, this is way less expensive than the repair you will probably require if you forego this point.
INSPECT FOR ROOF PENETRATION AND DAMAGED ROOF PARTS
Damaged roof parts may include loose flashings, fasteners, loose sheets, closures, ridge caps, venting materials, and more. Cracks, penetrations, dents, and seams in your metal roof will fail to prevent water entry, thus leading to a leaking metal roof. Make sure to take assistance from reliable professionals to cover up any holes and cracks with a quality roof sealant.
Aging, severe weather events, among other factors, can decrease the longevity of your metal roof. A regular maintenance schedule with a reliable team of experts preserves your investment while saving your time and efforts for repairs keeping up the appearance of your metal roof. If you would like some professional assistance for metal roof maintenance from our qualified metal roofers, dial (+713)-449-3430 today!