Thanks to its raised locking systems and seams, a standing seam metal roof replacement is less leak-prone than conventional metal roofs and has lower maintenance needs. However, keep in mind that low maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance. To keep your standing seam metal roof in good condition, you should have it maintained at least twice a year.
Here are the other things you should keep in mind when maintaining your standing seam metal roof:
Trim Overhanging Tree Limbs
Overhanging tree limbs can scratch the protective zinc coating on a galvanized metal roof, leaving it more vulnerable to corrosion. Not to mention the impact from falling tree limbs may leave dents.
Avoid Using Power Washers
If the pressure settings are set too high, your power washer might leave dents on your metal roof.
Clean Your Gutters
Thanks to their protective zinc coating, standing seam metal roofs made from galvanized steel are resistant to red rust. However, prolonged exposure to moisture can cause white rust to form. White rust is a problem because it may render the protective coating useless. To prevent the formation of rust, it’s important to routinely clean your gutters, which are responsible for diverting rainwater to the drains and away from your metal roof.
How often should you have your gutter cleaned? As a general rule, you should have your gutters cleaned at least twice a year or every three months if there are a lot of trees near your home.
Why DIY Roof Inspections Are a Bad Idea
Some homeowners might try to inspect and maintain their metal roofs themselves to save on maintenance costs. The problem with DIY inspection, however, is that it’s easy to miss the subtle warning signs of damage. That’s why, in general, it’s best to let an experienced residential or commercial roofer handle roof maintenance and inspections.
Looking for experienced roofing contractors near you?
Done-Right Roofing & Sheet Metal Ltd., a contractor with nearly three decades of experience, offers a wide range of professional roofing services as well as quality standing seam metal roofs and vinyl siding. To get a free estimate, call us at (905) 875-2888 or fill out this form.